Newcomers Welcome

Welcome from the JBAB Commander:

Dear JBAB Teammate,

We extend our warmest welcome to you and your family, and congratulations on your assignment to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) – Sentinels of the Capital. This is an extraordinary time to join our team and we're excited to have you here. JBAB is an installation with a rich history, and you are joining a diversified and talented team that adds to that legacy every day. We hope you find this assignment rewarding professionally and personally.

JBAB is home to the United States Air Force’s 11th Wing, bearing the name “The Chief’s Own.” The mission of the 11th Wing is to “Deliver worldwide, premier ceremonial honors, mission support, and contingency operations from our Nation’s Capital.” We serve as host unit for joint base installation support servicing over 70 mission partners and 18,000 personnel from all 6 services and multiple government agencies, which are critical to our nation’s success. Additionally, the 11th Wing is committed to enhancing the quality of life for thousands of active and retired military personnel and dependents across the National Capital Region, including more than 4,000 residents living on JBAB.

Our team aims to meet your needs while creating an environment of teamwork, mutual respect, and mission focus. Expect exemplary support from your dedicated 11th Wing teammates as your success is a success for the 11th Wing and for all of Team JBAB.

We look forward to meeting you when you arrive, and supporting you and your loved ones throughout your time in the National Capital Region.


Senior Enlisted Leader

Inbound and Visitor Resources
  • Base Access
    Force Protection is the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling commander’s #1 priority.  Providing a safe haven for our team to execute their important National Defense Strategy missions, or for our residents to live and play, is vital to our success.  Everyone who works or lives here plays an active role in this priority. 
    Gate Hours and Operations
    Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) is a closed installation and proper identification is required to access the base.  All personnel entering a federal installation are subject to a vehicle inspection.  Additionally, the following items are not permitted to bring onto the installation:  illegal materials (i.e. drugs, drug paraphernalia, etc.), explosives, weapons and unauthorized ammunition.
    Security Forces conducts 100% hands-on of all identification cards (windows rolled down, sunglasses off, and masks lowered) at every installation gate.
    South Gate (Intersection of Chappie James Blvd and Overlook Ave SW): 
    Monday - Friday: Inbound and outbound are open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
                                Pedestrian inbound and outbound gate is open 24/7
    Arnold Gate (Intersection of Malcom X Ave SE and MacDill Blvd SE):
    Open 24/7
    Firth Sterling Gate (Intersection of Firth Sterling Ave SW and Defense Blvd): 
    Monday - Friday: Inbound and Outbound are open from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Firth Sterling Pedestrian Turnstiles: 
    Open 24/7
    Joint Visitor Center
    256 McGuire Ave, Washington, D.C. 20032
    (202) 284-3555
    Monday – Friday, Hours 5 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    JBAB currently authorizes “UNESCORTED/ESCORTED ACCESS” procedures.  This authorization allows sponsors to escort visitors onto JBAB, who provide a valid State or Federal photo ID, without having to process through our Joint Visitor’s Center (JVC).  This procedure continues 100% ID checks for all members transiting the base.  However, we are not requiring visitors to obtain a base pass from the JVC as long as they remain with their sponsor for the duration of the visit.  For extended stays, where the visitor may be separated from the sponsor, we require the normal vetting through the JVC.  To help, the following definitions are provided:
    1. “UNESCORTED ACCESS” – Individual possesses an authorized access credential (e.g. – Common Access Card (CAC), Dependent/Retiree ID, DBIDS pass, base pass provided after JVC vetting, etc.) and will present to the gate Sentry for clearance onto the base. 
    2. “ESCORTED ACCESS” (i.e. - non-CAC holders) – Sponsoring individual must accompany, and remain with at all times (unless cleared through the JVC vetting process), the individual(s) they are escorting onto the installation.  Sponsors can only escort up to five (5) personnel at one time.  All visitors must possess, and present upon request, a valid State or Federal photo ID (e.g. – driver’s license, passport, etc.).  *At any time, visitors may be required to proceed to the JVC to obtain a Base Pass by Security Forces.   
    Base Access For Those on National Criminal Registries:
    As of  November 1, 2021, the Defense Biometric Identifications System (DBIDS) is going to sync with the National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR) and Violent Persons File (VPF) data base.  Personnel entering the installation will be flagged if they are found in either data bases.  Individuals will be denied entry to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB), even if they may have previously been granted access prior to this update.  The denied persons will need to submit an Exception to Policy (ETP) request to the JBAB Installation Commander for continued entry.  This process is not reciprocal; meaning if someone is identified on the NSOR/VPF and is granted access to a nearby installation, they must also request access to JBAB and vice versa.  Additional information can be found in the NSOR/VPF Trifold to include how to submit an Exception to Policy. 
    Any questions can be directed to 11th Security Forces Squadron’s Report & Analysis Section at 202-284-4014/4025.

