The Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) is mandated to protect and safeguard personnel, visitors, infrastructure, and other resources of the Pentagon Facilities. PFPA also provides security services for DoD-occupied facilities within the National Capital Region (NCR). PFPA accomplishes its law enforcement mission with a combination of federal police officers, criminal investigators, and security professionals.

In addition to the law enforcement elements of its mission, PFPA is responsible for mail screening operations at the Pentagon Reservation. PFPA uses multiple technologies to screen all incoming mail and packages for possible hazards. Each day the agency screens more than 3,000 pieces of United States Postal Service mail, packages, and parcels. All personnel are reminded that items sent to the Pentagon Reservation are for Official Government Business only. There should be no mailing of personal items to the Pentagon.

PFPA’s other security responsibilities include lock installation and services (including security alarms); disposal of classified waste; communications security; and access control, including issuance of access credentials for tenants and visitors.

For more information about the services PFPA is chartered to provide, please visit their website at


The Pentagon Reservation Emergency Response Program encompasses a number of protective capabilities ranging from sophisticated Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) detection systems to highly trained emergency response professionals. All personnel are critical to the success of this program as an educated, informed, and cooperative occupant. Administrative Instruction (AI) 111, “Component Emergency Response on the Pentagon Reservation,” December 2, 2010, provides guidance on Pentagon emergency response capabilities and defines individual responsibilities if an emergency situation occurs on the Pentagon Reservation.

All Pentagon Reservation personnel are responsible for:

  • Understanding and executing component response plans, which incorporate the Pentagon’s three emergency response actions (shelter in place, relocate, or evacuate).

  • Assembling an individual “go-kit” of emergency items (optional) which can be used during an extended shelter-in-place situation or following decontamination operations.

  • Advising their supervisor of any special need requirements.

Recommended items for a go-kit include water, non-perishable food, a first-aid kit, a change of clothes, comfortable shoes, medication needed on a daily basis, duplicate car/house keys, and basic identification documents.

The Office of the Pentagon Fire Marshal (OPFM), located in the WHS FSD, has overall responsibility for establishing, assigning, and managing egress routes and assembly areas for the Pentagon Reservation. These routes and assembly areas are not only used in the event of a fire but for all emergencies requiring the evacuation of Pentagon occupants. In addition, the OPFM develops emergency response plans for employees with special needs. The Pentagon receives emergency fire support from Arlington County.

The OPFM emergency egress tutorial can be located at:

For questions about the Pentagon Reservation Emergency Response Program, call 703-571-PREP (7737) or e-mail

The Pentagon Operations Center (POC) operates 24/7, 365 days of the year. In a fire emergency, contact the IEOC at 703-697-1001.


The component Protocol Office will coordinate ceremony and special event details with the PFPA Special Events Unit (SEU). PFPA SEU will then coordinate appropriate security coverage with the assigned Military Service Protective details.

Individuals holding a valid DoD Common Access Card can obtain list of PFPA points of contact information and locations for additional information at



Contact Information: 
Telephone: 703-692-9060

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