Center for Surface Combat Systems

International Military Student Office

Point of Contact for International Military Student Questions:
(540) 653-4346


Naval Support Activity South
King George,
U.S. State Department Passport
U.S. Customs
U. S. State Department Travel
Travel Health information - Center for Disease
5395 1st Street

When you arrive on board Center for Surface Combat Systems:
All visitors are required to enter the base from the Main Gate on Rt. 206 (Dahlgren Road). The following basic rules apply:

CSCS is located approximately 68 miles south of Washington, D.C., 55 miles north of Richmond, VA, and 23 miles east of Fredericksburg, VA, between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers. When you arrive on board naval Support Facility Dahlgren:
  • Proceed directly to the Main Gate and be prepared to stop.
  • Photo I.D. (government or driver's license) is required.
  • State your business (ie: "check in at CSCS").
  • Request directions/assistance from gate guard as needed.
  • Under normal circumstances, you should NOT have to stop at the Main Gate's Visitor Control office.

Driving Directions
Driving Directions to Dahlgren, VA

If you have a GPS, you can utilize the address listed below to get to the main gate:
17320 Dahlgren Road
Dahlgren, VA 22448

From Washington, D.C.
(Approximately 45 miles)
I-95 to Rt. 5 South to U.S. 301 South at Waldorf, Md. Follow U.S. 301 South across the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge at the Potomac River into Virginia. Left on Rt. 206 to Dahlgren.

From National Airport or the Pentagon
(Approximately 50 miles)
I-95 North to Rt. 5 South to U.S. 301 South at Waldorf, Md. Follow U.S. 301 South across the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge at the Potomac River into Virginia. Left on Rt. 206 to Dahlgren.

From Dulles International Airport
(Approximately 65 miles)
I-66 East to I-495 South to I-95 North to Rt. 5 South to U.S. 301 South at Waldolf, Md. Follow U.S. 301 South across the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge at the Potomac River into Virginia. Left on Rt. 206 to Dahlgren.

Lodging Information
Contact the Dahlgren Housing Welcome Center at (540) 653-8505/8506; DSN 249-8505/8506, or (800) 846-6827 or visit and go to > Fleet and Family Readiness > Housing and Lodging.

Dahlgren does not have a Navy Lodge but the Base Billeting Office maintains 4 two-bedroom units for active duty personnel and their families arriving and departing Dahlgren on PCS orders. These units are available on a space available basis. For reservations, call DSN 249-7671 or (540)653-7671.

These units have a TV, refrigerator, stove, coffee pot and toaster, but they don't provide dishes, silverware, pots/pans or glasses. If you plan on cooking, you may want to bring a few of these items along.

The Dahlgren Fleet and Family Services Center (FFSC) Relocation Office provides loan locker hospitality kits, utility items and futon mattresses for check-out by military personnel and their families arriving at Dahlgren in advance of their personal property household goods. This service is provided at no cost to our military members under PCS orders.

Inventory consists of futon mattresses and linens; dish kits with pots and pans, dishes, and silverware; cribs and highchairs; and small folding tables and chairs.

Loan locker items may be checked out on a short-term first-come/first-served basis.

School Infomation

Eligibility to attend Dahlgren School:

Dependent children of Armed Forces members assigned to and residing on Naval Support Facility, Dahlgren or permanent housing as assigned by the Housing Office, are eligible to attend Dahlgren School.

Should the Armed Forces member be transferred or retire after the first day of the school year, and the family has to "clear" housing, the member's child/children may continue to attend the Dahlgren School for the remainder of that year. They will not, however, be eligible to attend the following school year.

If housing is not immediately available on the member's report date, but the Housing Office certifies that it is expected to be available within 90 school days from their report date, the member's child/children may attend the Dahlgren School while residing in an areas adjacent to the base. Transportation to and from school and transportation for the lunchtime break is the responsibility of the parent.

The base will evaluate housing applications to determine if it is likely that housing will be available within 90 days. If it is determined that housing will not be available, the children will not be eligible to attend Dahlgren School. The children may transfer, however, at any time during the year, once on-base housing has been signed.


Inclusive Grades: Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8.

Developmental Screenings: Screenings will be offered to "at risk" 3-and-4 year olds whose parents reside on base or who are in an eligible status for on-base housing. Children will be screened in the areas of fine and gross motor concepts, speech and language, hearing and vision, and social behavior. If delays are apparent in the screening, more in-depth testing will be recommended. Further evaluations will be completed by the school system. If significant delays are noted, a pre-school program will be recommended.

Kindergarten: All students who will be age 5 by 30 September will be eligible for kindergarten. Those students becoming 5 between 01 October and 31 October are eligible to attend kindergarten, but must be tested to confirm placement in either kindergarten or the pre-school program.

Registration Procedures: All new students will need to bring with them at the time of registration: Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, Immunization Records, and a current Physical Certification (dated within one year of the date of registration).

Holidays: All Federal Holidays are observed. In addition, the school is closed during Christmas Holidays and also during Spring Break. These dates, as well as the Teacher Workdays, Conference Days, and other planned school closures will be on the school year calendar. This calendar can be found in the student handbook your child will receive during the first week of school.

Child Care

Child Development Center (CDC)

Hours of Operation
Mon - Fri 6 a.m.
Sat, Sun & Holidays - Closed

The CDC provides full-time childcare for families stationed at NSF Dahlgren. The CDC is accredited by the National Association for the education of young children, holds DOD certification and participates is the USDA child and adult care food program. Weekly fees are based on family income. Ages 6 weeks to 5 years. To be placed on the enrollment list for the Child Development Center go to (part of Naval District Washington.) Or visit" and go to > Fleet and Family Readiness > Support Services > Families > Child and Youth Programs.

Frequently Used Phone Numbers
ATRC/CSCS Weather/Closure Information Hotline: (540) 653-2241/2242
Quarterdeck: (540) 653-1031
SAPR: (540) 424-0660
Command Master Chief (540) 653-1038
OMBUDSMAN (540) 850-1162

NSF Dahlgren:
visit and go to Home > Installation Guide > Phone Directory

NSF Dahlgren Closure line (540) 653-3339/3224
NSF Dahlgren Pass & ID Office: (540) 653-6890
Commercial Assistance: (540) 653-8291

Base Facilities and Services

To Learn more about the Commissary, Navy Exchange, Religious Programs, and Branch Health Clinic at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren visit and go to >Installation Guide > Facilities and Resources.