The Administration office provides staff, administrative, clerical and general management support services, command career counseling, command communications material system services, command duty office services, and administration and review of enlisted personnel requirements.
Air Operations handles 165,000 air operations annually. With its five divisions, Air Ops manages two Navy airfields, including air traffic control services within special use airspace and to 23 general aviation airports within 6,800 square miles of delegated airspace. Additional services include maintenance of air navigation aids and landing systems as well as other local and remotely-sited ground electronic equipment, search and rescue helicopter services and transient line maintenance services for visiting aircraft. Logistics flight services are also provided for all tenant activities attached to the naval air station with the UC-12B aircraft and contract flights.
American Red Cross
301-342-4100 or 888-276-2767
The Southern Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross acts as the liaison between military members and their families. In cases of emergency such as: illnesses, accidents, births, deaths or any incident involving the immediate family of a service member. With a congressional mandate, the Southern Maryland Chapter, Armed Forces Emergency Services (AFES) is available 24 hours a day 365 days year to assist military members and/or their families with emergency notifications. (Financial assistance may be provided if conditions warrant - See Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society)
The Patuxent River branch office provides volunteer opportunities throughout the military and civilian community. Volunteers are placed in responsible positions at the Naval Clinic, Pharmacy, Medical Records, Woman's Clinic and the Dental Assistant Program, as well as participating in community service programs, disaster services and working at the Red Cross office. Individuals may volunteer one or more days a month.
Interested volunteers may become health & safety instructors in CPR, first aid, babysitters, caregiving, aquatic programs, lifeguards and other Red Cross certified programs. Volunteers may also join local Disaster Action Teams (DAT) and assist the Red Cross in bringing relief to local disaster victims in the community.
The Southern Maryland Red Cross is located in Building 401, 2nd Deck and is staffed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fax 301-342-4157.
Branch Dental Clinic
The Dental Clinic is a modern, well-equipped facility staffed with four general dentists within the Naval Health Clinic. Active-duty members may make appointments after receiving a complete exam either as part of dental/birth month recall, physical exam or dental sick call. Sick call is available on a walk-in basis from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Patients in need of immediate treatment will be seen on a priority basis. Check-ins/outs are encouraged after 9:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. After hours emergencies are directed to report to the Naval Health Clinic Quarterdeck or call 301-342-1418 to speak to the Medical Officer of the Day. The duty dental technician and/or officer will be contacted as needed. All active-duty members are eligible for dental treatment. Retired military members will be seen for emergency treatment only. No definitive treatment for family members can be delivered and emergency treatment can be rendered only after all attempts to contact a civilian provider have been exhausted. Families must be enrolled with United Concordia TRICARE Dental Program.
Child Development Center
Families at Patuxent River find an invaluable resource at the Child Development Center. The center offers full-time childcare for infants 6 weeks through 5 years of age. There is a high demand for childcare here and the center also offers a referral service for all station employees.
The Resource and Referral Office can be reached at 202-433-3055 or DSN 288-3055. A booklet is available to parents with the names and numbers of local area day care facilities as well as a list of all the child development homes (home-care providers) located on and off station.
Child Development Home Providers
Certified childcare providers, located in government housing and off station, offer in-home care for families at Pax River. A current listing of certified providers may be obtained at the CDH Office, Child Development Center, Child Development Center Annex and Housing Welcome Center.
Subsidies are available for all active-duty military parents (specific age requirements apply).
The Child Development Home program office is located next to the Child Development Annex on Liljencrantz Road.
The CDH also offers employment opportunities for military spouses living on or off station. CDH providers work out of their homes, care for children, and have the flexibility to set their own hours and fees. Training and assistance is provided to all CDH providers.
The Patuxent River Commissary is located at 22155 Cuddihy Road, Building 2173, across the street from the Navy Lodge and next to the gas station. The Commissary is open Tuesday, through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Commissary is also open for Early Bird Shopping (15 items or less) Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
The Commissary is closed Mondays and most federal holidays. Closures will be posted in the store. Calls to verify hours of operation are welcome. The e-mail address for the Patuxent River Commissary Store Director is firstname.lastname@example.org. More information concerning all commissaries is available on the official DeCA Web site at http://www.commissaries.com.
