Updated On: 7/12/2013 12:00:14 PM
Welcome to Pensacola, one of the most historical and friendly Navy-minded communities in the United States.
This publication is primarily designed to acquaint Navy families with facilities and services in the Pensacola Naval Complex.
From the beauty of the front gate to historic and stately homes, recreation areas and white sandy beaches, NAS Pensacola has it all. Whether you are reporting for staff duty or training, your stay here is certain to be rewarding, both professionally and personally.
Welcome to NAS Pensacola and congratulations on joining its proud history!
If you are reporting to a school or activity located at Naval Air Station Pensacola, please see the information under Personnel Support Activity Detachment (PSD) in the Commands section.
To efficiently deliver the very best readiness from the shore.
We will ensure the training and operational success of our tenants through proactive engagement, maximizing efficiencies, and continuous process improvement. We will be good stewards of the nation’s resources and the model for integrity and installation excellence.
- Lead by example.
- Encourage open communication.
- Foster continuous improvement.
- Give our people the authority and incentive to produce a quality product or service.
- Treat people with dignity and respect.
- Maintain a highly trained and responsive workforce unafraid of challenge.
- Accomplish our mission through teamwork.
- Promote creativity, initiative and innovation.
- Are wise stewards of our natural resources.
- Focus on needs of our customer.
- Are responsible and accountable resource managers.
- We are committed to:
- Equal opportunity for all.
- A safe, healthy, drug-free environment.
- Honesty, integrity and the highest standards of moral and ethical conduct.
- Strong community relations by being a trusted neighbor.
- Professional, safe, responsive, action in support of mission.
- Fact-based decision making.
- Providing the tools and innovative technology to meet future needs.
Personnel Support Office
Military personnel assigned to NAS Pensacola departments will first report to the Personnel Support Office (PSO) located in Room 250 inside NAS Headquarters, Building 1500. Personnel reporting will be provided a sponsor to assist in the check-in process. PSO is a branch within the Administrative Department and is the focal point for all incoming and outgoing personnel assigned to Naval Air Station Pensacola serving as a quality assurance point on administrative matters and assists other departments as required.
Consolidated Mail Facility/Post Office
Consolidated Mail Facility (CMF) is co-located with the United States Postal Service in Building 40. Personnel at the CMF deliver, pick up, sort, consolidate and meter all official mail for the region. An inter-area mail system is provided for the regional commands.
Mail for the commands can be picked up at Building 40, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Post Office Boxes are available at the Naval Air Station Post Office at 210 West Ave., Suite B on base. Please call (850) 456-5845 for more information.
Unaccompanied Housing and Lodging
The Commanding Officer of NAS Pensacola welcomes you to the “Cradle of Naval Aviation” and continuation of flight training. Naval Air Station Pensacola was the only naval air station to exist in the world until the 1930s. Our contribution to the science of war in terms of air warfare at sea has had significant impact on our emergence as a world power and our national military might. Our national security strategy of “Engagement and Enlargement” is possible because of our carrier battle groups and their power projection capabilities while forward deployed, and all of that started and continues to start here!
Gateway Inns & Suites (NGIS)
Building 600, 4144, 4145, 3251, 3252 and Building 34 (Guest House)
The management and staff of the Pensacola Navy Gateway Inns & Suites, NAS Pensacola, want to ensure that you have a wonderful visit and experience the best Pensacola can offer in southern hospitality. Our rooms and suites are some of the finest in the Navy worldwide and our exceptional staff will make your stay special by providing stellar quality customer service. Our facilities are handicap accessible and we have elevators in some of the newer buildings.
Suites offer a king- or queen-size bed, sitting area and small partial kitchen. Rooms are spacious with a microwave, refrigerator and queen-size beds. Only service animals are permitted in compliance with ADA law. We offer rollaways and have some portable pack and plays if you need them. Standard hotel amenities such as soap, shampoo, lotion, irons, ironing boards, coffee service, telephones, Wi-Fi and cable service are provided. Ancillary facilities are vending rooms, laundry, picnic tables, outdoor grills, and a sand volleyball court. Our full-service Conference Center offers rooms for your next conference, accommodating 10 to 250 people with full audio visual support.
Navy Gateway Inns & Suites
Conference Facility, NAS Pensacola
The NGIS Conference Facility staff and management welcome you to Pensacola. The Conference Facility is available for your conference needs. It is located in Building 3249 aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station. The Conference Center consists of 10 conference rooms, and the Round Down Lounge which consists of vending machines and a sitting area with flat-screen TVs. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., however, hours can be flexible depending on conference needs. To schedule your event, call (850) 452-5000 (DSN 922). It is recommended that conferences are planned well in advance, as the facilities are popular and used year-round for a variety of meetings.
NGIS Conference Facility Manager 452-5000
NGIS Conference Facility
Audio/Visual Coordinator 452-5004
NGIS Conference Facility Fax 452-5041
Pensacola Bachelor Housing
Building 3901, 3902, 3903, 3904, 3905,
3906, 3907, 3908, 3910, 601, 602, 626, 623
Welcome to NAS Pensacola Bachelor Housing. The staff takes pride in the quality of life and customer service provided. We will make every effort to assist you and provide for your comfort during your stay in Pensacola. BH consists of 13 buildings and 2,925 rooms, many with views overlooking the Gulf. Other facilities in the complex include picnic gazebo, vending machines, game room and laundry rooms which are centrally located within each complex.
Building 3901, 3902, 3903, 3904, 3905,
3906, 3907, 3908, 3910, 601, 602, 626, 623
Welcome to NAS Pensacola Unaccompanied Housing called Bayshores Unaccompanied Housing. We take great pride in serving the warfighter and providing the best quality of life and customer service possible through the dedication and commitment of our staff. We will make every effort to assist you as a student or permanent staff member of the many commands supported by the Pensacola host commanding officer. There are two complexes consisting of a multitude of buildings. One is the Radford complex located directly across the street from the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway adjacent to Aircrew/Rescue Swimmer school on Radford Boulevard, consisting of Buildings 623, 626, 601 and 602. The second complex is the Center for Aviation Technical Training Command complex and is located across from Pensacola Bay Bridge, 905 East Ave. with great views of the water. This complex consists of Buildings 3901, 3902. 3903, 3904, 3905, 3906, 3907, 3908, and 3910. Supporting facilities in the complex include picnic gazebos, vending machines, game rooms and laundry rooms. Space is very limited due to high volume in students. With over 9,000 beds and 3,500 rooms, most residents are student new accessions to the military service coming straight from basic training.
Navy Family Housing
1581 Duncan Road, Building 735
Pensacola, FL 32508-5312
Office Hours: Monday through Friday,
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
We are the Navy Family Housing relocation specialists for Pensacola and all of the surrounding communities. Visit our office to obtain personalized housing assistance which includes lease reviews, verification of rental/sales listings and identification of places of worship, schools, transportation and day care centers. Family Housing counselors will provide utility, phone and cable connection contacts. In addition, licensed professional realtors are conveniently located in our office and are eager to provide rental and sales data from their multiple listings service. You will discover a wide array of homes and price ranges from which to choose.
Balfour Beatty Communities
Pensacola Office 456-3120
Balfour Beatty Communities is a Public-Private Venture initiative. The corporation owns and operates NAS Pensacola officer and enlisted family housing properties except Mariner Village. Please access www.naspensacolahomes.com for assignment criteria, availability, neighborhood definitions/floor plans, forms and management contact information.
Service members forfeit full BAH when assigned to these quarters.
Mariner Village Housing
Mariner Village is a government-owned family housing community of 300 two- and three-bedroom single-family homes that are located outside the NAS Pensacola back gate on Blue Angel Parkway. Mariner Village is a unique community that was designed for enlisted residents with their comfort and convenience in mind. This family housing provides an attractive, high-quality living environment. The location, amenities and landscaping offer a neighborhood that you and your family can be proud of. This is an area that requires full forfeiture of basic allowance for housing (BAH). Please access www.mvhfl.com for additional information.
Eligible officers and enlisted personnel who are assigned to a command in the Pensacola Naval Complex (NAS Pensacola and Whiting Field, Corry Station, Naval Hospital and Saufley Field) are given equal opportunity to apply for privatized, government-owned housing or choose to reside in the community.
Relocating to a new area is usually a family’s primary concern upon receipt of transfer orders. It can be a stressful time for all as you want to find out all you can about your new home before reporting for duty. We encourage you to make a house-hunting trip as Pensacola is a popular tourist area and has much to offer in year-round activities. Hotel reservations should be made in advance of your arrival.
Please check with the Housing Office before signing a lease. Navy Family Housing relocation specialists are ready to assist you to find lodging in Escambia County and in Santa Rosa County to include all other surrounding communities.
Licensed professional realtors are conveniently located in our office and are eager to provide rental and sales data from their multiple listings service. You will discover a wide array of homes and price ranges from which to choose.
There are many properties in Navy Family Housing’s Rental Partnership Program that offer special concessions when selected for residency. The Rental Partnership Program is designed to provide military personnel, enlisted and officers, with affordable off-base housing. RPP was implemented to ease the transition of military personnel, and to help defray some of the costs incurred with moving. Service members may be charged reduced rent, reduced security deposits and no application fee.
24-Hour Community Housing Information
The Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN) website, www.ahrn.com , provides families with a Web-accessible home-finding tool. It is sponsored by the Department of Defense and all military branches. AHRN allows members to find suitable rental housing (both long-term and temporary) before they arrive at their new destination. Property managers/landlords list both long-term rentals (apartments, duplexes, single- family homes) and temporary housing units (corporate apartments and short-term units) in www.AHRN.com.
Whether you are interested in privatized, government-owned or community housing, the Housing Welcome Center is here to serve you.
Navy Lodge Pensacola
NAS Pensacola, Building 3875
Pensacola, FL 32508
Phone (850) 456-8676
Fax (850) 457-7151
The Navy Lodge Building 3875 is a beachside resort situated on Pensacola Bay. Adjacent is a white sand beach with life guards (during season), state-of-the-art children’s playground and patios, the Lighthouse Point and National Museum of Naval Aviation is within walking distance of our facility. Newly Renovated 47 total guest rooms include: five new family suites, 31 guest rooms with one queen-size bed, nine guest rooms with two queen-size beds and full kitchenette, and two handicapped guest rooms with full kitchenette. Coin laundry room, washer and dryer, are available 3rd floor, between Building 3875 and 3945 for guests. Ice machine located on 2nd and 4th floor of this building.
Navy Lodge Building 3945, Newly Renovated 50 total guest rooms with full kitchenette includes: 19 business class guest rooms, 2 handicapped guest rooms, 29 guest rooms with two queen-size beds. Vending machines and ice machines are available in this building for guests.
Register at the Front Desk, check in at 3 p.m. and check out at noon. For reservations call (850) 456-8676.
24-hour operation. Available at the Front Desk, DVD movies rental, map and direction, restaurant guide, complimentary coffee and USA Today newspaper, fax and copy service, roll away beds and cribs. Free Wi-Fi Internet capability and Mini Mart/Gift Shop in the lobby.
Morale, Welfare and Recreation (Portside, Gym, Cabin). Navy Exchange Aviation Plaza, (Uniform Center, Navy Pride, Personalized Services, Video Rental, Tailor Shop, Food Court, Barber Shop, GNC Store, Laundry and Dry Cleaning, Photo Shop, Pack and Wrap (Federal Express) and T-Mobile.
First Navy Bank
The full-service First Navy Bank, established aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Oct. 26, 1973, is located on the corner of Murray Boulevard and Taylor Road. Our full-service branch office is located at 5560 Highway 98 West, convenient to the Navy Exchange and Commissary. The bank serves military and civilian personnel locally and worldwide.
Automatic teller machines are available 24 hours a day on base, at the Mainside Exchange, NATTC Galley and First Navy Bank. ATM services are also available at the Navy Exchange Highway 98 and our branch office.
