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Military Is Key Player In Fairfax Job Market

Thursday, April 21, 2005; Page VA30

Fort Belvoir Is the County's Largest Employer

More than 23,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Defense Department civilians work at Fort Belvoir and the post's more than 120 tenant commands, making the installation the county's largest employer.

According to Fort Belvoir officials, it is home to one Army major command headquarters and elements of 10 others; 19 agencies and direct reporting units of the Department of the Army; eight elements of the U.S. Army Reserve and the Army National Guard; and 26 Defense Department agencies. The post's mission is to provide logistical and administrative support to the tenant and satellite organizations.

Fort Belvoir: 703-545-6700; www.belvoir.army.mil/.

Largest Private Employers in Fairfax County

1. Inova Health System 9,000-10,000 employees
2. Northrop Grumman Corp. 6,000-7,000
3. Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. 6,000-7,000
4. Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) 5,000-6,000
5. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (Freddie Mac) 3,000-4,000
6. Computer Sciences Corp. 3,000-4,000
7. Navy Federal Credit Union 3,000-4,000
8. General Dynamics Corp.2,000-3,000
9. Lockheed Martin Corp. 2,000-3,000
10. Raytheon Co. 2,000-3,000

Companies with headquarters in Fairfax are in bold.

SOURCE: Virginia Employment Commission, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, November 2004. List excludes public employers and retail entities.

Fortune 500

Fairfax County is home to six Fortune 500 company headquarters, according to the county economic development authority and Fortune magazine. The companies are Capital One Financial, Gannett, General Dynamics, Nextel, NVR and Sallie Mae.

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