Morale, Welfare & Recreation

Welcome to Dahlgren! The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department (MWR) at NSF Dahlgren offers a wide range of recreational facilities and activities for active duty military, retired military, reservists on active duty, Department of Defense civilian employees (civil service and non-appropriated), family members in all of these categories and NSA South Potomac contractors and their family members. While at NSF Dahlgren you can enjoy a wide range of activities from outdoor recreation, sports leagues and tournaments to a year-round indoor aquatics center, fitness center and the state-of-the-art bowling center, Cannonball Lanes, or enjoy a movie at the Dahlgren Theater. Our staff of trained personnel invites you to experience hospitality – Dahlgren style!


MWR Administration
(540) 653-7777

The MWR Administration Office is located in Building 205 (just outside the main gate).

If you are interested in working for one of our Fleet and Family Readiness Programs, jobs can be found at


Fitness Center

(540) 653-8580

The Fitness Center is located on Dahlgren Road in Building 1610 and houses physical fitness and athletics. The facility offers a variety of physical fitness opportunities with circuit and free weight areas, a group exercise room, two racquetball courts and a full-sized basketball court. The cardio room provides patrons with the option to use treadmills, upright and recumbent bikes, ellipticals, rowers and stepmill along with a variety of additional cardiovascular equipment. The Fitness Center also has a parent/child workout area, allowing parents and children (6 months to 6 years) to exercise in the same space. The Fitness Center is open seven days a week including most holidays. It also offers men’s and women’s locker rooms. In addition to the Fitness Center, the ¾ mile track, behind building 101, provides patrons with additional exercise opportunities.


Physical Fitness

The Fitness Center staff can assist patrons by conducting Microfit assessments, personal training or through a variety of group exercise classes. Patrons of the fitness center may attend a variety of classes five days a week, which include Spin Cycle, Yoga, Kettlebells and Zumba. You can find a complete group exercise schedule and additional program information at the Fitness Center.



NSF Dahlgren’s athletics department offers a variety of leagues that are open to all with base access. Information and announcements on all sports leagues are posted at the Fitness Center. Sports leagues include:

Fall: Soccer, Softball, Basketball and Flag Football

Winter: Basketball and Racquetball

Spring: Soccer and Softball

Tennis courts are located adjacent to Building 962. The courts are available on a first come, first served basis, or by reservation. NSF Dahlgren also has a regulation sports field, two softball fields and a little league field. The athletic department also schedules a variety of road races, tournaments and athletic competitions.

Aquatics Center/Swimming Pool

(540) 653-8088

Located on Jenkins Road in Building 1193, the year-round indoor aquatic facility includes a full-sized swimming pool and a separate training pool. Pool passes for the summer may be purchased seasonally or monthly at the Aquatics Center. MWR offers swimming lessons for all levels of expertise and ages, as well as aqua aerobics classes, a lap swim program, lifeguarding and water safety instructor classes. The facility is available to rent for private parties and hosts special activities throughout the year.


Cannonball Lanes (Bowling Center)

(540) 653-7327

Cannonball Lanes is located in Building 135. This 10-lane bowling center features all the newest AMF equipment, locker rental, resale bowling items, winter and summer leagues for both youth and adult, a variety of monthly special activities and open bowling. Lanes may be reserved for private and birthday parties, and lessons are available upon request.

Food and beverages are available for purchase at Subway, which is located in the facility.


Information Tickets & Travel

(540) 653-8785

The Information, Tickets & Tours (ITT) office is co-located with the Liberty Center in Building 106 next to Cannonball Lanes. ITT offers discount tickets to attractions such as amusement parks, movie theaters, Disney World, Universal Studios, sightseeing destinations, ski resorts, and sporting events. Vacation packages and cruise packages are also available. Brochures highlighting tourist destinations are available for customers to pick up. Newcomers to NSF Dahlgren are encouraged to visit ITT for information on the area’s activities and attractions. Patrons can purchase a base fishing license and hunting license at the ITT office with a valid state license.


Liberty Center

(540) 653-7277

The Liberty Center is co-located with the Information, Tickets & Tours (ITT) office in building 106 next to Cannonball Lanes and offers recreational activities year-round for single or unaccompanied active duty military personnel. The Liberty Center is a terrific place for single military members to relax and enjoy lots of activities. The center is equipped with pool tables, computers, video gaming systems, gaming tables, a kitchenette, a big screen TV, wireless internet access, fax machine, movies and more! The Liberty Center offers weekly and monthly activities such as cookouts, video game tournaments and more. In addition to these activities they offer trips to sporting events and area attractions.


