Naval Support Facility Dahlgren
Naval Support Activity South Potomac
Monday, Oct. 4, 2010
Capt. Catie Hanft
Naval Support Activity South Potomac
Cmdr. Dennis Quick
Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP) was established on Nov. 3, 2005 as a component of Naval District Washington. NSASP is one of five regional commands within the district charged with providing shore installation management services for more than 20 separate locations within the National Capital area.
Naval Support Activity South Potomac has oversight of two geographically separate locations to include two major Navy shore installations – Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, Va. and Naval Support Facility Indian Head, Md. As host to more than a dozen DoD, Joint and Navy supported commands and activities located on board NSASP installations.
The mission of the command is to provide effective and efficient shore installation management and support to military organizations resident on Naval Support Activity South Potomac installations and, as a result, enable supported commands to sustain combat readiness. Shore installation management functions under NSASP authority encompass all land, buildings and support services.
Naval Support Activity South Potomac’s Operations Department is responsible for providing and maintaining appropriate physical security of NSASP installations and ensuring adequate force protection for base personnel.
The Pass and ID Office establishes local policy and procedures for accommodating official visitors to NSASP installations in accordance with Department of the Navy guidance aimed at protecting military bases, mission operations and personnel.
The Law Enforcement Division is composed of military and civilian police officers who serve to safeguard personnel, protect property and prevent losses at NSASP installations. They stand duty 24 hours a day to control access to NSASP installations and are trained to prevent or mitigate hostile actions against DoD resources, facilities and personnel.
The Emergency Management Office is responsible for the organized analysis, planning, decision making and assignment of available resources to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from the effects of all hazards, either man-made or natural. The Emergency Management Office is also responsible for coordinating two Emergency Operations Centers and partnering with installation experts in a variety of disciplines protecting and preserving lives and property in emergency incidents.
Fire-EMS Division personnel serve on NSASP installations around the clock to respond to fire emergencies as well as hazardous materials emergencies and rescue and emergency response to natural and man-made disasters. NSASP firefighters maintain a high level of training and qualifications to be able to respond in a moment’s notice. The firefighters operate numerous response vehicles on board NSASP installations that include structural fire pumpers, ladder trucks with pumping capacity, command vehicles, brush trucks, HAZMAT trucks, technical rescue trailers and Basic Life Support (BLS)⁄Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances. In addition, fire prevention officers conduct fire protection inspections, manage a public education program, review installation construction plans and specifications, investigate fires, provide hazardous operations permits, and provide life safety and fire protection training.
The principal function of Naval Support Activity South Potomac’s Environmental Program Office is to ensure that NSASP installations are in compliance with a wide range of federal, state, local and Navy environmental regulations and guidelines, to include the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, and the Toxic Substance Control Act.
In addition, NSASP’s Environmental Office oversees installation recycling, hazardous waste management and solid waste management programs. The Environmental Office also manages the Installation Restoration Program to identify and remediate sites that have been contaminated from past disposal practices, as well as the Munitions Response Program, which identifies and remediates sites contaminated from past munitions disposal. Furthermore, the Environmental Office directs the command’s compliance with provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a program that requires proper documentation for environmental impacts from proposed actions and ensures that decision makers can make informed choices prior to executing an action.
Finally, the NSASP Environmental office oversees the natural resources program at all NSASP installations, which is focused on managing and protecting the diverse natural habitats – from rolling hills to mixed and hardwood forests to tidal and non-tidal wetlands – and the plethora of wildlife that coexist with military facilities and operations.
Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFACENGCOM) provides facility support to NSASP installations, functioning as the command’s Public Works Department. The department is responsible for all installation maintenance, utilities, transportation and engineering. NSASP’s Public Works team of engineers, architects, planners, painters, plumbers, electricians and other skilled professionals work together to plan, coordinate and supervise all phases of base facilities maintenance, operations and construction.
NSASP’s Supply Operations offices at Naval Support Facility Indian Head and Naval Support Facility Dahlgren are staffed by the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk, Detachment Washington, D.C. and support all commands and activities located on board NSASP installations. Support includes providing supply services, planning material requirements and assisting in inventory management, warehousing and expediting material requirements. The Supply Operations office also manages the CHRIMP program to reduce the quantity and control the variety of hazardous materials entering NSA South Potomac installations and, ultimately the waste stream.
Fleet and Family Readiness Programs
Providing and maintaining facilities and programs that contribute positively to the quality of life of military and civilian personnel and their families on board NSASP installations is an important focus of the command.
Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Activities range from opportunities to attend major sporting events, concerts and other events in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Va., areas, to participating in a variety of on-base athletic leagues, to participating in craft or aerobics classes. On-base recreational activities are available through a wide variety of athletic facilities to include outdoor softball and soccer fields, fitness centers and gymnasiums, theaters, bowling lanes and swimming pools.
MWR’s Liberty Program provides recreational activities year round for single or unaccompanied active-duty military personnel, particularly ages 18-24. Liberty activities include sporting events and cookouts at the barracks or group outings to recreational facilities and tourist destinations off base.
Additional leisure services are offered through MWR’s craft center, equipment rental program, general library, and auto skills center.
Child & Youth Programs
A certified Child Development Home program offers full and part-time home-based care, space available drop-in care and limited shift care. Home care providers are trained, monitored and inspected to make sure that they meet the same high standards of care as the CDC.
Fleet and Family Support Center
Licensed FSSC clinical counselors are licensed and credentialed professionals who provide counseling, victim intervention and prevention education related to military quality of life issues. Services include solution-focused clinical counseling for individuals and couples, Family Advocacy Programs that address domestic violence, child maltreatment, and sexual assault victim intervention and education programs related to sexual assault.
Career support and retention programs include the Transition Assistance Program for service members and their families transitioning out of the military, family employment readiness education programs to assist family members with their job search, and personal financial management education programs.
The FFSC has a retired activities office staffed by retired military volunteers who provide services and resources for retired military members, their families and survivors to ensure they receive up-to-date information on retiree issues, veteran’s benefits and survivor benefits.
Naval Support Activity South Potomac’s Public Affairs staff serves as a primary source of information about NSASP installations to the surrounding communities, as well as a conduit for news and information to all supported commands. NSASP Public Affairs uses a variety of communications tools and resources to inform base employees and the general public, to include publication of annual base guides and a weekly commercial enterprise newspaper.