Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP) is a component of Naval District Washington and one of six regional commands within the district charged with providing shore installation management services for more than 20 separate locations within the National Capital area. NSASP has oversight of two geographically separate locations to include NSF Indian Head, Md. and NSF Dahlgren, Va. Between these two bases, NSASP serves as host to more than two dozen DoD, Joint and Navy supported commands and tenant activities located on board NSASP installations. Shore installation management functions under NSASP authority encompass all land, buildings and support services.
NSASP’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 office is responsible for coordinating Emergency Operations Centers at both Indian Head and Dahlgren, and partners with installation experts in a variety of disciplines to protect and preserve 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. 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 NSASP’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 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. 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 (NAVFAC) Washington 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 NSF Indian Head and NSF Dahlgren are detachments of Naval Supply Systems Command’s Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk 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 NSASP 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.
The command’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department manages a wide range of recreational facilities and activities for active-duty military, retired military, reservists on active duty, current and retired DoD civilian employees, family members in all those categories, as well as base contractor personnel and other authorized patrons.
NSASP MWR manages an extensive child care program, which features accredited and certified Child Development Centers (CDC) that provide a full-time child development program for children six weeks to five years old, and Youth Activities Centers (YAC) that offers before and after school programs during the school year as well as summer camps for youth ages 5 to 12.
The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) offers programs and services for active-duty military and family members and retired military personnel. Program areas include deployment support/readiness; crisis response, counseling and advocacy; and career support and retention.
Command Religious Program
NSASP’s Command Religious Program facilitates worship, prayer and meditation according to the dictates of an individual’s faith. In addition to worship and religious education, the base chaplain is available for individual and family counseling and support.
NSASP’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, tenant activities and base residents. 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.