Movie Theater
(540) 653-7336 (Movie Info Line)

The NSF Dahlgren Movie Theater is located on Welsh Road. The theater offers comfortable and modern seating for the viewing of current feature-length movies year-round that are shown in digital format, including 3-D, along with digital sound. Concessions including food and beverages are available at a significant savings when compared to commercial movie theaters. Eligible patrons include all with base access. For updated movie listings, please call the movie line anytime at (540) 653-7336 or visit: and select the Dahlgren Theater.



(540) 653-1730

Craftech is located on Jenkins Road in Building 2007 across from the Aquatics Center and offers a variety of services, craft supplies, events and classes.

Learn how to make a variety of decorative and useful items. Classes are held throughout the year. If you don’t see a class for something you are interested in making, please ask the staff for a one-to-one instruction class.

Craftech will help put together activities for children’s birthday parties and other gatherings. Call the Craftech staff to book a private party.

Custom creations include full-color printing and laser engraving with your design or ours on items such as coffee mugs, T-shirts, plaques, pen sets, tiles, and mouse pads. A full line of team awards and gift items are also available.

Craftech also offers a selection of supplies for ceramics, stained glass and framing and the staff can special order supplies, too. The shop has a specialized cutter for scrapbook lettering, die cuts and a programmable embroidery machine.


Auto Skills Center/Gear Issue & Equipment Rental Office

(540) 653-4900

The Auto Skills Center/Gear Issue and Equipment Rental Office is located directly behind Cannonball Lanes Bowling Center. The Auto Skills Center provides patrons the opportunity to perform general maintenance and repair on privately owned vehicles. This MWR facility operates in a relaxed atmosphere and provides the tools and expertise to perform most types of do it yourself automotive repair.

The center has four bays with three lifts. Get the guidance needed for tire mounting and balancing, engine diagnostics and suspension components replacement and general maintenance vehicles.

Auto Skills offers monthly classes that teach the basics of changing fluids and checking tires before driving, how to prepare vehicles for winter weather, what to look for before having a safety inspection done and many more helpful tips.

Located within the Auto Skills Center, Gear Issue and Equipment Rental offers a selection of recreation equipment for fishing, camping, picnics, special events, sporting equipment and more. Rentals can be weekly or for the weekend. Call during hours of operation for details and pricing.

Dahlgren Library

(540) 653-7474

The NSF Dahlgren Library is located next to the Aquatics Center on Jenkins Road and offers a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books, DVDs, video games, audio books, daily papers, a reading lounge, computers, Wi-Fi hotspot, printer, copier and a fax machine for patron use.

Every Friday there is a children’s story time and crafts at 10 a.m. One-on-one computer help is offered every month as well as a Paws for Reading Program. Half day events are held for every King George County and Dahlgren School half day at 1 p.m. with snacks. The library also offers a summer reading program for all ages and numerous other free events every month.

Free E-books and peer-reviewed articles are available through NKO for Navy, Marine or Coast Guard active duty, dependents or retirees as well as DoD and Dept. of the Navy employees and dependents and Navy contractors. For more information on how to access these materials, call (540) 653-7474 or stop by the library.

To search for a book or for upcoming events, visit the library’s catalog at:


Community House

(540) 653-8785

The Dowell Community House is available to rent by stopping in the Information, Tickets and Travel office for private parties, receptions, meetings and other functions. With an outside porch and pavilion area, your party may expand to the outdoors as well. Please call (540) 653-8785 for more information and pricing. Every Thursday night at 4 p.m. doors open for bingo. All with base access are invited. Patrons must be 18 years of age or older to play bingo. Food and beverages are available for purchase, no outside food or drink is permitted. Call (540) 653-8785 to get the current jackpot and promotional information.


Joy Park and Parade Field

(540) 653-8785

Joy Park is located behind the pool and the Parade Field located across from the bowling center. Both spaces are available for rent for private parties, receptions, meetings and other functions. Please call (540) 653-8785 for more information and pricing.