    Effective Feb. 17, 2023, the Department of Defense terminated DoD Civilian Retiree ID Cards and Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Field Committee Volunteer Identification Cards. Previously-issued identification cards of these types will no longer be valid after Aug. 31, 2023. Effective Sep. 1, 2023, affected personnel should visit the JBAB Joint Visitor Center (adjacent to the JBAB South Gate) to enable JBAB access on their REAL ID or receive a Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) card.

    Foreign Nationals are NOT authorized to enter the installation/base under the “Escorted Access” category.  To gain access onto JBAB, government sponsoring agencies of foreign nationals on official visits MUST:
    1.  Coordinate requirements with the Joint Visitor Center.
    2.  Provide a documented valid purpose for installation/base access. 
    Foreign nationals on unofficial visits MUST coordinate with the Joint Visitor Center at least 30-days prior to the visit in order to be vetted by the Air Force Office of Special Investigation (AFOSI).  For more information, call (202) 404-2924 or email
    Effective Dec. 22, 2023, the Joint Visitor Center will no longer process visit requests via event-specific Entry Authorization Lists (EALs) with tracker numbers. Instead, the JVC will produce a single, daily consolidated Base Access List (BAL) that will list each individual who has been vetted and approved for installation access for that calendar day, provided the total duration of their visit does not exceed six calendar days. Any visitors accessing the base for more than six days (but less than 90 days) must be issued a scannable barcode paper pass to enable continuous evaluation of fitness for installation access via the DBIDS system. Individuals requiring access for more than 90 days will be issued an EPACS card IAW standard procedures.

    For personnel seeking UNESCORTED installation/base access up to 90 days, use the JBAB Base Access Registration Form linked below. 
    For a long term installation/base pass (up to 1 year maximum pending approval), use the Unescorted Access Request Form link below.
    For groups of six (6) or more personnel seeking installation/base access for special events (weddings, parties, promotion ceremonies, etc.), use the special event process established by our Joint Visitor Center.  The Special Event Access Request Form can be accessed by the link below. 
    It is highly encouraged to submit special events and long term pass requests with as much notice as possible to prevent any delays (minimum of 7 days in advance).  NOTE:  Visitors are not granted access until the request has been approved by the 11th SFS.  The sponsor is responsible for all visitors throughout their visit on the installation.  Any violation or deviation from good order could result in the immediate removal of all visitors and notification to the sponsoring unit/member’s command/organization.
    Save time! Fill out the required forms in advance.
    Click here for the Special Event Access Request Form
    Click here to fill out the JBAB Base Access Registration Form
    Click here to fill out the Unescorted Access Request Form (For Long Term Base Passes)
    NOTE:  All personnel entering JBAB are obligated to follow Sentry directions and remain subject to all security Random Anti-Terrorism Measure Schedules. 
    REAL ID Act
    All drivers’ licenses must be in compliance with the REAL ID Act.  Please click for more info about the REAL ID  
    Vehicle Registration
    In order for visitors to obtain driving access to the installation, they must present valid photo identification (i.e. driver’s license, passport, state ID, etc); physical proof of valid vehicle registration and valid insurance (digital insurance cards are acceptable however photographs of insurance cards will not be accepted).  Base access will be denied without this documentation. 
  • Directions to JBAB

    From Route 1:

    • Follow U.S. 1 N
    • ​Take the I-95N/I-495 E ramp toward Baltimore
    • Merge onto 1-495 N/I-95 N
    • Take exit 2A-2B for I-295 N toward Washington/National Harbor
    • Keep left to continue on exit 2B, follow signs for I-295 N/Washington
    • Continue onto I-295 N
    • Take exit 1 toward Laboratory Rd/US Naval Research Lab
    • Turn right onto Overlook Ave SW
    • Follow signs for JBAB

    From I-95 N Virginia:

    • Follow I-95 N toward Washington
    • Keep left at the fork to stay on I-95 N, follow signs for I-495/Baltimore
    • Keep right at the fork to continue on I-495 E/I-95 N, follow signs for Telegraph Road/Alexandria
    • Take exit 2A-2B for I-295 N toward Washington/National Harbor
    • Keep left to continue on exit 2B, follow signs for I-295 N/Washington
    • Continue onto I-295 N
    • Take exit 1 toward Laboratory Rd/US Naval Research Lab
    • Turn right onto Overlook Ave SW
    • Follow signs for JBAB