First Navy Bank hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Branch hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The bank provides 24-hour telephone banking at (800) 587-9489 and free Internet account access. Log on to www.firstnavybank.com or call us at (850) 453-3411, (850) 262-0050 or (800) 874-3121.
Command Religious Program
Open to all military and family members, the Command Religious Program endeavors to help each person meet his or her need for spiritual guidance and support. The weekly schedule includes religious services, scripture studies, counseling and a variety of classes for personal growth. Opportunities are also available for recreation, retreats, fellowship and community service. If you are looking for a place to make new friends, grow in your faith and find encouragement for the challenges you face daily, this is the place to start. If you are looking for a particular faith group that doesn’t currently meet here, or simply desire to make contact with a local congregation, the chaplains will also assist you in fulfilling that need as well. Existing religious services are listed below.
More detailed information can be found online at https://www.cnic.navy.mil/pensacola/InstallationGuide/FacilitiesAndResources/ReligiousPrograms/CNICD_A137348 or by calling (850) 452-2341.
Roman Catholic Mass
Saturday, 4:30 p.m.
Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel
Sunday, 8:30 a.m.
Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel
Monday and Thursday, noon; Friday, 11 a.m.
Our Lady of Loreto
CCD Classes, 10 a.m.
J.B. McKamey Center (Building 634),
September through May
Bible Studies, Baptisms and Weddings, please call for current information
Confessions by Appointment
Protestant Communion Service
Sunday, 8 a.m., All Faiths Chapel
Protestant Community Worship
Sunday, 9 a.m.
Protestant Sunday School
Sunday, 10:15 a.m., McKamey Center
Sunday, 6 p.m. Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, (Younger, Louder, Later)
Contemporary Worship Service
Sunday, 6 p.m., All Faiths Chapel
Latter Day Saints (LDS)
Sunday, 10:30 a.m., All Faiths Chapel
LDS Sunday School, 11:35 a.m.
Pen Air Federal Credit Union
Pen Air Federal Credit is a full-service financial institution serving the military, civil service and hundreds of other employee groups and their families throughout the region. Pen Air FCU’s NASP Office is located across from Golf Club at 21 Cunningham St. and Pen Air FCU’s Saufley Field Office is located outside Saufley’s gates at 4523 Saufley Field Road. Both offices are open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The drive-up window opens at 8:30 a.m. each day. Saturday hours at Saufley Office are 9 a.m. to noon. There is also a drive-up ATM. Safe deposit boxes are available.
There are several ATMs onboard NASP and an ATM is available on Saufley Field near the Snack Bar Area. Plus, Pen Air offers 24/7 ATM locations throughout the region, as well as no-cost debit cards, telephone account access, Internet account access, bill pay, and a 24/7 Member Services Center at (850) 505-7811 and a 24/7 Loanlink Center at (866) 564-2938. All offices can be reached at (850) 505-3200 or toll free (877) 4PEN-AIR.
Other full-service offices are located throughout Pensacola, Milton, Gulf Breeze, Pace, Century, Fla., and in Robertsdale, Orange Beach, Spanish Fort, and Eastern Shore, Ala. Pen Air FCU is also located on NAS Whiting Field, Corry Station, NAS Pensacola and several other locations. Visit our website at www.penair.org for a full listing of all ATM and office locations, Saturday hours, as well as other products and services.
Defense Commissary Agency
The DeCA Pensacola commissary is located in the Navy Shopping Mall (Building 3961, 5800 W. Highway 98, Pensacola, FL 32507-1072). For information, call (850) 452-6880. The commissary is closed on New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Hours of operation are Sunday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entry to the commissary is authorized one-half-hour prior to opening for physically challenged patrons requiring assistance.
Fire and Emergency Services Gulf Coast
Fire and Emergency Services Gulf Coast provides fire suppression, fire prevention, public education, advanced and basic life support services, technical rescue, and special operations response for the Pensacola Navy Complex, NAS Whiting Field in Milton, Fla., and the surrounding communities.
Strategically located fire stations, staffed by the Navy’s finest fire professionals, are here to answer any call for help 24 hours a day.
To report a fire, medical emergency or other emergency, call (850) 452-3333. For business purposes, please call (850) 452-8151.
Welcome Aboard Packages
The Fleet and Family Support Center provides Welcome Aboard Packages with a wide variety of information about the Naval Air Station and the local Pensacola area. Your Welcome Aboard Package will also include apartment guides and homes and land for sale.
Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC)
The FFSC is located in Building 625 at NAS Pensacola. Phone: (850) 452-5990/toll free (877) 471-7240, fax: (850) 452-3471. Additionally, a branch is located at Corry Station, Building 502, Room 116C. Phone: (850) 452-6131. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed weekends and holidays.
The mission of the FFSC is to improve fleet readiness and increase retention by providing quality-of-life programs that address and resolve the challenges inherent to the military lifestyle.
Information and Referral: FFSC provides information and referrals by telephone, face-to-face contact, visual and printed media and electronic data transmission.
Education and Training: FFSC provides education, workshops, GMTs and briefings on personal and family enrichment promoting effective and improved quality of life, both on the job and in personal life.
FFSC counselors are master’s-level, licensed clinicians who see individuals, including children, couples and families.
During the initial interview the client and counselor determine if the situation requires short-term supportive counseling that can be provided at the FFSC. If the situation requires it, referrals to other military and community resources can be made.
FFSC assists service members and their families in preparing for and adjusting to the relocation and deployment (both for IAs and routine deployment) process. Typical services include, but are not limited to, providing information pertaining to other military installations, pre-deployment, mid-deployment, return and reunion, reintegration, financial planning, smooth move workshops, sponsor training, overseas cultural awareness training, world-wide library of base information and welcome aboard packages for all military branches.
FFSC assists personnel in making a smooth adjustment from the military to the civilian job market. This program is a cooperative effort between Departments of Labor, Defense and Veteran Affairs. Monthly workshops cover military-specific topics and all aspects of preparing for a second career. Computer-based job search programs are available for use by appointment. Spouses may attend.
Family Employment Readiness Program
This program assists families of military members in their career development and job search. Services include résumé writing fundamentals, interviewing techniques, federal employment procedures, Teen Job Fairs and referrals to potential employers.
Veterans Benefits Program
An AMVETS Representative is located at the FFSC to assist all active duty, veterans and family members in developing and filing claims for benefits to the Department of Veteran Affairs.
FFSC provides support and coordination to local Ombudsman. Training workshops, assemblies, and the Official Ombudsman Academy are offered to assist all ombudsmen.
Family Advocacy Program (FAP)
Addresses all issues related to family violence and maltreatment involving military families. This includes the identification, investigation, intervention, assessment and treatment for families involved in abusive relationships.
Prevention and education are a primary part of this program which are actively marketed to commands. Victim advocacy services are available. Under certain circumstances victims may have the option of making a restricted, confidential report.
Sexual Assault Victim
Intervention (SAVI) Program
SAVI is a Navy FFSC program focusing on training, education and prevention of sexual assault. FFSC trains volunteers to assist victims of sexual assault on a 24-hour basis. Advocates may provide support and assistance to sexual assault victims and their families during medical, investigative, legal and/or court procedures. Under certain circumstances victims may have the option of making a restricted, confidential report.
Retired Activities (RAO)
The Retired Activities Office is located within the FFSC. Volunteers provide assistance to retired members and their families in such areas as survivor benefit plans, retired benefits and widow assistance. An annual Retiree Seminar is conducted each October.
New Parent Support
The New Parent Home Visitation Program offers new and expectant military families support through home visits, prenatal and parenting classes, educational films and materials.
Personal Financial Management
This program is available to provide education, counseling, and information and referral to military personnel and commands to increase personal, family and operational readiness relating to finances. The PFMP staff provides Command Financial Special (CFS) quarterly training to qualified active duty members.
NAS Pensacola Police Department
The NAS Pensacola Police Department is responsible for law and order operations for the following installations under CNRSE: NAS Pensacola, Saufley Field, NTTC-Corry Station and other outlying facilities in the area. The department is located in Building 3873 at John H. Towers Road on board NAS Pensacola.
By direction of the commanding officer, we are charged to investigate, apprehend, or detain individuals suspected or convicted of offenses against the criminal laws of the United States; conduct searches and seize evidence; act as an official party to matters of interest to the Naval Air Station Pensacola Complex, enforcement of the UCMJ, conduct interviews and interrogations, apprehend deserters and military members declared AWOL by the Navy and perform other duties in accordance with Navy regulations and law.
We provide 24-hour service with a diverse team of civilian officers and enlisted Master-At-Arms rated personnel. 100 percent of our civilian officers are military veterans and compliment our force with diverse experience.
Security personnel provide entry control to all installations as well as traffic enforcement on the roadways. Divisions include: Investigations, Training, Crime Prevention, Pass & ID, Anti-Terrorism, Military Working Dogs, Patrol Operations, Bike Patrol, ATV Patrol and Harbor Patrol Operations.
Whether you are visiting our installation or assigned here, it is our goal to provide a safe and secure environment to live, work or train.
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Navy and Marine Corps personnel and their families share a common experience and are bound by ties of service, common interest and association. Due to the conditions of service life, both active and retired service members and their families are subject to greater mischance and misfortune than their civilian counterparts and on these occasions must seek a helping hand.
Recognizing the need, members of the Navy and Marine Corps have created and supported their own organization dedicated to assisting, financially or by service, members who find themselves in difficulty. When you or your family members need assistance, apply to your local Navy-Marine Corps Relief Office. If your immediate needs occur after hours, call the nearest Red Cross facility for Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society assistance.
Navy-Marine Corps Relief can aid active Navy and Marine Corps personnel, retirees and family members of living service members. also, widows of retired service members may be eligible. Navy-Marine Corps Relief also acts as an interface for other service personnel in need by interacting with their particular service relief organization when there is none available locally. Navy-Marine Corps Relief can normally assist with emergency transportation, funerals, medical bills, food, rent, utilities, required dental treatment, disaster relief, government pay errors and essential car repairs. Other services include education loans for family members and connecting service members and families with civilian agencies. Most NMCRS financial assistance is in the form of a zero percent interest loan.
The office is located in Building 625D, 2nd deck, NAS Pensacola. Phone (850) 452-2300; open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Calling ahead is recommended. Appointments are from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For information on the NMCRS Thrift Shoppe, located at Corry Station, contact (850) 452-6174 for hours and location.
Personal Property Office
The NAS Pensacola Personal Property Office provides complete household goods services for all military services and DoD Personnel, and their family members throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties in Florida.
The Personal Property Office’s mission is to achieve the highest level of customer satisfaction by offering unparalleled member support, and to provide accurate information and quality carriers and services.
Personnel should arrange their HHG/UB shipping requirements as soon as orders are in hand. Currently members can arrange their shipments on “SmartWebMove” www.smartwebmove.navsup.navy.mil or personally come into the PPSO. If the move is a basic move (point A to point B) the member can use DP3 (Defense Personal Property Program) through www.move.mil . DP3 is a Web-based program similar to SmartWebMove, however, DP3 allows members the capability to be in contact directly with the transportation service provider.
Ultimately, in the near future all shipments will be processed through DP3. For more information go to www.move.mil or contact the PPSO at (850) 452-4654 or DSN 922-4654. Historically our “peak” season is April through September, during these months services are usually maximized for both inbound shipments as well as outbound shipments.
Inbound personnel immediately upon arrival to Pensacola who have an inbound shipment under a government bill of lading need to notify the PPSO inbound section and provide contact information. Otherwise, temporary storage is required and release of the HHG is then dependent upon available resources for the selected dates especially during “peak” season.
Unaccompanied student officers and enlisted personnel are required to reside on base in furnished government billets. Personnel should contact their gaining unit to obtain current information concerning billeting availability.
USO Northwest Florida,
Serving the Florida Panhandle
USO NAS Pensacola Recreation Center
(850) 455-8280 option 2
Address: 153 Ellyson, Building 625 D
NAS Pensacola, FL 32508
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.
