Leslie C Smith, Editor

Formerly known as Andrews Air Force Base, Joint Base Andrews - NAF Washington (JBA) has operated as a joint base since 2010.

Hosted by the United States Air Force’s 11th Wing, JBA is comprised of more than 80 distinct organizations, including the 89th Airlift Wing (which provides airlift and logistics support worldwide for the President and Vice President of the United States, Cabinet members and other high-ranking U.S. and foreign government officials) as well as Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force Reserve and National Guard units. The 11th Wing also oversees operations for the Air Force Band, Honor Guard and Chaplaincy, headquartered at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.

Approximately 17,000 people live or work on JBA, enough to make it seem like a small city, with the excitement of the nation’s capital just next door.

JBA is fortunate to be located in one of America’s most diverse and influential areas – Prince George’s County, home to nearly 15 percent of Marylanders. Prince George’s County is rich with history and tradition, and is where generations of residents live and work. Approximately 20 percent of Prince George’s County residents were born overseas, bringing language, culture and traditions from their homelands to enrich the vibrant diversity of the communities surrounding JBA.

Approximately 62,430 military veterans have chosen to retire in Prince George’s County. In July of 2012, the Veterans Administration opened a new Community Based Outpatient Clinic just outside Joint Base Andrews. The 10,000-square-foot facility located at 5801 Allentown Road in Camp Springs is the fifth CBOC operated by the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center.

Joint Base Andrews and its surrounding communities support each other, work together and are growing collectively...and the base was recently named the top Air Force base in the Department of Defense by winning the 2015 Commander in Chief Installation Excellence Award .

Each Friday, approximately 17,000 Andrews Gazette readers learn about the people, organizations and events that make the community. I invite you to pick up a copy of the Andrews Gazette and not just read about what is happening but join the conversation. You have found a great place to be, and we’re glad you’re here.