Joint Base ANDREWS
11 FSS/FSFR, 1191 Menoher Drive, Andrews AFB, MD 20762-6421
Joint Base Andrews (JBA) is a United States military facility located in Prince George’s County, Maryland. JBA is approximately 10 miles outside the Washington, D.C. city limits and 15 miles from the state of Virginia. The base is physically located in the town of Camp Springs MD, and is bordered by four other towns (Clinton, Upper Marlboro, Town of Morningside, and Forestville. The facility is under the jurisdiction of the United States Air Force 11th Wing, Air Force District of Washington. In 2009, Andrews Air Force Base and Naval Air Facility Washington were merged to form Joint Base Andrews.
The base is named for Lieutenant General Frank Maxwell Andrews (1884–1943), former Commanding General of United States Armed Forces in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. The base is widely known for serving as the home base of two Boeing VC-25 aircraft which have the call sign Air Force One while the President of the United States is on board.
The 11th Wing is the host wing for Joint Base Andrews providing security, personnel, contracting, finance and infrastructure support for 6 Wings, 2 Headquarters and more than 50 tenant organizations, as well as 40,000 Airmen and families in the national capital region and around the world. The 11th Wing supports contingency operations in our nation’s capital with immediate response rotary-assets. It also provides security for the world’s highest visibility flight line and is responsible for ceremonial support with the United States Air Force Band, Honor Guard and Air Force Arlington Chaplaincy.
The Washington Metropolitan Area is serviced by three airports; Ronald Reagan National (often referred to as Washington National or just National- DCA), Dulles International (IAD), and the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). Ronald Reagan National Airport is closest to Joint Base Andrews. The Air Force cannot provide government transportation to the base from airports, bus terminals or train stations however, commercial taxi service is available. Taxi fares from Baltimore Washington International Airport to JB Andrews are approximately $50 – $65; from Reagan National, $45 – $55; and from Dulles, $60 – $75.
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.
Directions to JB Andrews by Car
JB Andrews is located in the Southeast corner of the Washington Capital Beltway (I95/495). The exits to JB Andrews are well marked approaching from both directions. Once on-base, you can get directions to the newcomers 24-hour arrival point, the Presidential Inn, from the security police guard at the gate. There is a 100% ID check done at all base entry points.
Traveling by Train to JB Andrews
Two Metro train stations service Joint Base Andrews. Branch Avenue station on Metro’s Green Line is closest, and the other is New Carrollton on the Orange and Blue lines. The New Carrolton station is also a hub for AMTRAK, and the MARC commuter train. If traveling by commercial train, book passage on AMTRAK to the New Carrolton station, rather than Union Station in downtown Washington D.C. 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. For more information on train fares and routes, please visit the websites. The MARC schedule can be found here , and information on Metro can be found here.
In-Processing is in conjunction with Welcome to Andrews (WTA), which is coordinated through the Military Personnel Section (MPS). In-processing is every Monday. Members are advised to check in with the supporting units.
Before going to the Military Personnel Flight (MPF) you must inprocess at your unit orderly room. You will be scheduled (by your Commander’s Support Staff) for base inprocessing with Military Personnel and Finance. Please bring the sealed package from your departing base along with 5 copies of your PCS orders. This package is only to be opened by medical or inprocessing personnel.
If you arrive after normal duty hours (7:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.) and your sponsor has not already made previous arrangements for dormitory or lodging accommodations, report to the Presidential Inn (lodging) and the staff will provide you with reporting information, base maps, methods to obtain transportation and times of operation. You should report to your Squadron Orderly Room in uniform the following duty day morning. Bring with you the sealed package from your departing base and 5 copies of your orders. If you arrive during duty hours, report to your Squadron Orderly Room.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
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 more information, visit https://libertyparkatandrews.com/
Unaccompanied Housing is provided for unaccompanied Airmen and Sailors in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than 3 years of service. Each Airman and Sailor is provided a private sleeping room, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living.
Unaccompanied Airmen and Sailors in the rank of E-4 with three 3 years of service and who have more than six months on station and who have not been designated as a priority 1 by the installation commander are authorized to receive Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and move into housing in the community.
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In Washington, D.C., the summers are warm and muggy, the winters are very cold, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 29°F to 88°F and is rarely below 17°F or above 96°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from May 30 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 79°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 88°F and low of 72°F. The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from December 1 to March 4, with an average daily high temperature below 52°F. The coldest day of the year is January 30, with an average low of 29°F and high of 43°F.
The wetter season lasts 4.5 months, from April 10 to August 26, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 39% on June 17. The drier season lasts 7.5 months, from August 26 to April 10. The smallest chance of a wet day is 20% on October 20.
The overall cost of living in the Joint Base Andrews Community is equal to the Washington D.C. average and 52% higher than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in the Joint Base Andrews community are equal to the Washington D.C. average and 23% higher than the national average.
Some of the best things to do in DC – from the zoo to concerts, major attractions and screenings – are all completely free.
While there’s no admission charge to enter the 19 museums and galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, they’re merely a fraction of the many free things to do in DC. An entire day can be spent visiting most of the capital’s most popular attractions and hitting up some great events in DC without reaching for a wallet.
Nestled between sprawling condo corridors and busy commercial strips lie 1,750 acres of forest called Rock Creek Park. One of the largest preserves in the nation. Its 29 miles of hiking trails and ten miles of bridle paths intersect a net of bicycle paths. On weekends, several park roads close to motor vehicles. Its central thoroughfare – Beach Drive – a major commuter cut-through during weekday rush hour, is a quiet route to picnic groves (some with barbecue facilities) and playing fields at other times.
Free admission to the National Zoo offers a diverting escape. Particularly during the off-season, when the paths are not cluttered by push-chairs, the zoo offers a perfect (albeit hilly) stroll – away from the bustle of Connecticut Avenue.
Visit the Kennedy Center – festooned with decorative gifts from many nations and some wonderful 20th-century works of art. “Ken Cen” is as much a spectacle as the shows it presents – with its flag-filled Hall of States and Hall of Nations, six theaters and concert halls, three rooftop restaurants and great views from the open-air terrace. Free concerts (6pm daily) liven up the Millennium Stage and there are free 45-minute guided tours (call 1-202 416 8340 or walk-ins welcome; visit the Tour Desk on Level A). Parking is inadequate when several shows are playing at once. Better to walk or take the free shuttle bus from the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro stop.