USO Pensacola Airport Welcome Center
(850) 455-8280 option 1
Address: 2430 Airport Blvd., Suite 216
Pensacola, FL 32504
(Located on the second level next to Varona’s)
Hours of Operation: Seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
USO Northwest Florida Regional Airport
Address: 1701 State Road 85 N, Suite 11
Eglin AFB, FL 32542
(Located across from ticketing in the Northwest Florida Regional Airport)
Hours of Operation: Seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
USO Northwest Florida provides a touch of home to our nation’s heroes as a gift from the American people. Computer access, Wi-Fi, gaming systems, television, snacks and somewhere to relax are at all of our physical locations.
Other programs offered are:
USO Care Packages for those deploying.
United Through Reading where you are taped while reading to your child before deployment. Both the book and the DVD are sent to the child at no charge.
Welcome home activities.
Special events around holidays.
The mission of the USO is to enhance the quality of life for military personnel and their families. All USO Northwest Florida programs are free of charge.
WELFARE AND RECREATION
The recreation opportunities for active duty military and their families, retirees and their families and DoD civilians are limitless at NAS Pensacola. NAS Pensacola is located in 4 geographically separate areas, NAS Pensacola mainside, Corry Station, Saufley Field and Blue Angel Park Recreation area.
The MWR Business Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed weekends and government holidays. You can reach the office by calling (850) 452-3806.
A.C. Read Golf Club
Located just 400 yards south of the main gate, the beautiful A.C. Read Golf Course boasts 27 championship holes and an 18-hole (par 60) executive course. All tee times for the championship course are available up to seven days in advance. No tee time is necessary on the executive course. Club and cart rentals, a practice facility, club repair and storage are available, as well as a fully stocked Pro Shop with complete equipment sales. Club professionals are available for individual or group instruction by appointment. Course is open from 7 a.m. to sunset. The Oaks Restaurant and Lounge is located on the upper deck of the clubhouse.
The Barrancas ball fields and pavilions and NATTC ball fields are reserved though the sports office at (850) 452-4392.
Active duty, Reservist, retirees and DoD who work on base are eligible to reserve them at no cost for command functions. Private (non military) sports teams (i.e., youth baseball, soccer or adult softball) are not authorized for use. Softball gear can be checked out. All other equipment (volleyballs, Frisbees, tennis rackets, soccer balls, footballs and horseshoes) are reserved and issued though the Portside Gym, (850) 452-7813.
Radford Fitness Center and Gym
The 54,000-square-foot Radford Fitness Center and Gym is located in Building 4143 along the beautiful waters of Pensacola Bay on Radford Boulevard. The Radford Fitness Center houses all of the newest models of Life Fitness selectorize and free weight equipment, as well as Life Fitness cardio equipment, many with individual LCD screens.
ACE Certified Fitness Trainers are on site and can provide equipment orientations and individual fitness programs as well as large and small command PT. There are over 50 group exercise classes offered weekly for every fitness level in the group exercise room. There is also a dedicated spinning studio for instructor-led spinning. For the sports enthusiasts, there are two basketball courts, complete with volleyball setups and two glassed-in racquetball courts.
Reservations can be requested for racquetball courts by calling the front desk at (850) 452-9845. MMA punching and kicking bags are available along with gloves to check out for daily use. Contact the Sports Specialist at (850) 452-4391 for information on captain’s cup events. The center is complete with men’s and women’s locker rooms and steam rooms. Lockers are available for long-term rental or daily use.
Portside Fitness Facility
The Portside Fitness Center is located in Building 606 off East Avenue across from the Portside Entertainment Complex near the NATTC Complex. Portside Fitness Center houses a wide variety of strength-training selectorize and free weight equipment, as well as cardio equipment. The Center also offers showers, lockers and saunas. There is a large back room for all your functional fitness needs as well as ACE Certified Fitness trainers standing by to provide instruction, orientations and large and small command PT sessions. There are four racquetball/handball courts available and they can be reserved by calling (850) 452-7810.
The Portside Gym is located next door in Building 627, offering basketball, volleyball and badminton courts as well as an indoor option for command PT sessions. Reservations for courts can be made through Portside Gym by calling (850) 452-7813. Portside Gym also offers martial arts classes in the Dojo located in the back of the gym.
Designated jogging areas on base include the sidewalk area along seawall, extending past the Mustin Beach Club area to the Chip Trail that leads almost to the back gate, over eight miles out and back. There is also a Par Fitness Trail at the head of the Chip Jogging Trail (entrance on west side of Mustin Beach Club parking lot) incorporating exercise stations with moderate running distance between stations.
Barrancas Beach (San Carlos Beach)
Located off Radford Boulevard across from Fort Barrancas, the beach is open with lifeguards from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eligible patrons may use picnic tables and cabanas on a first-come, first-serve basis at no charge.
Recreation Area (Ski Beach)
The perfect setting for family or squadron get-togethers, Bayou Grande Rec Area has it all. Reserve the patio for groups under 50 or the pavilion for larger groups. There are seven group picnic sites and numerous individual picnic areas. Accommodations include restrooms and showers, a fishing pier and swimming area. Canoe, kayak and sports equipment rentals are also available. The Center also has horseshoes and a volleyball court available at no charge.
Ice and beverages are for sale on site. Reservation for the group picnic areas can be made three months in advance by active duty and retired; two months in advance for DoD. Individual picnic tables are on first-come, first-serve basis.
Bayou Grande Rec Area is located at the end of John Towers Road off Taylor Road on Bayou Grande adjacent to the AC Read Golf Course Bayou Nine. The facility is open from March to November and closed during the winter.
Bayou Grande Marina
The Marina is located by land in a well-protected cove at the northeast corner of NAS Pensacola. By water, you can reference NOAA chart #11378, and the Marina is located in the northwest corner of Pensacola Bay on Bayou Grande. The coordinates for the #1 channel entrance marker is latitude north 30 22.23 and longitude west 87 15.40. Marina berthing includes 206 floating wet slips with electricity and water, 30 covered dry storage, 164 dry storage spaces and 12 beach storage spaces. Transient dockage is available, not to exceed 14 days, which includes restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. The Marina’s rental fleet consists of a variety of boats: 14’ Sunfish, 14’ Lasers, 14’ American Sloops, 17’ Hunters, 19’ Flying Scots, 22’ Catalinas, canoes and kayaks. The Marina offers basic Mate “A” and intermediate level Skipper “B” sailing classes from March through September. An MWR Skipper’s card is required to check out a boat from the rental fleet. The Marina’s topside rental room, “The Crows Nest,” overlooks the bayou and marina and is available for special events. The room has an inside seating capacity for 64 and a large outside covered deck with barbecue grill and seating capacity for another 50 to 75. Adjacent to the marina is Serenity Point fishing area and features a 16’ x 30’ deck, BBQ grill and picnic tables. Open daily for daytime use at no charge on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Cubi Bar and Café
The Cubi Bar and Café is located inside the NAS Naval Aviation Museum, Building 3465, and serves lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Enjoy a casual dining atmosphere in a working museum exhibit. Hundreds of plaques from the original Cubi Bar adorn the walls. Lunch consists of signature soups, gourmet salads and deli sandwiches on our freshly baked bread. Catering, large group reservations and birthday parties are also available.
CPO Club and Blood Stripe Club
Both clubs are located in the Lighthouse Point Building and feature a beachside Tiki Hut for Chief functions. Both clubs are available for Command Functions.
Enjoy a picturesque view of the channel and beautiful emerald-green waters. Lighthouse Point is an ideal location for events such as wedding receptions, retirements, anniversaries and holiday parties. Please call (850) 453-1840 for information on availability.
Mustin Beach Club
General Office (850) 452-4035
Catering Office (850) 452-2137
The historic Mustin Beach Club, named after the first commanding officer of NAS Pensacola, Captain Henry C. “Rum” Mustin and Naval Aviator #11, was constructed in 1937. The Club is located on Radford Boulevard in Building 253. The bar is open for the after-work crowd Wednesday through Friday and lunch is served Tuesday through Friday. The Club also offers a variety of special event space for groups up to 500 in our ballroom, to groups of 125 in the Goshawk and dining rooms. More intimate groups of up to 50 can utilize the Bay Room which overlooks the Pensacola Bay and allows access to the beautifully landscaped lawn and walkway to the beach.
(850) 452-3806 ext. 3125
CWRA programs are available to civil service and nonappropriated fund employees physically assigned within the Pensacola Naval Complex, which includes NAS, Corry Station, and Saufley Field. Navy Exchange, Whiting Field, and contract employees are excluded. CWRA is located in Building 4143 and regular hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Child and Youth Programs
CYP Child Development Center (CDC)
The Naval Air Station Pensacola CDC is considered a large Child Development Center and operates under the umbrella of Child and Youth Programs. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredits the center as a program that provides exemplary developmental care for young children. The center provides care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age full time and drop-in on a space-available basis. Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten is also offered for children 4 years of age. The center is open to all active duty military and DoD civilians. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The center is closed on weekends and federal holidays.
CYP Child Development Home (CDH)
Since October 1990, the NAS Pensacola Child Development Home (formerly known as Family Child Care) program has increased the availability of quality, affordable childcare for children 6 weeks to 12 years. Providers offer safe, family settings with developmentally appropriate activities and nutritious meals. The Child Development Homes Program certifies military spouses residing in Navy Housing. Active and retired military spouses who live off base in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties may obtain Navy certification and State of Florida licenses. Providers and their family’s backgrounds are screened as part of the certification process and all homes are inspected by Fire Prevention, Preventive Medicine and the CDH program.
In addition, all off-base homes are inspected by a representative from the Department of Children and Families. Providers participate in training and all homes are visited monthly on an unannounced basis. Some homes offer full-time, drop-in, extended hours, and evening care services. Active duty military, DoD civilians and Reservists on active duty are eligible to use the CDH program. The Child Development Home office is located in Child and Youth Programs (CYP) Office. For information on becoming a provider or to obtain a referral list for certified CDH providers, please contact the CYP office.
CYP Fred G. Smalley Youth Center
In partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of America and 4-H Clubs, this center features a gym, game room, computer lab, snack area, arts/crafts room, homework room and multimedia room. The facility is located in Building 3690, 690 Moffett Road, NAS Pensacola adjacent to the CDC. The Youth Center is available for use by authorized family members, kindergarten through grade 12. The School Age Care Program is a daily program from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate attendance before and after school for six area schools. Camps are in session for spring, summer and winter school breaks. Special programs are offered such as SAC extended care, open recreation activities/field trips and dances. Teen program activities are scheduled for youth ages thirteen and above. Judo lessons are available.
Sports leagues include spring and fall soccer, flag football, T-ball, coach-pitch baseball, cheerleading and basketball.
The A&W Restaurant brings back the days when great tasting food was made to order with fresh, quality ingredients and always served up with a warm smile. Well, those days have never left at your favorite A&W Restaurant. Located inside the Portside Entertainment Food Court, Building 3912, we still make our burgers, hot dogs, French fries, onion rings, ice cream floats and of course, our famous A&W Root Beer the way you like it. We’re still making memories and all-American food. Open daily to everyone.
A Pizza Hut Express and Taco Bell Express restaurant are also conveniently located inside the Portside Complex Food Court and offer everyone’s favorite selection of personal pan pizzas and south-of-the-border entrees.
The Oaks Restaurant at A.C. Read Golf Course offers breakfast and lunch service from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., seven days a week. The breakfast buffet is available Sunday, 6 to 10 a.m. The hot lunch on weekdays has a regular following and with good reason! It is open to the public and take-out is available.
The Lounge is open Wednesday through Saturday at 11 a.m., with a Wednesday social hour beginning at 3 p.m. Please call (850) 452-3859 for more information. Catering services are available for casual gatherings, (850) 452-3748.
