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NSWC, NSA Bethesda Installation Overview

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. For more history visit Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) homepage.


Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; NSA Bethesda Installation Overview

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, the latest schedule and commuter news can be found here.

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.

If you wish to use a temporary forwarding address on NSAB, please contact the Postal Operations Official Mailroom at 301-295-0162 to arrange this service and obtain the correct mailing address.

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.


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.


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