Updated On: 9/21/2012 9:50:35 AM
This is the heartbeat of a vital and dynamic Master Jet. The Air Operations Department of NAS Oceana is comprised of Air Traffic Control, Ground Electronics, Airfield Facilities and Ground Electronics Personnel. With over six miles of runway, its operational tempo can sustain a take-off or landing every two minutes, leading to more than 200,000 flight ops per year. To ensure the safe and efficient operations to tenant and transient aircraft, we use the latest and most advanced equipment to support field operation, communication, and the positive control of aircraft.
An average of 2,500 transient aircraft, including the military’s largest, C-5 Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster III, are serviced each year in addition to processing of over 20 million pounds of baggage and cargo.
The air station has the longest runways in Hampton Roads and its location near the warming currents of the Atlantic Gulf Stream enable Oceana to perform when other East Coast airfields cannot.
NAVAL AUXILIARY LANDING FIELD FENTRESS
Naval Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF) Fentress, a 3,500-acre facility located 13 miles from NAS Oceana in Chesapeake, Va., is an auxiliary landing field under the operational control of NAS Oceana. Staffed by a crew of 40 enlisted personnel under the direction of an Officer-in-Charge, it is used as a primary training facility for field carrier landing practice by units based in the area.
Aircraft utilizing this airfield include F/A-18 Super Hornets, E-2 Hawkeyes, CH-46 Sea Knights, CH-53E Super Stallion and C-2 Greyhounds. Average number of operations range from 80,000 to 100,000 annually.
Fentress also provides a training ground for numerous military activities for Navy Seal Teams, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Units, Marine Anti-Terrorism Group, Air Force Continuing Medical Readiness Training, and emergency vehicle operator course for Tidewater Naval Commands and Naval Security Command. In addition, NALF hosts many civilian activities such as Tidewater Radio Control Flying Club meets, Tidewater Auto Sports Club competitions, Boy Scout camping, practice sessions for the Chesapeake Select Soccer Club and Virginia Storm Triple A League, and it provides evasive driving training sites for local enforcement agencies.
FLEET AREA CONTROL AND SURVEILLANCE FACILITY, VIRGINIA CAPES
Commissioned Oct. 1, 1977, Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Virginia Capes (FACSFAC VACAPES) is one of five Naval Facilities designated to coordinate Department of Defense use of special-use airspace and offshore warning areas. The command provides surveillance, instrumentation and functional area support services that include scheduling, prioritizing, monitoring and controlling DoD air, surface and sub-surface units operating in offshore Operating Areas from Narragansett Bay Massachusetts southward to the Cherry Point off the North Carolina coast.
The facility at Virginia Capes is designated as the sole scheduler for the Atlantic Fleet Commercial Air Services (CAS) assets. The CAS program fulfills Fleet Integrated Training, Forward Deployed Naval Forces, and critical USN/USMC turnaround training requirements that can be more efficiently satisfied through the employment of commercial resources in place of indigenous U.S. Navy resources.
FACSFAC VACAPES also schedules inland aircraft target ranges, military training routes, provides air intercept control services, schedules, coordinates and provides range control for surface and airborne missile firing exercises, and supports Commander Fleet Forces Command, Commander Strike Force Training Atlantic, and associated opposition forces for major Joint exercises, Composite Training Unit Exercise, and Fleet exercises for Commander United States Fleet Forces Command assets.
The command is also the Regional Airspace Coordinator for Department of the Navy activities and the Federal Aviation Administration. As a certified Air Traffic Control (ATC) facility, FACSFAC VACAPES provides Air Traffic Control services for more than 112,000 square miles of warning area airspace through direct interface with military and FAA air traffic control facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
GROUND ELECTRONICS MAINTENANCE DIVISION (GEMD)
GEMD is manned by 30 of the finest military and civilian Electronic Technicians in the Fleet. GEMD is responsible for maintenance on Radar and Communication systems used at NAS Oceana and NALF Fentress. It also maintains the Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN) systems for Oceana and Fentress, and all handheld and base station radios used by tenant squadrons. When not performing preventive or corrective maintenance on equipment, GEMD personnel are active in the community with mentoring programs such as Virginia Beach Little League (VBLL), Partnership in Education with local schools, sporting events or pursuing higher educational goals.
