Naval Support Activity Philadelphia
700 Robbins St, Philadelphia, PA 19111
The NSA Philadelphia consists of 134 acres in the Lawncrest section of Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania built in 1942. Most of the base involves warehouse offices for the Naval supply commands and supports services to Navy units that are based at the old Philadelphia Navy Yard.
NSA Philadelphia/PNY mission is to provide an operationally ready, secure shore infrastructure built upon a streamlined shore installation management organization committed to quality of life to our military members and civilian staffs and quality of community developed through extensive interaction and involvement with the community. All of this will be attained within a safe working environment.
The Naval Support Activity Philadelphia was once called the Navy Aviation Supply Depot during the beginning of World War II in 1942. That depot was base to Naval Aviation parts and headquarters to the Defense Industrial Supply Center. With the purpose of supplying the US military, one famous duty was to help the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Over the years, the NSA grew as Base Realignment and Closure Commission actions mission and then were moved to the installation.
NSA Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Navy Yard are home to multiple commands supporting the warfighter. The major tenant commands are listed below:
Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
DLA Troop Support
DLA Document Services
Human Resources Service Center Northeast (HRSC NE)
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk (NAVSUP FLC)
Naval Foundry and Propeller Center (NFPC)
Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division-Ship Systems Engineering Station (NSWC CD-SSES)
NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) Formerly NAVICP
Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility (NCTRF)
Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC)
Navy Recruiting District Philadelphia (NRD Philadelphia)
PNY Branch Health Clinic (Naval Health Clinic, Annapolis)
U.S. Air Force Clothing & Textile (AFCTO)
U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion, Mid-Atlantic (USARB, MA)
The overall population in Philadelphia is 1.581 million.
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.
Philadelphia Department of Human Resources 215-686-0881
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.
Philadelphia Children Services 215-546-3519
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.
Philadelphia Animal Services 215-426-6300
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
Philadelphia Dept of Public Health 215-686-5200
Highway Patrol 215-452-5216
Base Operator (215) 697-1115
If you are headed for a tour of duty at NSA Philadelphia and need help finding local housing please contact the Housing Service Center at: 215-437-9520.
The Housing office can assist you whether you are looking to rent or buy and it doesn’t matter if you are military or civilian- all are welcome. If you are already onboard they are able to assist you with any questions you may have.
12.1 miles from Base
A nice military town with a great school district. It’s a 30 minute drive from the base and offers nearby shopping and restaurants.
17.4 miles from Base
Great neighborhood for kids. Walkable Main Street, tons of festivals, activities for kids and a safe environment. Schools are excellent too. Huge dog park.
In Philadelphia, the summers are warm and humid, the winters are very cold, and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 26°F to 87°F and is rarely below 13°F or above 94°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Philadelphia for warm-weather activities are from early June to early July and from early August to late September.
Compared to the state average of Pennsylvania the cost of living index in Philadelphia, PA is 104, which is 5% higher than the average in Pennsylvania and compared to the national average it is 4% higher than.
If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Philadelphia, PA goods and services come in at 7% higher than the average in Pennsylvania and are 7% higher than compared to the nationwide average.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s largest city, is notable for its rich history, on display at the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed) and other American Revolutionary sites. Also iconic are the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, immortalized by Sylvester Stallone’s triumphant run in the film “Rocky.”
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