The Personnel Office for MWR NAF jobs is located in Building 4143 on Radford Boulevard and is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Job openings are listed on the MWR website, Facebook page and posted in the HRO office. Applications can be downloaded from the website: www.naspensacola-mwr.com.
The Station Library, Building 634, is located at 250 Chambers Ave. The library offers a variety of current fiction and nonfiction in both book and audio formats; an educational DVD collection is being built. Materials for educational and professional development are included in the collection, which features heavy emphasis on aviation, the Navy and Naval History. Titles currently on the Navy and Marine Corps reading lists are available. In addition to Internet computers, the library provides a fax machine (the number is (850) 453-3961 for those wishing to receive a fax), photocopier and a microfiche reader/printer. Some services may be provided for a fee. A children’s section with materials in both book and audio format is also available.
Liberty Home Base is located in Building 3912, Portside Entertainment Complex, and targets young, single or unaccompanied active duty personnel between the ages of 18 and 25, stationed aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. The program plans and promotes special events, social theme parties, athletic events, various tournaments, clubs and instructional classes, local and overnight tours including three-day weekend trips to Disney World/Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, New Orleans, Atlanta and more. This location also provides Movies on Demand, a movie theater, multiple screens to watch movies and television channels with free popcorn available during hours of operation, Xbox 360, Wii and PS3 game systems. Other free services include: two pool tables, 24 computers with Internet access, printing, copy, fax services and wireless Internet.
Oak Grove Park
There are 52 RV sites with full hookups and cable TV. The park also houses a bathhouse, laundry and gazebo. There are overflow sites in the Jackson Court Area available with limited services. There are eight two-bedroom and 12 one-bedroom, fully equipped rental cottages that overlook the beach. There are eight primitive tent sites located under the large Naval Live Oak trees near the beach, with a fire ring and picnic table. There is no power in this area. A bathhouse and laundry are available near the sites. Camping gear rental is available on site. Reservations are accepted three months in advance for active duty and retired; two months for DoD. The park is located northwest of Barrancas Beach, across from the Sherman Field (runway).
Outdoor Recreation Equipment Rental
The Outdoor Equipment Rental facility is located at Oak Grove Park. Camping equipment rental includes tents, stoves, lanterns, ice chest, grills, smokers, canoes, cots and sleeping bags, which are just some of the items available. Reservations are accepted three months in advance by active duty and retired; two months for DoD.
The Twin Cinema, Building 606, houses two state-of-the-art theaters and offers the latest releases in movie entertainment, an excellent concession, game room and great prices in a cheerful atmosphere. Open to active duty, retirees, dependents and their guests. Call for times and movies or check the MWR website for schedules.
Portside Club and Entertainment Complex
The Portside Complex, Building 3912, is located on East Avenue in the Naval Air Technical Training Center Campus and is home to the high-energy Portside Enlisted Club, Liberty, Game Room, Food Court and Pay-for-use Computer Center. With the exception of the Liberty Center, the entire complex is open to all active duty, retirees, DoD civilians and their guests.
Portside Enlisted Club: The enlisted club offers music, light shows, karaoke, Latin nights, Dueling Pianos, 10 BIG-screen TVs, special events such as, UFC fights on pay per view, hypnotic comedians, Comics on Duty, Super Bowl, holiday parties and more for enlisted personnel E-1 through E-6.
Game Room: Open to all hands, the Game Room has over one million dollars in interactive amusements, pinball, air hockey and 14 billiard/pool tables. Children under 18 must be with a parent or guardian prior to 6 p.m. No one under 18 permitted after 6 p.m.
Pay-for-use Computer Center: A popular computer system featuring 12 high-speed computers with Internet access, available to rent for $6 hour and .25¢ per page to print.
For over a decade, NAS Pensacola has been recycling, directly benefiting the environment and diverting tons of waste from NAS Pensacola’s waste stream. Items accepted in the drop-off bins are: cardboard, aluminum cans, tin cans, #1, #2 and #4 plastics and all types of paper including junk mail, catalogs, newspapers, office paper and phone books.
Our drop-off bins are located at Building 1079 at CID Corry Station on the corner of Roberts Avenue and First Street.
On NAS Pensacola there are two drop-off bins — on Radford Boulevard by the back gate and on Page Drive across the street from PEN AIR Credit Union.
Sherman Cove Marina
The Marina sports a large rental fleet, including 22’ to 25’ pontoon boats, 17’ Whaler skiffs and 17’ Cape Horn fishing boats. Other amenities include rod and reel rental, two boat ramps, 32 floating wet slips, 320 dry storage spaces for privately owned boats, four rinse and flush stations and gas/diesel fuel. The ships’ store offers bait, tackle, snacks, ice and drinks. Prior to boat rental, a Skipper’s card is mandatory. The Skipper’s test is 20 minutes of reading material followed by a 20-minute written test. The end result provides the customer with the basic information to safely operate all rental equipment and a certification card good for three years. Located near the back gate, Sherman Cove is just off the Intracoastal Waterway and located just five minutes from the Gulf of Mexico. Open to all military and DoD personnel.
Mustin Beach Aquatic Center (850) 452-8293
Turner Street Pool (850) 452-8389
Training Tank (Indoor Pool) (850) 452-9444
Outdoor pools are in operation Memorial Day through Labor Day with extended hours as weather and lifeguards permit. The Mustin Beach Pool is located behind the Mustin Beach Club on Radford Boulevard and has an in-water climbing wall. The Turner Street Pool is located on Turner Road. Both pools are equipped with water slides and toddler areas. Swimming passes, reservations for parties and varied aquatic programs and camps, from swim lessons to Junior Lifeguarding, are available. The indoor pool (452-9444), located in Building 3828, is available for evening recreational swimming during the fall and winter months. Active duty and their families, retirees and family members and DoD civilians must show proper ID. Family members ages 10 to 16 may swim unaccompanied by passing a 25-yard swim test. Varied programs make this a year-round exercise facility.
Six lighted outdoor courts are located adjacent to the A.C. Read Golf Club. The outdoor courts are on a first-come, first-serve basis. A tennis pro is available for lessons through A.C. Read Golf Club at (850) 452-2454.
Barrancas National Cemetery
The Barrancas National Cemetery is located aboard NAS Pensacola. Within its serenely landscaped grounds lie the men and women who served with dedication and courage in our country’s battles. We offer solemn tribute to all of America’s veterans and their spouse. The cemetery’s first interment was in 1829 and today we continue to offer a final resting place for those who have served in uniform.
During the early years of the Civil War, the dead were buried in fields and church yards or close to the hospitals where they died. The number of dead soon exceeded that of any previous conflict on the North American continent. On July 17, 1862, President Lincoln signed legislation that authorized the creation of 14 National Cemeteries, “for the soldiers who shall die in the service of the country.” These cemeteries were the beginning of what is now known as the National Cemetery Administration.
With the subsequent merging of the adjoining Army and Navy military cemeteries in the 1860s, Barrancas, originally a small cemetery of the Marine Hospital located near the Navy Yard and Ft. Barrancas during the 1820s, was designated a national cemetery Jan. 30, 1868.
The cemetery has expanded numerous times during its history. With the recent acquisition of land, it will now cover approximately 95 acres with more than 39,000 individuals interred. The cemetery averages 100 burials each month. This rate of interment will fill the available gravesites by the year 2038.
Administered by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, eligibility for burial is based on military service and public law, those eligible are:
- Any U.S. Armed Forces veteran of active duty service whose separation from service was not considered dishonorable and those who retired from the National Guard or Reserves.
- Any Armed Forces members who die on active duty.
- The spouse, remarried widow/widower, minor children and, under certain conditions, unmarried adult children.
- The following services are provided at government expense for those who are eligible: gravesite, opening and closing, grave liner, headstone/marker, as well as care and maintenance of the cemetery.
- The cemetery management and staff welcome visitors and encourage individual (self-guided) and group tours of the cemetery grounds. For further information call (850) 453-4846.
- Points of interest within the cemetery include the various monuments honoring individuals, military and veteran’s organizations; the old Town of Warrington Cemetery surrounded by the National Cemetery; the gravesite of GA-AH, wife of Apache Indian Geronimo; and the gravesites of three Medal of Honor recipients.
- Formal ceremonies are conducted each Memorial Day with participation of the active military, veterans groups and the general public. Each individual gravesite is decorated with a miniature American flag with the assistance of the numerous scout groups in the greater Gulf Coast area.
- Here at Barrancas National Cemetery, the flag of the United States flies daily in silent vigil over the ordered rows of white marble headstones and granite markers honoring the lives and deeds of those who answered the call to duty. For each National Cemetery there is a shared tradition and a continuing obligation to see “that the resting place of the honored dead be kept sacred forever.”
Defense Service Office (DSO)
Southeast, Detachment Pensacola
Defense Service Office Counsel provide military justice assistance to service members facing adverse action including criminal or military investigation, civilian arrest, security clearance revocation or denial, non-judicial punishment (Captain’s Mast/Office Hours), administrative separation and Summary Courts-Martial. Defense Counsel can assist in the filing of complaints of wrongs against superiors, Equal Opportunity complaints and rebuttals to adverse fitness reports. Defense Counsel are also assigned to defend accused service members facing General Court-Martial, Special Court-Martial or an Administrative Discharge Board.
Region Legal Service Office
Southeast, Detachment Pensacola,
Legal Assistance Department
Legal Assistance personnel provide general advice and assistance with a variety of personal legal matters to aid in service member readiness. Legal Assistance personnel can assist with the preparation of personal wills, living wills and other basic estate planning; general and special powers of attorney; notarizations; landlord/tenant disputes; general domestic relations issues; debtor/creditor issues; home foreclosure; immigration and naturalization; private contract review; identity theft; Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act rights; and basic personal income taxes. These services are available free of charge to active duty personnel, their military dependants and military retirees on an appointment basis with general priority to active duty personnel. Active duty personnel and dependents of active duty personnel may also take advantage of walk-in hours Tuesday and Thursday mornings beginning at 7:30 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-in hours end at 9:30 a.m. Powers of attorney and notary services are available to all on a daily walk-in basis until 3 p.m.
Fleet Weather Center Aviation Component
The Fleet Weather Center Aviation Component (FWC-AVNCOMP) Pensacola is located in Building 1852 (Air Operations Terminal) at Sherman Field. The command provides a wide variety of Meteorological and Oceanographic (METOC) support products and services to local area commands.
Aviation weather forecasts for Training Air Wing SIX flight instructors and students (over 46,000 briefs a year).
FWC-AVNCOMP is also responsible for weather safety of personnel and equipment for the Pensacola Area Complex which includes Corry Station and Saufley Field. Phone: (850) 452-3644/2386. You can also visit our pki-enabled website at https://pki.weather.navy.mil/AvWeb/frames.jsp?icao=KNPA.
Gulf Island National Seashore
European colonization, American expansion, and threats of invasion led to the building of coastal forts along the northern Gulf Coast. Situated on the bluffs (Barrancas) overlooking Pensacola Bay and the gateway to the outside world, Fort Barrancas served as the lock on the gate from potential foreign invaders.
Concerned about French and British explorations and colonization, Spain built the first colony and fort near here in 1698. The French briefly occupied the site in 1719. Later the British acquired Pensacola in 1763 and built a naval redoubt on the Barrancas.
Bernado de Galvez led Spanish troops to recapture Pensacola from the British during the American Revolution in 1781. The Spanish built new fortifications on the Barrancas: San Carlos de Barrancas and Bateria de San Antonio (the water battery).
General Andrew Jackson seized the Spanish forts in 1814 and 1818. When Florida became part of the United States in 1821 the U.S. Navy selected Pensacola Bay as the site for the Warrington Navy Yard. In order to protect the navy yard the U.S. Army, with a force of some 60 contracted slaves, made improvements to the Spanish water battery and built Fort Barrancas over the ruins of San Carlos de Barrancas from 1839 to 1844.
