Naval Support Facility Indian Head Guide

Morale, Welfare & Recreation Facilities and Services

Monday, March 3, 2008

NSF Indian Head MWR supports the quality of life for both the Military and DoD civilian employees through athletic facilities, fitness centers, recreational programs, child development centers, community activities and various other programs.

Auto Skills Center
(301) 744-6314
The Auto Hobby Shop, located in Bldg. 1420, is a fully equipped, self-service repair facility, which offers three lifts and three bays, Snap-on-Tools Diagnostics Center, drum brake tools, tap and die sets, timing lights, strut compressor, and most other tools and equipment needed. Standard maintenance items are onsite for purchase, and professional guidance is available to assist you. Check your vehicle with the “Mitchell Information System“, which contains information on recalls, service bulletins and make⁄model updates. All tools and equipment are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bowling Center
(301) 744-4761
The Indian Head Division Bowling Center is located in Bldg.D328, downstairs from the Gym, and hosts winter and summer leagues, open bowling, youth leagues, and special events. A snack bar with refreshments is available. Reservations can be made for birthday parties and other private functions. The birthday party package includes unlimited bowling and free shoe rentals for one hourly fee. Call the ITT Office to find out about availability.

Branch Medical Clinic
4141 Wilson Dr. Bldg. 1600
(301) 744-4601
Hours: Mon. - Thurs., 1730 - 1600 and Friday, 0730 - 1200

Child Development Programs
Child Development Center
(301) 744-4458
The Child Development Center is located in Bldg. 1901. If you are active duty military, military retiree, reservists on active duty, DOD civilian employee or DOD civilian contractor, you are eligible to use the Child Development Center (CDC) programs. Priority is given to active duty military. Fees are based on total family income. The CDC provides quality childcare for children six weeks to five years of age. Caregivers in your child's classroom are trained to develop age-appropriate activities for your child. Our CDC models the Navy's commitment to providing only the highest quality care for your child.

Child Development Home
(301) 744-4458
The Child Development Home program increases the availability of qualified childcare services for families at Indian Head. The program provides certified caregivers for children between six weeks and 12 years of age in the local community. The Child Development Home Program offers great employment opportunities for military spouses; providers work out of their homes, care for children and have the flexibility to set their own hours and fees.

School Age Care
My Generation Youth Center
(301) 743-5456
The My Generation Youth Center, located in Bldg. 441, provides before- and after-school care, open rec, and summer camp programs and special events to children ages five (and in kindergarten) - 12 years. The program is a member of the Boys & Girls Club of America and provides nutritional snacks, arts & crafts, computer access, stimulating learning experiences and recreational activities to make up many fun-filled days.

Fire & Emergency Service Division
(301) 743-7900
The mission of the Fire and Emergency Service Division is to save lives, protect property and protect the environment from hazardous situations, both manmade and natural. The department is on duty twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, with thirty-two lead firefighters, firefighter⁄EMT's and firefighter⁄paramedics to provide assistance to the base residents and employees when called upon. In addition to the firefighters and paramedics, there is one District Fire Chief, three Battalion Chiefs and three Fire Inspectors in the department for a total of 39 personnel.

The department's activities include fire protection, fire suppression, fire prevention, public safety education, hazardous material handling and emergency medical responses. The firefighters maintain a high level of training and qualification to respond and provide the services needed in each situation. The department personnel are also trained and certified as operators of emergency vehicles that include structural pumpers, a 75' ladder truck equipped with a pump, brush trucks, a Hazardous Materials Response Vehicle and an ambulance. The Emergency medical personnel are certified as paramedics and provide Advanced Life Support when needed as well as provide CPR and other vital training to all base employees and residents.