Child and Youth Programs

Program Registration

Families at Dahlgren will now have access to a new Department of Defense (DoD) website designed to simplify and improve the child care request for care process at the Child Development Center and Youth Activities Center. (MCC) provides a single online gateway for families to access military-operated or military-subsidized child care options worldwide across all Services. The site enables families to create a household profile, conduct child care searches, submit requests for care, and manage their requests at any time and from any location.

Through, eligible families can search and request care for full day and part day options in facility-based and home-based programs for children from birth through age 12. Families may remain on a preferred program’s waitlist even after being offered care or enrolling in another program, including Summer Camp!

For more information, contact the Help Desk by calling the toll free number, 855.696.2934 or email


Child Development Center

(540) 653-4994

The Child Development Center (CDC) provides a full-time child development program for children six weeks to 5 years old. Developmentally appropriate activities that nurture the child socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually are provided through the use of Creative Curriculum© from Teaching Strategies. Hourly care is available on a space-available basis. The CDC holds DoD certification, and participates in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).


Child Development Homes

(540) 653-4994

The Child Development Homes Program (CDH) provides full and part-time home-based care, including space available hourly care and limited shift care. Military and DoD spouses are trained to provide the same high standards of care in their homes as at the CDC, part of Child and Youth Programs Naval District Washington. Homes are monitored and inspected monthly to make sure that they meet the Navy child care standards. The CDH program holds DoD certification and participates in the USDA CACFP.

Youth Activities Center (YAC)
(540) 653-8009

The Youth Activities Center (YAC) is located on Jenkins Road next to the Aquatics Center. The YAC offers a before and after- school program during the school year, as well as a summer camp for youth school ages K to 12. The YAC participates in 4-H programs and as an affiliate of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), the Youth Center participates in eight BGCA core programs. They include Triple Play (a fitness program), Smart Moves (education about peer pressure and social concerns), Keystone Club and Torch Club (organizations that work on making youth civically aware), Power Hour (a homework assistance program), fine arts and photography programs that allow youth to compete nationally with other BGCA club members. The YAC also hosts several youth dances and a variety of special family events throughout the year.


Youth Sponsorship Program

The Youth Sponsorship Program is developed for installation communities to meet the legal requirements of Section 1785 of Title 10, United States Code and DODI 6060.4 - to identify and reach out to incoming and outgoing youth by getting them adjusted to their new surroundings. The mission of the Navy Youth Sponsorship Program is to alleviate educational disruptions by empowering all youth through a stream of continuous support to provide stability, leadership skills, sustain academic learning, provide a connection between school and peers and to produce competent citizens. The Navy’s Youth Sponsorship is comprised of the installation’s Child and Youth Program’s Youth Sponsorship and the local education agencies’ Student-to-Student (S2S) Program. For more information about the Youth Sponsorship Program, please contact the NSASP School Liaison Officer at 540-653-2070 or Dahlgren Youth Activities Center at 540-653-8009 and Indian Head Youth Center at 301-743-5456


Gray’s Landing on the Potomac Restaurant

(540) 653-3077


Hours of Operation

Breakfast 6 - 9 a.m.

Lunch 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Dinner 4 - 6 p.m.

Weekends and Holidays

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Brunch

4 - 6 p.m. – Dinner

Gray’s Landing offers quick, fresh items already prepared as well as items made to order with the freshest quality ingredients.


Daily breakfast menu includes freshly prepared eggs and omelets made to order - Chef’s choice of pancakes, French toast or waffles. Bacon, sausage or scrapple are available as side orders. Chef’s choice of hot cereal, breakfast potatoes, corned beef hash or creamed chipped beef, fried apples and fresh fruit. Assorted cold cereal, bagels, assorted pastries, breads and beverages are available daily.


Lunch menu consists of tastefully chosen daily specials, hot grilled sandwiches, cold deli sandwiches on a choice of breads, salad bar, soups, desserts and beverages.


Dinner menu consists of delightfully prepared daily specials, hot grilled sandwiches, cold deli sandwiches on a choice of breads, salad bar, soups, desserts and beverages.


Gray’s Café

Located within Gray’s Landing on the Potomac Restaurant. Gray’s Café proudly serves Starbucks Coffee, fresh brewed lattes, cappuccinos and espresso, including fresh baked goods, grab-n-go meals and other beverages. Lounge with Wi-Fi hotspot and television is available.