NAVY MUNITIONS COMMAND CONUS EAST DIVISION (CED) DETACHMENT, OCEANA
Navy Munitions Command CED Detachment Oceana is responsible for the security, inventory and accountability of all ammunition and explosives aboard Naval Air Station Oceana. It maintains explosives magazines and ready service stowage areas on a 225-acre weapons site. Its functions include storage, issue/receipt and assembly of airborne weapons in support of Carrier Air Wings, DoD activities, CNO special projects and foreign service detachments hosted at Naval Air Station Oceana. Navy Munitions Command CED Detachment Oceana also coordinates pyrotechnics at all air shows aboard NAS Oceana.
BASE FIRE DEPARTMENT—FIRE DISTRICT 3
Fire District 3 of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire and Emergency Services, maintains base fire and emergency services. Its mission is education, prevention and protection for the NAS Oceana, Dam Neck and Fentress communities. This is accomplished by providing a wide range of emergency services. These services include inspections, public education, disaster mitigation, emergency medical assistance, as well as fire suppression for all personnel and assets.
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NAVAL SECURITY FORCE/ VIRGINIA PRECINCT
The mission of the NAS Oceana Naval Security Force is to provide high quality law enforcement, force protection and antiterrorism operations. Headquartered out of Building 320, the Virginia Beach Precinct is responsible for the security of NAS Oceana, Dam Neck Annex and NALF Fentress.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
NAS Oceana’s Public Works Department provides the full range of NAVFAC facility and environmental products and services to the installation.
The Facilities Management Division (FMD) is responsible for providing long range planning for maintenance and budgeting of real property, coordination of all real estate actions, Space Management, Site approvals, special projects and Military Construction (MILCON) planning, work input/control, as well as providing client interface through designated Facility Management Specialists (FMSs).
The Facilities and Acquisition Division (FEAD) is responsible for all construction project management and engineering, acquisition/contracting support, and facility support contract management which includes grounds maintenance, janitorial and refuse services.
The Production division is home to all in-house technicians and is responsible for all facilities maintenance to include emergency and routine service calls, preventative maintenance inspections and minor work projects. They are also responsible for Utilities and Energy Management as well as all transportation requirements.
The Environmental Division manages environmental compliance, pollution abatement and natural resources management.
NAS OCEANA (AOR) EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
The Emergency Management Program (EM) mission is to develop a comprehensive all-hazards Emergency Management Plan (EMP) for NAS Oceana and its tenant commands and to implement the program within the NAS Oceana area of responsibility. The plan is designed to outline disaster response actions which will save lives, reduce human suffering, reduce property loss, and facilitate overall mission accomplishments at NAS Oceana, Dam Neck Annex and NALF Fentress.
The primary objective of the NAS Oceana Emergency Management Program is to protect personnel and restore Navy mission capabilities. It is used to manage emergency and non-emergency events such as fires, HAZMAT and multi-casualty incidents as well as planned events such as air shows, celebrations and concerts.
Tenant commands are responsible for designating an Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) who is their command representative to the NAS Oceana (AOR) Emergency Management Program and its director. The EMC is a participating member of the NAS Oceana (AOR) Emergency Management Working Group. Each tenant command is responsible for preparing its own Emergency Management Plan.
The purpose of the Emergency Management Plan is to provide guidelines to help tenant commands achieve the maximum survival of personnel, resources and facilities in order to perform their mission following an emergency or disaster. The Emergency Management Plan is a set of plans and check sheets relating to specific activities that need to be performed before, during and immediately after an emergency or disaster to regain command and control.
