What began as a gun test facility in the waning days of World War I has since evolved and expanded into a major shore installation that is responsible for numerous scientific and response-force missions serving all branches of the United States armed forces. Today, NSF Dahlgren is home to nearly a dozen military commands and supporting organizations that are contributing directly to a multitude of critical defense programs and operations on a worldwide scale. In addition to its military value, NSF Dahlgren makes a significant economic contribution to the local community, contributing over $1 billion annually to area economies through payroll dollars and defense contracts alone. And the installation as a whole serves as the largest employer in King George County.
I look forward to leading Naval Support Activity South Potomac in doing our part to support the Navy’s overarching goal of achieving efficiencies so that our forces or Sailors will have the ships, aircraft and weapon systems necessary to effectively carry out their missions. The commands at Dahlgren will, as always, achieve this goal with the same passion and enthusiasm that is inherent to their core, continuing to provide the most innovative and sound products necessary to support our Armed Forces.
Within this publication, you will find information on Dahlgren facilities, to include a wide range of services and programs that are available to the entire base workforce and your families. We hope this 2014 Base Guide proves to be an informational and useful tool in helping you to get acquainted with NSF Dahlgren.
Capt. Peter Nette
Naval Support Activity