Andrew Air force Base

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Andrew Air force Base

Established in 1942, Andrews Air Force Base was used primarily for pilot training and as an air defense base du ing the war years. Among its present functions, the base is used for special missions and Presidential airlift, and is th main port of entry to foreign militaiy and government officials coming to the United States.

Andrews AFB is home for three major units of the Military Mobility Command; the 1776th Air Base Wing; the 89th Military Airlift Wing and Malcolm Grow USAF Medical Center. Also on Andrews is the Naval Air Facility, the D.C. Air National Gua; Marine and Air Force Reserve units, and six major tenants. It is adjacent to the Capital Beltway, Route 1-95. The base contains 2,080 housing units for officers and enlisted. Information: (301) 981-4424.

Public Transportation: Metro service 5:30 a.m. 1011:15 p.m. to north gate only. Service to PotomacAve. or Addison Rd. Metrorail Station, along Mariboro Pike and Pennsylvania Ave.Public Schools: Students attend elementary, middle and high schools located off base. (See County Profile.) Tl base operates a day care center. Prince Georges Community College offers management and liberal arts courses he at the base.

Andrew Airforce BaseLibrary: The base maintains I library (34,000) volumes) with complete facilities.

Recreational Facilities:
The base maintains park, playground and picnic facilities, baseball and football fields, 10 tennis courts, volleyball and handball facilities, lake for fishing, swimming pools, 2 fully equipped gymnasiums, a youth center, arts and craft shops, officers' and NCO dubs, and many other facilities for military members and their dependents.

Places of Worship:
Chapel programs on base include Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Orthodox services.

Medical Facilities: United States Air Force, Malcolm Grow Medical Center is on base. A 235-bed hospital with every type of surgery performed except open-heart and neuro-surgery.

In addition to the commissary and exchange facilities on base, there is excellent shopping, accessible by public transportation, at Landover Mall, 8 miles away, lverson Mall, 5 miles away, St. Charies Town Center, 13 miles away; and small shopping center at base entrance.

The base is a few miles southeast of Washington, in Prince George's County, Maryland. Located at 384813N, 765217W (38.803490, -76.871508)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 17.7 km (6.8 mi). 17.7 km (6.8 mi) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.
Other Information:
It is the home base of Air Force One and SAM FOX. It has two runways; the western runway is 3,440 meters in length, and the eastern runway is 3,570 meters in length.

The primary mission at Andrews AFB is to transport the President of the United States. However the base is also tasked to provide worldwide airlift for the vice president, the president's Cabinet, members of Congress, military leaders and other high ranking dignitaries -- That is what SAM FOX is.
At one time, "SAM FOX", was used as a prefix to an aircraft tail number, during radio transmissions to identify Air Force aircraft that were transporting high-ranking VIPs, typically on foreign flights. The call sign prefix was constructed from the acronym SAM (Special Air Mission) and the initial F (Foreign), which at the time was represented by the phonetic word "Fox."