Installation Overview --Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) history began with a 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) recommendation that resulted in congressional legislation ordering the consolidation of Naval Support Facility (NSF) Anacostia and Bolling Air Force Base (BAFB).

The base, originally named Bolling Field, officially opened July 1, 1918, and was named in honor of the first high-ranking air service officer killed in World War I, Colonel Raynal C. Bolling. Bolling's early years chronicled the growth of the entire US Air Force and served as a proving ground for the new air service. Its first mission provided aerial defense of the capital and accommodated pilot proficiency. During World War II, Bolling served as a training and organization base for personnel and units going overseas. It became the aerial gateway to the nation's capital. In 1962, the last fixed-wing aircraft left Bolling. This changed Bolling's role to that of a support base.

The installation is the center of Air Force and Navy ceremonial support, among other missions performed by the nearly 50 military and federal agencies on the installation. Its service to the country, active-duty, reserve, retired and visiting military, as well as personnel deployed around the world, is an important one.

Location/Driving Directions

There are three Airports that service the DC area. Reagan National Airport is the most convenient to the base. There are not any Base shuttles that run from the airports. Reagan National does have a Metro Station within the Airport. The Metro can be taken from there to the Anacostia Station where shuttles do run to the base. 

Directions from Ronald Reagan National Airport

Follow directions to Washington, DC traveling North on Route 1 across the 14th Street Bridge (I-395), exit to I-295 south and take exit #2, Bolling AFB. Though it seems longer, JBAB is only about 4 miles away from National Airport.

Directions from Dulles International Airport

Dulles is approximately 35 miles from JBAB (travel time about 45 minutes to an hour). There is construction taking place near Dulles, causing delays in traffic and parking. Please take this into consideration, when making reservations for lodging or vehicle rental. Personnel with late afternoon flights should secure hotel reservations and vehicle rentals with a credit card. From the Airport take the Washington-Dulles Access Toll Road--which begins at Dulles Airport--from this point there are two different options:

  1. Exit the toll road and follow directions to I-495 south to Richmond, remain on I-495 towards Baltimore (I-495 circles the city). Cross the Potomac River on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, exit onto I-295N, Washington DC, and take exit #2, Malcolm X Blvd, Bolling AFB. This is a longer route, but the best route to avoid DC traffic since you are circling around the city.
  2. Follow the Dulles Access Toll Road until it ends on Route 66, follow 66E to exit 75S (Memorial Parkway). Stay on Memorial Parkway and follow signs to the 14th Street Bridge, go across the Bridge and Take I-395N, exit to I-295 south, take exit #2, Bolling AFB, Malcolm X Blvd. At the stoplight make a right hand turn onto Bolling AFB. This is the shortest route, but takes you through DC and should be avoided during rush hour. This trip will also take about 45 minutes to an hour.

Directions from Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)

This airport is approximately 30 miles (travel time 45 minutes to an hour) from JBAB. Exit the airport and follow the signs to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (I-295), south. Stay on I-295S and take Exit #2, Malcolm X Blvd, Bolling AFB.

Driving Directions

Directions Driving to JBAB from the South

Take I-95 north towards Baltimore. Cross the Woodrow Wilson Bridge leaving Virginia and take the first exit after the bridge, I-295 North to Washington DC. On I-295 take exit #2, Malcolm X Blvd, Bolling AFB. Loop around to the right, and turn right onto Malcolm X Blvd. JBAB's Main Gate is straight ahead.

Driving to JBAB from the North

Take I-95 south toward Richmond. Before crossing the Woodrow Wilson Bridge take the I-295 exit to Washington, DC. On I-295 take exit #2, Malcolm X Blvd, Bolling AFB. Loop around to the right, and turn right onto Malcolm X Blvd. JBAB's Main Gate is straight ahead.

Driving to JBAB from the West

Take I-395 north, exit to I-295 south, take exit #2, Bolling AFB, Malcolm X Blvd. At the stoplight make a right hand turn onto JBAB.

JBAB has three entrances: The Main Gate (Arnold Gate),the South Gate (which is also known as the Visitor's Gate) and the Firth Sterling Gate. The South Gate is the only location for visitors without military ID cards to access the base.