The station's environmental office provides comprehensive services in three broad areas: compliance, conservation and pollution prevention. Compliance programs focus on regulatory compliance review and tracking for things such as clean air, clean water, hazardous materials and hazardous waste handling, proper environmental planning and cleanup of former waste disposal sites. Pollution prevention programs include recycling and solid waste management, as well as oil spill prevention and control. Conservation programs include both natural and cultural resources management; featuring archaeology, historic architecture and preservation planning on the cultural side, and fish and wildlife management, forestry, land management, and outdoor recreation on the natural resources side. Natural resources employees provide nuisance wildlife response services and oversee outdoor recreational programs including fishing, crabbing, shellfishing, hunting, trapping, hiking, firewood cutting and nature study. Known for its award-winning community service and environmental stewardship programs, the department is responsible for environmental education programs on station and contributes to many activities within the neighboring communities. The station operates an Environmental Education Center, located in Building 1410, at the intersection of Johnson and Cedar Point Roads. Multiple partnerships with private sector and government agencies have been successful in advancing environmental compliance and education. A successful installation restoration program and community Restoration Advisory Board keeps the public aware of all restoration activities at Pax River.
Fleet Family Support Center
The Fleet Family Support Center, located in Building 2090 on Bundy Road, recognizes that being "Navy" or "Marine" is a lifestyle that presents unique challenges and opportunities for service members and their families.
FFSC programs are intended to help make the most of military life. Workshops and seminars are opened to active-duty and retired military and their family members, and if space is available, DoD civil service employees, their spouses and contract employees. The workshops and seminars are organized and facilitated by the professional staff of the FFSC as well as professional educators within the local community.
FFSC hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The FFSC has licensed clinical social workers available for crisis intervention, as well as short-term individual, marriage and family counseling for active-duty members and their families. Educational programs and workshops are offered in areas as diverse as stress and anger management. Additionally, support is provided for victims and offenders of domestic violence. Counseling services include:
Family Advocacy Program (FAP)
The FFSC has licensed clinical social workers to assist the military community with personal and family problems related to child and spouse abuse issues. FAP services address the needs of victims and offenders of spouse abuse, child abuse or neglect.
Anger management, stress management, parenting classes, and educational classes for offenders and victims are available through FAP.
Sexual Assault Victim Intervention (SAVI) Program
The Sexual Assault Victim Intervention (SAVI) program offers prevention education, victim intervention services, and comprehensive victim advocate and command point of contact training. The SAVI point of contact or Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) assists commands in implementing and administering sexual assault awareness, prevention education, victim advocacy and data collection. The intervention portion of the program is designed to support victims and their families as they deal with the many issues following sexual assault trauma.
New Parent Support Program
The FFSC registered nurse provides hospital visitation, in-home services and support for all eligible military families assigned to Pax River who are expecting a baby or have a child under five months old. Services include infant education classes, breast pump loan locker and parenting classes. NPS also provides and supports four lactation stations at various sites on station for the exclusive use of nursing mothers who are returning to work after the birth of their babies.
The FFSC offers deployment support programs for the deploying detachments located in the Pax River area. The goal is to enhance the Navy's mission by reducing personal and family emergencies that may occur during deployments and assisting single and married service members and their families in successfully managing deployments before, during and after the deployments occur.
Education and Training
The FFSC's professional facilitators and presenters offer workshops and seminars on topics such as stress management, financial planning, house buying, estate planning, parenting, couples communication, relocation and job skills. Programs are offered at the FFSC and at command locations.
Employment and Career Resources
Finding a job is often one of the greatest concerns for military family members relocating to a new area.
The Transition Assistance Management Program and Spouse Employment Assistance Program provide a variety of services and a wide range of workshops. These include: resume writing, cover letters, 10 Steps to a federal job, interviewing, networking, job search strategies and many more. Employment counselors are available, by appointment, to critique resumes, practice job interviewing, and assist with marketing individual skills.
- Computer Resource Room (CRR)
- The CRR is available for job searching on the Internet, resume formatting and federal applications software programs. The CRR also has a telephone, copy machine and facsimile available for client use.
Some benefits are:
Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
- Transitional Bulletin Board provides available federal and civilian jobs (direct contacts-actual "want ads") and job fairs worldwide.
- MS Word for preparing resumes and cover letters.
- Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing-Tutorial.
Whether separating from the military or about to retire, TAP provides individual transition counseling and a four-day workshop.
Transitioning military members and their spouses will receive information concerning benefits, interviewing skills, resume writing and salary negotiation when they use the TAP program.
Spouse Employment Assistance Program (SEAP)
Relocating for family members does not always mean starting over. DoD recognizes that spouses have difficulties maintaining careers due to constant relocation. The SEAP counselor is available by appointment to assist in providing valuable resources regarding portable careers, resume writing, federal applications and other job-related skills and techniques.
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a DoD mandatory program designed to identify family members with long-term health care or special education needs. It ensures service members will be assigned to a location where the special needs of the family will be met.
