Serving as host to more than 40 tenant commands and activities on this installation, our primary mission is to create an environment that enables patients to heal, staff to thrive, and guests to feel at home.

NSA Bethesda is the home of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the largest military medical complex in the Department of Defense. This state-of-the-art medical center provides unsurpassed care for our entire military family and our nation’s leaders and is a nationally-recognized forerunner in education and research.

The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is our second largest tenant and the nation’s only federal health sciences university. One-fourth of all active duty physicians in the U.S. military are USU alumni.

We also serve as home for the Navy Medicine Professional Development Center, which is responsible for educating, training and supporting medical department personnel, including the Naval Postgraduate Dental School.

At NSA Bethesda, you will find services normally associated with a naval installation, including a state-of-the-art Navy Exchange. With the exception of a full-service commissary, there are a variety of convenient shopping, dining, fitness and entertainment options in addition to banking and legal services. Our robust Fleet and Family Service Center offers a wide variety of counseling and support services to our service members and their families.

Please use this guide to assist you in navigating through the many unique services and opportunities available here at NSA Bethesda. We look forward to serving you and want to ensure that your stay or visit with us is a pleasant one.


Marvin L. Jones CAPT, MSC, USN NSAB Commanding Officer