On Jan. 12, 1861, Alabama and Florida state militias occupied Fort Barrancas, Fort McRee, the Advanced Redoubt and the navy yard. Federal forces had moved to Fort Pickens two days earlier. This produced a tense stalemate at Pensacola that rivaled that at Charleston and Fort Sumter in the weeks before the Civil War began.
General Braxton Bragg took command for the Confederate Army at Pensacola in March. A strict disciplinarian, Bragg banned alcohol within five miles of the camps and instituted a rigid schedule of drills and fatigue duties. Each officer was expected to be ready for an intelligent discharge of all the duties of his station, and all Soldiers were to devote themselves to the “acquirements of knowledge so essential to the success of the glorious cause on which we are engaged.” Drilling in the hot sun while closely laced up in heavy woolen uniforms was blamed for much sickness. Hundreds of soldiers were also stricken by consumption, malaria and diarrhea.
Action came in September with a raid on the navy yard by about 100 Federal Marines and Sailors from Fort Pickens. Bragg responded on an October evening with about 1,000 men in a night attack on Santa Rosa Island, burning the camp of the 6th New York Infantry. Federal forces answered with a massive bombardment on Nov. 22nd and 23rd, heavily damaging Fort McRee and the navy yard. Bragg wrote, for the number and caliber of guns and weight of metal brought into action it would rank with the heaviest bombardments in the world. Confederates abandoned Pensacola in May 1862, and Barrancas saw no further combat.
Fort Barrancas was an integral part of the coast defense system until 1947 when coastal forts were declared surplus. In 1971, Fort Barrancas became part of the newly formed Gulf Islands National Seashore. Extensive restoration of the forts was completed by the National Park Service in 1980. Today, Fort Barrancas symbolizes the lock on the gate that protected Pensacola Bay and its navy yard from potential foreign invaders.
Human Resources Office
The Human Resources (HR) Pensacola Satellite Office is as an entity under the Total Force Management Directorate (N1) who reports to the Commander Navy Region South East (CNRSE), Jacksonville, Fla. The HRO is the primary principal source of advice for commanding officers/civilian executive directors at serviced commands on Human Resource Management policy and issues affecting their civilian workforce. The HRO work scope encompasses the Pensacola Complex (NAS Pensacola, Corry Station, Saufley Field, Whiting Field and NSA Panama City). They offer management advisory services for staffing and placement, including recruitment strategy, labor/employee relations, equal employment opportunity program support, employee in-processing and limited personnel data support. The servicing Human Resources Service Center (HRSC) for HRO Pensacola customers in the South East Region is located at the Stennis Space Center, Miss. The HRSC provides recruitment and non-recruitment tools and services, processes personnel actions, maintains official personnel folders and provides information on employee training and career development programs.
For employment information and to view vacancy announcements for the Southeast, visit https://chart.donhr.navy.mil . Also, nationwide there are employment opportunities available at www.usajobs.gov . Feel free to visit the CNRSE website at: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/cnrse/HumanResourceOperations/Jobs Employment/index.htm .
For federal employee benefits inquiries (health, life, retirement, death, etc.) please call the appropriate office below.
Retirement (888) 267-6738
Benefits (888) 320-2917
Death (888) 767-6738/(724) 794-2005
Joint Oil Analysis Program,
Technical Support Center
The Joint Analysis Program Technical Support Center (JOAP-TSC) is chartered by the Air Force Material Command, the Army Material Command and the Naval Air Systems Command. The JOAP-TSC is a joint service activity directed by a CDR/Lt. Col from Army, Navy or USAF. The Director billet rotates every three years. The activity is staffed by Army, Navy and Air Force E7/E6 military personnel, DoD civilian chemists, computer scientists, engineers, physical science technicians, program analysts, engineering technicians and environmental specialists. The TSC works with the Services, Allied Nations under NATO Agreement, the Defense Logistics Agency, industry, academia and other agencies to coordinate fluid analysis and technical support. The goal is to provide standardized fluid analysis and technical support for condition monitoring of oil and other wetted components to maintenance personnel with automated diagnostic and fault isolation technology tools. JOAP-TSC performs studies to recommend sources for standardization and facilitates technology exchange to improve efficiency, economy and productivity. JOAP-TSC is located at 85 Millington Ave.
Navy Oil Analysis
Program Management Office
The Navy Oil Analysis Program (NOAP) Management Office manages and provides support to the Navy’s forty-five oil analysis laboratories, located worldwide. Laboratory support includes coordination of workload, technical services and resolution of problems with equipment, policy or customer support. The NOAP management office also provides coordination for intraservice and interservice oil analysis. This office represents the Navy on the Joint Oil Analysis Program Coordinating Group and coordinates all oil analysis support with the Army and Air Force.
Marine Aviation Training
Support Group 21 (MATSG-21)
Marine Aviation Training Support Group (MATSG-21) administratively controls and supports all Marines assigned to the Pensacola Naval Complex and various other Gulf Coast bases, in addition to performing other tasks as directed by the Commandant of the Marine Corps. MATSG-21 provides support for Marine flight instructors and Marines under flight instruction in the naval aviation-training pipeline. Aviation Maintenance Squadrons One and Two are under its command.
The MATSG-21 staff numbers 650 Marines and civilians and has more than 3,000 Marines under its administrative cognizance spread throughout ten different Gulf Coast bases. Other functions performed by MATSG-21 include honor guards, ceremonial color guards within the local civilian and military communities, the annual Marine Corps Aviation Association 5K Run and participation in the Marine Corps Reserve Toys-for-Tots program.
The roots of MATSG-21 are among the oldest in the Marine Corps, dating back to Nov. 6, 1825. The “Pensacola Marines,” as the unit was called then, consisted of seven Marines who were transferred ashore from the frigate John Adams, to guard the Pensacola Navy Yard. The unit’s association with aviation was not established until Jan. 23, 1914, when a Marine section of the Naval Flying School was established. The school consisted of two Marine aviators and 10 enlisted mechanics. The unit subsequently became known as the Marine Aviation Detachment and in 1972, became the Marine Aviation Training Support Group. On April 1, 1996, the first Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Marine students reported to MATSG for Air Traffic Control School, beginning a new chapter in MATSG’s history.
On Oct. 1, 2000, MATSG was redesignated as MATSG-21. While MATSG-21’s mission is administrative in nature, this command also monitors the flow of Marines under instruction through the Naval Pensacola Complex and ensures the highest standards of Marine Corps associated training, discipline, fitness and performance are maintained. MATSG-21 was located in Building 52, which was dedicated as “Carl Hall” in memory of World War II Marine Fighter Ace, Major General Marion E. Carl. The headquarters also occupied Building 18, its original home back in 1825, and Building 604.
Unfortunately in September 2004, Hurricane Ivan severely damaged all three buildings. Currently the MATSG-21 Headquarters is located in Building 3450.
Aviation Maintenance Squadron One (AMS1)
Aviation Maintenance Squadron One (AMS1) provides leadership and education to its entry-level Marines, introduces them to the world of Marine Aviation and to Marines from the Corps’ Operating Forces returning for formalized intermediate level training.
The squadron is responsible for providing highly trained and proficient Marines to Marine Corps’ Operating Forces that are capable of supporting the flight and deployment needs required in today’s demanding world scenarios.
This is accomplished by a staff of approximately 130 Marines who range in rank from Corporal to Master Gunnery Sergeant and includes Officers and Chief Warrant Officers who are committed to providing the best training and leadership possible.
AMS1 is composed of a Command Element, a Barracks Division, eight Aviation Specialty Schools and four Intermediate Aviation Maintenance Schools. These schools include the Enlisted Aircrew Candidate School, Expeditionary Airfield, Aviation Ordnance, Aircraft Structural Mechanic, Aviation Support Equipment, and Aviation Machinist Mate, Ejection Seat Mechanic and Parachute Riggers.
The intermediate schools are the Aviation Life Support Systems, the Non-Destructive Testing and the Naval Aviation Logistics Computer Information Systems, which provide Non-commissioned Officers and Staff Non-commissioned Officers with more extensive training after they have served in the Operating Forces.
The schools vary in length from four weeks to more than 16 weeks. Many schools begin a new class every seven to ten days resulting in up to seven classes being run simultaneously. Despite the extreme turnover of Marines, the Squadron maintains an average of 1,000 Marines under instruction and trains more than 2,900 annually, making AMS1 one of the largest squadrons in the Marine Corps.
Aviation Maintenance Squadron Two (AMS2)
Aviation Maintenance Squadron Two (AMS2) prepares entry-level Marines for successful follow-on tours in the Operating Force and Marine Corps Reserve assignments as either air traffic controllers, air traffic control maintenance technicians, aircraft electricians or avionics technicians. The Military Occupational Specialty schools which AMS2 Marines attend range in duration from 14 weeks to 45 weeks. Of the average 950 Marines are assigned to AMS2, approximately 800 reported for initial MOS training immediately after completing Recruit Training and Marine Combat Training.
In addition, senior enlisted Marines periodically report to AMS2 from the Operating Forces for advanced training in either air traffic control or avionics fields. Squadron staff billets include the Command Element, a Troop Handler Element and Marines who serve in key leadership roles in the Naval Air Technical Training Center.
Approximately 180 Marines from AMS2 serve as Operational Force tested expert instructors within their MOS training schools. Enjoying the finest state-of-the-art training facilities, AMS2 Marines undergoing training at the Naval Air Technical Training Center benefit from an impressive cadre of highly skilled joint service military and civilian instructors coupled with computer-aided instruction.
Although the Marines of AMS2 are involved in a multitude of widely diverse training programs, one facet of the Squadron’s mission remains constant. Specifically, staff and instructors focus extensive attention toward creating and maintaining a positive leadership environment for the junior enlisted Marines. This principal effort encourages Marines to constantly refine and apply the basic values of honor, courage and commitment that Marines have cherished and proudly upheld since 1775.
In doing so, the Squadron expects to prepare approximately 1,700 Marines annually to be both technically and professionally ready to meet the numerous challenges that they will encounter during their tours in Marine Corps’ Operating Forces and Marine Reserve units across the globe.
Marine Aviation Training
Support Group 42 (MATSG-42)
Marine Aviation Training Support Group 42 (MATSG-42) is the Reserve Component MATSG aboard NAS Pensacola. MATSG-42 recruits Marine Corps Reservists which augment and reinforce USMC Fleet Replacement Squadrons and the Naval Aviation Training Command. These Marines provide a pool of experienced personnel with advanced qualifications used as individual augments in support of Marine Corps Total Force requirements or for transfer to 4th Marine Aircraft Wing deployable units.
National Naval Aviation Museum
One of Florida’s most visited museums and the #1 rated Florida Gulf Coast Attraction on Trip Advisor, the National Naval Aviation Museum is among the largest aviation museums in the world. The 350,000-square-foot facility is home to more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft, numerous artifacts and memorabilia that chronicle the history of U.S. Naval Aviation.
Visitors can catch a close-up view of a suspended flight of Blue Angel aircraft in their familiar diamond formation, or walk the flight deck and visit the interior spaces of a World War II aircraft carrier. A South Pacific airfield in a provides a picture of life among combat Marines, while “Homefront USA” re-creates a typical American street, shops and homes during World War II. An eerie underwater display portrays the sites of crashed aircraft and describes recovery efforts on Lake Michigan of many World War II aircraft lost during carrier training flights.
The newest addition to the National Naval Aviation Museum is Hangar Bay One. The new hangar adds 55,000 square feet of exhibit space to the Museum complex. Its façade, reminiscent of hangars of old, displays aircraft of the post-World War II era including Marine One presidential helicopter from President Nixon and Ford administrations and a full-scale replica of the Apollo 17 Lunar Excursion Module.
Back inside the main building, the original NC-4 seaplane, the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic, sits majestically among other milestone aircraft in American aviation history. The famous Curtiss JN-4 Jenny, ubiquitous among barnstormers of the twenties, and the Ford Trimotor that gave wings to American commercial aviation are pieces in a chronological display of aircraft that outline Naval Aviation in peace and war.
