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Base Access & Transportation

This year's conference has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and look forward to your attendance in 2021.


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For base access: ONLY the following IDs will be accepted at the gates: Military or Civil Service Common Access Card (CAC) issued by DoD, military retiree, military dependent, reserve or NSAB Access Credential ID.

Visitors who do not possess one of the credentials listed above must access the installation through a pre-vetting process. Please click on the email link below to request base access for the conference.*

You will receive a form with instructions by email. Please respond promptly since the pre-vetting process takes at least 5 business days. Please request access no later than April 10th. You will also receive an email confirmation when the pre-vetting process has been completed. This confirmation is in addition to the registration confirmation you will receive after you have registered for the conference and/or reception.

*Note you will be authorized pre-vetted base access for April 20–21. We included April 20th for those who wish to attend the pre-conference reception to meet and welcome our conference speakers. Please RSVP today at the REGISTRATION, LUNCH, RECEPTION tab.

It is highly recommended that all attendees also print out and bring all email confirmations of registration and base access communication as supportive documentation for installation access. 

Please note there is No Parking for visitors/guests on the Uniformed Services University (USU) campus.

USU is accessible from the Medical Center metro stop on the Red Line. Limited parking is available at the Grosvenor/Strathmore metro (one stop north of Medical Center). For further information about the metro please visit WMATA at

From the Medical Center metro stop (8810 Rockville Pike), exit at street level near the NIH building on Wisconsin Avenue. There are shuttles from the metro stop to the University (see below). For those wishing to walk, it is roughly one mile. Directly across Wisconsin Ave is the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s main gate. Enter the installation and walk along Palmer South Road for 10+ minutes. USU is located on the left.

Attendees may also utilize the USU shuttle service. The shuttle schedule is as follows:

0600-0930: Continuous shuttle van service between the metro stop (Kiss and Ride parking) and USU. The first run leaves the Medical Center Metro at 0600 and the last run leaves Medical Center Metro at 0930.

1435–1800: Continuous shuttle van service between the metro stop (Kiss and Ride location) and USU. The first run leaves the USU tunnel at 1435 and the last run leaves the USU tunnel at 1800.

Gate Hours

Effective Jan. 7, 2020 (and until further notice) – gate hours at NSA Bethesda are as follows:

Gate 1 (Visitor Center/North Gate):

Gate 2 (South Gate, across from Metro):

  • Open to all traffic from 0500 to 1800, Monday through Friday
  • Automated pedestrian turnstiles access remains available 24/7
  • ADA swing gates will remain open from 0500 to 1800, Monday through Friday

Gate 3 (NEX Gate):

  • Open to INBOUND vehicle traffic only from 0500 to 0830, Monday through Friday
  • Open to OUTBOUND vehicle traffic only from 1500 to 1800, Monday through Friday
  • Closed to all pedestrian traffic

Gate 4 (Navy Lodge):
Closed to vehicles and pedestrians until further notice

Gate 5 (USU Gate):
Open 0500 to 1800, Monday through Friday for taxis, delivery vehicles, and non-DoD vehicles

All non-DoD personnel without official identification (CAC, DBIDS, etc.) or a DoD ID cardholder sponsor traveling by personal vehicle should proceed to Gate 5 (USU Gate) for vetting.

All vehicles coming onto NSA Bethesda are subject to inspection.

American Disabilities Act (ADA)

If you require special arrangements to attend and fully participate in this educational activity, please contact MSgt Steward ( no later than Friday, April 10, 2020.