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Naval Support Facility Dahlgren

Naval Support Activity South Potomac
6509 Sampson Rd, Dahlgren, VA 22448

NSF Dahlgren

Naval Support Facility Dahlgren (NSF Dahlgren) is located approximately 30 miles east of Fredericksburg, VA and 68 miles south of Washington, DC and 55 miles north of Richmond, VA in rural King George County. Nestled alongside the Potomac River, the base enjoys the beauty of the water as well as quick access to a major highway, Route 301. NSF Dahlgren was originally established in 1918 as the Naval Proving Ground. It was named in honor of Rear Admiral John Adolphus Dahlgren, who is considered the father of modern naval ordnance.


The tradition of excellence at Dahlgren is a long and distinguished one.  Today, as well as continuing as one of the Navy’s premiere research and development laboratories, Dahlgren is home to more than a half dozen major Navy and Department of Defense commands, including Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, Navy Air and Missile Defense Command, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Field Activity, Joint Warfare Analysis Center, the Center for Surface Combat Systems, Aegis Training and Readiness Center, and Air Force’s 20th Space Control Squadron Detachment One.


The host command for NSF Dahlgren is Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP), which was established in 2005 as a component of Naval District Washington. NSASP currently provides shore installation management services for NSF Dahlgren, VA, as well as NSF Indian Head, MD.

Arriving at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren
Dahlgren is located about 30 miles east of Fredericksburg, VA approximately an hour and a half south of Washington, D.C. and an hour and forty minutes north of Richmond, Virginia. The closest airport is Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.


If you are arriving by train or bus, both make stops in Fredericksburg about 30 miles from Dahlgren. The Amtrak train stops in downtown Fredericksburg and there is a Greyhound bus station on Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg located across the street from the famous Carl’s Ice Cream Stand. There is no public transportation to Dahlgren. Taxi service is available but can be expensive ($60). Recommend military members arrange transportation with their Command sponsor or request a Command duty driver.


Arriving During Duty Hours Check-In

All incoming military personnel should report to their Command for in-processing directions and guidance. Single or unaccompanied military will be assigned billeting quarters at the Potomac Inn Billeting Office, Bldg 960. Military members accompanied by their families should be escorted to temporary lodging and Base Housing and then to Command for reporting and in processing.


After Duty Hours Check-In

If you report to Dahlgren after duty hours or on holidays and weekends, check in with the BEQ/BOQ Billeting Registration Desk, Bldg 960. The next day of business, you should report to your Command to begin in-processing.


In-processing Documents

Incoming personnel should have a copy of their orders, any leave forms, copies of travel receipts, copies of any travel advances, military ID cards, drivers license, and auto insurance information. Families with school age children should have their birth certificates, immunization records, social security cards, and current physical certification.

Base Population
NSF Dahlgren employs approximately 360 DoD active-duty military personnel, approximately 450 military family members, over 4,600 DoD civilian employees, and over 1,800 defense contractor employees.