The Prevention Division is responsible for conducting Fire and Life Safety inspections, reviewing new construction and renovation plans, attending pre-construction meetings with contractors, investigation of fires and issuing open flame permits. This division also manages the Fire Prevention and Safety Program for the base. This vital program includes inspections of the childcare facilities, which includes in-home childcare inspections as well. The inspectors also conduct emergency evacuation drills for base employees and provide educational and hands-on activities for the base employees and residents. The Prevention Division has just received a new portable Fire Extinguisher Trainer, which allows us to conduct the required fire extinguisher training for all personnel at your site.

Currently the phone system for the base is currently not 911 compliant. If you dial 911 in the event of an emergency, the call will be taken at the Charles County Emergency Dispatch Center in LaPlata, Md. Dialing 911 could possibly add a delay to the response of the emergency vehicles and cause further harm. In the event of a medical, fire or other emergency requiring the services of the Emergency Services Division, please dial 301-744-4333.

The Crossroads Food Court
(301) 743-7900
Located in Bldg. 620, the Crossroads Food Court offers a variety of breakfast and lunch options. Crossroads is open weekdays.

Fleet & Family Support Outreach Center
12 Strauss Avenue., Indian Head, MD 20640
(301) 744-6725
Hours: Wednesday, 1000-1500
The Fleet and Family Support Outreach Center, located next to the USO Office, offers programs and services for active duty, military family members, and retired military. These programs include:

Deployment Readiness
Command Consultation and Support, Information & Referral, Deployment and Individual Augmentee (IA) Support, Ombudsman Training, Exceptional Family Member Information, and Life Skills Education and Prevention programs.

Crisis Response
FFSC licensed clinical counselors provide counseling, victim intervention and prevention education. Services include solution-focused clinical counseling; Family Advocacy Programs (FAP) addressing domestic violence, child maltreatment prevention, and Domestic Victim Advocacy; and Sexual Assault Victim Intervention (SAVI) prevention and education.

Career Support and Retention
Programs include the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) for active duty, the Family Employment Readiness program to assist family members with their job search; Personal Financial Management education programs, and the Relocation Assistance Program.

The FFSC main office at Dahlgren, VA has a Retired Activities Office staffed by retired military volunteers who assist retired military personnel, their families and survivors with information on retiree issues, Veteran's Benefits and Survivor Benefits.

For more information on FFSC programs or an appointment, contact the FFSC Information and Referral Specialist at Dahlgren (540) 653-1839 or (800) 500-4947.

Globe & Anchor⁄Tiki Bar
(301) 744-6487

Globe & Anchor
Open September - April
The Globe & Anchor offers pool tables, dartboards, video games and more. A great place to meet friends after work or spend a Saturday evening.

Tiki Bar
Open April through September
Open April - April
The Tiki Bar offers a fabulous view of the Potomac River, a fully stocked outdoor bar, live entertainment most Fridays and special events throughout the season. It’s the perfect place to unwind after work.

Gear Rental
The ITR Office rents an extensive selection of recreation equipment. Available items include tents, canoes, tarps, picnic tents, tables, chairs, campers, moon bounce, grills, lanterns, sporting equipment and more. Equipment can be rented daily, weekly or just for the weekend. Call the ITR office for information.

Military Family Housing
The Navy and Lincoln Military Housing have entered into a Public Private Venture (PPV) partnership to provide housing for military in the Indian Head area. There are 20 historical single-family houses for Officers, and 135 Apartments that serve the needs of our enlisted service members and their families. The housing office serves all branches of the military, but primarily the US Navy and USMC.

