Situated in rural king George County, 30 miles east of Fredericksburg and 68 miles south of Washington, DC is NSWC Dahlgren Naval Base. This base is situated close to the beautiful Potomac River and also close to the major highway Route 301.         

Cost Of Living: The overall cost of living in Virginia is 8% higher than the cost of living in the United States. Housing costs in Virginia are 33% higher than the national average.

Automated Telephone Attendant Numbers: 540-653-8153

Base Population: There are 1800 contractors, 360 Department of Defense active duty military, 450 family members and 4600 Department of Defense Civilian Employees.

City/Area Population: The total population of Dahlgren is 2653.

Child Development Centers: The child development care center on this base provides a variety of services and programs for children. The center is a well managed and professionally maintained facility that provides childcare services to children ranging from ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Some of the services offered by the child development center include hourly services, daily care services, school age care and respite care. For more child-care services related information please contact: 540-653-4994.  

Youth Programs: Some of the services provided by the center include the youth sponsorship program, youth employment, several recreational activities and youth religious programs. There are sports activities also available for the youth at the youth center. All the recreational services for the youth are provided by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department at Dahlgren. For more employment related information please contact: the Youth activities Center at Phone 540-653-8009.

Airman and Family Readiness Center: Fleet and Family Support Center: Phone 800-500-4947 / 540-653-1839.

Employment: The average household income in this area is US$ 75489 and the average rate of unemployment in the area is 7.1%. Majority of the job positions available in the region are in the engineering, software development, system engineering, program management, and computer and administrative sectors. The Fleet and Family Support Center has all the necessary employment related information and list of available job positions. For more employment related information please contact: Phone 800-500-4947.

Base Services: There are MWR facilities; an Exchange Facility, a commissary and a NSWC Federal Credit Union are available on this base.

Medical Services: There is a Branch Health Clinic that is available on this base that provides a variety of medical services for military personnel and their family members. The Branch Health Clinic provides primary health care. Besides this there is also a Dental Clinic (540-653-8564) on base that provides dental services and oral care to patients. TRICARE enrollment is compulsory for all military personnel and their family members in order to avail of medical services. All special care needs are redirected to Dahlgren Branch Medical Treatment Facility (MTF). For more medical services related information please contact: Phone 540-653-0282.


In the year 1918 NSF Dahlgren was originally established as the Naval Proving Ground. In the year 2005, the host command for NSF Dahlgren was established as a component of Naval District Washington. This host command is known as the Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP). Shore installation management services for NSF Indian Head, MD as well as NSF Dahlgren are currently provided by NSASP.


  • Center for Surface Combat Systems/ AEGIS Training & Readiness Center (CSCS & ATRC)
  • Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense
  • 614th Air and Space Operations Center (AOC) Detachment 1
  • Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC)
  • Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP)
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren (NSWCD)
  • Navy Air and Missile Defense Command


Dahlgren Housing on this base is privatized. Lincoln Military Housing takes care of constructions, repairs, renovations and maintenance of base housing. Besides this a military officer and his family can also chose to live in the local community. Rental apartments are available in abundance in the local community.  Single military personnel are expected to live in unaccompanied housing units. These housing units come pre-equipped with washers, dryers, kitchens and bedrooms. Temporary lodging is available for military personnel and their family members. For more housing related information please contact: Phone 540-653-8505.


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