The Museum’s IMAX Giant Screen Theater offers an exciting experience in film. Vivid images projected on a screen almost seven stories tall combine with a 12,000-watt sound system give the audience a feeling of being part of the action. The Museum’s signature film, “The Magic of Flight,” shows daily along with other feature films.
Experience the thrill of flight in the 3D Maxflight simulators that feature 360 degree pitch and roll technology. Don’t miss a ride with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels in the high definition motion-based flight simulators. Take home the spirit on Naval Aviation with a souvenir from the Flight Deck Store located inside the Museum.
The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation opened the National Flight Academy in 2012. The National Flight Academy is a world-class aviation-based learning adventure for our nation’s youth. Professional development and corporate programs are also available. For more information, visit www.nationalflightacademy.com.
The National Naval Aviation Museum is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission to the Museum is free. For information on the Museum or the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, please call (850) 453-2389 or toll free (800) 327-5002 or www.navalaviationmuseum.org.
Naval Education and
Training Command (NETC)
Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) is responsible for the education and training of Navy and Marine Corps personnel, both officers and enlisted. NETC oversees a network of training and education programs and activities that extend from coast-to-coast and to Fleet units at sea.
This training includes recruit training, specialized skills training, pre-commissioning training for officers, warfare specialty training, and fleet individual and team training. Selected training is also conducted via the World Wide Web through NETC’s Navy E-Learning online system on Navy Knowledge Online (NKO). Advanced education initiatives including Voluntary Education programs, Enlisted Education Programs, Scholarships, Graduate and Advanced Voucher Programs are coordinated through NETC. The command also provides support for Joint Professional Military Education and Navy Professional Military Education in conjunction with the Chief of Naval Operations staff and Naval War College.
Through Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA) International Training Center, NETC is also involved in the education and training of students of allied foreign nations, ranging from enlisted skills training to officer flight training. Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online or COOL offers Sailors the opportunity to earn civilian certifications and licenses corresponding to their Navy ratings, jobs and occupations (i.e., collateral duties and non-rating-specific work). Navy COOL is managed by the Center for Information Dominance (CID). Professional credentialing acts as an integral part of the Navy’s Enlisted Learning and Development Strategy (ELDS), moving our Navy toward the CNO’s vision of a “superbly trained and led team of diverse Sailors.” By improving force readiness through initiatives like Navy COOL, we’re presenting Sailors with another key to career success that will benefit them while they’re in the Navy and beyond.
The vision of the ELDS is to assure that every Sailor is afforded the opportunity to develop and achieve their personal and professional goals while providing Navy with the best fit in assignments to promote peace and prevail in conflict.
ELDS does not necessarily create new programs, but provides visibility to the many outstanding Navy programs currently in use. It is an umbrella under which are the learning and development programs that enlisted Sailors need access to for a successful career.
The ELDS Team has created a Learning and Development Roadmap (LaDR, pronounced LADDER) which are available on NKO for Sailors in all Navy rating’s to use. The LaDR provides the visual of that umbrella, giving Sailors a checklist to see where they are, and where they need to head for personal and professional success. Providing a valuable link between shore-based training facilities and fleet training requirements is another responsibility of NETC. The NETC N-7 offices, located in Norfolk, Va., coordinate with the fleet to ensure alignment of training to fleet requirements. N-7 is charged with supporting, integrating and standardizing the training development and delivery for all Navy Sailors by building dynamic occupational, leadership and personal development continuums that are creating an environment of lifelong learning. These tasks are coordinated through the 15 Learning and their associated schools and training sites throughout the world.
Under NETC, the Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center at Saufley Field provides support services and administers the Navy’s enlisted advancement system. The NETC Security Assistance Program is administered by the NETSAFA to help America’s friends and allies develop appropriated defense capabilities of their own. Through the Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) in Great Lakes, Ill., NETC has aligned enlisted and officer initial training programs under a single command structure. NSTC has the critical mission of transforming volunteers into naval service professionals. In addition to operating the Navy’s boot camp for enlisted Sailors, located at Great Lakes, NSTC is responsible for all the Navy’s initial training programs, less the United States Naval Academy.
NSTC coordinates the following programs:
Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
59 Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps units at 71 colleges and universities throughout the country (includes consortiums and cross-town affiliates).
Hundreds of Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps programs at high schools throughout the country, U.S. Territories and at Department of Defense Dependent Schools overseas.
Officer Training Command, Newport, R.I., which includes the following programs:
Officer Candidate School
Officer Development School
Direct Commission Officer School
Limited Duty Officer and Warrant Officer School Officer Indoctrination School and Seaman to Admiral 21/Naval Science Institute (NSI).
One of the largest shore commands in the Navy, NETC is comprised of more than 19,000 military and civilian staff personnel at more than 230 subordinate activities and detachments in the United States and at remote sites overseas, providing training and education to more than 30,000 students on any given day. Feedback from the fleet, through an active training assessment and appraisal system, ensures the NETC activities provide fleet units the best trained personnel to serve as the nation’s leading edge in defense of freedom.
Naval Education and Training Security
Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA)
The Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA) is Naval Education and Training Command’s (NETCs) executive agent responsible for developing, executing and managing the Department of the Navy’s Security Assistance and Security Cooperation Education and Training Programs in support of U.S. strategic goals, U.S. maritime strategy, and Combatant Commanders campaign plans.
Each year, over 6,000 military and civilian personnel from more than 150 nations attend education and training activities at a variety of learning sites in the U.S. More than 8,000 additional international students receive exportable training via Mobile Education and Mobile Training teams in their home countries.
In managing these education and training programs, NETSAFA strives to build relationships that promote U.S. interests, build allied/partner maritime security capacities, strengthen and expand alliances, facilitate relevant information sharing and promote access for U.S. forces. NETSAFA’s specific responsibilities include training requirements planning with partner nation services, preparation of contracts between the U.S. government and partner nations, arranging training through various providers, financial execution of training resources, oversight of student preparation for training, fulfilling congressional reporting requirements and completing releasability requirements when necessary.
The professional training encompasses the entire warfare spectrum including surface, subsurface and air. Officer and enlisted personnel are trained in all fields of technical, operational and maintenance training, including technical medical training. Professional Military Education Programs are offered in the areas of management and leadership, as well as post-graduate and degree-related education. These international education and training efforts help strengthen and expand the maritime interoperability of the United States with the maritime forces of friendly, allied and partner nations. There is also an emphasis on democratization principles, civilian control of the military, military justice and re-emphasis on human rights awareness in the security assistance program. Throughout the numerous education and training programs, American ideals are shared with the international students, and personal and professional relationships with allied military students are forged.
NETSAFA is co-located in Building 628, 250 Dallas St., Suite B, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., with its parent command, the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC). NETSAFA also serves as Executive Agent for training for the Navy International Programs Office (Navy IPO) in Arlington, Va. It is through this relationship that NETSAFA ensures that training is coordinated and included in the Navy’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) activities. In addition to managing the Navy’s international education and training programs (and working closely with the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard in their respective programs), NETSAFA provides oversight of the NETSAFA International Training Center (NITC), located in Building 633. NITC’s primary focus is to bridge the gap in cultural, linguistic and academic differences with our allies.
NITC utilizes three distinct training divisions to accomplish this:
The Aviation Training Division introduces international students to the U.S. Navy’s approach to aviation training. Group and individual tutoring, interactive multimedia, computer simulation programs and physical training are used to enhance learning and prepare students for the rigorous demands of the U.S. Naval Aviation curriculum.
The Technical Training Division provides a fundamental education in science, math and specific technical fields to enable the international student to meet the entry-level requirements for various U.S. Navy Class A1 schools and training provided by the other Armed Services.
The Specialized Training Division provides the student with the knowledge, skills and tools required to excel in a variety of military training environments. Included in this division is Physical Training for EOD/Dive/BUDS Prep; Ground Forces tactics training and U.S. Marine Corps TBS Prep; International logistics/SK “A” School; Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education; International Instructor Training; International Anti-terrorism/piracy, International Chief Petty Officer Leadership; and International Petty Officer leadership. This division also provides other specialized tailored training as requested by our foreign military partners. NITC is staffed with highly skilled, experienced and dedicated instructors ready to provide training to any country and uses state-of-the-art instructional materials, equipment and curriculum in its delivery.
Naval Education and Training
Security Assistance Field Activity
International Training Center (NITC)
The Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA) International Training Center was established in 1985 as a International Preparatory School (IPS) to prepare Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) student flight officers for entry into the rigorous U.S. Navy flight training program. Since then, NITC has grown to include 16 separate courses of instruction. The courses are generally either aviation, technical or specialized military skills-related subjects. The current mission of NITC is to prepare international students for formal instruction in U.S. military courses and training pipelines, and teach stand-alone specific courses of instruction. All of these courses assist the international students in bridging the gap in cultural, linguistic and academic differences between our countries.
For aviation-related courses, NITC prepares students for Helicopter, Strike and Weapons Systems Officer flight training. As of Jan. 1, 2012, 255 International students had successfully completed aviation training and earned their “Wings of Gold.” NITC aviation-related courses and instruction include engines, navigation, aerodynamics, flight rules and regulations, metrology, air-to-air, air-to-ground radar procedures and a variety of simulator instruction throughout their flight training. In addition, all aviation students are prepared to pass the swim/water survival and physical fitness requirements.
The technical-related courses provide fundamental academic and physical training to enhance the success of international students in a variety of demanding U.S. military technical training programs. The Fundamental Skills course consists of 16 weeks followed by an 8-week course of specific technical skill instruction in Electricity or Electronics, Mechanics or Logistics. Some of the fundamental and technical-related subjects include “understanding what you read,” mathematics, science, “mechanical, electrical and fluid power systems,” principals of flight, introduction to electricity and electronics, inductors and transformers, generators and motors, radio frequency, “communications and navigation,” and radar. As of Jan. 1, 2012, 2,006 students from 10 different countries have successfully completed NITC technical training.
The specialized military-related courses include Marine Preparatory/Combat Arms, Supply, Instructor, Computer, “Antiterrorism and Piracy,” “Professional Advanced Leadership,” “Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education,” and swim and physical fitness training. These courses include guest speakers, academic and field studies program trips, field and classroom exercises and classroom instruction. As of Jan. 1, 2012, 478 students from 76 different countries have successfully completed these courses. NITC is located in Building 633, in the north wing, on the second deck.
Naval Air Warfare Center
Training Systems Division
The Naval Air Warfare Center, Training Systems Division (NAWC TSD) headquartered in Orlando, Fla., is the principal Navy activity for Analysis, Research, Acquisition and Life-cycle Support of Training Systems. The NAVAIR Orlando TSD Pensacola contingent consists of the following:
The Pensacola Aviation In-Service Engineering Office (ISEO) at NAS Pensacola with additional personnel at NAS Whiting Field, supporting T-34C/T6A/T6B/T44A/T44C/TH-57C/TA-4J/T-45C and UMFO training systems.
The Pensacola Aviation ISEO at Naval Air Technical Training Center. This office also supports Water Survival and Physiology training systems.
The NAWC TSD Pensacola ISEOs report to the NAVAIR Orlando TSD Engineering Competency Manager in Orlando, and provide on-site engineering change support and configuration management for training services and simulators used by the Naval Education and Training Command.
Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training
Mission: To develop, deliver, and support aviation training necessary to meet validated Fleet requirements through a continuum of professional and personal growth for Sailors and Marines.
Vision: To provide a pathway of learning for development of the finest aviation professionals capable of an immediate and positive impact to the Fleet.
Background: The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) is one of 13 Learning Centers of the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) in Pensacola, Fla.
