NSA Bethesda Home of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center


Naval Support Activity Bethesda is located in Montgomery County Maryland, North West of Washington D.C., situated inside the inner loop of the beltway. Bethesda is one of the most renowned communities in the Greater Washington D.C. area – home to numerous retailers, arts organizations, a thriving restaurant community and extensive downtown workforce.

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Naval Support Activity Bethesda’s history began with a 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) recommendation that resulted in congressional legislation ordering the consolidation of National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) and Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC).

With NNMC and WRAMC being located in such close proximity to each other, military and congressional leaders recognized the opportunity to reduce duplication of efforts and facilities requirements; better utilization of facilities and infrastructure and consolidation and optimization of existing and future service contract requirements, capable of generating financial savings.

Years of planning, followed by a gradual transition of installation management functions performed by civilian, military and contract personnel at culminated in the smooth transition of base operating support management under a single, Navy-led joint military command.

Since the BRAC legislation was enacted, Army and Navy planners, support personnel and leaders steadfastly worked to ensure a smooth transition to NSAB. The transition was completed on August 27, 2011 when WRAMC closed after more than 100 years of service and integrated with NNMC, forming the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). While keeping patient care and safety at the forefront, the new facility underwent extensive construction and renovation projects to accommodate the expanded services and growing number of patients and personnel.


Our Mission: Naval Support Activity Bethesda exists to support the hospital as well as all of its tenant commands in their pursuit of excellence in patient care, medical research and education.

Our Vision: Our Nation’s Premier Joint Base and the Installation of Choice in the National Capitol Region.

Population Served

Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) is responsible for providing installation support to 12,000 military, and civilian employees and their families, 40 tenant units, including Joint Task Force national Capital Region-Medical JTF CapMed),Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and other DOD and federal agencies.

Base Transportation

There is shuttle bus service on NSAB. Contact the Transportation Program Coordinator at 301-319-3818 with any questions or comments.


You will be assigned a sponsor from your gaining unit or command. Your sponsor is responsible for e-mailing you an electronic welcome package upon request a hard copy welcome aboard package can be mailed to you, with base information as well as helping you and your family settles in to your new location. You may also request a Welcome Packet be mailed to you by contacting the Fleet and Family Support Center relocation professionals at 301-319-4087. Please coordinate with your sponsor when and where you will arrive so that they can make the appropriate arrangements to meet you.

Temporary Quarters

The Navy Lodge is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Active duty, Reserve, National Guard, retirees, and DOD civilians are authorized to use lodging facilities on NSAB. The Navy Lodge can be reached at 301-654-1795.

Relocation Assistance

NSAB has a loan closet available for your use where you can obtain items such as dishes, cooking utensils, air mattresses, coffee pot, and electric alarm clocks, on a temporary basis while you await the delivery of your household goods.

The Naval Support Activity Bethesda Newcomers’ Orientation, “Right Start”, is conducted every Week . Contact the Family Support Center to sign-up for Right Start, 301-319-4087 or email ffsc@med.navy.mil using “Right Start” as the subject line.

Critical Installation Information

Telephone Access for NSA Bethesda

DSN 312-295-XXXX if commercial number is 301-295-XXXX
DSN 312-285-XXXX if commercial number is 301-319XXXX
DSN 312-469-XXXX if commercial number is 301-400-XXXX


There are several transit options available when commuting to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSA Bethesda).Public Parking is available in downtown Bethesda, Maryland. Staff can park in these areas, then ride the Metro to the Medical Center Metro Station. Transit benefits can be applied to metro rail cost but not to parking expenses. The estimated out-of-pocket expense for parking in Bethesda is $150.
Mass Transit Fringe Benefits (MTFB) is available to Civilian & Active Duty Military Staff.
Parking is available at 42 metro rail stations. You will find a list of metro stations with parking, along with any associated fees and policies for each lot on the WMATA website.

Frequently Called Numbers on Base

American Red Cross: 301-295-1538

Blood Bank: 301-295-1737

Career Development: 301-319-4895/6

Chief of Staff: 301-295-2427

Comfort Hall (Building 60): 301-295-5855

Command Duty Office: 301-295-4611

Command Secretariat: 301-295-5805

Comptroller: 301-295-2426

Computer Help Desk: 301-295-6300

Emergency Medicine: 301-295-4810

Fisher Houses: 301-295-5334

Fleet and Familiy Support Center: 301-319-4087

General Surgery: 301-295-4440/1

Hippa Privacy Office: 301-319-4775

HIV, Navy Central: 301-295-6590

Hospital Dentistry: 301-400-2060

Information Desk: 301-295-4000

Joint Task Force (JTF) CAP MED: 301-319-8400

Legal: 301-295-2215

Manpower: 301-295-5208

Marine Corps Liaison: 301-295-6111

Medevac Office: 301-295-2620

Media Relations Office: 301-295-5727

Medical Intensive Care Unit: 301-295-4830

Medical Readiness: 301-295-5483

Mercy Hall (Building 50): 301-295-5711

Military Medical Records: 301-295-0644

Morale Welfare & Recreation: 301-295-9434

Naval Dosimetry Center: 301-295-0142

Navy College: 301-295-2014//5423

Navy Federal Credit Union: 1-888-842-6328

Navy Marine Relief Society: 301-295-1207

One Stop Shop: 301-295-6300

Operation Readiness: 301-295-2880

Pass and ID, Decals and Badges: 301-295-4607

Patient Administration: 301-295-2126

Pharmacy: 301-319-3432

Physical Therapy: 301-295-4880

Postal Services: 301-295-0162/5161

Public Affairs: 301-295-5727

Quality Management Department: 301-295-5815

Solace Hall (Building 61): 301-295-5288

Sponsor Program: 301-319-8404

Staff Judge Advocate: 301-295-2215

Time and Attendance Office: 301-295-2020/4637

Tranquility Hall (Building 62): 300-400-0200

TriCare Services: 1-877-TRICARE

USUHS: 301-295-9800