Installation Overview: Joint Base Andrews, Maryland

Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington, formerly Andrews Air Force Base, is a United States Air Force base in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States, eight miles east of Washington, D.C. The Washington Capital area is a diverse and exciting duty assignment, and Andrews AFB is just minutes away from both the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials in one direction and rural farmlands and the Chesapeake Bay in the other. Andrews is home to Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine units, and even hosts a chapter of the Civil Air Patrol. 

Often called “The Gateway to the Nation's Capitol,“ Andrews has seen not only our own government leaders, but kings, queens, prime ministers and military leaders from more than 50 nations fly on its aircraft and transit through the base. People stationed here may see or even participate in events and operations that directly affect the course of world events. Andrews is constantly featured in the public spotlight on national and international television, radio, newspapers, and magazines.

During the Civil War, Union troops occupied a small country church near Camp Springs, MD. That church is still used on-base and is known as Chapel Two. Later, on 25 Aug 1941, Camp Springs Army Air Field was established and Andrews' flying history began. The base became operational 2 May 1943. The name of the base was changed to Andrews Field on 31 Mar 1945, in honor of General Frank M. Andrews, former Commanding General of United States Forces in the European Theater of Operations during WWII. In July 1961 Andrews became the home of the official presidential aircraft, known as "Air Force One" when the president is on board. In 1963, Naval Air Facility (NAF) Anacostia, originally established on the Potomac River at Anacostia Naval Air Field near Bolling AFB in 1919, moved to the east side of Andrews AFB. At that time the name was changed from NAF Anacostia to NAF Washington. NAF handles Naval VIP flight operations and is home to a Marine Corps detachment that flies the FA-18 Hornet. Andrews' current mission is that of emergency reaction and contingency response capabilities critical to national security, and support for Air and Space Expeditionary Forces.

Here is the official website for  Joint Base Andrews.​

Location/Driving Directions

Andrews AFB is in Prince George's County, Maryland, 10 miles Southeast of Washington, D.C.. Andrews AFB is located in the Southeast corner of the Washington Capital Beltway (I95/495). The exits to Andrews AFB are well marked approaching from both directions. Once on-base, you can get directions to the newcomers 24-hour arrival point, the Gateway Inn, from the security police guard at the gate. There is a 100% ID check done at all base entry points.

The Washington Metropolitan Area is serviced by three airports; Ronald Reagan National (often referred to as Washington National or just National), Dulles International, and the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). Reagan National is the closest. The Air Force cannot provide government transportation to the base from airports, bus terminals or train stations. Commercial taxi service is available. Due to increased Security conditions, currently Taxis, Super Shuttle or Air Port Van services are not allowed on Andrews AFB. This makes contact with Sponsors doubly important. You should make arrangements with your sponsor to either be picked up at the Airport, and to meet them during the hours the Visitor Control Center is open, for escort onto the base.

Newcomers traveling on a government-issued transportation request (TR) or making their own travel arrangements and being paid mileage will be reimbursed for ground transportation costs. A receipt must be provided for costs over $75. These should be included when filling out your travel voucher.

Ronald Reagan National Airport (AKA Washington National or just National) located in Virginia is approximately 20-30 minutes from Andrews AFB. National can be reached by METRO rail or bus, taxi, cab or car. Short and long-term parking lots are available, with shuttle service to the terminals.

Dulles International Airport, located in Northern Virginia is about a 60-90 minutes drive. It is accessible by car, taxi or the Washington Flyer shuttle from National Airport and other METRO locations.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is approximately 25 miles/45 minutes drive to BWI. BWI an alternative to Washington National for travelers who want to avoid ground traffic congestion. BWI has ample parking with free shuttle service to the terminal. MARC train service is available between BWI and the New Carrolton train station, where a taxi can be taken to Andrews AFB. BWI is also an AMC gateway and has the largest active USO facility in the continental US.

If traveling by train, book passage to the New Carrolton station (AKA Capital Beltway Station), rather than Union Station in downtown Washington. The New Carrolton station is a few miles north of the base, off Capital Beltway exit 19. It is more convenient for newcomers who arrange for their sponsors to meet them on arrival, and less expensive if using a taxi.

