Naval Air Station Patuxent River
United States naval air station
47123 Buse Rd, Patuxent River, MD 20670
Naval Air Station Patuxent River stretches across approximately 12 miles of shoreline at the mouth of the Patuxent River in St. Mary’s county, overlooking the picturesque Chesapeake Bay, 65 miles southeast of Washington, D.C. and 75 miles south of Baltimore. NAS Patuxent River covers more than 13,800 acres, including the Bloodsworth Island Range and the Webster Field Annex, which is located about 15 miles south of the station. Patuxent River is located outside of Lexington Park in southern Maryland.
Patuxent River is home to the Naval Air Systems Command and the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division headquarters. NAVAIR’s Aircraft Division at Patuxent River (including the Webster Field Annex) is the Navy’s full spectrum acquisition, research, development, test, evaluation and engineering and fleet support activity for manned and unmanned aircraft, engines, avionics, aircraft support systems and ship/shore/air operations. With more than 165,000 air operations annually, activities at Patuxent River fly 140 different aircraft over 780 restricted and 5,000 controlled square miles. Capabilities range from concepts analysis and procurement to flight testing and support equipment. NAS Patuxent River is under the command of Naval District Washington (NDW). NDW is one of ten regions reporting to Commander, Navy Installations. Headquartered at the Washington Navy Yard, NDW is the regional provider of common operating support to twenty Navy installations, including Naval Air Station Patuxent River. NDW is also known as the Quarterdeck of the Navy.
Situated on a peninsula between the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay, NAS Patuxent River is located on 6,400 acres (26 km²) of what was once prime farmland, consisting of several large farms, Mattapany, Susquehanna, and Cedar Point, as well as numerous tenant and sharecropper properties and a few clusters of vacation homes. The Cedar Point community included several churches, a post office, and a gas station. Some of the old homes now serve as quarters for Navy personnel stationed there. In 1937, the Navy’s Bureau of Aeronautics sought to consolidate aviation test programs, previously being conducted at several stations, including Dahlgren and Norfolk, Virginia, the Washington Navy Yard, and Naval Air Station Anacostia in Washington, D.C., and the Naval Aircraft Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Cedar Point was selected due to its remote location on the coastline, well removed from air traffic congestion, with ample space for weapons testing.
The Navy is the largest employer in the community with over 20,000 employed on the station. This includes about 3,000 active duty, 7,800 federal employees, 9,000 defense contractors, 400 non-appropriated-fund employees, and 4,500 family members.
Check-in starts at the 24 hours a day Command Duty Office (CDO), 301-342-1095, or at your command check-in point. Have your orders stamped at your check-in point, so that your leave will be stopped.
From your check-in point, report to your CPC (Command Pass Coordinator). When reporting to you CPC, you should have your stamped orders, service record (if still in custody of), receipts from your travel and your detaching endorsement FID (SH03). With your CPCs help you will fill out a new SGLI form, update your Page 2, fill out your travel claim – part of your travel claim will be for you to get your Temporary Lodging Expenses (TLE). You can get 10 days paid lodging with receipts. Receipt must indicate a zero balance. 10 days lodging must be between previous duty station and gaining duty station.
You will need to have permissive leave for house-hunting approved prior to taking the leave. This can be accomplished through your command administrative office.
At your new command, you will get your base check-in sheet. Get your sponsor or someone from your command to help you find your way around the base. You will need a sponsor who can assist you with your needs. To ensure a sponsor is assigned, you may also contact your gaining command. For a listing of commands see Major Unit Listings. Don’t forget to fill out you sponsor questionnaire sheet when you check in at your new command or at the Fleet and Family Support Center. Both PSD and the CDO are located in Building 409 (NAS Administration) on Cedar Point Road.
If you have been directed to go to your command check-in location, call your sponsor for directions or ask at the gate.
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/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
Every child between the ages of 5 and 17 must attend school. All children who will be 5 years old by September 1 of any given year must attend school in either a licensed private or public school Kindergarten that year.
In 2010, Maryland along with the majority of other states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.
Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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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.
Maryland Department of Human Resources 240-777-5000
Helps families live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.
Chesapeake Bay Children Services 410-643-9290
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
Chesapeake Bay Animal Services 410-268-4388
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
Chesapeake Bay Dept of Public Health 410-222-7095
Highway Patrol 410-537-1150
Base Operator 301-342-3000
Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255
There are 749 units of Military Family Housing at Patuxent Naval Air Station. Current wait times are 0-6 months; however, waiting times vary depending on the location of the housing desired. Bedroom entitlement and assignment policies are in compliance with OPNAVINST 11101.13 series. Call the Navy Family Housing Office at 301-342-3846, for availability.
2.7 miles from base
A nice affordable neighborhood with HOA. There are many great homes available. And it has a great proximity from the base.
3.5 miles from base
Quiet, family friendly and highly sought after community. Well maintained community features, including tot lot, playground, playing fields and grill areas. Quality built homes and architecture. Great sidewalks for evening strolls and jogging. Close to area’s newest shopping and restaurants, as well as NAS Pax River. Many great school to choose from in the area.
At Naval Air Station Patuxent River, the summers are warm and muggy, the winters are very cold and windy, and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 29°F to 87°F and is rarely below 18°F or above 94°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Naval Air Station Patuxent River for warm-weather activities are for the entire month of June and from mid August to early October.
Compared to other cities in Maryland and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Chesapeake Beach, MD is 127, which is 6% higher than the Maryland average and 27% higher than that for the entire country.
Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. The cost of retail goods and services in Chesapeake Beach, MD are 1% lower than the average for Maryland and 9% higher than the rest of the country.
The Patuxent River is a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay in the state of Maryland. There are three main river drainages for central Maryland: the Potomac River to the west passing through Washington, D.C., the Patapsco River to the northeast passing through Baltimore, and the Patuxent River between the two. The 908-square-mile (2,352 km2)  Patuxent watershed had a rapidly growing population of 590,769 in 2000. It is the largest and longest river entirely within Maryland, and its watershed is the largest completely within the state.
It’s not cliché, it’s fact: there’s something for everyone to do on vacation in Ocean City, bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Chesapeake Bay on the other. Thrilling amusement rides, peaceful sunsets over the Bay, fresh steamed crabs, fireworks, surfing, fishing… no matter what you’re looking for in a vacation, whether it’s adventure or relaxation, you’re bound to find it by heading straight for the boardwalk in OC.
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in charming St. Michaels has a huge collection of work and pleasure boats in and out of the water. Visit the working shipyard, spend the night at the historic 1879 lighthouse, and learn all about the lives and trade of Chesapeake Bay watermen through the museum’s unique collection of indigenous watercraft.
Fort McHenry is a great place to relax and watch the boats on a sunny day, but it also holds a special place in American history. Here you can stand on the spot where, during the War of 1812, the defenders of Baltimore turned back the invading British, fresh from the burning of Washington, D.C. It’s also where the original “Star-Spangled Banner” flag flew in victory, as seen by Francis Scott Key, the lawyer and amateur poet who went on to pen the poem that became the lyrics to our National Anthem.
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