Southern Prince George’s county & the Joint Base Andrews community enjoy a varied but fairly moderate climate. The summers are usually warm and humid with July being the warmest month. The average daily temperatures range from 65 to 87 degrees Fahrenheit. Extreme maximum temperatures sometimes reach more than 100 degrees. During midsummer, thunderstorms occur about one third of the month. Fog can be a problem throughout the year, most often in the early morning hours. During the winter months, it rains frequently and light snowfalls can be expected, with an occasional heavy snowfall. January is the coldest month during winter. The average daily temperatures range from 29 to 45 degrees. Annually, the average precipitation is 43 inches and average snowfall is 20 inches. In general, all four seasons can be enjoyed in the region.
Sponsors for Those Moving to Joint Base Andrews
The Military Personnel Section helps newcomers make a smooth transition to Andrews through a well-established sponsorship program. Having a sponsor enables service members to take some of the worry out of moving. Ideally, gaining units will assign a sponsor close to the same Air Force specialty code, marital status, and rank.
Good communication with the sponsor is critical to a successful transition to Andrews. With advance notice and planning, sponsors can make arrangements for lodging and general delivery postal arrangements, greet new members of the Andrews family when they arrive, and give a tour of the installation and the local area.
Members within 30 days of departure who have not been informed of their sponsor should call the MPS Customer Service Section at commercial 301-981-1776 or DSN 858-1776.
To help your sponsor help you, advise them early of special interests in housing, schools, activities or other areas. The sponsor can help with lodging and in-processing and help members settle into the new working and living environment.
When moving day arrives, double-check closets and shelves to be sure they are empty. Carry traveler’s checks, rather than large sums of cash. Be sure to hand-carry any jewelry and valuable documents rather than packing them with household goods.
Make plans for transporting any pets. If unhappy or nervous, they can be very poor traveling companions - veterinarians may be able to give advice on how to make their trip more comfortable.
Finally, let a close friend or relative know your travel route and schedule, including overnight stops. Use that person as a message center. Also provide this information to your appointed sponsor.
Directions by Air or Train
If planning to come to the Washington, D.C., area by commercial airline, there are three airport choices: Ronald Reagan Washington National, Washington Dulles International or Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall airports. Ronald Reagan Washington National is the closest airport to Andrews.
If traveling by train, book passage to the New Carrollton train station, rather than Union Station in downtown Washington, D.C. The New Carrollton, or Beltway Station, is only a few miles north of the base, off I-495 exit 19, and is much more convenient for newcomers who arrange for their sponsors to meet them on arrival. Train reservations can be made by calling 800-USA-RAIL.
When planning an itinerary, remember the Air Force cannot provide government transportation to the base from area airports, bus terminals or train stations. There is ample taxi service available, but in Washington, D.C., as in most major urban centers, taxi fares are high. Travel fares range anywhere from $20 to $80, depending on the place of departure.
Directions by Car
Andrews is approximately 10 miles southeast of Washington, D.C., in Prince George’s County, Md., and borders the communities of Camp Springs, Clinton and Morningside.
The most common way to approach Andrews is on I-95/495, known as the Capital Beltway. Whether approaching Andrews from Virginia or Maryland, use Maryland exit 9, Allentown Road, Andrews AFB, State Route 337. If coming from Virginia, make a left where the exit intersects with Allentown Road. The main gate is just a few hundred yards on the right. If coming from Maryland make a right turn from Exit 9 onto Forestville Road, go across the overpass and make another right onto Allentown Road. Make a left at the first traffic light, Suitland Road, to enter the Main Gate.
Andrews can also be accessed by taking either exit 7A or 11, if exit 9 was missed. From exit 7A, Branch Avenue, Waldorf, Route 5, stay on Branch Avenue for approximately one mile and make a left turn onto Allentown Road, Route 337.
When taking exit 11, take the off-ramp marked Pennsylvania Avenue, Upper Marlboro, Route 4. Stay on Route 4 and follow the signs to the North Gate. Be aware that North Gate hours vary.
Oversized vehicles and trucks must use the Pearl Harbor Gate, located on Dower House Road. To reach the Pearl Harbor Gate, take exit 11, marked Pennsylvania Avenue, Upper Marlboro, Route 4. Stay to the right and merge onto Marlboro Pike. Proceed on Marlboro Pike and take the first right onto Dower House Road. Follow Dower House Road approximately one mile and take a right onto Pearl Harbor Drive.
When arriving at Andrews by any gate, newcomers can ask a gate guard for directions to the newcomer’s 24-hour arrival point located at The Gateway Inn.
Local hotels are listed in the yellow pages at the back of this publication.