  • Public Private Venture
    Families and bachelors desiring to be housed on base will be required to sign a lease with Lincoln Military Housing (PPV partner). This is a six-month lease, renewed on a month-to-month basis after the initial lease period. Lincoln provides 24-hour maintenance, yard and lawn care, monthly community activities, and a professional staff to serve your needs while living at Naval Support Facility Indian Head. Lincoln staff can be reached at (301) 743-6920, Monday - Friday, 0730-1600.
  • Applications
    Applications for housing should be made on an Application for Assignment to Housing (DD Form 1746) with a copy of orders and a copy of current record of emergency data or Page Two attached. Applications may be submitted by mail to Housing Welcome Center, 101 Strauss Ave., Building 1659, Attn: Government Housing, Indian Head, Maryland 20640; by fax to (301) 744-4433; or in person at the Housing Welcome Center at any time following receipt of orders. The office hours are 0730-1530, Monday - Friday.
  • Housing Referrals
    The Housing Welcome Center provides a housing referral service of rental and sale property listings. These listings are available for those who desire to locate in the surrounding area. The Welcome Center also provides free home-buying workshops and an in-office realtor and lender for face-to-face information. The Navy also provides the Set-Aside program for several apartment communities in the Charles Country area.
  • Pets
    Keeping cats and dogs is a conditional privilege extended to residents. Residents must comply with state and local laws governing pet ownership, including laws regarding licensing and vaccinations. The limit is two (2) dogs or cats with a weight limit of 35 lbs. The weight limit is for the apartments only. There is no weight limit for officer homes. Birds, fish, hamsters and guinea pigs will be permitted; exotic animals, such as reptiles, rodents (other than the hamsters and guinea pigs), ferrets, hedgehogs, or any farm animals are prohibited. Housing reserves the right to restrict certain breeds of dogs that are considered to be dangerous. Owners are financially and legally responsible for all pets.
Bachelor Housing
Enlisted bachelors, pay grades E-1 - E-4, reside in Building 902. Each occupant is allowed a private room equipped with a twin size bed, desk and desk chair, dresser, nightstand and walk-in closet. Each two rooms share a bathroom. All rooms are equipped with microwave, refrigerator, iron and ironing board, vacuum cleaner, coffee maker and TV.

For further information, please contact our front desk at (301) 744-4317.

Indian Head Galley
Bldg. 902
Hours: Monday - Friday 0600 - 1500
Galley - (301) 744-4288
Food Service Officer - (301) 744-4288
Galley Schedule:
Mon - Fri: Breakfast 0630 - 0800, Lunch 1100 - 1230 and Dinner 1600 - 1800
Sat, Sun and Holidays: Brunch 0900 - 1100 and Dinner 1600 - 1800
Meal Prices: Breakfast $1.65 Surcharge .35, Lunch $3.15 Surcharge .35, Dinner $4.30 Surcharge .85, Brunch $3.60 Surcharge .60 and Holidays $5.15 Surcharge .90

Indian Head USO
14 Strauss Ave. Indian Head, MD 20640
(301) 744-6713
Hours: Mon. - Thurs., 1000 - 1500
USO-Metro is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is “to serve those who serve...and their families,“ in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. USO-Metro receives no federal, state or local funding. Through generous financial support of the local community, USO-Metro is able to offer vital human services and programs to our military, free of charge. The USO-Metro has extensive services for you to use while enjoying your stay in the nation's capital. These services include emergency housing, food assistance, Ticketline, job fairs, celebrity visits, holiday hotel, and many family activities at our six family outreach centers: Indian Head Naval Station, Bellevue, Fort Myer, Fort Meade, Fort Belvoir, and Woodbridge; Airport Services at Dulles, Reagan, BWI, and Andrews AFB; Operation USO Care Package; and services at NNMC Bethesda and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Details on our programs and activities are available at, or e-mail Suzanne Davis, Indian Head Outreach Coordinator, at

Some of the events at the Indian Head Outreach Center include Little Patriots Playgroup, creative days, yard sales, food & toiletries assistance, BBQ's, giveaways, troop support, family support, water play days, holiday celebrations, back-to-school bingo, movies on the lawn, poker tournaments, coffee groups, kids' night out, field trips, a place to meet others and enjoy yourself, and a place to find great resources! We have lots of local support from the base, community, volunteers and often partner with Command Functions, MWR and Lincoln Military Housing.

