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Columbia Colony Housing Area, NAS Patuxent River


There are 749 units of Military Family Housing at Patuxent Naval Air Station. Current wait times are 0-6 months; however, waiting times vary depending on the location of the housing desired. Bedroom entitlement and assignment policies are in compliance with OPNAVINST 11101.13 series. Call the Navy Family Housing Office at 301-342-3846, for availability.

Housing, both to rent or buy, is expensive in the Patuxent River area. Affordable housing can be located but the challenge may take some time and a lot of patience. The Fleet and Family Support center and the Housing Service Center are your best resources for locating quality, affordable housing in this area.


Government Housing

There are 749 units of Military Family Housing at Patuxent Naval Air Station. Current wait times for Enlisted housing runs from 0-3 months, For Officer wait times, please contact the Housing Service Center as waiting times vary depending on the location of the housing desired. Bedroom entitlement and assignment policies are in compliance with OPNAVINST 11101.13 series.  Please contact the office with any questions you may have and our professional housing staff will be happy to assist you. Upon request, we will provide a "Housing Information Package". Visit the Patuxent homepage for additional information.

To view housing floor plans, click here.


Non-Government Housing

Housing, both to rent or buy, is expensive in the Patuxent River area. Affordable housing can be located but the challenge may take some time and a lot of patience. The Fleet and Family Support center and the Housing Service Center are your best resources for locating quality, affordable housing in this area. The Housing Service Center is your contact for any problems you may encounter such as discrimination complaints, tenant/landlord disputes, or any questions or problems about off-base housing is the HRO. The HRO Housing Service Center will provide you a list of rentals with corresponding locator maps and give you information regarding the communities in which the rentals are located. All renters should carry renters insurance against fire, theft and other damages. The property owner's insurance will cover the property but not the renters personal property. Transfer coverage after you arrive. Ask about the availability of a Rental Partnership Program if you are planning to rent.

Renting, Buying and Mobile Homes

For personnel living off-base, rental rates are high with a one bedroom costing between $950-$1300 a month, two bedrooms in the $1150-$1600 range, and three bedrooms ranging from $1200-$1750.  Set up costs consists of a security deposit of one month's rent plus the first month's rent.  Application fees run $25-50 each and are not refundable.  The Rental Partnership Program run by the Housing Office may help you avoid some of these costs.  Apartments participating in this program forgo the application fees and security deposit and sometimes charge reduced rents (-5%).  One stipulation of this program is that your rent be paid by allotment.  In all cases as you search for living arrangements, ask if any special promotions apply.

Utilities average $125 - $275+ per month, depending upon usage, time of year, age of dwelling, etc.

Purchasing a home is expensive with prices ranging from approximately $185,000 to $400,000 and above.  Closing costs are some of the highest in the United States, averaging 5.5 - 8% of the price of the house.  You should always negotiate to reduce these costs in your purchase offer.  Since appreciation on homes is not guaranteed, consider whether you will be in the area for at least 4-5 years to potentially recover the costs of buying. Remember that being approved for a real estate loan does not necessarily mean you can afford the payments.

Mobile homes constitute a major financial liability.  No mobile homes are allowed on base.  Few lots are available in the area, and local zoning severely limits mobile homes on vacant lots.  DO NOT BRING A MOBILE HOME HERE UNTIL YOU HAVE SECURED A LOT IN ADVANCE TO ITS ARRIVAL.

Less expensive housing - both in rental and purchase price - can be found by commuting in a range of 15-60 miles each way.  While public transportation to the base exists, it's not normally available in the areas where the majority of personnel live and does not come onto base for pick-up/drop-off.


Support Services

Military and Family Support Centers are part of the network of agencies, programs, services and partnerships which supports the overall well-being of military families. Military and Family Support Centers provide information, education and support programs to help balance the demands of military life. The Military and Family Support Center should be one of your first stops once you arrive at a new installation to connect with key programs, services and support systems. Programs and services may vary across services and installations.

