Base Guide 2013-2014
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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

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 Pax 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 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 Pax River find an invaluable resource at the Child Development Center and Child Development Annex. The center offers full-time childcare for infants 6 weeks - 5 years of age. There is a high demand for childcare here and the center provides information for a central wait list within Naval District Washington (NDW) Region. Patrons interested in using fulltime child care services at Pax River, must first register on the central wait listing located at the Child Placement Office which can be reached at 202-433-3055 or DSN 288-3055. Packets are available at each child care facility for further information. Hourly care is provided at each facility on a first come, first serve basis with limited availability. Reservations are required.

Child Development Home Providers


Certified childcare providers, located in government housing and off station housing, offer in-home care for families at Pax River. To use the services of the Child Development Home program, you must register through the central wait list located at the Child Placement Office in NDW. They can be reached at (202) 4433-3055. Packets for registration can be obtained at any Child Development facilities.

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 Pax 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 Commissary Store Director is More information concerning all commissaries is available on the official DeCA Web site at


Located within the Public Works Department, the station's environmental office provides comprehensive services in three broad areas: compliance, environmental planning, and conservation. 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. Environmental planning staff reviews all proposed projects and considers alternatives in an attempt to minimize environmental impact, preparing Environmental Assessments or Environmental Impact Statements as necessary. 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 environmental restoration program and community Restoration Advisory Board keeps the public aware of all restoration activities at Pax River.

Fleet and Family Support Center


The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), located in Building 2090 on Bundy Road, recognizes that being

“military” 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 open to active-duty, retired military, their family members, and if space is available, DoD civil service employees and contractor employees. FFSC hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The FFSC three core programs include the following:

Clinical and Support Programs

New Parent Support

NPS offers parents or parents-to-be education, pre and post natal support, parent support groups, and information and referral to community resources. Services include hospital and home visitations, educational classes, play group, a breast pump loan program and lactation stations at various sites on station.

Clinical Counseling

Licensed clinical counselors provide short term and goal oriented counseling that includes individual, marriage, and family counseling for active duty and their family members.

Family Advocacy Program

FAP is designed to strengthen families by providing intervention, prevention, and treatment of child and spouse abuse and neglect. Licensed clinical counselors provide information and referral, case management services, and education in dealing with domestic violence issues.

Victim Advocacy

The Victim Advocate provides education to help support victims of domestic violence. Services include safety planning, legal and financial information and referral, and other support services.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program

SAPR provides advocacy support and resources to assist victims of sexual assault through the healing process. The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) and SAPR Point of Contact assist's commands in implementing and administering sexual assault awareness, prevention education, case management and victim advocacy.

Career Support Programs

Transition Assistance Management Program

TAMP prepares retiring or separating service members for their transition to the civilian lifestyle. TAMP includes career counseling, self-help computer resources, workshops, information on veterans' benefits, assistance with resume writing, and job fair schedules. Employment counselors are available by appointment to critique resumes, practice job interviewing, and assist with marketing individual skills. Our Computer Resource Room is available for job searching using the internet and also has a telephone, copy machine and facsimile.

Personal Financial Management Program

The FFSC offers a trained Financial Counselor who will take you step-by-step through the Navy Standardized Curriculum process which involves setting up and effectively managing a basic financial plan. Workshops, counseling, and seminars on buying cars, renting or buying homes, and much more are offered. The PFMP offers one-on-one counseling to those experiencing money management difficulties, for those who wish to better understand how to budget their finances, or wish to plan for retirement.

Family Employment Readiness Program

FERP gives spouses and family members an opportunity to gain employment search skills through education and workshops. Workshops include resume writing, career planning, employment skill building, and career planning.

Veterans Affairs

NAS Pax River is designated as a Veterans Benefits Administration Intake Site; a Veterans Affairs Benefits Counselor visits the FFSC several days each month to answer questions concerning VA benefits and services. They also accept disability claims and compensation applications. All veterans, transitioning service members and family members are eligible for this service. This service is by appointment only.

Deployment Support Programs

Deployment Support

The FFSC offers Deployment Support Programs for Individual Augmentee (IA), family members and deploying detachments located in the Pax River area. The goal is to enhance the Navy's mission by assisting single and married service members and their families in successfully managing deployments before, during and after deployments.

Relocation Assistance Program

RAP helps with your pending overseas or homeport orders by giving information and classes about travel pay and allowances, moving budget, passport, visa requirements, and cultural adjustments. To access instant information about NAS Pax River visit either of these Web sites: or /index.htm. If you have orders to Pax River, you will need a sponsor who can assist you with your needs. To request a Sponsor, visit the Pax River homepage listed above. Also, don't forget about our Lending Locker for household goods while your items are in transit.

