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Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C.

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Fast Facts

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling is renowned for its emphasis in National Security strategies and partnerships that maintain the security of the nation from the D.C. area. The joint base is home to over 17,000 service members, civilians and families in the Washington D.C. area near the Potomac River offering a diverse community and array of attractions for visitors and residents.

JBAB maintains partnerships and supports the White House Communication Agency, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center, the Defense Intelligence Agency, United States Coast Guard Station Washington, and Navy Ceremonial Guards and Air Force Honor Guards.

The average age in the area is 20 to 45. Most rents range between $1,500 and $2,000, while home ownership is more pricey. The majority of homes in the area cost between $500,000 and $1,000,000.

Due to its proximity to Washington D.C. and other metro areas, as well as the role the area has served in the history of the country, attractions and sites of interest are plentiful. Nearby natural and historic attractions and activities include but are not limited to:

  • Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon
  • National Colonial Farm
  • Fort McHenry
  • Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum
  • Oatlands Historic House and Gardens
  • Edgar Allen Poe’s Grave
  • Great Falls Park
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • U.S. Capitol
  • National Mall
  • National Gallery of Art
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • Old Town
  • Washington Monument
  • Arlington National Cemetery

PCS and TDY Lodging at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

Upon arrival, if you are in need of temporary lodging while housing is arranged, you should be directed to the Navy Lodge Washington DC for temporary lodgings, conveniently located in the DC metro area. Offering free wi-fi, complimentary breakfast and pet-friendly rooms, the Navy Lodge Washington DC is the default choice for arriving service members. Make sure to keep receipts for lodging expenses in case of possible reimbursement.

Navy Lodge Washington DC
JB Anacostia-Bolling
12 Beyer Road SW – Bldg. 4412
Washington, DC 20032-5000
(202) 563-6950

If the Navy Lodge Washington DC does not have vacancies upon your arrival, you will receive a Non-Availability Letter to use when seeking other lodging. You must keep this document to request reimbursement for lodging expenses later. The lodgings office can assist in finding a place upon request.

Hotels Near Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

Due to the location of the base, there are many hotels in the area. Local hotels include but are not limited to the following:

  • Comfort Inn
  • Capitol Skyline Hotel
  • Hyatt House Washington DC
  • The Westin Arlington
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria
  • Sheraton Suites of Old Town Alexandria

Moving to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

Financial Services Office, JBAB
20 McDill Boulevard
Building 20, Suite 240
Washington, DC 20032
(202) 284-3270


Extra Space Storage
1420 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-6333

CubeSmart Self-Storage
175 R St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 529-7867

Public Storage
1230 S Capitol St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 644-8267

Car Repair:

Auto America Service
2611 S Shirlington Rd
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 575-9260

Metro Motor
1601 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-0538

Rossi’s Automotive Service
903 Selim Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 495-0188


Capitol Market
1231 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 289-1336

Whole Foods Market
1440 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 332-4300

Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
850 Army Navy Dr
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 415-2150

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Child Care

Child Development Center service is available to families at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling for children from six weeks old to five years old, Monday through Friday. Some facilities may have waiting lists, so be sure to check into availability ahead of time.

If no space is available at the Child Development Center, another child care option would be the Family Child Care facilities, which care for children up to twelve years old in a private certified family home which could be on or off base. These facilities offer full and part-time options for care. Spaces are limited, so one must seek a space ahead of time. Child care fees are income-based.

For children of school age, after school care options include School-Aged Care Programs until seventh grade. These programs at JBAB will be held in the Defense Department Youth Centers or other facilities and go through certification processes to provide quality care for children.

Family Child Care Program
152 Arnold Avenue
Building 4472
Washington, DC 20032
(202) 767-0951

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Check-In and In-Processing

There are three gates at which service members can arrive at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling including South Gate at Chappie James Blvd and Overlook Avenue southwest, Arnold Gate at Malcolm X Avenue and MacDill Blvd, and Firth Sterling Gate at Firth Sterling Avenue and Defense Blvd.

JBAB is a closed installation. For this reason, proper identification will be required to enter. Upon arrival, new service members will need to contact their sponsor who will then escort them into the base and lead them to the proper facilities depending on assignment. All in-processing appointments from then on will be mandatory. Make sure to make arrangements for arrival ahead of time with your assigned sponsor and have all documents ready when presenting including identification, orders, and other relevant information.

Visitors Center

256 McGuire Ave
Building 256
Washington, DC 20032
(202) 767-5505

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Services

Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)
185 Chappie James Boulevard
Building 4570
Washington, DC 20032
(202) 767-4695

195 Chappie James Boulevard
Washington, DC 20032
(202) 562-3000

Fitness Complex
120 McChord Street
Washington, DC 20032
(202) 767-5895

ID/CAC Card Processing
16 Brookley Ave
Washington, DC 20032
(202) 284-3123

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Housing

Before arriving at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, make contact with the Housing Management Office to consider housing options for families and single service members. The Housing Management Office will have maps of the area and base communities as well as listings for available housing options in the southeast D.C. metro area within an hour commute of the base in Prince George County, Calvert County, Arlington County and extending into surrounding areas.

