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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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
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