Main Phone Numbers

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Location-202-767-0450     DSN312-297-0450

Adult Education Centers- 202-767-5348    DSN 312-297-5348

Automotive Service-202-563-6388    

Barracks/Single Service Member Housing - 202-767-8636     DSN312-297-8636

Beauty/Barber Shops-202-563-7342    

Beneficiary Counseling Assistance Coordinators- 202-404-6971    

Chapels- 202-767-5900     DSN312-297-5900

Civilian Personnel Office-202-404-3235     DSN312-754-5207

Commissary/Shoppette- 202-767-4695 (main store)          DSN 312-297-4695

Deployment/Mobilization-202-767-0450     DSN312-297-0450

EFMP - Family Support-202-767-0450    DSN 312-297-0450


Family Advocacy Program- 202-767-0450 / 1-866-557-4410   DSN312-767-0450

Family Center-202-767-0450     DSN312-297-0450

Family Child Care/Child Development Homes- 202-767-0951    

Finance Office-202-767-4714     DSN312-297-0139

Financial Institutions-  1-800-247-5626

Gymnasiums/Fitness Centers-202-433-2962     DSN312-297-5895

Hospitals/Medical Treatment Facility(s) -202-767-5536     DSN312-297-5536

Household Goods/Transportation Office (inbound)-202-767-8888     DSN312-297-8888

Household Goods/Transportation Office (outbound)- 202-767-8888     DSN312-297-8888

Housing Office/Government Housing- 202-404-6828     DSN312-297-6828

Housing Referral Office/Housing Privatization-202-404-6828     DSN312-297-6828

Legal Services/JAG-202-767-5578     DSN312-297-5578

Library-  202-767-5578     DSN312-297-6067

MWR (Morale Welfare and Recreation) 202-767-5206 (Human Resources Office)               DSN312-297-7707

Military Clothing Sales-202-563-5931     DSN312-297-4032

New Parent Support Program-202-767-0450    DSN 312-297-0450

Non-appropriated Funds (NAF) Human Resources- 202-767-5206     DSN312-297-5206

Relocation Assistance Program -202-767-0450     DSN312-297-0450

Restaurants/Fast Food -202-562-4419    

School Liaison Office/Community Schools-202-433-2566    

Spouse Education, Training and Careers-202-767-0450    DSN 312-297-0450

Temporary Lodging/Billeting- 202-563-6950    

Veterinary Services-240-857-2651    

Victim Advocate Services- 202-767-0450     DSN312-297-0450

Victim Advocate Services-202-767-0450 (Victim Advocates)              DSN312-297-0450

Welcome/Visitors Center- 202-767-8958     DSN312-297-5505

Population/Major Units Assigned

The Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team’s four-man team performs during Air Force Week. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo credit: Staff Sgt. Dan DeCook
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) is responsible for providing installation support to 17,000 military, civilian employees and their families, 48 mission and tenant units, including ceremonial units (United States Air Force Honor Guard, USAF Band, USAF Chaplains, the Navy Ceremonial Guard), various Army, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Joint Service commands and other DOD and federal agencies.

Temporary Lodging

The Gateway Inn is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Active duty, Reserve, National Guard, retirees, and DOD civilians are authorized to utilize lodging facilities on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB).  Please call 202-404-7050 for more information, to check availability and make reservations.

The Navy Lodge is located 1/2 mile away from JBAB. Public transportation (Metro Bus) is located outside the entrance gate. 50 units with air conditioning and private baths. Family accommodations. This is a nonsmoking facility. Reservations can be made via the web site, BOOK NOW, or by calling 202-563-6950, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Once you make a reservation, you cannot be bumped from your room. Reservation and room assignments are accepted on an as-received basis without regard to rank, rate or time of reservation.


Those who are on official orders, i.e., TDY, PCSing in or out, Permissive TDY, Medical, etc., to JBAB and the National Capital Region (NCR) are classified as priority one guests and may make advance reservations as soon as they know their requirement dates.

Personnel who wish to use lodging while on leave or for visiting family members or guests are classified as priority two. Priority two guests may only make reservations up to 30 days in advance based on the following availability of rooms.

**Please note that generally the Gateway Inn is 90% full, so reservations can only be made 3 days in advance if not on official orders.

Maximum Length of Stay (depending on your duty status)

  • Inbound PCS, 30 days (must submit a waiver request in writing for stays longer than 30 days)
  • Outbound PCS, 10 days
  • All Space Available reservation requests are limited to three days at a time. Once in their quarters, guests may request additional three-day extensions. Approval is based on availability of quarters.