Moving to a new area can be expensive. Deposits, new furnishings and the cost of temporary lodging may put a strain on a budget. The FFSC's trained financial counselor provides personal financial counseling to service members and family members. Workshops are presented on all aspects of financial management, including investing and buying a house.
Information & Referral (I&R)
Any question or need will prompt a ready referral to the appropriate military or civilian resource. The I&R counselor can give information about the Exceptional Family Member Program, schools, child care providers, Navy lodges, legal aide, voting registration and much more. Come in for a "one stop" information and referral service.
An ombudsman is a volunteer spouse, trained to act as a liaison between family members and the active-duty command. The Work and Family Life Consultant is the ombudsman program coordinator for Pax River.
Relocation is a way of life in the military. As service members arrive or prepare to leave, personal property may be somewhere else. The FFSC can assist by loaning hospitality kits to military members and their families. Kits include pots, pans, dishes, utensils, toasters and irons. In addition, they may also check out futons, linens, ironing boards, car seats, and tables and chairs.
In addition to this service, for inbound members, the FFSC also mails station welcome aboard packets, coordinates the Sponsor Program, and updates the Standard Installation Topic Exchange Service (SITES) booklets with current base and community information.
For outbound members, the FFSC will lend welcome packets and videos of your new base and provide a SITES booklet. The relocation counselor will also request information and a sponsor at your new assignment.
The FFSC's goal is to make your move a pleasant one. With classes such as: Welcome to Pax, Kids on the Move and Smooth Move-Home or Abroad, we can answer your questions and provide you with valuable information.
A Veterans Affairs benefits counselor visits the FFSC several days each month to answer questions concerning VA benefits and services. All veterans, transitioning service members and family members are eligible for this service.
Human Resources Office
(Total Force Management and Strategy Department)
The Total Force Management and Strategy Department administers human resources and equal employment opportunity programs for the civilian and military work force, which includes providing services in the area of employment, classification, labor and employee relations, employee benefits and services, manpower and human resource data analysis, employee development and education, and equal employment opportunity, complaint counseling/resolution and the drug-free workplace program.
The Total Force Management and Strategy Department provides advice, assistance and services to executives, managers, supervisors and employees. It also represents the human resource interests of NAVAIR Headquarters, NAWCAD, NAS Patuxent River and the tenant community in dealings with the Office of Personnel Management, Department of Defense and Department of Navy. Visit the Human Resources Web site at http://hro.navair.navy.mil.
Mattapany Day Camp
Mattapany Day Camp is one of the most highly anticipated summer programs on station. The popular day camp offers children ages five, who have completed kindergarten, through 12 years structured care in an outdoor setting. Campers enjoy arts and crafts, nature walks, swimming lessons, day trips and other special events.
Registration is held in March. Due to the popularity of camp, full time employees with children enrolled in the School Age Care program during the school year have priority to camp registration. Any unfilled spots are then available to active-duty military, DoD employees and contractors on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration details are available in the Tester and Patuxent Trails in February.
NAVAIR Ranges Sustainability Office
Citizens may express their concerns regarding noise generated from NAS Patuxent River by contacting the station via telephone or mail. A noise disturbance hotline was established in November 2001 to receive noise disturbance reports from the community. The hotline is typically manned from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In the event no one is available to receive the call in person, callers are instructed to leave their names, contact information and a description of the event. The toll-free phone number for the noise hotline is 1-866-819-9028.
For written inquiries, correspondence should be sent to:
NAVAIR Ranges Sustainability Office
Attn: Noise Hotline Team
22473 Millstone Rd.
Patuxent River, Md. 20670
A representative from NAS Patuxent River will begin investigating phone and/or written inquiries related to a noise event within one business day, and will follow-up with the person reporting the disturbance. For more information visit http://www.navair.navy.mil/ oep/index.html
Building 2369, 22099 Cuddihy Road
Main Store Hours of Operation
Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Holiday hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Navy Exchange retail store offers the following:
- Uniform shop
- Clothing, shoes and accessories for the entire family
- Electronics, Computers, Computer Software, Video Games
- Prerecorded Video and Music
- Giftware and Home Decor
- Cosmetics and Fragrances, featuring Estee Lauder
- Fine Jewelry, Watches and Sunglasses
- Housewares and Small Electrics
- Wine and Spirits
- Sporting Goods
- Health and Beauty Aids
- Pet Supplies
- Complete Lawn and Garden Shop
- Major Appliances, i.e., washers/dryers, freezers and refrigerators
- Blue Rhino Propane tank exchange
The following services are offered at Customer Service:
- Western Union
- United Parcel Service
- Film Developing and Kodak Picture Maker
- Rug Doctor Rental
- Special Orders
- Check Cashing
- Star Card Applications
The Navy Exchange offers a complete floral shop with Teleflora and local delivery and Maryland, DC souvenirs. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information call 301-342-0621.