Main Phone Numbers

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Base Operator DSN 858-1110 301-981-1110/6161

Alexandria VA School District 703-824-6600

Andrews AFB PartDay Enrichment Program 301-981-9981 DSN: 858-9981


Andrews Community Wellness Team/IDS 301-981-7087 DSN: 857-9680

Andrews Home Educators 301-952-6371

Andrews Part-Day Enrichment Program 301 981-9981/82 DSN: 858-9981/82

Andrews School Liaison 301-981-0057

ANDREWS YOUTH PROGRAMS 301-981-5636/5430; DSN 858-5636/5430

Arlington County Public Schools (703) 228-7660

Base Education Services Center 301-981-6377

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER #1 301-981-3035/3036

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER #2 301-981-3321/3322: DSN 858-3321/3322

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER #3 240-857-3197 DSN: 857-3207

Dental Clinic 240-857-5029 DSN: 857-2808

District of Columbia Schools 202-442-5450

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) 240-857-9680 DSN: 857-9680

FAMCAMP RESERVATIONS OFFICE 301-981-4109/5663 DSN: 858-4109/5663

FAMILY CHILD CARE 301-981-9982 DSN: 858-9981/82

FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER (FSC) 301-981-7087 DSN: 858-7087

GATEWAY INN - Lodging Office 301-981-0785 DSN: 858-4614

Health and Wellness Center (HAWC) 240-857-5601; DSN 857-5601

Howard County School District 410-313-6600 /410-313-6682

Information About Local Area Schools (301) 981-0057 DSN: 858-0057

Malcolm Grow Medical Center 240-857-5911/ Emer 240-857-2158 / Appt 1-888-999-1212

Montgomery County Public Schools 301-279-3000

Relocation Assistance Program (RAP) 301-981-7087 DSN: 858-7087

SPONSOR PROGRAM 301-981-2276 DSN: 858-2276

Tricare Family Member Dental Plan - Health Benefits Advisor 240-857-5615 DSN857-5615

Population/Major Units Assigned

Andrew's Soldiers Fit to Fight!. Photo courtesy U.S.Air Force
The 11th Wing is host to more than 60 separate organizations here, and provides security, personnel, contracting, finance and infrastructure support for six Wings, two headquarters as well as 60,000 Airmen and families in the national capital region and around the world.

Mission partners include:

89th Airlift Wing - responsible for providing safe, reliable, worldwide airlift and logistical support for the president of the United States, vice president, Cabinet members and other high-ranking U.S. and foreign government officials.

79th Medical Wing - Oversees medical care at Air Force bases and work sites across Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia and operates the Malcolm Grow Medical Clinic and Surgery Center.

459th Air Refueling Wing - An Air Force Reserve unit whose mission is to recruit, train and equip its Citizen Airmen to fly and maintain the KC-135 Stratotanker to help the Air Force protect its interests in air and space power.

113th Wing - A District of Columbia Air National Guard unit unique among all others. Known as the "Capital Guardians," the wing provides air sovereignty forces to defend the nation's capital, and also provides fighter, airlift and support forces capable of local, national and global employment.

Air National Guard Readiness Center - Airmen here are responsible for ensuring ANG Field Units are properly resourced to train and equip for State and Federal missions across the entire spectrum of Military Operations.

Naval Air Facility Washington, D.C. - One of only five Navy Reserve bases in the United States, Its objective is to ensure Navy reservists have full access to the most current weapons systems available.

Andrews Composite Squadron DC033 - An Air Force auxiliary component, this squadron is part of the Civil Air Patrol National Capitol Wing.

Detachments from the Army and Marines also call Andrews home, making this one of the most diverse joint bases stateside.

Temporary Lodging

The Gateway Inn. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Military members who are PCSing can reserve rooms at The Presidential Inn anytime and stay up to 30 days if space is available. Space A travelers can make reservations 30 days in advance for up to 3 days at a time (space permitting).

Rates per night

Current Effective 1 October 2014

Visitors Quarters (VQs) $56.00   $60.00

DV Business Suite $58.75   $69.00

Temporary Lodging Facility (TLFs) $60.50   $63.00

Pet-friendly room (additional cost) $10.00

For official travelers with a “pre-loaded” controlled spending account travel card, please ensure you contact your unit’s Resources Advisor(RA) to load additional funding on your travel card, if required, prior to your checkout. If you cannot load additional funding prior to departure, contact the lodging manager.