Off-Base Lodging (when on-base is unavailable)

For TDY guests, lodging staff will coordinate off-base lodging with one of their contract quarter properties in the local area and issue a Non-Availability Letter to the guest. The TDY member is responsible for paying the hotel charges and must request reimbursement through his/her travel voucher upon completion of the TDY. This service is not available for space-available guests.

PCS guests are given a Temporary Living Expense (TLE) letter that specifies that on-base facilities were not available. The guests are responsible for obtaining their own local accommodations. If requested however, the lodging staff will assist the guest in locating accommodations.

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Lodging Facilities and Rates


Cost per Night

TLF - One Bedroom $45.00

TLF - Two Bedrooms $49.00

NCO with shared Bathroom $40.00

Senior NCO, private Bathroom $49.00

Officer’s Quarters $49.00

Pet Restrictions

The Gateway Inn has 10 rooms that will accept pets. Make your reservations early to ensure availability.  All pets must have their own kennel and there is an additional $10 per night pet fee. 


New housing for enlisted families. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Single Service Member Housing

Unaccompanied personnel reporting to JBAB have a number of excellent Housing choices. Unaccompanied Housing (formerly Bachelor Housing - BH) conveniently has four (4) separate buildings that house a variety of service members of the Armed Forces. For information about the Bachelor Housing Program please contact the Department Head for JBAB Bachelor Housing at 202-685-0878 or 202-433-3786. You also may call (202) 433-2667 after hours.

  • Navy Ceremonial Guard: Furnari Hall, Bldg. 417; Telephone: 202.433.2667
    Hours of Operation: Monday - Sunday: 24HRS
  • Enterprise Hall, Bldg. 72; Telephone: 202.433.0960
    Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm
  • Blanchard Barracks, Bldg. 1302; Telephone: 202.767.4456 / 8636
    Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm
  • Air Force Honor Guard, Bldg. 47; Telephone: 202.767.4418
    Hours of Operation: Monday - Tuesday: 7:30am - 4pm


Single permanent-party members in grades E-4 and below are required to reside in the dormitory and must report to their First Sergeant and/or the dormitory superintendent upon arrival for room assignment. There is limited single NCO  accommodations on base but there are more located within the NCR. Geographical Bachelor housing is possible on a space available basis. USAF Honor Guard and USN Ceremonial Guard personnel are assigned to their own dormitories near their units.

Family housing

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling family housing is available at three primary locations: Bellevue Housing, Washington DC; Bolling Family Housing Washington DC. The waiting list for housing varies, but an average wait could extend up to six months. Housing may also be available at other military installations in this area. For current housing allowances and housing waiting times, call the Joint Base Housing Referral Office at 202-433-0346 or access the Joint Base Online Housing Information.

Depending on where you live, where your command is located, and the time of day you report to work, you are likely to encounter a lengthy commute in the Washington area. It is not unusual to spend 45-90 minutes one-way if your commute includes rush hour on any of the major arteries in the area.

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Housing Welcome Center
Building 414
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

Mailing Address
2691 Mitscher Road SW
Washington, D.C. 20373-5808

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm

(202) 433-0346, DSN 288-0346

It is advisable that you see your Housing Referral Representative once you arrive in the National Capital Region.

Non-Government Housing

Housing in the local community runs the spectrum from studios, furnished and unfurnished apartments, townhomes, house rentals and new home construction as well as resale--city, suburban, small town, rural. Those seeking a more metropolitan setting may choose to live in the District. Those seeking a rural setting may choose the farther reaches of Charles, Calvert or St. Mary's Counties in Maryland. Many choose to live in Alexandria, Virginia, or to commute from further south in Virginia.

There are no mobile home lots on base, however, several are available in the local area.

Where you chose to live is a highly personal matter and you need to take into consideration your needs and preferences as well as those of your family. We suggest you visit the area and drive around; talk to people already here. If you plan on a house hunting TDY, consider contacting a realtor to show you around the available properties. Regardless of what you choose to do, the housing office should be your first stop. They can provide information on housing availability and lists of housing in the area tailored to your needs. 

