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Installation Guide

Each military installation offers services ranging from commissaries to pharmacies. Whether relocating due to Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, or looking for services the Installation Guide can help you find services, entertainment, housing information, MWR and family support functions on Navy installations worldwide.

Commercial Assistance: (540) 653-8291

DSN: For 653 Exchanges, DSN 249. For 284 Exchanges, DSN 234

NSF Dahlgren Pass & ID Office (540) 653-6890

Department Extension
Emergency Numbers  
For fire, medical, police or HAZMAT/Explosive emergencies 911
American Red Cross (540) 373-5176
Base Operational Status (Severe Weather) (540) 653-3339
Command Duty Officer Cellular/Pager (540) 850-2380
Emergency Operations Center (540) 284-0912
Naval Criminal Investigative Service (540) 653-7524
Public Works Emergency Service Desk (540) 653-8230
Telephone Service Desk (800) 483-8860
Frequently Called Numbers  
Bachelor Housing (BQ) Front Desk (540) 653-7671
Bowling Center (540) 653-7327
Branch Dental Clinic (540) 653-8564
Branch Medical Clinic (540) 653-8241
Command Duty Officer Cellular/Pager (540) 850-2380
Chaplain’s Office (540) 653-8297
Customer Service Desk (CSD) (540) 653-8689/7371/7372
Gray's Landing Restaurant & Cafe (540) 653-3077
Dahlgren School (540) 653-8822
DeCA Commissary (540) 653-7317
DFAS Pay Information Line (888) 332-7411
Editor, South Potomac Pilot (540) 653-8153
Family Housing Welcome Center (540) 653-8505
Family Housing Welcome Center Toll Free (800) 846-6827
Government Travel Card Line (800) 493-8444
Navy Exchange (540) 653-5312
NEX Barber Shop (540) 653-5346
Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (540) 653-8647/2071
NSWC Federal Credit Union (540) 663-2181
SATO Travel (540) 663-0074
U.S. Post Office (Dahlgren) (540) 663-3230
Community Support  
Bachelor Housing (BQ) Front Desk (540) 653-7671
Gray's Landing Restaurant and Cafe (540) 653-8277
Family Housing Welcome Center (540) 653-8505
Family Housing Welcome Center Toll-Free (800) 846-6827
Fleet and Family Support Center (540) 653-1839
MWR Administrative Office (540) 653-7777
Aquatics Center (540) 653-8088/6213
Auto Skills Center (540) 653-4900
Bowling Center (540) 653-7327
Child Development Center (540) 653-4994
Child Development Homes (540) 653-5823
Dowell Community House (540) 653-7777
Craftech (540) 653-1730
Gear Issue/Equipment Rental (540) 653-4588
Gymnasium (540) 653-8580
Information, Tickets & Tours (540) 653-8785
JD’s Conference Center (540) 653-7777
Liberty Program (540) 653-7277
Library (540) 653-7474
Theater (540) 653-7336
Youth Activity Center (540) 653-8009
Environmental and Safety  
Environmental Program Site Manager (540) 653-5071
Safety Program Site Manager (540) 653-3665
Natural Resources Office (540) 653-4186
Public Safety  
Director of Security (540) 653-6010
Chief of Police (540) 653-4995
Police Lieutenant (540) 653-8719
Police Department (540) 653-2220/2221
Criminal Investigator (540) 653-4673
Hotline (540) 284-2522
Emergency Manager (540) 653-4790
Visitor Control (Pass & ID Office) (540) 653-6890
Emergency Operations Center (540) 284-0912
Fire Department (Non-Emergency) (540) 653-8726
Fire Chief (301) 744-4334
Asst. Fire Chief (540) 653-6673
Public Works  
Public Works Officer (540) 653-8521
Public Works Emergency Service Desk (540) 653-8230
Supply Office/NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Ctr Norfolk Det Dahlgren (301) 744-1542

Dahlgren is located about 30 miles east of Fredericksburg, VA approximately an hour and a half south of Washington, D.C. and an hour and forty minutes north of Richmond, Virginia. The closest airport is Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.

If you're arriving at the Reagan National Airport in Washington DC, your commute will be at least 1 1/2 hours depending on commuter rush hour. When leaving the Reagan National Airport, follow US Route 1 South to I-495 North. You will cross the Woodrow Wilson Bridge into Maryland, take Route 210 south (Indian Head Highway) for 10 miles. Turn left onto Route 228 (seven miles). Turn south onto Route 301 (27.5 miles). Continue on Route 301 south to the Harry Nice Bridge toll plaza ($3). Approximately two miles after the bridge on the Virginia side turn left at 2nd traffic light onto Route 206E (Dahlgren Road) continue straight ahead until you reach the Dahlgren Main Gate.

FROM INTERSTATE 95: Take I-95 South to Exit 130A (Route 3 East) towards downtown Fredericksburg. Continue straight on Route 3 (Blue/Grey Highway) for approximately two miles. Bear to the right on Route 3 towards King George and proceed 17 miles to Route 206 (Dahlgren Road). Proceed on Route 206 for 11 miles until you get to the intersection of Route 301 and 206. Continue straight ahead on Route 206 until you reach the Dahlgren Main Gate.

