In February I'll be heading to Ft Lee for the first part of my very long training pipeline to become an Army EOD officer. I'll be there for about 6 months before heading to Florida for that last phase. During that time I'm looking to get an apartment off base. My wife and 6 month old son will be joining me along with our 2 cats. I'm going to be bringing very minimal furniture and leaving most of our stuff here in Arizona as we will be coming back when it's all over in about 13 months. From my personal experience of 13 years in the Army I know that generally the towns immediately outside Army bases are pretty terrible. So for those who are or have lived in Virginia or have experience with Ft Lee what towns should I avoid and what towns should I look into? Ideally I want to stay within 30 minutes drive time of the base.