The Center officially stood up on Feb. 5, 2003, and is responsible for approximately 11,688 personnel; and manages a budget of more than $49 million, overseeing 22 Units, Detachments, and Learning Sites throughout the Continental United States, Hawaii, and Japan; 561 Electronic Classrooms; 27,821 Technical Training Equipment (TTE) items valued at $420 million; 14,277 Support Equipment line items valued at more than $178 million; and 876 Training Unique Items and Training Devices valued at $1.63 billion, for a total of $2 billion in assets under management. The two largest schools under CNATT, Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) and Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), are located in Pensacola, Fla.
CNATT is responsible for defining curriculum and educational tools, as well as developing training solutions and professional development for all technical aviation ratings (ABE, ABF, ABH, AC, AD, AE, AG, AM, AME, AO, AS, ATI, ATO, AWO, AWR, AWF, AWV, AZ, PR); Marine Corps aviation Military Occupational Specialties (MOS); and aviation officer training.
The Pensacola Headquarters is comprised of seven directorates with a combined staff of 142 Navy, Marine Corps, civilian, and contractor personnel. Each directorate is staffed with subject matter experts and specialists who work on various programs to enhance the overall quality of training within the aviation community. CNATT coordinates and manages 822 formal courses of instruction, ensures delivery of new training systems, and provides logistic support for simulators and training equipment. CNATT command has a throughput of more than 120,000 students annually and is responsible for 247 Navy Enlisted Classifications, 81 U.S. Marine Corps Military Occupational Specialties, and 14 Officer Designators.
Naval Air Technical Training Center
The Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC), commissioned originally as the Naval Training Station (Aviation Maintenance) on Sept. 23, 1942, has grown from three schools to the present 110 courses. The training command received its present name on Feb. 6, 1943, as it continued to grow in size and importance. The training command today stands some 5,300 strong, including students, instructors and support personnel under the command of a Navy Captain (limited duty officer).
NATTC graduates approximately 14,000 Navy and Marine students yearly. The largest part of this student body is comprised of enlisted personnel attending “A” schools designed to provide them with the knowledge and skill levels required to perform as technicians at the Third Class Petty Officer level. Advanced schools provide higher level technical knowledge for Senior Petty Officers and specialty schools offer specific skills not particular to any one rating.
NATTC also conducts technical training for officers.
Technical experts from all the U.S. Armed Services, DoD civilians and international military students from allied countries attend courses at this modern facility.
Additionally, more than 40 advanced technical courses are taught at this facility including Carrier Air Traffic Control Maintenance, Advanced Avionics and Data Analysis.
More than 107 courses are taught on the 230-acre complex. While designed much like a modern college campus, NATTC is a regimented military command comprised of five departments that house the various schools and support elements.
The Avionics Training Department which provides instruction in maintenance and operation of complex aviation electronic equipment including communications, radar and weapons. This department also houses the Aviation Warfare System Operator School, which teaches Sailors how to hunt and track submarines. Additionally the Aviation Warfare Apprenticeship Training (AWAT) and Airman Apprentice Training (ATT) Schoolhouses train Sailors in basic aviation warfare and aviation skills that they will need aboard aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships.
The Mechanical Training Department provides basic skills for Aviation Structural Mechanics, Aviation Ordnanceman, Aviation Machinist’s Mates, Aviation Support Equipment Technicians and Aircrew Survival Equipmentmen.
The Air Traffic Control Training Department is comprised of both operations and maintenance schools in basic and advanced operational control of aircraft both at shore installations and aboard ships and the associated electronics equipment (radar and other tracking equipment). This department is also home to the Marine Corps training for air traffic controllers and electronic support technicians who work with Expeditionary Airfields. The Air Training Department trains Sailors in the Aviation Boatswain’s Mate subspecialties of aircraft handling, fuels and equipment training. Fleet Sailors also return to NATTC’s Air Training Department for Aviation Firefighting and Crash and Salvage training. The Air Training Department is home to the Expeditionary Airfield Equipment Training Division, which trains Marines to build and maintain runways under extreme conditions.
The Training Support Department continues the General Military Training Sailors began in basic training. The “Sailor indoctrination” process includes ongoing training in watchstanding, military customs and courtesies, and instilling ideals of Honor, Courage and Commitment. NATTC undergoes regular evaluation and is accredited by the Council of Occupational Education. This accreditation continues and has been maintained since 1979.
NATTC is also home to the Performing Units which consists of the Flying Rifles Drill Team and Color Guard, Crackerjack Marching Unit and the Aviation Vocal Team.
Performing Unit team members are “A” School student volunteers who spend their free time rehearsing or performing. Participation in the team events, which include practices and performances, comes only after the member has completed their professional and military duties. The Units perform throughout the region, including displays at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, National Football League and numerous other professional sporting events and a variety of S.E. United States official ceremonies.
Naval Aviation Schools Command
“Learning Today Leading Tomorrow”
In January 1914, nine Navy officers and 23 enlisted men disembarked from USS Mississippi to set up a flying school on the debris-strewn beach of Pensacola Navy Yard. Bringing with them seven primitive flying boats and other basic flight paraphernalia, each man held a firm conviction that aviation had a place in the U.S. Navy. In this setting, “The Cradle of Naval Aviation” was created and through dreams and conviction of those men, Naval Aviation became a reality. As part of this evolution, U.S. Naval School Preflight was formed in 1942. In 1966, U.S. Naval School Preflight became Naval Aviation Schools Command and for the first time, a Command was specifically designed to prepare Officer Candidates and Commissioned Officers for the rigors of flight training. Naval Aviation’s future is determined at Schools Command where tomorrow’s leaders take the first steps of their aviation careers.
NASC provides United States and international military officer students and enlisted Navy and Marine Corps Aircrew candidates a wide range of academic and practical field training in support of the Naval Aviation Enterprise training continuum. Under direction of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, Schools Command instructs students, through study and practical application, in aeronautical subjects, personal and professional development, aviation safety, physical and survival training, search and rescue, and aviation leadership. By both precept and example, students are indoctrinated in the highest values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.
Naval Aviation Schools Command is comprised of four schools:
The Aviation Training School (ATS) is responsible for development and administration of academic and practical programs of instruction for USN, USMC, USAF, USCG and international military officer aviation students in support of the aviation training pipeline.
Aviation Preflight Indoctrination is the first stop in a new aviation officer’s career. The course includes basic flight instruction at local civilian aviation schools to screen for aeronautical ability. The remainder of API is focused on basic aviation academics, physiology, water and land survival, and physical training. ATS also manages the Flight Instructor Training Course for training command flight instructors, and the training of prospective Aviation Commanding Officers and Executive Officers in various aviation command-specific topics.
The Aviation Enlisted Aircrew Training School (AEATS) provides Naval Aircrew candidates with basic knowledge and skills to meet all requirements for becoming Enlisted Aircrewmen. AEATS also provides follow-on training to the most highly qualified Aircrewmen who possess the motivation and skill to become Aviation Rescue Swimmers.
The School of Aviation Safety (SAS) educates Aviation officers at all levels to identify hazards, manage risks, investigate and report hazards and mishaps, and develop and administer command safety programs. SAS also administers the Navy’s Crew Resource Management Instructor training and Fleet assist division, which focuses on minimizing crew preventable errors, maximizing crew coordination and optimizing risk management.
Aviation Survival Training trains Officer and Enlisted personnel in basic swimming skills and water survival techniques. Physical training consists of cross country running, Navy physical readiness testing, team sports, and strength training. The Department also manages the Navywide swim program by establishing standards of instruction, qualifying water survival and swimming instructors, and managing the Navy’s swim curriculum. NASC operates four remote swim qualification sites in Hawaii, Washington, California and Virginia.
Naval Criminal Investigative
Service, Central Field Office
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is a worldwide organization that works for the Secretary of the Navy and is responsible for conducting counter-terrorism investigations and initiatives, counter intelligence investigations, and felony-level criminal investigations for the Department of the Navy (DoN), which includes both U.S. Navy (USN) and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).
Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the counter-terrorism effort has become the primary mission focus of NCIS. NCIS currently has three strategic mission objectives:
Preventing terrorism and related hostile acts against DoN forces and installations.
Protecting against the compromise of DoN information and penetration of critical operational systems and technology that would cause unacceptable risk to the safety and security of personnel and strategic assets.
Reducing criminal activity and mitigating its impact on USN and USMC operational readiness.
Counter-terrorism and counterintelligence is the business of protecting DoN facilities, personnel and information from terrorist acts, subversion, sabotage and espionage. In this age of rapidly advancing technology, the protection of classified DoN information from unauthorized disclosure is vital to national security, as is safeguarding of material and programs from compromise. The role of NCIS is to protect DoN assets and personnel from acts of terrorism and compromise.
NCIS conducts criminal investigations regarding felony-level criminal acts that result in serious bodily injury, property damage impacting operational readiness or financial loss. Examples of investigations undertaken by NCIS include: homicide, aggravated rape, robbery, sexual assault, arson, child abuse, destruction of government property, narcotics violations and Internet/computer crimes.
Over the years, NCIS Special Agents have served with distinction in areas of conflict, wherever the Navy and Marine Corps have gone, to include Vietnam, Desert Storm, Kosovo, the Persian Gulf and most recently, Afghanistan and Iraq.
NCIS Special Agents are college-educated and receive a multitude of training from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Ga. Currently there are over 1,000 Special Agents on the job and providing support to Navy and Marine Corps commands at more than 150 locations throughout the United States and overseas.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Central Field Office (CFO) is located aboard NAS Pensacola in Building 635, Building 3813 and Building 545 aboard Corry Station and services a 21-state area from NW Florida to Texas, north to the Canadian border. The NCIS CFO has offices located in Pensacola, Fla.; Pascagoula, Miss.; Gulfport, Miss.; New Orleans, La.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Memphis, Tenn.; St. Louis, Mo.; Crane, Ind.; Cleveland, Ohio; Panama City, Fla.; and Great Lakes, Ill.
With the current war on terrorism at the forefront, initiatives to safeguard DoN assets require teamwork and vigilance from everyone. In this time of increased vigilance, you can play an active role by being an extra pair of “Eyes and Ears” for law enforcement. You can make a difference! If you see any suspicious behavior report it immediately to your local NCIS Office or Base Security. Please feel free to contact NCIS CFO at (850) 452-4211.
Naval Hospital Pensacola, Florida
More than 185 years ago, Navy Yard Pensacola became home to Navy Medicine’s newest command. Today, the current Naval Hospital (NH) Pensacola, the sixth to be built in the area and the first outside of what is now Naval Air Station Pensacola, is the second-oldest still-existing Navy Medicine command in the country.
The NHP command got its start in November 1826, when newly assigned officer in charge, and Navy Surgeon, Isaac Hulse arrived to begin efforts to establish a Navy hospital at the Navy Yard. Initially, he rented a two-story house, used as a temporary medical facility, in the town of Barrancas, close to Bayou Grande.
Although the establishment of NH Pensacola was authorized in the 1811 Act, a permanent facility was not completed until 1834.
The current Naval Hospital was completed in the mid-1970s and continues its mission of providing quality health care throughout the region. It has been a Family Medicine “teaching hospital” since 1972.
Some of its recent
The implementation of Navy Medicine’s “Medical Home Port” project. From wireless technology to facility modifications to creating team-based environments, NHP has taken patient and family-centered care to a new level. Medical Home Port emphasizes team-based, comprehensive care designed to fully meet the complete primary care health and wellness needs of patients.
Being selected for the Department of Defense’s top Patient Safety Award with its initiative of “partnering with patients” on the Women & Children’s award. The team-building, and measured, plan led to significantly increased patient satisfaction numbers.
The opening of new state-of-the-art operative and ambulatory procedures facilities that included five new ORs, a Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, six private Intensive Care Units and Same-Day Surgery suites.
Becoming a totally tobacco-free compound.
Becoming home to a new, state-of-the-art, fast and low-dosage 64-slice Computed Tomography (CT) scanner.
