Hidden gem: Fort McNair O Club
Attendees of the ribbon cutting and dedication of Ulysses S. Grant Hall tour the third floor of the building on the Fort Lesley J. McNair portion of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., April 3, 2013. The third floor of Grant Hall is the courtroom where Abraham Lincoln's assassination conspirators' trial took place and has been renovated to depict what the courtroom would have looked like in 1865.

FORT LESLEY J. MCNAIR, D.C. - When Jamey Westerman looks around the Fort McNair Officers Club, all she sees is its untapped potential.

"It's such a hidden place," said Westerman, who has been the club's manager since November 2013. "Fort McNair is such a small place, and when you say Joint Base Myer Henderson Hall people hear that and they think Fort Myer. I want people to come and experience what we have to offer."

The historic club, which is located on the Washington Channel/Anacostia River waterfront, is the only place that offers a sit down lunch on the installation. An a la carte menu with items ranging from salads to wraps to burgers is available Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Fridays, the facility serves a southern buffet that offers fried chicken and all the fixings.

"It's not a stuffy environment," Westerman said of the club's ambiance. "People are relaxed, they are laughing and smiling, and the service is all done in a professional way."

The two story brick building is surrounded by stately trees. Four white columns mark its entrance and a balcony provides outdoor access from the second floor as well as a view of the channel, which are steps away from the structure.

"The view is just incredible. It's amazing," said Westerman.

Westerman said the dining room can be booked for special events after 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day Saturday. The dining room can accommodate approximately 60 people for a sit down meal and can serve 120 for standing receptions.

The McNair Room can be booked for cocktail parties, meetings, luncheons, retirements or any other special occasion. It can accommodate 25 to 50 for a sit down meal with service and approximately 75 to 100 for a standing reception.

The recently renovated Crystal Ballroom, which was named for its chandeliers, overlooks the National War College. The formal room can accommodate 180 guests for a sit down meal with service and 160 guests for a buffet meal.

"Anybody who is retired military, active duty military and DoD [Department of Defense] civilian, any person who works for the government can come here," said Westerman.

She added that the facility is a popular wedding venue and that changes have recently been made in the club's wedding and catering packages to accommodate smaller, more cost conscious ceremonies.

"Everyone wants the full experience, and it's my job now to see that they get it," said Westerman, who came to the McNair Club from Spates Community Club on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base.

Picnic packages are also available for gatherings on the club's grounds. For more information about the facility, contact Westerman at 202-484-5800 ext. 13 or via email at jamey.v.westerman.naf@mail.mil.

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