Military retirees and immediate family members, staying at The Presidential Inn, are authorized use of Freedom Hall Dining Facility. The facility can be used during breakfast, dinner and all federal holidays.


Liberty Park SENIOR NCO (SNCO) and CHIEF housing. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

At Joint Base Andrews, military family housing is privatized. Liberty Park at Andrews owns the family housing and is responsible for maintaining, repairing, constructing and managing the community. In addition to your option to purchase and rent housing in the local community, you now may choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Liberty Park at Andrews.

For comprehensive information about the privatized housing community at Joint Base Andrews, visit Liberty Park at Andrews' website, The website provides information you need to know about the homes and amenities available in the privatized housing community.

Applying for Privatized Housing
Once you know you are moving to Joint Base Andrews please contact Liberty Park at Andrews (301) 736-8082  for information about privatized housing and details about the application process.

Good housing is available within easy commuting distance of Andrews, but it's expensive. Since the base is near major traffic arteries, Andrews families live in almost all of the National Capital Area communities.

Before attempting to find off base housing, contact the Housing Flight Office in bldg. 1190 at 301-981-5516. Department of Defense directives require this coordination, and the services provided can be invaluable. The housing office can provide a computer listing organized according to the type of housing desired - apartments, town homes and single family homes for sale or rent. They will also base the list on the number of bedrooms required, price and geographical preferences. The housing office will also provide copies of base and local area maps.

The Set Aside Housing Program is designed to provide servicemembers and their families with relatively affordable off base housing. This program allows members to lease apartments at reduced prices.

Security deposits, credit checks, application fees and minimum income requirements are automatically waived, and all rent is paid through a direct pay allotment.

Many of the dorms on Andrews were recently renovated within the last few years. The latest completion of new, three-story dormitories is the first stepping-stone to an aggressive dormitory construction and improvement plan. All dormitories are located near the shopping center complex, post office, dining facility, chapel and library.

Unaccompanied members in grades E-4 and below, with less than three years of time in service live in the dormitories.

There are no permanent quarters for unaccompanied officers. Unaccompanied officers should stop at the Financial Services Flight upon arrival in bldg. 1535, room D101, to start their basic allowance for housing. For further information, call 301-981-3998.

Child Care

Gloria Williams helps Jonathan Coar, 1, greet Sparky the Fire Dog. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo credit: Bobby Jones

The wait for infant (to 1year old) childcare at the CDC can be up to one year for Category 1 parents (single parents, dual military career). Infant slots with on-base Family Home Daycare Providers or on the local economy are equally tight. 2-3 year old slots come open at the CDC and at FHDC providers usually within about 30 - 60 days. Slots for older children are easier to come by.

The Child Development Program offers two options for childcare, the center-based program and the family child care program.

The center-based program is offered Monday through Friday at three locations,

CDC #1
Bldg 4575 Virginia Ave. 301.981.3055/3035

CDC #2
Bldg 4783 San Antonio Blvd. 301.981.3323/3324

JP Hoyer CDC
Bldg 3725 Fetchet Ave. 240.857.3207/3197

All CDCs Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday 0630-1800

Services offered at these locations include full-day care, before and after school care, half-day preschool and hourly childcare on a space available basis.

Children from 6 weeks to 12 years old are eligible for program services. Central Registration is maintained for all programs at the Central Reservation office at 1398 Menoher Drive. Registration must be accomplished in person and all enrolling children must have proof of current immunizations. For more information, call 301-981-3035 or 301-981-9981. Child care for special events can be arranged by calling the youth support flight chief at 301-981-9717

Other programs available include the Before and After School Programs which are provided through the Youth Activities Center and a Part Day Enrichment Program which is also in the Youth Activities Building. These classes are designed for parents and children who desire a preschool group experience but do not need full day care. Children may attend two days, three days, or five days either morning or afternoon. Children must be potty trained and can be between 3 and 5 years old. There are fees based on salary, ranging from $39 - $140 per month.

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.