  • Deployment support provides information, education and support to assist you and your family during all phases of the deployment cycle.
  • Relocation assistance provides an array of services during the relocation process to meet your moving needs.
  • Personal financial management provides information, education and one-on-one financial counseling to assist you and your family in maintaining your financial readiness.
  • Employment assistance offers comprehensive information, tools and resources to support career exploration, training and licensing, and employment readiness.
  • Family life education provides information and education to assist you and your family in developing resilience skills that can help as you navigate your mobile military lives.
  • Information and referral can assist you in identifying and clarifying needs to determine appropriate forms of assistance and in locating services and programs available both on and off your installation.
  • The Transition Assistance Program prepares separating, retiring and demobilizing service members (and their families) with the information, skills and knowledge necessary for a successful transition from military to civilian life. The first step in your transition process is to complete the congressionally mandated pre-separation counseling session, which furnishes detailed information on the various benefits and services available.

Military and Family Support Centers may provide other programs, such as the Exceptional Family Member Program, Family Advocacy Program and the New Parent Support Program. These services vary by location.


Installation Specific Information

Deployment/Individual Augmentee Support

Events sponsored by the FFSC include:

IA Indoctrination: A 5 day seminar/workshop concentrating on the readiness and preparedness of the sailor for upcoming deployment to a forward operating base. Designed to be a "One stop shop" for Medical, Legal, PSD, Training, etc. topics.

IA Spouse Briefing: Half day information and resource event offered for spouses to get a better understanding of the IA process and resources available to assist them during a very stressful time.

Relocation Assistance

The FFSC Relocation Assistance Program offers the following but is not limited to: Assistance with obtaining a Sponsor at the new location; information about Spouse employment opportunities; local area Schools and Housing information; referrals for Stress management aimed at intervention and prevention of abuse; shipment, receipt and storage of household goods (including motor vehicles and pets); settling in services, including Welcome to Pax base "windshield tour"; information about various base support agencies & local community information; referral to the Housing Service Center which will assist with locating adequate, affordable temporary and permanent housing, both on or off the base. A well-stocked Loan Locker is available to inbound & outbound Sailors (at the MWR building) for immediate need items, lent out for 30 days at a time.

Transition Assistance

To further enhance career skills, we offer the following:

10 Steps to a Federal Job - Learn about the Federal Hiring process, and taking a systematic approach in applying for employment with the Federal Government.

Effective Resume Writing - Never leave home without a well-polished resume!

How to Work A Job Fair – Learn to navigate the Job Fair maze with our Tips & Techniques.

Job Fairs - Information on local job fairs located throughout the National Capital Region.

Myers-Briggs Type 1 Indicator/Strong Interest Inventory - Personal assessments geared to determine personality type and interests.

The Perfect Interview Techniques - You are in the door! How will you present yourself to a potential employer? Now is the time to learn how to make a good impression and land that dream job!

Personal Financial Management

The FFSC Personal Financial Management (PFM) consultant provides financial counseling to Service Members and their families. Workshops provided include but are not limited to: Banking & Financial Basics; Basic Budgeting; Credit Management; Savings & Investing; Thrift Savings Plan Overview; Car Buying Strategies; Home Buying Information; Consumer Awareness; Identity Theft Prevention, Raising Financially Fit Kids, and others.

Family Employment Assistance Program

Assistance is provided through the following:

10 Steps to a Federal Job - Systematic process to tackle the complicated web of employment with the Federal Government.

Effective Resume Writing - Learn about the various formats & content of well-written resumes.

How to Work A Job Fair – Learn to navigate the Job Fair maze with our Tips & Techniques.

Job Fairs - Information on local job fairs located throughout the National Capital Region.

Myers-Briggs Type 1 Indicator/Strong Interest Inventory - Personal assessments geared to determine personality type and interests.

The Perfect Interview Techniques - You are in the door! How will you present yourself to a potential employer? Now is the time to learn how to make a good impression and land that dream job!

