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.
Arriving at Joint Base Andrews
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.
There are over 20,000 Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, military family members, civilians, and retirees assigned to Joint Base Andrews.