Joint Base Anacostia–Bolling in Washington, DC

Last Updated: Nov 21, 2017

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) is a U.S. military base located in southern Washington, D.C. on 905 acres of land. Established in the fall of 2010, JBAB is comprised of Naval Support Facility (NSF) Anacostia and Bolling Air Force Base (BAFB) which were combined per a Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) decision. JBAB's Base Operator can be contacted at (703) 545-6700.

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Coordinates38° 50' 34.00" N 77° 00' 58.00" W
CityWashington, DC 20032
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Portions of JBAB have been in use (separately as NSF Anacostia and Bolling Air Force Base) since 1917 as extensions of the Department of Defense (DoD). Both bases were later combined because of the boundary they shared which allowed for an easy transition and consolidation of military resources.

Naval Support Facility Anacostia

In 1918, the U.S. Navy tested seaplanes at NSF Anacostia which led to the site becoming an official naval station. NSF Anacostia was an operational site until 1962, when it was deactivated because of continuous air traffic problems with Washington National Airport.

Bolling Air Force Base

Bolling Air Force Base (BAFB) was originally dubbed The Flying Field at Anacostia before being renamed Anacostia Experimental Flying Field in the summer of 1918. The military separated BAFB into two bases (Navy and Army) and named one of them Bolling Field after Colonel Raynal C. Bolling, a war hero who died defending himself and a colleague from German troops.

In the 1940's, Bolling Field was renamed Naval Air Station Anacostia. Shortly after this name change, Bolling Air Force Base was built adjacent to Anacostia and served as a research and testing site for aircraft materials and weapons. Bolling Air Force Base has hosted Marine Corps, the Department of Defense and National Guard troops due to its central location and close proximity to other military and government buildings and installations.

Housing / Lodging

If you're moving to JBAB, you'll have options between privatized housing, unaccompanied housing and community housing. Your best bet is to check in with the Housing Management Office or the Anacostia Housing Service Center. JBAB Housing can help you figure out what option is best for you.

The Housing Management Office can be reached at (202) 404-6828 Monday through Friday from 7:30am - 5pm. The Anacostia Housing Service Center can be called at (202) 685-1187.


Families with school-age children moving to JBAB can contact the School Liaison Officer at (202) 404-1014. If you're going to be living on post, you can enroll your children in public schools, a DC Public Charter School, DCPS Selective Citywide Schools (for high school students who meet entrance requirements) or the on site preschool at JBAB (202-767-2890).

There are also options for adult students via the Education Services Center (which also has a satellite office at the Pentagon). For questions about enrolling as a non-traditional student, you can call the Education Services Center at (202) 767-5348.

Nearby Places of Interest

Because JBAB is centrally located in Washington, D.C., it's close to many national monuments, shopping centers, museums and landmarks. For instance, JBAB is a 20 minute drive from both the Pentagon and The White House. You can visit the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial and the U.S. Capitol building--all within walking distance of each other. There are also bike and Segway sightseeing tours available if you're looking to do something a bit different.


The Bolling Commissary (202-767-4695) is open every day of the week. If you're not an authorized person, you must be accompanied by one as ID's are reviewed at checkout.

Warfighter and Family Readiness (WFR)

JBAB Warfighter and Family Readiness offers recreational and educational programs, facilities and services for members of the JBAB community.


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