Life Skills

The FFSC Education Services Facilitator offers the following education and training programs: effective communication, couples communication, stress management, anger management, suicide awareness and prevention and Myers Briggs Type Indicator training. It is our mission to ensure that active duty military members, their families and retirees have the knowledge and skills to foster good relationships, healthy families and strong marriages. All programs are offered at the FFSC as well as in the Commands. Attendees of our programs are provided with packets of materials pertaining to specific Life Skills and walk away with multiple resources to further assist them.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

The FFSC's Role in the EFMP is to provide resource referral and advocacy information for EFMP families; to assist the MTF EFMP Coordinator with identification of and enrollment information of  for EFMs; to network with community agencies; to provide information on available Educational Services, Military Health Care/TRICARE Civilian Providers, State and local Community Social Services; and to provide information on available Training and Educational Workshops.  NAS Patuxent River has been designated a Category 5 location.


The FFSC Ombudsman Program supports the families and Commands through the use of a variety of marketing tools including: The Beacon - FFSC Calendar, indicating schedules of upcoming Ombudsman Basic Training.  Ombudsman Assembly meetings are held every month from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  These meetings always include an Advanced Training such as: IA Awareness, SAPR, Domestic Violence, FAP, and Suicide Awareness. Command Leadership and Command Support Team are invited to attend. Command Ombudsman attendance is mandatory, as this is where they will receive their ongoing training as required by the OPNAV 1750.1G.


An efficient volunteer program helps to provide optimum service to the command.  The volunteer program provides an opportunity for family members to gain valuable experience and to offer FFSC their valuable resources. The FFSC volunteer program mainly concentrates on in-house activities, which could benefit the services provided to the military community and is not to be confused with community service required by the courts. Community service is also a requirement for Graduation from public school in Maryland. The FFSC staff identifies areas of operation that would benefit from volunteer help. Volunteers may be recruited, interviewed, selected and trained to work in such areas as reception, programs, or special projects. The Family Employment Readiness Program manager (FERP) acts as the Volunteer Coordinator.  The FERP maintains written volunteer position descriptions and individual volunteer records. 

Family Counseling Services

The FFSC has Licensed Counselors available for individual, couple, group and family counseling. Counseling services at the FFSC are short term, problem focused, non medical counseling. Counseling services are available to active duty members and their families. Retirees and their family members are seen on a space available basis.

Family Advocacy Program (FAP)  

FAP is responsible for the prevention, identification, and intervention of child and domestic abuse in military families, to include intimate partners. Its primary goals are prevention, victim safety and support, rehabilitative intervention, offender accountability, and consistent, standardized response to incidents of domestic or child abuse within the Navy. FAP has a Memorandum of Understanding with local child protective services, the agency which provides the investigative function in allegations of child abuse. Prevention programs include Life Skills classes such as Anger Management and Stress Management. Another prevention program is the New Parent Support Program, offering in-home support services to new and expectant parents.

Domestic Abuse Victim Advocacy (DAVA)

The FFSC offers victim advocacy services, including but not limited to: restricted and unrestricted reporting options; safety assessment/planning; information to victims on available benefits and services; referrals to military, and civilian victim assistance services; and individual/group support programs. The DAVA is available to assist/provide command briefs on their position, FAP issues, and available resources.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program offers case management, prevention education, victim advocate services, and training classes for Victim Advocates, Command Points of Contact, Command Liaisons, Data Collection Coordinators, Command GMTs and Leadership briefs. 

The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) and the SAPR Point of Contact work to ensure Command compliance with the SAPR Policies on sexual assault. The SAPR program offers two reporting options for active duty members (1) restricted reporting i.e., confidential and (2) unrestricted reporting where an investigation is launched. The restricted reporting option is only available to active duty members; all other victims of sexual assaults will fall automatically under the unrestricted reporting option and an investigation is launched.  