FROM NORFOLK AND POINTS SOUTH: Please allow at least 2-1/2 hours. Take I-64 West to Route 17 (Exit 258) for 18.5 miles. Go north on Route 17 to Route 301 Port Royal (101.5 miles). Turn right onto Route 301 North for about 15-20 miles. Turn right on Route 206 E in Dahlgren at the traffic light at the intersection of the Burger King and 7-11 stores. Proceed to Dahlgren Main Gate. From Norfolk, you can also take Interstate 64 to Richmond VA and pick up Interstate 95 North to the Fredericksburg Exit at Route 3 East. Follow directions given above from I-95.

TRAIN OR BUS: If you are arriving by train or bus, both make stops in Fredericksburg about 30 miles from Dahlgren. The AMTRAK train stops in downtown Fredericksburg and there is a Greyhound bus station on Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg located across the street from the famous Carl's Ice Cream Stand. There is no public transportation to Dahlgren. Taxi service is available but can be expensive ($60).

Recommend military members arrange transportation with their Command sponsor or request a Command duty driver.


PSD Washington DC provides pay, personnel, administrative, and passenger transportation services to over 450 units worldwide (including Presidential staffs, Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations, 17 flag commands, and 120 Naval Attaches around the world).  Support is also provided to more than 9,500 Active and 3,600 Reserve military personnel, including retired personnel, and their eligible family members in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

PSD Washington is located in Building 92 on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.  Because there are over 126 commands in the area, some of the major commands have individual PSDs to service their personnel.  If your reporting PSD is not listed below, verify your PSD location and determine in-processing procedures through PSD Washington at (202) 433-5165 or DSN 325-5165.

Bethesda  (301) 295-0069                                     

White House Communication Agency  (202) 757-2000

To Contact PSD Washington DC call PSD ADMIN at 202-433-5165.

If you require assistance with PSD functions, please call Customer Service at (202) 433-2934.

Alternate sites for identification cards




  Bolling AFB 110 Luke Ave, Suite 220


(202) 404-3281

  Army Crystal City, Taylor Bldg 8th Floor
  2531 Crystal City Ave
  Crystal City VA


(703) 602-1076

  Andrews AFB, Bldg 1414, 1st Floor
  Andrews AFB


(301) 981-2277

  Pentagon MASS CAC Office
  Room 1F1084


(703) 697-9327

  Washington Navy Yard Visitor’s Center
  Washington Navy Yard




Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

Take I-295 to Exit 3, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.  Once through the main gate, Building 92 is located on Wick Drive, which intersects Defense Boulevard, the main road.  

Customer Service Hours
Monday-Friday  0730-1600

NAVPTO (Bldg 92 Anacostia)
Monday-Friday  0730-1600

To manage your pay information, view and print your Leave and Earnings statements and W-2 Forms and more, visit the MyPay web site.

Mailing Address
PSD Washington DC
Bldg 92
235 Wick Drive SW
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling 20373-5803


Open for appointments and walk-ins Monday through Friday, from 0730 to 1600 hrs. Walk-in sign ups can be modified to end sooner if maximum capacity is reached in the waiting area. Appointments can only be made online at: Customers with confirmed appointments are seen before all walk-in customers, who are then seen in order of sign in. If you have a confirmed appointment, and cannot make it for any reason, you will need to cancel it through that website.

Educational Ser

For information pertaining to the Navy Enlisted Advancement System, please call the PSD Washington Educational Office at (202) 433-2032/2031.


Related Links

For information on Personnel matters, including Pay and Benefits; Retirement; Transition; Pay and Personnel Support, i.e., DEERS, RAPIDS, CAC/ID Cards and Electronic Service Record please visit the Navy Personnel Command’s website at


4271 Potomac Drive, 118 Jenkins Road, Dahlgren, VA 22448
(540) 653-7317

The Dahlgren Commissary is closed Sunday and Monday. Operating hours are: Tuesday 0900-1900, Wednesday through Saturday 0900-1800, 

The commissary carries approximately 4,000 brand-name items and has a great selection of meat and produce but there is no bakery, delicatessen or pharmacy drop-off. Commissary accepts food stamps and Women, Infant, Children (WIC) coupons. Front-of-the-line preference for patrons in military uniform is daily between 1100 and 1300. Early admittance for disabled is daily 30 minutes prior to official opening hours. There is a handicapped priority express checkout on Aisle 1.

The commissary services are available to active duty, family members and military retirees.

Other Facilities

Auto Skills Center
4271 Potomac Drive
Dahlgren, VA 22448
(540) 653-4900

MWR Auto Center equipment is available for patrons use includes an engine analyzer, sandblaster, and computer tire balancing. Open six days a week.

Beauty/Barber Shop
4271 Potomac Drive
Bldg 109
Jenkins Road
Dahlgren, VA 22448

The Beauty/Barber Shop is co-located within the Naval Exchange.