    From MD-295 S:

    • Follow MD-295 S/Baltimore Washington Pkwy
    • Continue onto District of Columbia Hwy 295
    • Continue onto Anacostia Fwy
    • Continue onto I-295/Anacostia Fwy S
    • Take the exit toward D.C. Village/Blue Plains/Academy
    • Merge onto Overlook Ave SW
    • Follow signs for JBAB

    From I-95 S:

    • Follow I-95 S toward Washington
    • Take the I-95/I-495 S/Washington S/Richmond S exit on the left
    • Merge onto I-495 S/I-95 S
    • Take exit 22B for Balt/Wash Pkwy toward Washington
    • Merge onto MD-295
    • Continue onto Anacostia Fwy
    • Continue onto I-295/Anacostia Fwy S
    • Take the exit toward D.C. Village/Blue Plains/Academy
    • Merge onto Overlook Ave SW
    • Follow signs for JBAB

      From Loudon County/Dulles:

    • Follow VA-267 E
    • Take exit 18A for I-495
    • Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-495 S
    • Merge onto I-495 S
    • Keep right at the fork to continue on I-495 E/I-95 N, follow signs for Telegraph Road/Alexandria
    • Take exit 2A-2B for I-295 N toward Washington/National Harbor
    • Keep left to continue on exit 2B, follow signs for I-295 N/Washington
    • Continue onto I-295 N
    • Take exit 1 toward Laboratory Rd/US Naval Research Lab
    • Turn right onto Overlook Ave SW
    • Follow signs for JBAB
    1. Privately Owned Firearms Registration Criteria.
      1. Registration of Privately Owned Firearms (POF) is mandatory. Individuals must request approval for storage of POFs within JBAB housing and the 11 SFS Armory Bldg. 421, from their unit commander, or JBAB Housing Management Office for non-DoD affiliated civilians living in privatized housing.
      2. Personnel who reside in base housing, dormitories, and temporary living facilities (TLFs) or billeting/lodging facilities must register the firearm(s). Dormitory residents will report with weapon to the Armory Bldg. 421 immediately for registration and courtesy storage. Privately Owned Firearms and Government firearms issued to General Officers in base housing must be stored with either a child-safe trigger lock or in a childproof locked container.
      3. The firearm must not fall under the D.C. definition of an assault weapon (AK/Colt A4 models). For more information please visit:
    2. Registering Firearms.
      1. Within 48 hrs. at city limit personnel will immediately register their firearm via Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Headquarters. For more information on DC Gun Registration call (202) 727-4275 between 9 am and 5 pm Monday - Friday. Learn more at
      2. Within 72 hrs personnel are to bring in their unloaded firearm for registration/storage to 11 SFS Bldg. 421 Brookley Ave SW, Washington, DC. For more information contact the SFS Armory at (202) 284-4006.
      3. All firearms being stored on JBAB will be registered via AF Form 1314, Firearms Registration, DD Form 2760, Qualification to Possess Firearms or Ammunition, and damage discrepancy form with the 11 SFS Armory Bldg. 421 within 72 hours of receiving the firearm(s) or arriving on station. 11 SFS Armory operates daily 24 hours for seven days a week.
      4. AF FM 1314, Firearms Registration, is the official document for all Privately Owned Firearms registrations that must be completed in its entirety and submitted to the Armory Bldg. 421 upon arrival on station and the registrant moving in base housing with their Privately Owned Firearms. This also includes registrants being assigned to dormitories, TLF, and billeting/lodging facilities.
      5. Once approved, the individual will return with front copy of lease, approved AF FM 1314 and DC Firearm card and pick up their weapon.
    3. Storage of Firearms
      1. Personnel residing in base housing will store their weapons and/or ammunition in their quarters.
      2. Due to limited space, the 11 SFS Armory will only courtesy store POFs for personnel transiting JBAB on orders or residing in base dormitory or base lodging. 11 SFS Armory will not store knives, swords, nun chucks or paintball guns.
      3. Privately Owned Firearms of any military civilian personnel attached to the installation may not be carried or stored at their work areas.
      4. Storage for Dormitory and/or Lodging Residents is not allowed. Storage of Privately Owned Firearms will not be stored in government owned/leased dormitories or lodging facilities. Dormitory and lodging residents shall store POFs in the 11 SFS Armory. Dormitory and lodging residents are not authorized to store POF in privately owned motor vehicles while on JBAB.
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