Pentagon / Crystal City



The Pentagon is a true American marvel. This immense structure is the largest office building in the world, claims four zip codes, and possesses a whopping six million square feet of floor space! The construction of the headquarters for the U.S. Department of Defense (once the U.S. War Department) has a storied history. The plans for the pentagonal design were based on the irregular shape of the proposed building site located east of Arlington National Cemetery. Plans for that location were scrapped, but the design and shape remained. In order to conserve precious steel at the start of WWII, the building is mainly constructed with reinforced concrete. Builders also placed a series of ramps throughout the building in lieu of steel elevators. The structure was limited to 5 stories in height and 2 subterranean floors, in another steel (and skyline) preserving effort.

There is no housing at The Pentagon, so if you would like to live on post you will be choosing between Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Southwest DC, or Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. When assigned to The Pentagon, service members often report to alternate locations. There are offices in Crystal City, Arlington where many spend their long work hours, while some even report to offices in DC or other installations.

The Pentagon is located on the very tip of Northern Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and Arlington National Cemetery are to the northeast, and Washington Reagan National Airport is its southeastern neighbor. The Metro’s Yellow and Blue lines stop at The Pentagon, and there are several other public transit options available for its almost 30,000 workers.  

Base Services:

JBAB Housing

JBAB Housing
Location: Housing Services Center
21 MacDill Blvd.
Washington D.C. 20032

Military & Family Support Center - Pentagon

Location: Room 5C1049
Hours: M - F: 0730 to 1630
Closed on Weekends, AFDW Family Days and Holidays

Anacostia Housing Service Center

Anacostia Housing Service Center
Location: Anacostia Housing Service Center
2691 Mitscher Rd. SW
Bldg. 414, Suite 100
Anacostia Annex, DC 20373
(202) 433-0346 (800) 210-0139 Email Anacostia Housing Services Center

Bolling Family Housing

Bolling Family Housing
Location: Bolling Family Housing
8660 Angell St.
Washington D.C., 20032
(888) 294-8338 Email Bolling Family Housing

JBMHH School Liason Office

Location: 102 Carpenter Rd.
Bldg. 483
Fort Myer, VA 22211
(703) 699-7620

JB Andrews Housing

Location: Liberty Park at Andrews Housing Office
2097 San Antonio Blvd.
Joint Base Andrews, MD 20762
Hours: M - F: 0730 to 1630
(866) 944-7504

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Base Location

By Plane
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
8 minutes
Dulles International Airport
35 to 55 minutes
By Bus
6770 Frontier Drive
Springfield, VA 22150
The Springfield-Franconia Yellow Metro line to Pentagon


Union Station
50 Massachusetts Ave. Northeast
Washington D.C. 20002
Then Blue or Yellow Metro lines to Pentagon
Drive Times
Washington D.C. – 15 to 30 minutes
Richmond, VA – 1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours
Baltimore, MD – 1 to 2 hours
New York City, NY – 4 to 5 hours

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Drive Transit Bike
North Arlington (Ballston) 8 MINS
*20 MINS
24 MINS(Orange/Blue)
5 MINS from Rosslyn Metro
South Arlington (Alcova Heights) 5 MINS
*10 MINS
25 MINS Bus 18 MINS
City of Alexandria (Old Town) 12 MINS
*40 MINS
*30 MINS Metro (Yellow) or Bus 19 MINS
Fort Hunt/Mount Vernon 30 MINS
*50 MINS
*50 MINS Bus 1 HR
Kingstowne 40 MINS
*50 MINS
35 MINS Metro (BLUE) 1 HR
Falls Church 15 MINS
*45 MINS
45 MINS Metro (Orange/Blue) or Bus 52 MINS
Annandale 20 MINS
*50 MINS
19 MINS Bus 1 HR
Vienna 30 MINS
*1 HR
Reston 35 MINS
*1 HR 15 MINS
49 MINS Metro (Silver/Blue) N/A
Herndon 35 MINS
*1 HR 20 MINS
Springfield 15 MINS
*45 MINS
24 MINS Metro (Blue) or Bus N/A
Burke 20 MINS
*1 HR 5 MINS
49 MINS Bus N/A
Fairfax Station 35 MINS
*1 HR 15 MINS
44 MINS Bus N/A
Lorton 20 MINS
*50 MINS
Centreville 45 MINS
*1 HR 40 MINS
Chantilly 40 MINS
*1 HR 30 MINS
Manassas 1 HR
*2 HR 10 MINS
1 HR 14 MINS Bus N/A
Woodbridge 30 MINS
*1 HR 20 MINS
45 MINS Bus N/A
Stafford 1 HR
*2 HR 20 MINS
Chevy Chase 30 MINS
*1 HR 25 MINS
52 MINS Metro (Red/Yellow) to bus N/A
Silver Spring 30 MINS
*1 HR 20 MINS
42 MINS Metro (Red/Yellow) N/A
Frederick 1 HR 20 MINS
*2 HRS 20 MINS
1 HR 52 MINS Metro (Red/Yellow) TO Bus N/A
Annapolis 1 HR
*2 HRS
1 HR 26 MINS Bus N/A
Bethesda 30 MINS
*1 HR 20 MINS
35 MINS Metro (Yellow/Red) N/A
Northwest DC 20 MINS
*50 MINS
43 MINS Metro (Yellow) TO Bus 48 MINS
Northeast DC 30 MINS
*1 HR 15 MINS
1 HR Metro (Blue/Yellow) to Bus 52 MINS
Southwest DC 14 MINS
*26 MINS
19 MINS Metro (Green/Yellow) to Bus 28 MINS
Southeast DC 18 MINS
*55 MINS
45 MINS Metro (Green/Yellow) to bus 40 MINS