Life Skills Education

The FFSC provides solution oriented workshops to help gain knowledge to improve your personal skills. Workshops and seminars include topics such as Stress Management, Effective Parenting, New Spouse Orientation, Couples Communication, and Steps to a Stronger Marriage. Programs are offered at the FFSC and at command locations.

Ombudsman Support

An Ombudsman is a volunteer spouse, trained to act as a liaison between family members and the active-duty command. Contact your Ombudsman for IA support, upcoming events, and general information for your squadron.

Information and Referral

The FFSC can provide contact information and resources on the Exceptional Family Member Program, local schools, child care providers, Navy Lodges, legal aid and much more. Call or come by for our “one stop” Information and Referral Service on local military or civilian resources, activities, and programs.

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 Pax River and the tenant community in dealings with the Office of Personnel anagement, Department of Defense and Department of Navy. Visit the Human Resources Web site at

NAVAIR Ranges Sustainability Office Citizens may express their concerns regarding noise generated from NAS Pax 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 Pax 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

Navy Exchange


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


• Prerecorded Video and Music

• Giftware and Home Decor

• Cosmetics and Fragrances, featuring Estee Lauder

• Fine Jewelry, Watches and Sunglasses

• Domestics

• Housewares and Small Electrics

• Wine and Spirits

• Toys

• Sporting Goods

• Automotive

• Health and Beauty Aids

• Hardware

• Pet Supplies

• Complete Lawn and Garden Shop

• Major Appliances, i.e., washers/dryers, freezers and


• 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

• Engraving

• Special Orders

• Layaways

• Check Cashing

• Star Card Applications

The Navy Exchange offers a complete floral shop with FTD Wire Service and local delivery. 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.-4 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.

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.

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:

River's Edge Catering and

Conference Center

Tate Rd., Bldg 2815


Monday-Friday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Occasional Wednesday Night Dinners



Located at: Bldg 2185, Bldg 2187,

Bldg 2805, Bldg 2133 and Bldg 2188

Monday- Friday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Cedar Point Golf Course Club House

Cedar Point Golf Course


Open Daily

Café 300 at the Bowling Center

Drill Hall


Open Daily


Building 2465


Monday-Friday 5 a.m - 9 p.m.

Saturday 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Sunday 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.


Building 421


Monday-Friday 8 a.m - 9 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Rice King

NEX Food Court Building 2369

Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

RK Café

NEX Food Court Building 2369

Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sbarro's Pizza

NEX Food Court Building 2369

Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Closed on Sundays

Naval Health Clinic


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 Pax River at the intersection of Cedar Point and Buse Roads. Available services include active duty dental, military medicine, flight medicine, physical exams, pediatrics, family medicine, immunizations, occupational health, optometry, preventive medicine, psychology, social work, radiology, pharmacy, laboratory and health promotion services. This facility averages approximately 55,000 outpatient visits per year. The Naval Health Clinic is a TRICARE Prime enrollment site.

Navy Lodge

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. Two units are pet-friendly. Each unit contains a kitchenette with microwave, utensils, dining table, satellite television, wireless Internet, DVDs, 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 NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs Office, located on the second floor of Building 409, is responsible for base-related internal information, media relations, community relations and review of station-generated non-technical material intended for public release.

The NAS Public Affairs Officer is the official spokesperson for the air station. Pax River's two major tenants, NAVAIR and NAWCAD, operate separate Public Affairs Offices. These PAOs serve as the official spokespersons for NAVAIR and NAWCAD programs, facilities and activities.

Any type of presentations, speeches or contacts with off-station news media must first be coordinated through the NAS Public Affairs Office. NAVAIR and NAWCAD handle their security and policy review separately. NAS publishes its award-winning station newspaper, the Tester, and this station guide. The NAS PAO also manages an active station tour program for community groups.

Public Safety

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 Department (PWD-PAX)

Public Works is part of the NAVFAC organization and is responsible for the management, acquisition, maintenance and repair of facilities, facility systems, pavements, utilities, and vehicles. Public Works also provides the design, construction, repair, alteration and demolition of facilities and infrastructure. Public Works provides installation support services, including planning, budgeting, engineering, base operating services that includes grounds maintenance, janitorial, transportation, refuse collection, ceremony support and pest control.

PWD also includes an environmental department that provides 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. A successful installation restoration program and community Restoration Advisory Board keeps the public aware of all restoration activities at Pax River.

Religious Programs


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 8 a.m. to 4 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. These times are also posted on the chapel board on Cedar Point Road.

The RPC also offers Sunday School, 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.

Legal Office


The Legal Office 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, environmental law and investigations, including inspector general reports on senior officials. The Legal Office administers the military justice system and maintains liaison with local law enforcement agencies.

Legal Assistance Services


Customer Service Hours 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday - Thursday. Notary hours 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Monday - Thursday. The Navy Legal Service Office, North Central, coordinates and provides legal assistance for active duty, retired military 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 Pax 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.