Military Clothing Sales
4271 Potomac Drive
Bldg 109
Jenkins Road
Dahlgren, VA 22448
(540) 653-5312

The Naval Exchange at Dahlgren has a military clothing sales department inside the Exchange.

Restaurants/Fast Food

Mean Gene's Burgers
(540) 663-7327

Located within the Cannonball Bowling Center, Mean Gene's offers a variety of burgers, cheese fries, pizza, wings, wraps and salads.

17320 Dahlgren Road, Bldg 109
Dahlgren, VA 22448

(540) 653-5312

Operating hours are Monday through Friday 0730-1800, Saturday 1000-1800, Sunday and holidays 1100-1600.

The Navy Exchange is located across from the Commissary. Although a small facility, the exchange has on hand a selection of brand-name retail items. Special ordering is available for any items not in stock. Laundry and dry-cleaning services are available.

The NEX services are available to active duty, family members and military retirees.

Nestled within the vibrant base family housing area, the NSF Dahlgren Chapel is the focal point for base religious activities and connecting as a community. The Command Religious Program facilitates worship, prayer and meditation according to the dictates of multiple faiths. We currently serve the worship needs of Christian and Muslim personnel. The worship schedule is as follows:


Muslim Prayer Service
Friday – Chapel Annex

For times and more information send an email to

Roman Catholic Rosary Prayer Time

Friday Noon – Sacred Heart Chapel

Non-Denominational Worship Service
Sunday Fellowship 10:30 a.m. – Chapel Annex

Sunday Service 11:00 a.m. – Chapel

For faith development opportunities in the surrounding area not listed above come by the Chapel, Bldg. 431, call (540) 653-8297. For information on special or ongoing programs contact the chapel or download the Dahlgren Chapel app in your smart device’s app store.

In addition to worship and religious education, the base chaplain is available for individual and family counseling and support. Call our office at the number above to schedule an appointment. For after-hours support in crisis or emergency, contact the Base Operator at (540) 653-8291.

Services provided at the Branch Health Clinic Dahlgren, Virginia, include routine and acute health care with limited ancillary support (pharmacy, lab, and radiology) and active duty dental care.

Our Mission is to provide Force Health Protection, Operational Readiness, Outstanding Customer Services and Quality Health Care.

The clinic goal is to provide exemplary service to enrolled active duty and dependent Tricare Prime beneficiaries, retired Tricare Prime beneficiaries (dependent upon access availability), and civil service employees of Naval Support Facility Dahlgren.

Clinic hours of operation are:
0730-1600 Monday-Thursday
0730-1200 Friday
The Clinic is closed on national holidays.


Routine and follow up appointments can be scheduled online at or at (866) NAVYMED (628-9633).

For acute/ill Active Duty appointments, call (540) 653-8241/42 after 0745 Monday-Friday.

For Active Duty Physical Exams and Occupational Health physicals call (540) 653-4199.

For Active Duty Dental appointments call (540) 653-8564.

For urgent or emergent care, dial 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room. There is no prior authorization needed for Emergency Room Visits. Notify your Primary Care Manager within 24 hours of the ER visit. Call the clinic to schedule any follow up appointments.

If you have any questions regarding Tricare, please contact the clinic’s Health Benefits Advisor at (540) 653-8241.

Our efforts to maintain the high quality Navy we need capitalizes on the talents and motivation of each of our Sailors to continue to build our Navy to one ready to face the unknown challenges of the future.  We cannot afford to train our Sailors for the predictable and routine duties.  We need Sailors who are educated to confront the unpredictable, to anticipate the impossible, to plan for the unimaginable.

The use of information technology has the potential to upset long-held beliefs and create new opportunities, and those tried and true methods that worked on the battlefields of the past may not hold for the challenges to come. Our successful efforts today to obtain the resources to educate our Sailors and to put them into positions where they can realize their true potential, leading the culture of change from the end of the industrial age to lead the wave of the information age, will resonate generations from now.

We are transforming the way our Navy develops and equips our men and women.  As our Navy becomes even more technologically advanced, our workforce will get smaller--and smarter.

This will be a Navy which values those who can accept responsibility, who can adapt swiftly and eagerly to the changes in our organization, and yet be sensitive to the needs of their shipmates, more than those who remain specialized in the status quo of their existing rating of today.  Self-reliant and complex people with the courage to think independently and challenge and question the way we’ve done things are sought by the Navy to create new knowledge and information.

In considering budget realities, our flexible and adaptive uses of existing materials in new ways seems best for a Navy to remain relevant, and be able to anticipate and respond to threats in a world that is neither predictable nor, perhaps regarding the radicalism of our current enemy in the Global War on Terrorism, easily understood.

To paraphrase self-educated philosopher Eric Hoffer, in times of drastic change, it is the lifelong learners who inherit the future, while the trained usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that will no longer exist.

If you're ready, the Navy is ready to help you.  Click here to visit the Navy College page to continue your journey of lifelong learning.


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