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Joint Base Andrews is located in Prince George's County, Maryland, approximately 10 miles outside the Washington, D.C. city limits. The base is physically located in the town of Camp Springs MD, and is bordered by three other towns (Clinton, Morningside, and Forestville). There are literally hundreds of assignments and worksites in the Washington DC capital region (at Andrews AFB/NAF Washington alone we have over 60 tenant units). Installation's homepage.

Cost of Living:

Higher than the national average about 108% above national average. The DC metro area is expensive!

Base Operator:

301-981-1110 or DSN 312-858-1110.

BRAC Status: Gain of 400 personnel.



Active Duty Air Force: 5,791

  • Active Duty Navy: 234
  • Active Duty Marines: 16
  • Active Duty Army: 55
  • Family Members: 10,000

Total Force Strength: (AD, Guard, Reserve & Civilians): 10,953

Area Population: Maryland: 5.2 million and Prince George's County: 380,000.



Child Care

The wait for infant (to 1year old) childcare at the CDC can be up to one year for Category 1 parents (single parents, dual military career). Infant slots with on-base Family Home Daycare Providers or on the local economy are equally tight. 2-3 year old slots come open at the CDC and at FHDC providers usually within about 30 - 60 days. Slots for older children are easier to come by.

Child Development Centers: Andrews has three child care centers. A large Family Child Care Program offers an alternative to center based care and can usually accommodate families who may be waiting for a space in the center. There is generally a wait for infant care and it is limited. Three to five year olds must be potty trained and fees are based on salary, ranging from $39 - $140 per month. Contact 301-981-9981 or DSN 312-858-9981.


The school system serving Joint Base Andrews is Prince George's County Public Schools. Joint Base Andrews has one elementary, one middle, and one high school serving as primary feeder schools. Review the Prince George's County Public Schools website for detailed information.



Youth Services

The Joint Base Andrews youth programs encompasses school age programs for before and after school care, holiday camps, summer camps, sports, instructional classes, and membership program. Andrews has a very active teen program and a teen job bank.

Military and Family Support Center: Military and Family Support Center at 301-981-7087.


Housing is expensive and often hard to find. An extensive wholehouse renovation/demolition project that has taken a large number of units out of inventory for the foreseeable future. Due to this situation, there may be a wait for some categories of on base housing. This situation is expected to continue for an undetermined length of time. Contact the Housing Office at 301-981-5516/5165 DSN 312-858-5516 for the most current status.

Individuals living off-base reside in 5 states, some 60 counties and 300 communities in the Washington metro area (scattered across the states of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia as well as the District of Columbia).


Unemployment rate 6.7% Maryland and 6.5% Prince George’s County. Median income for Prince George’s County is $71,260.00.



Base Services


Malcolm Grow Medical Clinic

The 779th Medical Group (779 MDG), Malcolm Grow Medical Clinic (MGMC) offers a wide range of medical services.

Special Messages

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.


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