The tailor shop is located in the uniform shop and is open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Navy Exchange has a full-service beauty salon, hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. To schedule an appointment call 301-342-0612.
The Navy Exchange barber shop is located adjacent to the beauty salon, hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information call 301-342-0611.
Simply Wireless offers cellular phones and service and is located in the mall area. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information call 301-862-9229.
Laundry and dry cleaning services are offered by Royal Cleaners, hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m-5 p.m. Royal Cleaners is located at the far left front of the Navy Exchange. For more information call 301-737-1330.
Enterprise Rent a Car is located in the main Exchange (Building 2369). Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information call 301-866-1705.
Tax services are available February-April in the mall area.
The Navy Exchange gas station and Quik Mart convenience store are located across from the Commissary. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Pay at the pump 24-hours-a-day with credit card. For more information call 301-863-1258. Budget truck rental is available at the Quik Mart. Call 240-725-0967 for reservations. Blue Rhino Propane tank exchange is also available. A fully automated soft-cloth car wash is adjacent to the Quik Mart.
The following food service outlets are available:
Naval Health Clinic
Monday-Friday 5 a.m - 9 p.m.
Saturday 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Monday-Friday 8 a.m - 9 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Sea Wings Cafe
Monday-Friday 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Pizza Hut/Del Taco
NEX Food Court Building 2369
Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m - 7 p.m.
Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 10:30 a.m - 3 p.m.
- Ritazza Coffee
NEX Food Court
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 10:30 a.m - 3 p.m.
The Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River is staffed to provide quality health care services to all active-duty and eligible beneficiaries. The clinic is located onboard NAS Patuxent River at the intersection of Cedar Point and Buse Roads. Available services include active duty dental, military medicine, aviation medicine, physical exams, pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, immunizations, occupational health, optometry, preventive medicine, psychology, social work, radiology, pharmacy, laboratory and health promotion services. This facility averages approximately 87,000 outpatient visits per year. The Naval Health Clinic is a TRICARE Prime enrollment site.
1-800-NAVY-INN or 301-737-2400
All ranks, active-duty (on duty or leave), reservists, retirees, federal employees on orders and other authorized guests may make reservations at the Navy Lodge. There are 50 units with queen beds and private baths. Of these 50 rooms, six sets are interconnecting, two are handicap-accessible and all are non-smoking units. Each unit contains a kitchenette with microwave, utensils, dining table, cable television, DVDs, HBO, direct dial long distance service and air conditioning. Cribs, highchairs, roll-away beds, hairdryers, irons/ironing boards, maid service, ice, snack vending machines, playground, DVD rentals and washer/dryer facilities are available for guest use. The lodge is located in Building 2119, check-in is between 3 and 6 p.m. Call to make reservations. The Navy Lodge fax number is 301-862-7866.
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
301-342-4739/4817 or DSN 342-4739
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a non-profit organization with a primary mission to assist active-duty and retired service members, their family members and survivors with emergency financial assistance, education or other services in times of need.
N-MCRS provides emergency financial assistance in the form of interest-free loans and/or grants for needs such as, but not limited to, transportation associated with emergency leave, food, rent, utilities, essential vehicle repairs, patient's share of medical/dental bills, military pay problems and funeral expenses.
The society sponsors education loans and grants for dependent children of active-duty and retired members, as well as spouses of active-duty who return to school full-time. N-MCRS also conducts a Budget for Baby class each month at the Fleet and Family Support Center. Class attendees receive information regarding financial planning and budgeting pertaining to families with children. At the conclusion of the class each family in attendance receives a "Junior Seabag" filled with baby items, as a gift from the society valued at over $100 to welcome their newborn. This program is open to all Sailors and Marines regardless of rank.
The N-MCRS office, located in Building 401, is staffed primarily by trained volunteers, and is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday by appointment. Call for more information, to make an appointment, or inquire about volunteering.
Service members with emergency leave situations can receive assistance from the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society through the After Hours Assistance Program. For after-hours emergency leave assistance, for the service member or the spouse, call 301-342-1097 and request N-MCRS assistance.
