Three miles southeast of Harrisburg and adjacent to Capital City Airport is the New Cumberland Army Depot army base is located in an 851-acre area in Fairview Township, Pennsylvania. The base the Susquehanna River to the north and east and the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76) and Interstate 73 in the south, heading to the Cumberland Valley, a forest region with humid continental climate.

New Cumberland army base is a massive depot receiving military supplies from manufacturers, which are then provided to military installations and units. This facility also offers electronic components, clothing and textiles, commercial and military repair parts, and medical supplies customers and military units around the world, being the largest military wholesale distribution base in America.

The base is best known as Defense Depot Susquehanna, Pennsylvania (DDSP) after this facility was merged in 1991 with the Defense Distribution Region East (DDRE) Headquarters, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA, also known as Defense Depot Mechanicsburg) and the Administrative Support Center East (ASCE), all of them small logistics facilities for the Department of Defense.

Cost of Living: Cost of living here is the same as in the capital city (Harrisburg,) which is 78.29% cheaper than the nationwide average.

Automated Telephone Attendant Number: For further information call (717) 770-6011 or call Depot Director at (717) 770-2822.

Base Population: New Cumberland Army Depot, as it is today, houses around 100 military personnel, but also employs over 3,000 civilians, what makes this depot one of the top-ten employers in the nation.

City/Area Population: Harrisburg is the capital city of Pennsylvania, and a Metropolitan Statistical Area; the Harrisburg-Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area, which population of 549,850 includes people living in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties.

Child Development Centers: The Child and Youth Development Services (CYDS) is located in Building 255, J Avenue, New Cumberland, PA 17070, and is opened Monday through Friday from 5:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. CYDS offers several educational programs divided in Youth Services (YS,) School Age Services (SAS,) a Child Development Center (CDC) offering fenced fields, basketball court, and three fenced playgrounds. Programs emphasize physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. For further information, call (717) 770-6768.

Youth Programs: Youth Services (YS) is mainly a recreational program for children between six and eighteen years old. This program also offers after-school programs and Saturday activities, including a summer teen camp, computer lab, field trips, volunteering opportunities and other activities focusing on fitness and sports.

Family Readiness Center: All Family Services are aimed at serving civilian families of the Department of Defense (DoD) and military. These services include Child and Youth Development Services, a Family Advocacy Program, Family Housing Services, and Relocation Services. For further information write to Building 351, A Avenue, New Cumberland, PA 17070, or call (717) 770-5073 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Employment: Employment opportunities, when available, are filled through the Defense Logistics Agency.

Base Services: This facility has a golf club, a bowling center, the Susquehanna club, and community and fitness centers. A health clinic in located in Building 400, phone (717) 245-3400 and (717) 770-7281, and the Shoppette, a grocery store is in Building 411, phone (717) 774-4066.

History

In 1918, the Quartermaster Department built a depot in New Cumberland under the name of Marsh Run Storage Depot, designated to serve as a facility to store equipment and distribution center in order to supply our soliders fighting in World War I times. When WWI was over, the installation served as an Army Reserve Depot, where chemical wear materiel, quartermaster, ordnance, signal, and engineering material was stored.

In 1960 the Army Reserve Depot constructed maintenance shops and hangars for aircraft and United States helicopters. By 1962, this facility was renamed New Cumberland Army Depot (NCAD), expanding its services during the Vietnam War. The realignment of the Aircraft Depot Maintenance workload announced by the Department of the Army in 1976 moved all aircraft maintenance from New Cumberland to Corpus Christi, Texas, beginning a new page in the story of this Army base.

Units: There are no units stationed at New Cumberland Army Depot Army, but military personnel and their dependents.

Housing: Family housing information is available at Building 400, New Cumberland, PA 17070, phone (717) 770-8938, DSN 771.8938. This service provides permanent housing for military personnel and their families including apartment/house rentals, basic allowance for housing, family housing info, furnished rentals, and local hotels.

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