Joint Base Andrews FAQ

Installation Info: Zip Code:20752, Area Code: 301, DSN: 858

Home to more than the usual assortment of planes found on most runways around the world, Joint Base Andrews in Maryland is best-known as the base for VC-25A, otherwise known as Air Force One - the planes that carry the president of the United States. The heavily modified Boeing 747s have their interiors divided up into staterooms, offices, conference/dining rooms and other accommodations for the president and his family, guests, senior staff, Secret Service agents and media personnel. The two galleys on board can feed 100 at one sitting.

The pilots who fly the planes are assigned to Air Mobility Command's 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews. The mission of Andrews is to provide comfortable and reliable worldwide airlift and logistical support for the president, vice president, cabinet members and other high-ranking U.S. and foreign officials. The planes used as Air Force One can be refueled in flight for added security and speed.

All area schools are under the control of the Prince Georges County School District. Health care is provided at the 235-bed Malcolm Grow Medical Center. For recreation, Andrews has bowling lanes; theater; pools; youth center; tennis courts; golf courses; auto hobby shop; and a skeet range. Free recreation locations abound, such as Rock Creek Park, the popular Hains Point/East Potomac Park with a perfect waterfront view, the Spirit of Washington boat tour and the Washington Harbor complex at the base of historic Georgetown. And the nation's capital, of course, is filled with sightseeing opportunities, many with strong historical value.