Public Affairs Office
The Public Affairs Office, located on the second floor of Building 409, is responsible for internal information, media relations, community relations and review of non-technical material intended for public release. The Public Affairs officer is the official spokespersons for NAWCAD and NAS Patuxent River. Any official contacts with off-station news media, speeches or other types of presentations to community organizations or groups must first be coordinated with the Public Affairs Office.
The Public Affairs Office serves the entire Patuxent River complex with a variety of information media, including its award-winning station newspaper, Tester, and this station guide. Public affairs professionals also tell the Patuxent River story off station through their liaison with local, regional and national print and broadcast news media.
The Public Affairs Office is also responsible for releasing information to outside news media.
Public Affairs also manages an active station tour program for community groups, giving taxpaying citizens the opportunity to see and hear about Patuxent River's mission firsthand.
Public Safety provides advice, guidance and assistance in all aspects of Physical Security, Law Enforcement and OSH Safety and Fire Services. Public Safety also is responsible for protecting life and property, preventing crime, unlawful entry, covert acts and enforcing laws, instructions, rules and regulations governing Physical Security, Law Enforcement and OSH Safety and Fire Services. Public Safety administers the physical security, law enforcement, fire and rescue/disaster preparedness program; formulates and enforces command security procedures; exercises control over visitors to the complex; investigates crimes and evaluates investigative data; provides fire protection and fire-rescue services; maintains liaison with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies; conducts a comprehensive occupational safety and health program, monitors and tracks mishap and mishap reporting; administers an aggressive accident prevention program; and coordinates occupational health and medical surveillance programs.
Public Works is responsible for the management, acquisition, maintenance and repair of facilities, facility systems, pavements, utilities, vehicles and housing. Public Works provides installation support services, including planning, budgeting, engineering, base operating services, grounds maintenance, janitorial, transportation, refuse collection, ceremony support and pest control. Public Works also provides the design, construction, repair, alteration and demolition of facilities and infrastructure.
The NAS Patuxent River St. Nicholas Chapel is located off Cedar Point Road less than one mile from Gate Two. The Religious Programming Center, Building 401, is located adjacent to the chapel. Chaplain office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Religious Program Center houses the Protestant, Catholic and Command Chaplain's offices, as well as a religious fellowship hall, religious library, meeting facilities and multi-use classrooms.
Catholic services are Sunday at 8 and 9:30 a.m. Daily Mass is at 11:35 a.m. and CCD is Sunday at 11 a.m. The Protestant service is Sunday at 11 a.m., with a dinner/study at 5 p.m. These times are also posted on the chapel board on Cedar Point Road.
The RPC also offers Sunday School, nursery, Bible studies, prayer breakfasts, Children's Choirs, a Christian Men's Fellowship, an active teen youth group, retreats for all ages and other special events. Call for more information concerning counseling, confession or registration in any of the command religious programs. Programs and services are open to all military, family members and DoD eligible personnel with station access.
The Staff Judge Advocate provides direct legal advice and support to the Commanding Officer, NAS, and tenant commands within the region on matters including but not limited to military justice, ethics, standards of conduct, international law civil affairs (except government contracts), administrative law, litigation, legal assistance, environmental law and investigations, including inspector general reports on senior officials. The JAG administers the military justice system and maintains liaison with local law enforcement agencies.
Legal Assistance Services
The Navy Legal Service Office, North Central, coordinates and provides legal assistance for active-duty, retired personnel and dependents. Legal assistance includes advice and services regarding adoption, consumer issues, family law, immigration, landlord-tenant issues, notarization of documents, powers of attorney, preventive law, tax preparation, and wills and other estate planning.
Supply provides logistics support to all activities aboard the NAS Patuxent River complex, including its Webster Field Annex. From nuts and bolts and navigational charts to advanced avionics units or repair parts for organizational and intermediate maintenance efforts, the department has access to the millions of lines of inventory througout the Department of Defense supply system. Supply operates divisions for fuels, stock control, quality assurance, IT systems, household goods, and aviation support along with a material division for receiving, storage, warehousing and shipment of government assets.
The station newspaper Tester is open from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. each weekday for submission of editorial copy which must be received by Monday at noon. The Tester editorial office is located on the 2nd floor of Building 409. Free classified ads may be placed in the newspaper by active-duty, family members and retired military. Paid advertising is also available. Both types of ads may be placed at the publisher's office in Lexington Park, or by calling 301-862-2111.
Veterinary Treatment Facility
The Veterinary Treatment Facility offers over-the-counter sales for pet needs and hosts special clinics overseen by the Army veterinary staff. Active-duty and retired military and reservists during active duty periods are eligible to use this facility. Programs and policies are administered by the Army.