Virginia’s Fort Pickett Becomes Fort Barfoot, and Here’s What Military Members Should Know About It
The Army National Guard base formerly known as Fort Pickett is now Fort Barfoot. It is one of several renamings as the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) uncouples itself from America’s Confederate past.
The name change occurred in late March 2023, meaning Fort Pickett is now formally known as Fort Barfoot. The previous namesake was Confederate General George Pickett, who led Pickett’s Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg.
The new name honors Colonel Van T. Barfoot, who received the Medal of Honor for his service in World War II. Barfoot was a technical sergeant in the 45th Infantry Division fighting German troops in Italy, then served in Korea and Vietnam across 34 years of military service. Barfoot embarked on a post-military career in aviation, setting down roots in Virginia.
What to Know About Fort Barfoot
Located in southeastern Virginia, Fort Barfoot now hosts the Virginia National Guard as well as The Department of State and Virginia Tech research centers. Virginia National Guardsmen, United States Marshals, FBI and ATF agents, and Civil Air Patrolmen all train at Fort Barfoot.
Forty-two thousand acres on Fort Barfoot facilitate field training. While Fort Barfoot does not have the family-related accommodations that active military bases do (like childcare facilities), it serves as a critical training center for thousands of service members in Virginia.
Facing Criminal Charges While Serving at Fort Barfoot (Formerly Fort Lee)? Get Capable Defense from Experienced Military Lawyers
Service members facing criminal charges need attorneys who understand both military and criminal adjudication procedures. Most of the attorneys at Capovilla & Williams are former service members, and our two founders are former JAG officers.
Our team is strategically positioned to represent those accused of criminal conduct while serving at Fort Barfoot. We defend Virginia National Guardsmen and other service members charged with:
- Drug-related offenses (including positive urinalysis)
- All types of assault (including domestic violence)
- Sexual misconduct
- Alcohol-related offenses
- Fraud (including BAH fraud and travel voucher fraud)
- Most other criminal offenses
The attorneys at Capovilla & Williams also assist with Article 15/Non-Judicial Proceedings, Separation Boards, Discharge Upgrades, and ROTC Disenrollment Boards.
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We have successfully defended hundreds of service members from criminal and military-specific sanctions. Let us resolve your case at Fort Barfoot/Fort Lee.