New Parent Support Program 

New Parent Support (NPS) is primarily designed as a home visitation support program. It focuses as an early- intervention service to families providing education and support promoting healthy child development. Additionally, NPS is designed to specifically encourage and empower military families with skills to successfully meet the challenges of the military and parenthood. NAS Patuxent River's New Parent Support Program is coordinated by a Maternal-child specialist registered nurse (New Parent Support Home Visitor, [NPSHV]). The NPSHV provides visitation services inclusive of in-home prenatal, newborn, baby, and early childhood parenting instruction and support. In addition, the NPSHV provides hospital visitation and works along with neighboring military facilities, civilian hospitals, and community resources offering maternal-child assistances. Some of the benefits of the NPS program include: Improved preparations for parenthood through infant and young child parenting classes, in-home infant care instruction including breastfeeding, soothing a crying baby, infant massage, and safe sleep practices. NPS also presents a parent and baby/toddler interactive play group that facilitates developmental play and supportive relations amongst families. NPSHV services are for all eligible military and their families who are prenatal, have babies, or young children.

School Liaison Officer (SLO)

One of the biggest challenges each family faces during the PCS cycle is figuring out which schools are best for their children. The Navy now employs School Liaison Officers (SLOs) at each installation to aid families with their educational concerns. If you have a need for specific school information as it applies to your family, feel free to contact the NAS Patuxent River SLO at 301-995-4004 or 301-342-4911.

Child Care and Youth Programs

Family Child Care

Children ages 6 weeks to 12 years may receive care in the private home of a certified family child care provider living in government-owned or leased housing. Family child care is typically available weekdays and with additional care provided during evenings, weekends and flexible hourly care for shift work. Regulations limit the number of children who receive care at any one time to no more than six children under age 8 and no more than two children under age 2. Family child care providers must be certified to operate by the installation. Individual providers may voluntarily seek national accreditation from the National Association of Family Child Care and are provided local support, training and materials to accomplish this goal.


Requesting Child Care

Military families may request child care by visiting This Department of Defense website serves all military families seeking child care (including Child Development Centers, Family Child Care and school age care programs) and provides access to military-operated child care options world-wide. Families may search for and request care, manage their requests, and update their profile online, simplifying the process for finding child care.


Child Development Centers

Child development centers, or CDCs, generally offer child care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Care is available Monday through Friday, with some locations offering options, such as extended hours, weekend care and respite care. Child development centers vary in size and larger installations may operate multiple facilities. Programs are certified by the Department of Defense and accredited by a national accrediting body, such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children.


School-Age Care Programs

School-age care programs provide care to children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Care is offered before and after school, during non-school days and summer vacations. School-age care programs may be located in Department of Defense youth centers, child development centers or in other suitable facilities. All programs are certified by the Department of Defense and accredited by a national accrediting body, such as the Council on Accreditation.


Youth Programs

Dynamic programs for youth ages 5 through 18 years are provided in approximately 300 youth and teen program facilities worldwide. A wide variety of offerings includes activities in physical fitness and sports, the arts, life skills, career and volunteer opportunities. Installation programs may also collaborate with other youth-serving organizations, like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and USDA/4-H programs.

Recreation Programs

Bowling Center

Located inside the Drill Hall, the Bowling Center is a modern entertainment complex featuring 12 lanes, Cafe' 300 Snack Bar, league play, tournaments, Cosmic Bowling nights, and other special events. Bowling can be enjoyed by authorized patrons of all ages as bumpers are available for younger players.

The Bowling Center is open to all active duty and retired military, reservists, DoD employees, and family members. Government Contractors are permitted but cannot sponsor guests.


Cedar Point Golf Course

The picturesque Cedar Point Golf Course at NAS Patuxent River features a par 72 championship course that stretches to 6,714 yards from the longest tees. The course features well-bunkered greens with narrow, tree-lined bermudagrass fairways, and spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and Patuxent River.