Information, Tickets & Travel (ITT)
(301) 744-4850
The ITT Office, located in Bldg. 620⁄Crossroads Food Court, offers a great service, whether you are new to the D.C. area, or have been here forever. Discounted tickets are offered to numerous attractions including amusement parks, theaters, museums and sporting events. Trips and tours to various regional locations are also offered, including New York, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., skiing, white water rafting, horseback riding and more. ITT also offers vacations from Resort Condominiums Inter-national Vacations. RCI Getaways offer a seven-day vacation package to some of the finest resorts worldwide. Visit their website for more information or to search available accommodations: Indian Head installation number is 110.

Year Round Attractions:

  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • National Aquarium in Baltimore
  • Movie Tickets
  • Florida Attractions
  • Spy Museum
  • Bike the Sites
  • Military Voucher Program
Seasonal Attractions:
  • Hershey Park
  • Busch Gardens Williamsburg & Water Country USA
  • Six Flags America
  • Kings Dominion
  • Area Ski Resorts
  • Washington Redskins Football
  • Washington Capitals Hockey
  • Washington Wizards Basketball
  • Baltimore Orioles Baseball
  • New York City Weekend Trips
  • Maryland Renaissance Festival
Cruise Program
Thinking about taking a cruise? Let our CLIA certified cruise representative plan your dream vacation for you! We offer a variety of destinations and cruise lines and payment plans to fit every budget. Start planning your cruise today.

Liberty Program
(301) 744-1085
Looking to get off base? See the sights? Liberty offers exciting trips and tickets at discounted rates for single or unaccompanied Sailors and Marines between the ages of 18-25. Explore land, water and city while you are stationed in one of the most exciting regions in the world. Activities include ski trips, white water rafting, amusement park tickets, horseback riding, professional sporting events, and much more!

(301) 744-4747
The Indian Head Division Library can be found inside Crossroads Food Court, and offers a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction, periodicals, children's learning, audio and computer resources. Movies are available on DVD and VHS for checkout. Computers are available for internet access. An extensive children's area is available with story time offered twice a month. An 8mm movie theater offers recently released movies to military members and their families on Monday and Thursday at 1800 and Wednesday and Sunday at 1300.

Navy Exchange
Bldg. 323
(301) 744-4851
Hours: Monday - Friday 0800 - 1900, Saturday 1000 - 1800, and Sunday 1000 - 1500
All military personnel, active duty, retired, reserve and their families are eligible to visit the Navy Exchange.

Mix House Conference Center
Bldg. 324
(301) 744-6487
The Mix House Conference Center is the perfect location for wedding receptions, retirement parties, family reunions or any midsized event. With room for 120 people, the Mix House offers a separate bar and kitchen areas, a spectacular view of the Potomac River and a seasonal outdoor deck and bar area. Call today for rental rates or to schedule a tour of the facility.

Navy Federal Credit Union
Bldg. 323
(866) 755-4680
Hours: Monday - Friday, 0900 - 1630
Navy Federal® is proud to serve the Department of the Navy active, retired, reserve, civilian and certain contractor personnel and their families. When you join Navy Federal, you become a lifetime member and can readily take advantage of its many privileges. As the largest credit union in the world, we offer a wide array of financial services and unmatched customer service.

When you need some new wheels, let us help you with an auto loan. You can get 100% financing that includes tax, title and tags. Anytime of the day or night, anywhere in the world, you can access all your accounts through Navy Federal Online Account Access, as well as at our worldwide network of branches and ATMs, including unlimited free transactions at over 25,000 CO-OP Network ATMs. For added convenience, you can sign up for Web Bill Pay free.

Select from four checking accounts and take advantage of the ease and safety of making debit purchases here and abroad with a Visa® Check Card. When it comes to the best reward credit cards in the industry, you can choose from among three - nRewards, goRewards and Flagship Rewards. All feature multiple advantages found nowhere else. If you're looking to buy a home, we offer many options, including two with 100% financing and no money down. Our choice of savings and investment products is extensive, including certificates which pay attractive dividends.

