Naval Support Activity Bethesda
8901 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20889
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center was formed in September 2011. The Base Realignment and closure law of 2005 decided it would be best to join the National Naval Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center to form the new center that has been recently commonly called “The Nations’ Medical Center”. It is now one of the nation’s largest and most renowned military medical centers. WRNMMC represents the joining of the “Best of the Best”. They strive to excel in operational readiness; outstanding customer service; maintaining excellent graduate medical and dental education and research; and always delivering world-class health care within an integrated system.
The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center leads military medicine through outstanding patient-centered care, innovation, and excellence in education and research. They provide comprehensive care to prevent disease, restore health and maximize readiness.
Walter Reed General Hospital opened its doors on May 1, 1909. The Commander of the Army General Hospital, Major William C. Borden had lobbied for several years for a new hospital to replace the aged one at Washington Barracks, now Fort McNair. Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall includes Fort McNair, Fort Myer, and Henderson Hall.
Borden and Major Walter Reed, who became best known as the leading researcher to discover that yellow fever was transmitted by mosquitoes, became friends while teaching together at the Army Medical School. Sadly, one short year after his return trip from Cuba, Major Reed died from peritonitis following an appendectomy performed by his dear friend, Major Borden. Following Reed’s death, Borden became dedicated to seeing the completion of the new hospital which would co-locate the Army hospital, the Army Medical School, the Army Medical Museum and the Surgeon General’s Library. Borden was instrumental in naming the new hospital after his friend, Major Walter Reed.
Arriving at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
For Navy personnel, you should have made meeting arrangements with your sponsor prior to reporting onboard, if you have not or you have missed your sponsor, you may always report to the Command Duty Office (CDO), 301-538-2843/301-295-4611 then press option 4. You may also check in at your command check-in point. Have your orders stamped at your check-in point so that your leave will be stopped.
Navy Fleet Liaison Call: 202-255-3391 Email: email@example.com
U.S. Army Troop Command
S1 – 301-319-2648
(Command Support Staff are located at Joint Base Andrews)
Please Call 240-612-2416
Army Element at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
All Regular Army Soldiers on assignment orders to report to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are responsible to turn PCS Orders; (original) signed DA 31 with control number and completed Evaluation Report upon arriving to WRNMMC to the Troop Command S1.
If the Soldier is authorized; he/she may request 10 days PTDY for “House Hunting” upon the completion of in-processing which could take 3-5 days.
While in-processing, Soldiers can use the on-post Navy Lodge (call ahead for availability) or find a hotel on the market. Given local traffic congestion and on-post parking scarcity, we would recommend that you try to reserve a room at the on-post Navy Lodge (if vacancies exist).
Regular Army Soldiers must report as described below:
-Soldiers will report to Troop Command S1, Building 14, Basement Monday to Friday 0800 to 1500.
-Soldiers will report to the Command Duty Office (CDO), Building 10, 1st Floor Saturday-Sundays or non-duty hours.
Retiree Recall Soldiers assigned to WRNMMC and Mobilized USAR/ARNG/APMC/IMA Soldiers attached to WRNMMC:
-Report to your Reserve mobilization site per your orders prior to reporting to Walter Reed.
-If you are to report to Fort Belvoir Mobilization site, the mobilization site is located at Building 219 as indicated on your orders. This should take 1-3 days to complete.
-While in-processing at Fort Belvoir, you can use your Government Travel Card to pay for expenses in the usual manner; be sure to save your receipts for travel reimbursement.
Visit Fort Belvoir’s Housing page. You can stay at a local hotel or use Fort Belvoir’s lodging facilities – please call for availability prior to arrival.
After your initial mobilization in-processing at Fort Belvoir, you will report to WRNMMC-Bethesda , Troop Command S-1, Building 14, Basement. From here you will in-process the unit and installation, which will take approximately 1-3 days to complete.
While in-processing WRNMMC-Bethesda, you can use the on-post Navy Lodge (call ahead for availability) or find a local hotel. Here is the link to WRNMMC-Bethesda’s on-post Navy Lodge. Due to local traffic congestion and on-post parking scarcity, we would recommend that you try to reserve a room at the on-post Navy Lodge (if vacancies exist) for the duration of your orders. However, you can pursue off-post housing options if you like.
Part of in-processing at Bethesda will entail going to the Housing Referral Office where you will obtain a Statement of Non-Availability (SNA), which will entitle you to seek off-post housing. You may be able to arrange some of this ahead of time by contacting the Housing Referral Office. The office is located in Building 17, 3rd floor in Suite 3D at WRNMMC. The phone number is (301) 295-1138 or (301) 295-0798. Your orders entitle you to a substantial amount of per Diem (except Retiree Recalls) each month that will be used to pay for your housing. You will not be “placed” in housing; rather, you will have to search for housing on your own, stay at the on-post Navy Lodge, or use one of the companies offered through the Housing Referral Office that will find an apartment for you. If you use one of the companies that finds an apartment for you, all of your per diem will be exhausted via rent payments and fees paid to the company that coordinates the apartment details for you. Explore the options above. If you want to set up housing prior to your arrival, please call Mr. Price at 301-295-8011 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, if you do not currently have a Government Travel Card (GTC), please contact your unit right away to apply for one. The WRNMMC Reserve DTS Manager is Rick Lynn (301-295-8201) – he can also assist if you have trouble obtaining a GTC and explain the particulars of your per Diem payments, such as amounts and the payment method.
Additionally, your Finance and Personnel requirements will be taken care of during in-processing at your mobilization site, Fort Belvoir, or Bethesda. Bring copies of your orders, marriage certificate, dependent birth certificates, and the like as they apply to you.
Soldiers Assigned/Attached To WRNMMC For Training
(HHC, Student Company –GME, MOS Training)
Student Soldiers will report directly to HHC, Troop Command, Building 14 for in-processing. (see installation map within the WRNMMC Welcome Guide). Building 14 is labeled “Temporary Fitness Center” on the installation map, but it now houses each of Troop Command’s four Company headquarters.
Student Soldiers should report with copies of their orders and their ORIGINAL DA 31.
During the in-processing period at WRNMMC-Bethesda, you can use the on-post Navy Lodge (call ahead for availability) or a local hotel. Given local traffic congestion and on-post parking scarcity, we would recommend that you try to reserve a room at the on-post Navy Lodge (if vacancies exist).
Also, if you do not currently have a Government Travel Card (GTC), please contact your unit right away to apply for one. The WRNMMC Reserve DTS Manager is Rick Lynn (301- 295-8201) – he can also assist if you have trouble obtaining a GTC and he can explain the particulars of your per Diem payments, such as amounts and the payment method.
Additionally, your Finance and Personnel requirements will be taken care of during in-processing at Bethesda. Bring copies of your orders, marriage certificate, dependent birth certificates, and the like as they apply to you.
Student Soldiers must report as described below:
Soldiers will report to HHC, Troop Command, Building 14
Monday to Friday 0730 to 1600.
Soldiers will report to the Command Duty Office (CDO), Building 10, 1st Floor Saturday-Sundays or non-duty hours.
Information about bus routes available around the Medical Center are listed here:
There are over 12,000 active duty and civilian employees assigned to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.