Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling is a product of the Base Realignment and Closure of 2005. Since the Department of Defense acquired the land in 1917, it has been home to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp, National Guard and Coast Guard units. The first headquarters of the U.S. Air Force was located at this installation. The base’s long history of humanitarianism continues today at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.
Naval and Air Force ceremonial support are centered at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. The 11th Operations Group includes the U.S. Air Force Band, Chaplaincy at Arlington Memorial Cemetery, the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard, the 579th Medical Group, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard. In addition to the paid duties that service members perform at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, most participate in volunteer activities in the local community. This installation is particularly active in the D.C. Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity and Make a Difference Day.
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling is located in Washington, D.C. The wide variety of activities available in the D.C. area make this installation a very attractive duty station. The nation’s capital is rich with history and entertainment. Just outside the base, service members and their families can enjoy a host of outdoor adventures, including boating, hiking and skiing. Because the base is centrally located, service members can explore U.S. government landmarks or enjoy a Washington Nationals or Redskins game. Washington, D.C. is just an hour away from Baltimore, home of the National Aquarium, and a short flight from New York City. There are three airports in the vicinity of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.
Parents of school-aged children who live at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling have several educational options. The base is located in the District of Columbia Public School District. The assigned school for children who live on base are Leckie Elementary School, Hart Middle School and Ballou Senior High School.
The District also includes charter schools, which are open to anyone who lives in the district and selective citywide high schools. Transportation is provided to and from school by Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling to all children who attend public or private schools in D.C., Virginia or Maryland. Many families who live on base are home schooled.
The 579th Medical Group provides primary care services to the families of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. Services include immunizations, family health, optometry, mental health, radiology and dental care. The clinic does not handle emergencies. Nearby hospitals include Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Southern Maryland Medical Center.
Family housing for Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling is managed by Bolling Family Housing. Bolling Family Housing provides many amenities, including washer and dryer connections in every home, lawn care, ceiling fans, patios and 24-hour emergency maintenance. The neighborhoods offer access to playgrounds, a splash park, baseball field, basketball court and a picnic area. Because the cost of living in the D.C. area is above the national average, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling has agreements with many off-base communities that allow service members to receive reduced rent in exchange for transfer of their basic housing allowance.
Temporary housing is available at Gateway Inns and Suites. The facility has 100 units allocated to temporary housing. Each unit has two bedrooms, a sleeper sofa, a full kitchen and a dining area. Reservations are encouraged but not required.