The original nine holes o?pened in 1947 but a planned extension of runway 24 prompted the need for a new layout. Historical documents show that Robert Trent Jones visited the site in 1952 to offer his design services. Ultimately, the current design was produced by Fred Findlay and opened for play in 1954. (Mr. Findlay’s older brother, Alexander, known as the “Father of American Golf”, was also a golf course architect who designed courses beginning in the late 1800’s). The golf course went through a complete renovation in 1998-1999 to include new USGA bentgrass greens, bunkers, tees, upgraded irrigation, and a full-service clubhouse. A second bunker renovation project was completed in 2014.

Course Amenities Include: Pro Shop, PGA instruction, Mulligans Grill, two practice greens, two practice fairways, a target green and driving range. The course is open year round, weather permitting.


Center Stage Theater

Movies Shown Wednesday - Sunday

The Center Stage Theater brings the magic of cinema to life at Patuxent River. The theater shows first-run movies at discounted prices, making it an ideal place for spending a relaxing afternoon or evening with your family or friends.

Tickets can be purchased 45 minutes prior to start of movie. Proof of age required for R rated shows.


Community Recreation

Tickets & Travel

The Navy Community Recreation Tickets & Travel Office provides discount tickets to your favorite places, including local events, museums, and attractions, as well as amusement parks such as Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World.  Tickets & Travel will also assist with your leisurely travel needs internationally or nationally. With access to over 5,000 tickets and trips, Tickets & Travel can help you see it all!

Customized Creations

Customized Creations is your one stop shop for awards, trophies, plaques, customized farewell gifts and much more. Stop into their new office and see some of the unique things they have to offer.

We custom design many military award plaques to meet the unique needs of the Active Duty Officer, NCO, Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, Or Retiree.

Military Award Plaques are well suited for PCS Gifts, Farewell Gifts, or Retirement Gifts. We can custom design our military plaques for any branch of the service, whether Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or National Guard. Customized Creation uses a large assortment of materials in our military plaques to offer our clients both the finest quality, variety and the best value. Each plaque is custom engraved with your message and any art needed. For more information please call 301-342-6293.

Auto Skills Center

The Auto Skills Center provides services and facilities to the auto hobbyist. The Auto Skills Center operates a leisure-time facility which allows patrons to work on their automobiles while enjoying the convenience of car lifts and stalls, tool rentals, and welding equipment.

Use of the Auto Skills Center is open to active-duty and retired military, family members, reservist, delayed entry personnel, DoD employees at Pax River and Webster Field.

Pavilion Rental

At NAS Patuxent River, the backdrop of the Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River, coupled with the natural, wooded landscape, make picnicking a favored recreation. Grills and picnic tables, as well as athletic and recreation equipment, are available to rent. Please call the MWR Community Recreation Tickets & Travel Office for reservations for any of the picnic sites, which include the Beach House, Paradise Grove Pavilion, Cedar Point Beach Pavilion, West Basin Marina Pavilion and the Harper's Creek Recreation Areas.


Shopping and Dining



NAS Patuxent River's Commissary is open to all Active Duty Military, Retired Military, and their dependents.


Commissary Value Brands offer nearly 500 items


Navy Exchange


Uniform shop
Clothing, shoes and accessories for the entire family
Electronics, Computers, Computer Software, Video Games
Prerecorded Video and Music
Cosmetics and Fragrances
Jewelry, Watches and Sunglasses
Housewares and Small Electrics
Wine and Spirits
Sporting Goods
Health and Beauty Aids
Pet Supplies
Lawn and Garden Shop
Propane tank exchange


Western Union
United Parcel Service
Rug Doctor Rental
Special Orders
Check Cashing
Star Card Applications


The tailor shop is located in the uniform shop.
Monday - Friday                                 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Appointments: 301-342-0612
Monday - Friday                                  8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday                                            8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday                                              10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Located adjacent to the beauty salon.
Monday - Friday                                  8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday                                            8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday                                              10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Laundry and dry cleaning services are available and are located at the far left front of the Navy Exchange on the outside.
Monday - Friday                                 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday                                           9 a.m. - 5 p.m.




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