Welcome to Naval Support Facility (NSF) Dahlgren. The history of this unique naval installation dates to 1918 when the “Lower Station” of the Naval Powder Factory at Indian Head, Md., was established in Virginia’s Northern Neck on 4,000 acres bounded by the Potomac River and Upper Machodoc Creek in King George County.


What began as a gun test facility in the waning days of World War I has since evolved and expanded into a major shore installation that is responsible for numerous scientific and response-force missions serving all branches of the United States armed forces. Today, NSF Dahlgren is home to nearly a dozen military commands and supporting organizations that are contributing directly to a multitude of critical defense programs and operations on a worldwide scale. In addition to its military value, NSF Dahlgren makes a significant economic contribution to the local community, contributing over $1 billion annually to area economies through payroll dollars and defense contracts alone. And the installation as a whole serves as the largest employer in King George County.


I look forward to leading Naval Support Activity South Potomac in doing our part to support the Navy’s overarching goal of achieving efficiencies so that our forces and Sailors will have the ships, aircraft and weapon systems necessary to effectively carry out their missions. The commands at Dahlgren will, as always, achieve this goal with the same passion and enthusiasm that has always defined the base, continuing to provide the most innovative and sound products necessary to support our Armed Forces.

Within this publication, you will find information on Dahlgren facilities, to include a wide range of services and programs that are available to the entire base workforce and your families. We hope this 2015 Base Guide proves to be an informational and useful tool in helping you to get acquainted with NSF Dahlgren.

Capt. Mary Feinberg
Commanding Officer
Naval Support Activity
South Potomac