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April 27, 2016: Arlington National Cemetery hosts open house to seek public comments on its Southern Expansion Project

April 20, 2016

Arlington National Cemetery announces the initiation of the Southern Expansion Project and Associated Roadway Realignment, and invites the public to attend a National Environmental Policy Act scoping meeting to learn more about and provide comments on the proposed project.

Important information about access to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall

Important information about access to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall

April 15, 2016

Beginning on Saturday, April 16, 2016, driver’s licenses and identification cards from some state and territories in the United States do not comply with the Real ID Act of 2006 and will no longer be accepted as primary identification for people to gain access to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (JBM-HH).

As detailed in the Real ID Act of 2005, driver's licenses and identification cards from Illinois, Missouri, the territory of American Samoa and some IDs Minnesota and Washington currently do not meet federal regulations and cannot be used as primary forms of ID for base access. Those who possess an Enhanced Driver’s License that is designated as acceptable for border-crossing documents from Minnesota and Washington are acceptable as a primary form of ID for access to JBM-HH.

Please call JBM-HH Military Police for any questions concerning access to the base at 703-588-2800/2801.

Alternate compliant IDs:

·         Driver's licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)

·         U.S. passport

·         U.S. passport card

·         DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)

·         U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)

·         Permanent resident card

·         Border crossing card

·         DHS-designated enhanced driver's license

·         Airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)

·         Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID

·         HSPD-12 PIV card

·         Foreign government-issued passport

·         Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card

·         Transportation worker identification credential

·         Immigration and Naturalization Service Employment Authorization Card (I-766)

·         Enhanced Driver's Licenses (EDLs) from Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, and Washington


Arlington National Cemetery announces its 2016 schedule of special narrated tours

March 04, 2016

Arlington National Cemetery’s History Office developed a series of informative lectures and tours that highlight the history of the United States through the eyes of its heroes buried at Arlington and the military conflicts that shaped the cemetery and the nation. The tours are narrated by Arlington National Cemetery historians and free of charge. Registration is required through Eventbrite. All tours start at Welcome Center at Arlington National Cemetery and require some walking. Women in Military Service Date: March 18, 2016 Time: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Start Location: Arlington National Cemetery Welcome Center

Memorial service for Tuskegee Airmen, 2LT Samuel G. Leftenant

Memorial service for Tuskegee Airmen, 2LT Samuel G. Leftenant

January 12, 2016

On April 12, 1945, while escorting bombers to Sankt Veit, Austria during World War II, two P-51 Mustangs piloted by 2nd Lt. James L. Hall Jr. and 2nd Lt. Samuel G. Leftenant (both Tuskegee Airmen) collided.

Hall bailed from his damaged P-51 before it crashed and became a prisoner of war. Leftenant was never seen again. He was reported "Missing-In-Action" on April 12, 1945 and was declared dead in 1946.  2nd Lt. Leftenant was posthumously awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.

A full military honors memorial service for 2LT Samuel G. Leftenant will be held in Memorial Section K at the north end of the cemetery, on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM. The service is open to the public.

Arlington National Cemetery
Memorial Service
Tuskegee Airmen

Correction of media reports regarding Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) eligibility for interment at Arlington National Cemetery

January 05, 2016

Recent media reports have incorrectly claimed that Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) were eligible for inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery. WASPs have never been eligible either for inurnment or burial at Arlington. The service of Women Air Force Service Pilots during World War II is highly commendable and, while certainly worthy of recognition, it does not, in itself, reach the level of Active Duty service required for inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery. 

The confusion is caused, in part, by Public Law 95-202 Section 401, which authorized the Secretary of Defense to declare that certain groups be considered active duty for the purpose of allowing certain Veterans Affairs benefits, which include burial and inurnment at national cemeteries maintained by VA. 

Arlington is not administered by the VA, and its eligibility criteria are far more stringent, due to space limitations. Burial space at Arlington National Cemetery is ultimately finite. Based upon current demand and capacity, Arlington will exhaust interment and inurnment space for any Active Duty service member or veteran in the next 20 years, by the mid 2030's. As stewards of these hallowed grounds, we remain committed to maintaining Arlington as an active cemetery for as long as possible to continue to honor and serve our Nation’s military heroes.

Arlington National Cemetery’s administration prior to 2010 erred when they granted eligibility for some WASPs, misinterpreting the 1977 Public Law 95-202 without legal counsel.  The Secretary of the Army clarified eligibility in 2015, and directed that those mistakenly inurned, through no fault of their own, would remain in their final burial location.

Arlingtion National Cemetery
Women Air Force Service Pilots