Single service members will be mandatorily placed in the dormitory, getting their room assignments from their first sergeant upon arrival.

For those arriving with family, there are a plethora of options, from apartments and townhomes, both furnished and unfurnished options, as well as community homes in urban, suburban and rural regions. The Housing Office will help you choose and advocate for housing that suits your needs. Due to the high-traffic location, it is recommended to make contact with the Housing Office as soon as you are notified of your assignment to JBAB.

Housing Management Office

21 MacDill Boulevard
Washington, DC 20032
(202) 404-1840

Related: Basic Allowance for Housing Calculator

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Local Spouse Employment Resources

Due to the location of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, there are numerous job opportunities for military spouses. Newly arriving military spouses should inquire with the Military & Family Readiness Center on base about job listings and leads or to pursue higher education, the JBAB Education Office at (202) 284-4438 to learn about degree options at local universities or online degree programs.

Local colleges and universities include but are not limited to:

  • Georgetown University
  • George Washington University
  • Howard University
  • University of the District of Colombia
  • Catholic University of America

Stewart Education Center
Duncan Avenue, Bldg 52
Washington, DC 20032
(202) 284-4438

Military and Family Readiness Center
118 Brookley Avenue
Bldg 13
Washington, DC 20032
(202) 284-4473

Family Employment Readiness Program
118 Brookley Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20032
(202) 284-4473

Washington D.C. Local Schools

For families living on base in the District of Colombia area, the neighborhood schools for base housing include Leckie Elementary, Hart Middle School and Ballou High School.

Parents can choose to enroll their children in other public schools, however, they may find themselves enlisting for the school lottery program. Information on the Out of Boundary Lottery is available online.

To enroll in local public schools, children must be at least five years old and present birth certificates, immunization records and other relevant documentation. Busing is available for qualifying families. To find out if busing is an option and look at all school choices, make sure to reach out to the JBAB School Liaison upon arrival.

School Liaison
152 Arnold Ave SW Bldg 4472
Washington, DC 20032
(202) 284-4064

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Mission and Units

The mission of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling includes partnership and fortifying national security. The service members at JBAB consider themselves Sentinels of the Capitol.

The following are major units at work at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling:

  • 11th Civil Engineer Squadron
  • 11th Comptroller Squadron
  • 11th Contracting Squadron
  • 11th Force Support Squadron
  • 11th Logistics Readiness Squadron
  • 11th Military Personnel Flight
  • 11th Mission Support Group
  • 11th Operations Group
  • 11th Security Forces Squadron
  • 316th Medical Squadron
  • Ceremonial Guard
  • Coast Guard Station Washington
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Facilities & Environmental
  • Joint Air Defense Operations Center
  • Naval Research Laboratory
  • Personnel Support Detachment
  • US Air Force Band
  • US Air Force Honor Guard
  • White House Communications

Navy Bases in Washington D.C.

  • Naval Support Activity Washington

Federal Installations in Washington D.C.

  • Pentagon – Air Force/Army

Coast Guard Bases in Washington D.C.

  • USCG Base National Capital Region

Get more info on VA benefits for veterans, retirees, separating service members, spouses, dependents, and disabled veterans. Learn more about the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon program, monthly housing allowances, VA loans, and TRICARE.

Did you know? Qualifying veterans and spouses can apply to the Washington, D.C. Call For Hire Program. This offers temporary government job opportunities (with options to compete for permanent jobs later) to those who apply to a talent pool “made up of only Veterans and their Spouses,” according to Army.mil. These job offers are “time-limited Career Service appointments at grades 12 and below.” Learn more at the Call For Hire official site.

VA Medical Centers in D.C.

Washington VA Medical Center

50 Irving Street, Northwest
Washington, DC 20422-0001
Mental health: 202-745-8000 x58156

Franklin Street VA Clinic1500 Franklin Street Northeast

Community Resource & Referral Center (CRRC)
Washington, DC 20018-2000
Mental health: 202-745-3012

Southeast Washington VA Clinic

820 Chesapeake Street, Southeast
Washington, DC 20032-3428
Mental health: 202-745-8685

D.C. VA Benefits Centers

National Capital Region VA Regional Benefits Office

1722 I St NW
Washington, DC 20006

VetSuccess on Campus at The George Washington University

2121 Eye St NW
Washington, DC 20052

VA Cemeteries in Washington D.C.

Congressional Cemetery Government Lots

1801 E Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

VA Vet Centers in D.C.

Washington, D.C. Vet Center

1296 Upshur Street, Northwest
Washington, DC 20011

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