Housing Referral Office (HRO) -- Your contact for any problems you may encounter (discrimination complaints, tenant/landlord disputes, or any questions/problems about off post housing) is the HRO. Staff are available to assist you in a person to person basis to make your move to this installation an easy and pleasant one. They can provide a list of rentals with corresponding locator maps and give you information regarding the area in which rentals are located.

Child Care

Private Pickle and the Services Goose give hugs and high-fives to children at Bolling's Child Development Center while teaching the children about kid-friendly safety. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Child and Youth Programs (CYP) consist of four basic types of care: Child Development Centers, Child Development Home program, School Age Care program and Youth Programs. CYP staff have received extensive training for childcare and are required to maintain continuing education to ensure the most up to date childcare can be provided.  All child care programs are open to Active Duty Service members, DoD civilians and contractors. Fees are based on total family income and vary for full time care. 

Child Development Center (CDC)

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling provides an array of child development services. The program is DoD certified and is also accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.

Programs Offered 

Children ages 6-weeks to 5-years can receive full-time weekly care at one of two Child Development Centers located on base. Rooms for infants, pre-toddlers, toddlers, 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds are available. There is a part-day enrichment program for 3- and 4-year-olds as well. A kindergarten class is also provided.


All fees are based on total family income.


While there is a waiting time of approximately six months, priority is given to dual military and single military parents.

Family Child Care (FCC)

In addition to the three child development centers on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, there are licensed family day care providers residing on base housing who can accommodate full-time care.

The Family Child Care program for in-home day care offers professional and safe care in a home environment. Family Child Care is available for children 6 weeks to school age and offers drop-in, part-time and full-time care.

Additional Information

All children using any of the above programs must have proof of current immunizations either with a shot record or medical records. For this reason it is highly recommended that these items be hand carried and not packed with shipments. Contact 202-767-2890 or DSN 312-297-2890 for questions on the child development centers.


Children test the playground equipment at the Bolling Youth Center. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo credit: Airman 1st Class Katherine Windish

The School Liaison Officer, Telephone: 202.433.2566 or 202.200.8654 , is the primary link between parents, educators and command, working to ensure smooth transitions between schools and positive educational experiences.  We can provide numerous resources to assist families, educators and commands in their efforts to create positive and supportive educational environments for military children

DC has a neighborhood school system and the designated schools for housing areas on JBAB are Leckie Elementary School, Hart MS, Ballou SHS. School profiles for the neighborhood schools may be viewed or printed by accessing the following link.

DC residents may participate in enrollment in other public schools outside of the neighborhood boundaries during the annual Out of Boundary Lottery which takes place in February of each year. Parents can select other schools outside of the neighborhood boundaries for their child for the following school year.

Families residing on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling can select from the following options for preschool through 12th grade school age children:

  1. Enrollment in the neighborhood DC public school  -- *Kindergarten, your child must turn five (5) years of age on or before September 30th to be eligible.
  2. Enrollment in a DC Public Charter School-open to DC residents, public charter schools are a free options to consider along with other public school choice.  Public Charter schools do not have neighborhood boundaries but do have specific application timelines. Application timelines are posted on the DC Public Charter School website. Families should consider contacting the charter school directly as application timelines may not coincide with military relocation timelines.
  3. High School age students that meet entrance requirements should consider application to one of the DCPS Selective Citywide Schools.
  4. JBAB also offers a preschool option on base through the Child Development Center and interested families should contact the CDC for more information 202-767-2890.

Adult Education

The Education Services Center on JBAB and satellite office at the Pentagon, provide full education support and services. On-base education programs are designed to provide career-long learning. In addition to the on-base education programs, the Metro area contains a large number of excellent higher education facilities.  Contact the Education Office at 202-767-5838 for more information.

Medical Care

The 579th Medical Group (JBAB Clinic) provides only outpatient medical care. There are no inpatient facilities on base.

While there is not an emergency room at the JBAB Clinic, an ambulance service is available 24 hours a day for emergency situations in order to transport patients from the base to other medical facilities.

Dental care services on base are available to active duty military. Family members may be seen on a space available basis, but otherwise must utilize the TRICARE Family Member Dental Plan.

TRICARE Prime enrollees are given priority for all medical services. While non-TRICARE Prime enrollees may be entitled to medical care, services for them are provided on a space available basis only.

JBAB is included in the TRICARE's North region.