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United States Air Force
1191 Menoher Drive
Andrews AFB, MD 20762-6421
Cost of Living in Andrews Air Force Base, MD is 59.6% Higher than the National Average.
For Special and Critical Information contact Security Forces (Desk Sergeant) at 301-921-2001/2002.
You should know that a one-way commute of 45-60 minutes is not uncommon in the Andrews area. Traffic jams are a daily reality. A recent study showed that Washington DC area commuters lose an average of 78 hours per year in traffic tie ups, making it the 2nd worst commuter traffic situation in the U.S. (Los Angeles was first).
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (301) 981-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win...in air, space and cyberspace.
To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision:
The United States Air Force will be a trusted and reliable joint partner with our sister services known for integrity in all of our activities, including supporting the joint mission first and foremost. We will provide compelling air, space, and cyber capabilities for use by the combatant commanders. We will excel as stewards of all Air Force resources in service to the American people, while providing precise and reliable Global Vigilance, Reach and Power for the nation.
The Air Force has three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations.
These core competencies make our six distinctive capabilities possible:
1. Air and Space Superiority : With it, joint forces can dominate enemy operations in all dimensions -- land, sea, air and space.
2. Global Attack: Because of technological advances, the Air Force can attack anywhere, anytime -- and do so quickly and with greater precision than ever before.
3. Rapid Global Mobility: Being able to respond quickly and decisively anywhere we're needed is key to maintaining rapid global mobility.
4. Precision Engagement: The essence lies in the ability to apply selective force against specific targets because the nature and variety of future contingencies demand both precise and reliable use of military power with minimal risk and collateral damage.
5. Information Superiority: The ability of joint force commanders to keep pace with information and incorporate it into a campaign plan is crucial.
6. Agile Combat Support: Deployment and sustainment are keys to successful operations and cannot be separated. Agile combat support applies to all forces, from those permanently based to contingency buildups to expeditionary forces.
The Air Force bases these core competencies and distinctive capabilities on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.
Joint Base Andrews History
The history of Andrews Air Force Base dates back to the Civil War when the Union occupied a small country church as its headquarters for soldiers camped nearby. Today, that church is known as Chapel Two, and the base community still uses it for worship services.
In the early part of the 20th century, the present site of Andrews was often discussed for a potential civilian airfield. In August 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the Secretary of War to acquire the land and to build a military airfield. Construction began later that year. On April 19, 1943, the first permanent unit, the 463rd Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron, arrived from Westover Field, Mass., with 105 enlisted men and five officers.
Camp Springs Army Air Field became operational on May 2, 1943, when the first Republic P-47 Thunderbolt arrived; 75 other P-47s arrived during the first month. The field's early mission was to train fighter pilots for overseas combat duty.
Camp Springs became Andrews Field in 1945 to honor of one of the Air Force's founding fathers, Lt. Gen. Frank M. Andrews. He died in an airplane crash on May 3, 1943, ironically the day after the base that now bears his name opened. Shortly after the Air Force became a separate service in 1947, the base's name changed to Andrews Air Force Base.
In the years following World War II, Andrews served as headquarters for Continental Air Command, Strategic Air Command and the Military Air Transport Service. It was also headquarters to the Air Research and Development Command and its successor, the Air Force Systems Command, from 1950 to 1992.
The year 1947 marked the arrival of the first permanently assigned jet-powered aircraft, an F-80 Shooting Star, at Andrews. With the onset of the Korean War in June 1950, Andrews became involved in combat readiness training for B-25 medium bomber crews.
However, Andrews has been best known for its special air mission--the transportation of senior government and military leaders. President Harry S. Truman was the first to fly a presidential flight out of Andrews on Nov. 24, 1946. The port of entry and departure for dignitaries transferred to Andrews Air Force Base in 1959 after the completion of a 14 million dollar upgrade to the existing runway and the addition of a new parallel runway. Also in 1959, Detachment 1, 1254th Air Transport Group received its first jet aircraft, a VC-137. While the president's official aircraft, a C-121 (Columbine III), remained at Washington National Airport, the president often used the new VC-137 for longer trips. President John F. Kennedy's official aircraft, a C-118, permanently transferred from Washington National in March 1962, and Andrews officially became the "Home of Air Force One. "
Andrews has since been the scene of many joyful returns and reunions. Among the many occasions, Andrews welcomed the first prisoners of war back from Vietnam in 1973, saw the return of the U.S. hostages from Iran in 1981, and welcomed former POW Pfc. Jessica Lynch home from Iraq in 2003.
Known as "The President's Wing," the 89th Airlift Wing continues to contribute to Andrews' rich history as the elite Air Mobility Command wing for transporting VIPs around the world. Not only does Andrews provide service for America's senior officials, but also kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers, popes, and local and foreign military leaders make Andrews AFB their first stop in the United States.
On Jan. 5, 2005 the Air Force reactivated the Air Force District of Washington (AFDW) as the single Air Force voice for planning and implementing Air Force and joint solutions within the National Capital Region (NCR). This event brought with it significant changes at Andrews. On May 12, 2006, the 89th Medical Group at Andrews and the 11th Medical Group, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. combined into the 79th Medical Wing where it established its headquarters here at Andrews. In June 2006, the 316th Wing stood up under the command of AFDW as the new host unit for Andrews Air Force Base and its nearly 50 tenant units to include organizations from the Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Civil Air Patrol, and the United States Navy. The activation of the 316th prompted the transfer of the 1st Helicopter Squadron from the 89th Airlift Wing to the 316th Operations Group. Finally, in May of 2007 the AFDW, as well as the 844th Communications Group, transferred from Bolling AFB to Andrews.
