Critical Installation Information
There are literally hundreds of assignments and worksites in the Washington DC capital region (at JB Andrews/NAF Washington alone we have over 60 tenant units).
However, because individuals living off-base reside in 4 (Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and West Virginia), the District of Columbia, states, some 60 counties and 300 communities in the Washington metro area it is important to know that a one-way commute of almost 45-60 minutes is not uncommon in the National Capitol Region. High volumes of traffic 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).
When making local calls to off-base numbers or when using an off-base phone, the entire number–including area code–is dialed as if it were a long distance number, but without the “1” e.g., 301-981-7087. If the number you are calling is actually long distance, the phone system will alert you to that fact. The JB Andrews base locator can be reached at DSN 312-858-6161 or 301-981-6161/1110. For after hours emergencies contact the JB Andrews Command Post at 301-981-5058 or DSN 312-858-5058.
A tour at JB Andrews can be more expensive than at most other CONUS locations. Therefore, housing, eating out, insurance and taxes may be significantly higher than what you are accustomed to. On the positive side, there are lots of free recreational activities and cultural events.
It is illegal to text and operate a motor vehicle in Maryland. Hand-held devices are prohibited from use while on installation and within the state. A hands-free device must be used. Distracted driving is prohibited on Joint Base Andrews. Distracted driving is defined as texting, talking, emailing or using a cellphone while operating a motor vehicle without the use of a hands-free device
Passports and Visas
Ensure member and/or dependents have the required passports and/or visa prior to final out-processing. Member and/or dependents are not allowed to final out-process without the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents. Members electing the accompanied tour will not be permitted to out-process without having the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.
These actions are necessary to prevent unforeseen hardships to the military members and their families. Therefore, as a last reiteration, it is essential, members do not out-process without having the appropriate passports/visas for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.