Imagine Andrews Public Charter School opened its doors on August 22, 2011, on Joint Base Andrews, to provide a new education opportunity for students in Kindergarten through Grade 4. The mission of Imagine Andrews is to create a challenging learning environment for students in the Andrews community while addressing the specific needs of the military child. Through effective classroom instruction, students of Imagine Andrews will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become successful students and responsible citizens. For more information visit the Imagine Public Charter School website.

Andrews School Liaison is located at 1191 Menoher Drive, Joint Base Andrews AFB MD 20762, phone (301) 981-0057 for information on local area schools.

Joint Base Andrews is located within the boundaries of Prince George's County Public Schools. PGCPS is currently the 18th largest school district in the nation graduating more than 8,000 high school seniors in 2009. Their website is: The feeder schools for students living on Joint Base Andrews are Francis T. Evans Elementary School (grades K-5), Stephen Decatur Middle School (grades 6-8), and Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr., High School (grades 9-12).

The Andrews Homeschool Educators (AHE) is a group of parents assigned to Joint Base Andrews who choose to homeschool their children. The collaboration of parents' skills and knowledge provides for a healthy educational opportunity. For more information on the AHE contact the School Liaison Officer at 301-981-0057.

If your child has a special interest or talent you'd like to see developed, the Contextual Learning Environment (CLE) education, beginning with Kindergarten, provides twelve program "themes" in 56 different schools. Special programs include Biotechnology, Creative & Performing Arts, Montessori, and many others. The curriculum and instructional program are designed to meet student's individual needs. Student selection for the CLE program is accomplished via lottery. Auditions are required for performing arts applicants. Parents may contact the CLE Program Office for information about possible vacancies when they arrive out of cycle. Call 301-952-6044 or visit the Prince Georges County Public Schools' website.

Private schools in the Metropolitan Area are too numerous to list. Most families carpool because transportation, if available, is costly. Tuition costs range from $2,500 to $35,000 annually.

Medical Care

Malcolm Grow Medical Center. Photo courtesy U.S.Air Force

The 79th Medical Wing is the Air Force's single medical voice for planning and implementing Air Force and joint medical solutions within the National Capital Region. Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center is the home of the 79th Medical Wing and the 779th Medical Group located at Joint Base Andrews, Md.  The 579th Medical Group is located at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.

To enroll in TRICARE Prime at Malcolm Grow Medical Center, all military beneficiaries, including active-duty members, need to stop by the TRICARE Service Center located just inside the basement entrance of the facility. Patients transferring their enrollment from another region will need to complete a TRICARE Enrollment Change Form. It takes approximately 10 days to switch enrollment from another TRICARE region. Those enrolling for the first time will complete a TRICARE Enrollment Form. New enrollees, who submit their enrollment form before the 20th of the month, will be enrolled effective the first of the following month. Those who submit an enrollment form after the 20th will be enrolled on the first day of the second month. It's important to always keep the yellow copy of the enrollment form as proof of enrollment until you are activated in the system.

The goal of TRICARE is to provide all Prime enrollees the opportunity to select a Primary Care Manager team and their own personal provider on the team. At Malcolm Grow patients may choose from five PCM teams: gold team, silver team, flight medicine, family practice and pediatrics. Patients enrolled in TRICARE Prime must use their PCM to coordinate all primary and specialty care medical concerns.

All military beneficiaries, except active duty, will receive a TRICARE identification card within two months. TRICARE Prime enrollees may have a free copy of the Take Care of Yourself textbooks mailed to their home after presenting their military ID card. Concerns regarding enrollment should be directed to the Malcolm Grow TRICARE Service Center staff at 240-857-2400.

TRICARE Prime enrollees can make an appointment at Malcolm Grow by calling the Appointment/Information Line at 888-999-1212, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

In an emergency, call 911 and go directly to the nearest emergency room. Concerns regarding appointments should be directed to the patient advocate for each PCM team.

Dental treatment for active duty personnel may be obtained by calling 240-857-2806 to make an appointment. The Dental Clinic is on the corner of Arkansas and California Avenues in Bldg. 1601. After normal duty hours and on weekends, access to emergency dental care is made through the Malcolm Grow Medical Center Emergency Department.

Active duty family members and reservists may enroll in the TRICARE Dental Program, which is managed by United Concordia. To obtain an enrollment form, call United Concordia at 888-622-2256 or visit the website at