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. Naval Support Activity South Potomac has oversight of two geographically separate locations to include Naval Support Facility Indian Head, Md. and Naval Support Facility 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 aboard NSASP installations. Shore installation management functions under NSASP authority encompass all land, buildings and support services.

Public Safety

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 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.

Facility Support

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.

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 aboard 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.

Naval Support Activity South Potomac 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 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 (FSSC) 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

For information on religious education, special or ongoing programs, call (540) 653-8297. We can also provide information on local churches in Charles County.

In addition to worship and religious education, the NSASP base chaplain is available for individual and family counseling and support. Call our office to schedule an appointment.

For after hours support in crisis or emergency, contact CDO, (540) 850-2380

Public Affairs

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, 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 an annual base guide and a weekly commercial enterprise newspaper.

Environmental Program

The Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP) Environmental Program Division provides shore installation management functions to Naval Support Facility Indian Head (NSFIH). The main focus of the Environmental Program Division is to ensure that NSASP is in compliance with federal, state, local, and Navy environmental regulations and guidelines. The two main organizations that provide regulations and guidelines that NSASP must follow are the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE). The NSASP Environmental Division is located at NSFIH in buildings 289 and 554. The staff is comprised of fourteen civilian employees and three contractors for a total of 17 employees. For more information, contact (301) 744-4705.

The Environmental Program Division covers a wide range of program areas including:

• Clean Air Act (CAA) - The CAA program is based on and follows the comprehensive federal law that regulates air emissions from area, stationary, and mobile sources. This law authorizes the EPA to establish National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to protect public health and the environment. For additional information please contact (301) 744-1616.

• Clean Water Act (CWA) – The CWA program is based on and follows the statute that employs a variety of regulatory and non-regulatory tools to reduce direct pollutant discharges into waterways, finance municipal wastewater treatment facilities, and manage polluted runoff. These tools are employed to achieve the broader goal of restoring and maintaining the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation’s waters so that they can support the protection and propagation of fish, shellfish, wildlife and recreation in and on the water.

• Stormwater – This program minimizes erosion and prevents runoff from carrying sediment and other pollutants into the environment and to ensure that all the requirements specified in the stormwater National Pollutants Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit are met. For additional information please contact (301) 744-2275.

• Industrial Wastewater – This program identifies and regulates contaminants that are released from industrial processes to minimize pollutants from entering the environment and ensure that NSASP meets all discharge limits specified in the industrial NPDES permit. For additional information or questions concerning industrial wastewater discharges, leaks, spills, or state permit requirements, please contact (301) 744-2254.

• Sanitary Sewer Water – This program ensures that domestic wastewater and approved industrial wastewater discharges are collected and treated at the centralized sewage treatment plant and meets all discharge requirements specified in the sanitary NPDES permit. For additional information or questions concerning discharging something to the sewer, leaks, spills or state permit requirements, please contact (301) 744-2267.

• Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) – This program provides safe and reliable drinking water to the customers at NSFIH. An annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) is prepared and published to the installation to outline the compliance status and drinking water quality.

• Drinking Water (Potable) – This program is tasked with aiding the utilities department in providing safe and reliable drinking water to its customers at NSFIH. The manager of the program provides guidance and technical support to the NSASP water systems assuring compliance with applicable environmental policies, instructions, and regulations. For additional information or questions concerning drinking water sampling, test results, or complaints, please contact (301) 744-2258.

• Recycling – The recycling program is designed to recover used materials and make them available for new use. It helps minimize the use of virgin materials and the need to deplete natural resources. This program also promotes the use of materials with recycled content. Some of the following materials are collected at our facility for recycling: paper products, cardboard, glass, aluminum, plastic, scrap metal, used oil products and antifreeze. For additional information, please contact (301) 744-4269.

• Hazardous Waste (HW) Management – The HW management program is regulated by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). This program ensures all facility personnel comply with RCRA requirements concerning the storing, labeling, record keeping, disposal and onsite treatment of hazardous wastes. As a large quantity HW generator, as defined by RCRA, this facility operates under a permit issued by the MDE. For additional information, please contact (301) 744-2268.

• Spill Prevention, Control, & Countermeasures (SPCC) – SPCC identifies emergency control measures, points of contact, the chain of command, and individual responsibilities for oil control and spill prevention. This program covers response to spills and releases, with the goal of assuring that any spilled or released materials can be contained and cleaned up before they impact human health or the environment. For additional information, please contact (301) 744-2259.

• Natural Resources – NSFIH is a 3,500-acre base located in Charles County, Md. and is divided into the Mainside, Stump Neck Annex, Bullitt Neck, Marsh Island and Thoroughfare Island. The 16.5 miles of shoreline at NSFIH are surrounded by the Potomac River, Mattawoman Creek and Chicamuxen Creek. The natural environment at NSFIH is very diverse and includes pine forests, hardwood forests, mixed forests, successional fields and tidal and non-tidal wetlands. The topography ranges from rolling hills marked with drainage swells and streams to wetlands or steep slopes along the surrounding surface waters.

• Fish and Wildlife - The diverse habitats at NSFIH support an abundance of wildlife which include white-tailed deer, turkey, rabbit, beaver, muskrat, groundhog, skunk, raccoon, opossum, river otter, osprey, great-blue heron, red and gray fox and bald eagle. Numerous other waterfowl, non-game birds, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish also coexist at NSFIH. Management efforts implemented to enhance wildlife habitat and protect rare, threatened and endangered species.

• Outdoor Recreation - Due to the extensive and diverse natural habitat, the NSFIH Natural Resources Office along with the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) office is able to offer numerous outdoor recreational opportunities. This includes kayaking and canoeing, fishing and hunting. Kayak and canoe access can be found at Dashiell Marina and the two piers at Stump Neck Annex, and rentals are available from the NSFIH MWR hobby shop at building 1420. Fishing is offered at Mainside and Stump Neck Annex. Hunting is conducted at Mainside and Stump Neck Annex and includes deer, turkey and waterfowl seasons. Small game and trapping are also included in the hunting program. All NSFIH fishing and hunting seasons and bag limits comply with the state of Maryland seasons and bag limits. Fishing and hunting base permits can be purchased from the NSFIH MWR cashier at building 620. Firewood can also be collected at NSFIH after purchasing a collection permit from the Natural Resources Office. For additional information or questions concerning the program or the outdoor recreational activities, including hunting, fishing, kayaking / canoeing, and obtaining firewood, please contact (301) 744-2273.

• Additional Natural Resources Programs – Forestry, Wetlands, Migratory Birds and Rare, Threatened and Endangered Species Management. Compliance issues are also addressed in the program in relation, but not limited to, the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Endangered Species Act and Coastal Zone Management Act


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 NSASP installations and, ultimately the waste stream.

NSASP    Military: 23     Civilians: 479           Total Employees: 502