On Oct. 1, 2009, Andrews Air Force Base, along with Naval Air Facility Washington, became a joint base known as Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington, or Joint Base Andrews. In October, 2010, the 316th Wing was inactivated and the 11th Wing,formerly the host wing at Bolling Air Force Base, was re-designated the host wing here at Andrews. The "Chief's Own" 11th Wing, while adopting the missions of Andrews, continues to oversee all operations of the Air Force Band, Honor Guard, and Chaplaincy which are still located at now Joint Base Anacostia/Bolling. The 11th Wing is proud to be host of the base bearing the name of one of the true founding fathers of today's most powerful air and space force.
Receiving much more publicity are the significant events recently occurring here including the annual Joint Service Open House aerial and ground demonstrations, and the reception of Pope Benedict XVI by President Bush. This event on April 15, 2008, marked the first time a U.S. President has traveled to Andrews to meet a head of state since September 1959 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower greeted Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev. Premier Khrushchev was also the first foreign head of state to fly into Andrews. These major developments and events add to Andrews AFB's already dynamic and critical part it plays in the defense of our nation as it constantly evolves from the muddy fields and wooden buildings of the 1940s, to become one of the most modern air bases in the world, and solidifying itself as "The Gateway to the Capital."
Joint Base Andrews BasicsFirst AF Flight: May 2, 1943Total Force Strength: Approximately 14,000Military (Active-duty, Guard, & Reserve): Approximately 12,000Civilians: Approximately 2,300Economic Impact: Approximately $1.2 billionTotal Acreage: 6,853
Maryland: 5.2 million and Prince George's County: 380,000.
Joint Base Andrews is located in the Prince Georges County in the state of Maryland, 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). If you are unable to live in on base housing at Joint Base Andrews, urban, suburban, small town, and country housing options are all within reasonable commuting distance of Joint Base Andrews. The base operator's phone number is 301-981-1110 or DSN 312-981-1110.
To JB Andrews from Washington Metropolitan Area Airports
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.Ronald Reagan National Airport (AKA Washington National or just National)
Located in Virginia, just minutes from Washington D.C. The telephone number for the information desk is 703-419-8000. It is approximately 20-30 minutes from JB Andrews. National can be reached by METRO rail or bus, taxi, cab or car. Short and long-term parking lots are available, with shuttle service to the terminals.
Dulles International Airport
Located in Northern Virginia. The main telephone number is 703-661-2700. It is about a 60-90 minute drive. It is accessible by car, taxi or the Washington Flyer shuttle from National Airport and other METRO locations.Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
The telephone number is 301-261-1000. It is approximately 25 miles and a45 minute drive to BWI. BWI has ample parking with free shuttle service to the terminal. MARC train service is available between BWI and the New Carrolton train station, where a taxi can be taken to JB Andrews. BWI is also an AMC gateway and has the largest active USO facility in the continental US.
Andrews AFB is located off of Exit 9 of I-495, about 10 miles southeast of Washington DC in Camp Springs, Maryland. The military base, also known as Joint Base Andrews, is the home of the 79th Medical Wing, 89 Airlift Wing, 316th Wing and Air Force One. Proper identification is required to gain access: DOD Common Access Cards, Military Retiree ID cards, Military Dependent ID cards, State/Federal Law Enforcement (ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS), and Sponsored Guests. DOD, retired, and dependent ID Card holders are able to escort up to 10 individuals in accordance with AFI 31-113.
Due to security concerns taxis, buses, airport shuttle buses, and limousines are NOT allowed on base. The closest Metro Station is Branch Avenue. Metro buses pick up outside the Main Gate during the week, but do not stop on weekends.
Public Tours of Joint Base AndrewsPublic tours of the base are available to groups of 10 to 40 people. Groups must complete a request form. For information, call 301-981-4429. Groups visit by entering the Pearl Harbor Gate, located off of Exit 11A of I-495.
Attending the Air Show? Note that only DoD authorized members are allowed to park at AFB for the show. For all the details about attending see a Guide to the Andrews Air Show. Public parking is provided at FedEx Field which is marked on the map with a parking icon. Free shuttle transportation is provided between the two destinations.
Driving DirectionsFrom I-95/495 South to Main Gate:Take exit 9, turn right at stop signAt the light turn right onto Allentown RoadTurn left at next lightProceed through the Main Gate
From I-95/495 to Virginia Gate:Take exit 7A, Route 5 South (Branch Avenue)Follow Branch Avenue (Route 5) south; take the Coventry way exitTurn left onto Coventry WayTurn right onto Old Alexandria Ferry RoadTurn left at Virginia Ave, and proceed through the Virginia Gate
From I-95/495 North to North Gate:Take exit 9 and follow aroundAt light make left onto Allentown RoadFollow Allentown RoadMerge onto Suitland ParkwayTake Andrews Air Force Base, North Gate exitProceed through North Gate
From 95/495 South to North Gate:Take exit 11A, Route 4 South/Pennsylvania AvenueStay to the right, Go through the first LightAt the next light, make a right onto Suitland ParkwayTake Andrews Air Force Base, North Gate exitProceed through North Gate
From 95/495 North to Pearl Harbor Gate:Take exit 9, Turn left onto Allentown RoadMerge onto Suitland Parkway/Pennsylvania AvenueTake right onto Dower house RoadTurn right onto Pearl Harbor Drive and proceed through Pearl Harbor Gate
From 95/495 South to Pearl Harbor GateTake exit 11A, Route 4 South/Pennsylvania AvenueMake a right at the light onto Dower house RoadTurn right onto Pearl Harbor Drive and proceed through Pearl Harbor Gate
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.
There is no base shuttle service. Any questions or comments about the base shuttle should be directed to Vehicle Operations at 301-981-1182.
301-981-1110 or DSN 301-858-1110.