Welcome to Naval Support Facility Indian Head – a 3,400-acre peninsula where essential joint-service, Navy and Marine Corps missions support the critical needs of the Department of Defense.

Founded in 1890, the facility at Indian Head was the Navy’s first established presence in southern Maryland. NSF Indian Head is the nation’s oldest continuously operating naval ordnance station. And what began many years ago as a gun test facility on the Potomac River has evolved and expanded to include numerous scientific and response-force missions serving all branches of the military – Navy, Air Force, Army and Marines.

Surrounded by the Potomac River and Mattawoman Creek, the Indian Head facility is strategically and ideally situated less than 30 miles south of the nation’s capital. In addition to its military value, the Indian Head Navy installation makes a significant economic contribution to the local community by serving as one of Charles County, Maryland’s largest employers. In fiscal year 2016, the base employed an aggregate of nearly 3,000 military personnel, federal civilian employees and support contractors. In the same period, the base’s total civilian payroll alone amounted to more than $239 million, and local contracts added an additional $204 million to the community’s economy

Today’s military community on board Naval Support Facility Indian Head represents a diverse and strategically important mix of research and development activities, alongside operational support programs that are protecting the U.S. homeland from terrorist threats, as well as serving U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Army forces deployed worldwide on a daily basis.

Within this guide, you will find information on Naval Support Facility Indian Head, to include the military value, economic impact and community outreach of the commands resident at Indian Head. We hope this 2016 Base Guide proves to be an informational and useful tool for you to become acquainted with our installation.

Capt. Mary Feinberg

Commanding Officer

Naval Support Activity South Potomac

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