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Text with Logo on Blue Background: 10 Years of Service and Support

NSA Bethesda Triad's message to the team on the installation's 10th anniversary.


NSA Bethesda Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Switzer’s message to staff on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Screenshot of the DFAS website

Starting with the civilian pay period ending September 12, and with military mid-month pay, DFAS will defer withholding of the 6.2% Social Security tax for all employees making less than $104,000 annually.

Pass and ID Customer Service

Of all the buildings at Naval Support Activity Bethesda, the smallest and likely most visited by newcomers to the installation is the Pass and ID office located at Gate 1 (North Gate).

Screenshot of the front page for the NSA Bethesda COVID-19 page.

In March, Naval Support Activity Bethesda faced a problem that many other U.S. military installations across the world faced, “How do we get the latest information about our response to our customers and employees?”

A driver presents the back of an ID card for scanning to a sentry at Gate 1.

As the pandemic recovery continues and traffic on Naval Support Activity Bethesda continues to gradually increase, lines at the gates may occasionally be longer. To assist the sentries with getting everyone through the gates in a timely manner, drivers can take several steps to expedite the ID check process.


A pair of gloved hands pours powder into a small vial of water at the back of a water fountain.

Responding to COVID-19, the Child Development Centers at Naval Support Activity Bethesda consolidated their operations and moved to one building early in the response. The move was designed to make it easier for a limited number of staff to take care of the children of essential workers. Originally that building was CDC II. Due to temporary facility maintenance issues, however, they moved to CDC I and have remained there. Now the CDC II facility issues have been resolved and the building has been prepped for shifting services back to the larger building to allow for more physical distancing flexibility.

MFSC staff member on the phone in an office.

When it was time to lockdown as a result of Coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic response, many of the customer-oriented services on Naval Support Activity Bethesda had to be reduced or stopped. At first, the installation Military and Family Support Center's two dozen employees had to cut their services due to most of their client and customer meetings taking place face-to-face.

Navy Sailor is temperature checked by a Fitness Center staff member before entering.

On Tuesday, July 7, after several months of being closed in response to Coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic response, Naval Support Activity Bethesda’s Fitness Center reopened its doors for limited service.

NSA Bethesda CDC staff pose for a group photo while wearing masks for COVID-19 safety.

After three months of being involved with the COVID-19 response, the Naval Support Activity Bethesda staff who take care of the children of military families remain as ready as ever to accomplish their mission.