Through every phase of life, wherever you may go, Navy Federal looks forward to serving you and your family. Drop by our convenient branch on base or call us at 301-753-9000. At Navy Federal, membership counts!

Religious Services
(540) 653-8297
Chaplain Support Services are available through NSASP. Chaplain Lynn Peterson, whose primary office is in Dahlgren, is available by appointment at Indian Head. Chaplain Peterson may be contacted at (540) 653-8297. In addition, the CBIRF chaplain can be reached at (301) 744-2017.

The Churches in the Indian Head community are supportive of our military personnel and invite you to join with them for worship and religious education.

Pass and ID Office, Building 1779
(301) 744-4381⁄4438
Hours: Monday - Friday. Visitor Badges, Vehicle Decals, Photo Badges Issued, 0700 - 1500
Normal Base Entry Procedures
Personnel entering the base must show either a CAC (Common Access Card), NSASP or tenant command photo badge, or active duty retiree dependent military ID to gain access. Personnel wishing to enter the base who do not possess one of these cards will be directed to the Pass & ID Office. Visitors must be sponsored by either military, NSASP or tenant command personnel and process through the Pass & ID Office if not accompanied by the sponsor. At the time the Visitors Badge is requested, a valid photo ID (state operator's license) must be presented.

Alcohol may be consumed by persons 21 years of age and above in authorized areas only.

Firearms Registration
Personnel residing on station must register their privately owned firearms with the Law Enforcement Office. Those living in family housing may retain their firearms in their quarters. Temporary or permanent residents of the BOQ and BEQ may not store weapons in the barracks; but can make arrangements for Law Enforcement to store a weapon for them during hunting season only.

In accordance with base regulations, all persons riding a bicycle, rollerblading, skate boarding, etc. aboard NSF Indian Head must wear an ANSI or Snell Memorial Foundation approved helmet.

Intramural leagues, including flag football, basketball, racquetball, volleyball, softball, soccer, beach volleyball, indoor volleyball and tennis, as well as numerous 5k races are offered throughout the year.

Summer Youth Camp
Camp Tomahawk offers a summer haven for over 100 youths. This summer program provides 10 weeks of camp, offering a variety of activities such as swimming, baseball, fishing, dance, and various arts and crafts. Specialty camps have included two weeks of environmental camp, soccer, cheerleading, and softball.

Supply Operations
(301) 744-1542
The Indian Head Supply Operations office of the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk, Detachment Washington, D.C., supports all commands and activities on board Naval Support Facility Indian Head. Support includes providing supply services, planning material requirements in partnership with customers by providing supply system and industrial support expertise, and assisting in inventory management, warehousing and expediting material requirements. The Supply Operations office also manages the NSF Indian Head CHRIMP program to reduce the quantity and control the variety of hazardous materials entering the base and, ultimately the waste stream.

Swimming Pool
(301) 744-4616
The NSF Indian Head Pool is an olympic-size facility open during the summer months. Swimming lessons are available for all ages throughout the summer in two-week sessions. Lap swim sessions and water aerobics classes are available. Military and civilian youth may join the Torpedos Swim Team for competition with area swim clubs. The pool's deck space and small pavilion area make an ideal rental facility for private parties and other functions. Family and single memberships are available to purchase at the pool or ITT Office.

Teen Center
(301) 743-5456
The Teen Center provides a wide range of recreational, social and educational activities for children ages 11-17. The center offers a place for children to use computers, play video games, watch movies, play board games, and more. Homework help and supplies such as markers and paper are available for school projects. Programs include leisure skills development classes, special themed events, field trips to area attractions and summer camps.

Weight House Fitness Center
(301) 744-4661
The Weight House Fitness Center is in Bldg. 261 and features a gymnasium, weight and fitness rooms, sauna, racquetball courts, sports program, aerobics room and more. Fitness assessments, personal training, blood pressure screening, body fat analysis, group exercise classes and wellness classes are also available. Stop by during lunch or after work and play some racquetball, take a spinning class or use one of our state of the art cardio machines.