The Emergency Operation Center (EOC) is located at 1750 Tomcat Blvd., NAS Oceana, Building 230. EOC staff members are available during normal working hours (7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) or anytime during an emergency activation at (757) 433-3388, 433-3395, 433-2551 or DSN 433-3388/3395/2551. The NAS Oceana (AOR) Emergency Management Specialist (officer) may be contacted at (757) 433-3749 or DSN 433-3749.
REGIONAL SUPPLY OFFICE-OCEANA
The Regional Supply Office-Oceana performs all the retail supply functions. The Aviation Support Detachment provides logistics support to 18 F/A-18 squadrons, Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic and the Navy’s largest Fleet Readiness Center. The Fuels Division operates a bulk petroleum complex, a cryogenics plant and high speed refueling facilities.
CENTER FOR NAVAL AVIATION TECHNICAL TRAINING UNIT, OCEANA
The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU), Oceana, currently provides advanced technical training for the F-18 (A-G) Aircraft (Hornet, Super Hornet, Growler), Consolidated Automated Support System (CASS) and other various Automated Test Equipment and aircraft maintenance training courses. Approximately 2,500 students attend these courses annually.
The unit is composed of Maintenance Training Units (MTU’s) providing diversified training as follows:
provides maintenance-training support for F/A-18 A-D squadrons for both Navy and Marine Corp personnel. Additionally, MTU 1039 provides training for Senior Enlisted and Officers who are new to the Hornet community by teaching a familiarization course of the aircraft. The Senior Enlisted Aviation Maintenance course is also available for E-7 and above, which introduces prospective Maintenance and Production Control Chief Petty Officers to an in-depth introduction on all the work centers within the aviation commands.
provides maintenance training support for F/A-18E-G squadrons for both Navy and Marine Corp personnel. Six state of the art maintenance training suites have been incorporated into the training, providing students with real time training in a safe environment. MTU 1041’s advanced training environment continues to ensure the most efficient and up-to-date training is provided to the Fleet.
provides practical and advanced technical training for all Intermediate Level maintenance on the aircraft systems for Navy and Marine Corp personnel. I-Level courses prepare maintenance technicians for a variety of assignments in aviation intermediate maintenance work centers ranging from the repair and operation of Automatic Test Equipment, manufacturing and repair of hydraulic and composite/sheet metal structural components, testing and repair of aircraft instruments and the complete overhaul of jet engines.
MARINE AVIATION TRAINING SUPPORT GROUP THIRTY THREE
Marine Aviation Training Support Group 33 provides administration, logistical and training support to all Marines aboard NAS Oceana including those assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 106.
Oceana Marines form an integral part of several different commands on base which include the F-18 Naval Fleet Replacement Training Squadron (VFA-106), the Center for Naval Aviation Training Unit, and Fleet Readiness Center East. Marines also provide color guard and special detail advisors for base and local ceremonies
Commencing in January 1982, Marine Corps officers and enlisted personnel were assigned to Light Attack Wing One (Claw One). These Marines performed duties as members of the F/A 18 Fleet Introduction Team and were administratively joined on the rolls of Marine Barracks, Cecil Field. During fiscal year (FY) 84, approximately 195 Marines of all grades were assigned permanently to units at NAS Cecil Field. In subsequent years this number increased due to the number of Marines TAD undergoing instruction with Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA-106). During the BRAC board of 1993, it was determined that VFA-106, Naval Aviation Maintenance Group Detachment and MATSG would be reassigned to NAS Oceana upon the closure of NAS Cecil Field.
On May 4, 2000, the Commanding General of Marine Corps Combat Development Command released a message re-designating all MATSGs to incorporate appropriate honors and history of Marine Aircraft Groups. Hence, MATSG, NAS Cecil Field, was re-designated as MATSG-33 upon the reassignment to NAS Oceana, taking on the history of MAG-33.
On July 1, 2006, the Commandant of the Marine Corps (CDI) released a message realigning all MATSGs to fall under the Commanding General, Training Command, part of Training and Education Command. Marine Aviation Training Support Group 33 is currently assigned to Marine Corps Training Command in Quantico, Va. read more...