Andrews AFB was named after Lt. General Frank Maxwell Andrews, a well-known commander in the European sector of operations during World War II.
Since 1961, Andrews housed two planes known as Air Force One when the President is aboard either plane. NAF Washington provided F-18 Hornet helicopters for use in VIP flight operations. During streamlining of operations, the two combined, forming a joint base.
The 89th Airlift Wing provides two Boeing VC-25 planes for logistical support and airlift to high-ranking officials, including the President and Vice President and cabinet members. The main units are the 89th Airlift Wing, 11th Wing providing rotary wing airlift, the Air Force District Of Washington (AFDW) and the 79th Medical Wing. Joint Base Andrews is also home to the 457th Airlift Squadron and 459th Air Refueling Wing along with many other tenant units.
The area surrounding JB Andrews is filled with history. Washington D.C. alone is home to many of the nation’s monuments and a wealth of Smithsonian Museums to discover. Sports teams are found throughout the area, including the Washington Redskins (NFL), The Washington Capitals (NHL) and The Washington Wizards (NBA). There are also many pro, college and semi-pro teams in Maryland and surrounding areas.
Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware offer many interesting recreational opportunities, shopping, dining and nightlife. Traffic can be an issue, so leaving extra time to travel is recommended. Commute time of an hour is not unheard of. The metropolitan area is second only to Los Angeles in volume of traffic. Maryland’s population is over 5.2 million residents, with Prince George’s county composed of over 380,000 residents.
Many medical services are available on base through the Malcolm Grow Medical Center and the 779th Medical Group. These include an emergency room, Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Pediatrics, Dental Clinic, Women’s Health Clinic, Labor And Delivery and Flight Medicine. Most medical needs of base residents can be met through MGMC.
Prince George’s public schools support one elementary school on base, one middle and one high school. Schools off base are also plentiful and serve many other special needs. There are also a lot of services for youth including summer camps, holiday camps, after school and before school programs and sports programs. Teen programs also serve the community, including a job bank.
Housing is expensive and there is a wait for on base housing. Cost of living can be as much as 100 percent higher than other places in the U.S. Those who live off base usually live in five states and metro areas, including Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia. Temporary housing is available through the Presidential Inn. Reservations should be made early since it fills up quickly and stays full.
Child care is available through three child care centers. There are waiting list times of almost a year. Off base child care is also available. There is one large Main Exchange, one Commissary and seventeen specialty service shops. Residents also have outdoor recreational opportunities and clubs on base.