The development of a Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) that focuses efforts on patient and family centered care. The new council is designed to provide a venue for all customers — active duty to all TRICARE beneficiaries — to give input, and actually participate, in the planning of their healthcare.
NHP is an eight-story, 66-bed ambulatory care medical and surgical “community-size” hospital, located on U.S.
Highway 98 between Navy Boulevard and Fairfield Drive, and is fully accredited by The Joint Commission.
As part of its dual mission, the medical complex provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services to more than 70,000 active duty and retired military personnel and their family members residing in Northwest Florida and South Alabama.
The other half of that mission includes a robust deployment of Individual Augmentee personnel and “mobilization billets” with designated Marine Corps units. Since Sept. 11, NH Pensacola has deployed more than 1,500 personnel to locations throughout the world.
In addition to providing medical care at the main facility, the Naval Hospital is responsible for medical care at 10 Naval Branch Health Clinics (NBHC) in five states: Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Outside of the local area, the clinics extend eastward from Naval Support Activity Panama City, Fla.; north to Crane, Ind., and Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, Tenn.; and west to NAS/Joint Reserve Base Belle Chasse, La.; and CBC Gulfport and NAS Meridian, Miss.
Locally, there are NBHCs at: Naval Air Stations Pensacola and Whiting Field, Fla., Naval Air Technical Training Center, and Corry Station. The Corry clinic is collocated within the Navy/VA Joint Ambulatory Care Center.
All beneficiaries eligible for care within the Department of Defense health care system must register at the hospital.
Registration forms may be obtained at the New Records Window in the Outpatient Clinic.
All visits require patients to prove eligibility for care. Military identification card must be presented at the time of care and one must have a DEERS check performed. Your TRICARE or hospital blue cards are not identification cards for the purpose of verifying eligibility.
Health records are normally delivered to the appropriate clinic before your scheduled appointments. Copies of medical treatment records are available on written request. Requests for specific information needed for civilian provider appointments are completed within the time indicated by the patient and are free of charge. In certain instances, patients may obtain one free copy of their health record. The time required to copy an entire record varies with the number of requests received and resources available.
Health records and their contents are the property of the U.S. government. Removing the records from the medical compound is illegal. A notarized medical power of attorney is required when anyone other than a parent or legal guardian accompanies a child for treatment. Forms are available in the Patient Administration Department.
If you are making a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move, you may hand carry your record to Patient Administration with a copy of your sponsor’s orders. If you do not have a copy of the orders, the medical records can be mailed to your next duty station. Medical records of family members over age 18 cannot be released to anyone other than that family member without written authorization. For additional information, call Outpatient Records at 505-6706.
Patients can request an appointment with their health care provider through Central Appointments at (850) 505-7171 or through the various Medical Home ‘Teams’ in Family Medicine, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine.
Patients enrolled to one of the Family Medicine Medical Home teams can call (850) 505-7120.
For the “Blue Team” select (or press) No. 1
For the “Gold Team” select (or press) No. 2
For the “Green Team” select (or press) No. 3
Patients enrolled to the Pediatric Medical Home team can call (850) 505-7121.
Patients enrolled to one of the Internal Medicine Medical Home teams can call (850) 505-7122.
For “Team Osprey” select (or press) No. 1
For “Team Gator” select (or press) No. 2
TRICARE is an integrated health care delivery system utilizing military treatment facilities and civilian health care facilities to serve millions of beneficiaries across the world. It is designed to expand access to health care, control costs, and improve medical readiness. It provides affordable program options (i.e., Prime, Extra and Standard), comprehensive coverage and is available worldwide. Beneficiary categories are active duty, National Guard, Reserve or retired service member sponsors, their family members (spouses and unmarried children), TRICARE Young Adult (ages 23 through 26) and survivors (certain former spouses). Requirements to enroll in TRICARE are: registration in DEERS, a valid Uniformed Services ID card and Medicare Part B (if dual-eligible [except for active duty family members]).
The TRICARE Service Center is located on the first floor Room D 1051 or can be reached toll free at (800) 444-5445. Also available to assist is the hospital’s Health Benefits Office at (850) 505-6709.
Active duty in need of sick call services should make an appointment with the closest branch clinic to their command for initial evaluation during normal hours of operation. On weekends and holidays, Military Sick Call is available from 8 a.m. to noon at the NHP.
Each clinical department has been assigned a Customer Relations representative whose name and photograph appears at the entrance to the department. If you have questions or suggestions, please ask to speak to the representative. A hospital-wide Customer Relations representative is also available and can be reached by calling (850) 505-6434/6785. After hours or holidays, you can contact the Officer of the Day via the information desk at (850) 505-6601.
Due to the spread of diseases, well-children should not be brought into the Outpatient Clinic Building except for appointments or in the case of an illness.
With few exceptions, present laws do not permit medical personnel to treat minor children (under 18 years old) without the on-site, informed consent of a parent or legal guardian. If the parent or legal guardian is away, a notarized medical power of attorney is required for treatment. Medical power of attorney forms are available from Outpatient Records.
The Emergency Medicine Department provides services for acute injuries and other emergency problems on a 24-hour basis. Individuals experiencing problems of a non-emergency nature are referred to the appropriate clinic for treatment. If questions arise as to whether an emergency exists, call (850) 505-6730 and ask to speak with a physician or nurse on duty. Entrance to the Emergency Room is located at the rear — or north side — of the hospital.
Obstetrics and Gynecology is a top-quality specialty clinic dedicated to providing routine and complicated obstetrical/gynecological services to eligible adolescent, adult, and geriatric clients. The clinic is staffed by an exceptional group of OB/GYN physicians, Nurse Midwives, Residents, Registered Nurses, Hospital Corpsmen, and clerical support staff. The clinic offers a whole suite of women’s health and surgical services; we look forward to having the privilege of providing you excellent customer service and high-quality health care.
Additional Nurse-Run Programs
Injections for established patients (Depo-Provera, Progesterone, and Lupron) are provided daily on a walk-in basis between 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. daily.
New OB Appointments: Call the front desk, 505-6287, to schedule.
Non-Stress Testing and AFI: Call Nurse Help Line at 505-6028.
The clinic is located in the Outpatient Clinic Building on the first floor.
Hours of Operation:
Weekdays: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed: Holidays and weekends.
Immediate gynecological needs after hours or weekends should report to the NHP Emergency Room.
For pregnant patients with concerns or immediate needs:
If you are less than 20 weeks in your pregnancy: Report to the Emergency Room.
If you are 20 weeks or greater with a pregnancy-related problem: Go to Labor and Delivery on the 8th floor of the Main Hospital.
OB/GYN has a patient-oriented birthing center with 10 state-of-the-art birthing rooms, as well as monthly childbirth classes and tours, refresher courses and classes on breast-feeding. Fathers are able to room-in with “New Mom.”
OB/GYN is a specialty clinic that does not require a referral from your Primary Care Manager.
Front Desk (850) 505-6287
Appointments/Consult Info (850) 505-6750
Clinic Nurse Help Line (850) 505-6028
The pharmacy, located on the first floor of the Outpatient Clinic, is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., for routine prescriptions. It is closed Sunday and all federal holidays.
There are several options
available for prescription refills:
An automated phone-in line is (850) 505-6459. Call toll-free number, if outside Pensacola exchanges, (888) 513-4164.
Check the hospital website at www.med.navy.mil/sites/pcola/Pages/default.aspx for online pharmacy refills and a list of medications carried.
Refill prescriptions must be picked up at the Refill Satellite Pharmacy at the NEX Shopping Mall or the Automated Refill Machines. Identification: The patient’s ID card (or photo copy) is required to pick up prescriptions for patients over the age of 16 regardless of relationship status to the sponsor.
Prescriptions are also available through the TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy program. For more information visit their website at www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE.
Family Medicine provides care to the entire family. Since 1972, the hospital has been the site of one of the Navy’s premier Family Medicine Residency Training Programs.
The residents are trained and competent in all areas of medicine and able to handle 90 percent of all patients without subspecialty assistance.
This 3-year residency program is fully accredited, maintaining about 28 residents and graduating eight to 10 fully trained Family Medicine physicians per year.
The Family Medicine staff and teachers are selected carefully from among the best Family Medicine physicians in the Navy.
Internal Medicine provides treatment for diabetes, hypertension, thyroid conditions, gastroenterology, pulmonary, neurologic, cardiovascular disorders and related conditions of the internal organs and systems. Consultations are accepted on a space-available basis.
The Immunization Clinic is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8 to 11:45 a.m. and 1 to 3:45 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 8 to 11:45 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m.
Rehabilitation Program (SARP)
The Navy’s early intervention and treatment of addictions and dependency is located at NBHC NAS Pensacola. The plan of treatment is a streamlined concept where a licensed independent practitioner and staff medically diagnose a client after an initial screening. This eliminates the need for commands to wait for a medical diagnosis prior to a determination of a treatment level. The process also allows for facilitation of IMPACT, a 20-hour early intervention course; a Family Information Program; and a structured Continuing Care Program.
Pediatric Clinic hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Same-day appointments are made for sick children beginning at 7:30 a.m. weekdays. Since Pediatrics is not a walk-in clinic, routine appointments can be made by calling (850) 505-7171/7121.
Health Benefits Office
Health Benefit Advisors are available to provide sound, professional advice and recommendations regarding health care benefits. The office is located on the first floor, near the Radiology Clinic. For information on TRICARE, Medicare and other supplemental programs, or a list of area providers call (850) 505-6709.
The NAS Pensacola Fire and EMS Department provide on-base ambulance service: Onboard NASP, call 452-3333. If you have an emergency, and are located off base, dial 911 for a civilian ambulance service.
Key Telephone Numbers
Main Hospital Information (850) 505-6601
Central Appointments (850) 505-7171
Emergency Room (850) 505-6730
NHP website: www.med.navy.mil/sites/pcola/Pages/default.aspx.
NHP on Facebook: www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Naval-Hospital-Pensacola/125746744135570
Navy College Office
The Navy College Office (NCO) is located behind the Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel at 250 Chambers Ave., Building 634 (east side), Suite 058. Customer service hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The phone number is (850) 452-4510. For customer service/front desk, press ext. 1. The fax number is (850) 452-8704.
The NCO staff is available to assist eligible customers with academic advising, degree planning and all components of the Navy College Program. Components include SMART (transcripts), Rating Roadmaps, NCPACE, Tuition Assistance, SOC, the Navy College Program (NCP), Distance Learning Partnership Program, high school completion, on-base colleges and universities, and the DANTES Program, including testing, such as GED, ACT and SAT. Navy Foreign Language testing is also provided in the Navy College Office. Other DANTES-sponsored tests, including Electronic College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Examinations, DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs) and Excelsior College Examinations (ECEs) are administered in the On-Base National Testing Center. At the center numerous credentialing/certification tests, and others, like the GMAT, (through Pearson Vue), are also administered. The On-Base National Test Center, operated by Coastline Community College, is located in Building 634, Suite 023. For more information call (850) 455-9577.
Associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees are available aboard NAS Pensacola from the following colleges and universities:
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Southern Illinois University
Workforce Education and Development
Health Care Management
The following NCP Distance Learning Partnership Institutions have representatives aboard NASP to provide counseling regarding their specific programs. Contact representatives directly for visiting days and customer service hours:
American Military University
Coastline Community College
Maryland University College
Navy Flight Demonstration
Squadron (Blue Angels)
The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, are based at NAS Pensacola, Fla. Each year, from January to mid-March, the team deploys to Naval Air Facility, El Centro, Calif., to train pilots and new team members. From March to November, the squadron performs approximately 70 air shows at 35 locations across North America.
During the air show season, the Blue Angels fly practice demonstrations over the NAS Pensacola airfield twice per week. Practices can be viewed from behind the National Museum of Naval Aviation. The squadron ends the show season with their annual homecoming performance at NAS Pensacola in early November.
The Blue Angels squadron is composed of 16 officers and approximately 110 enlisted Navy and Marine Corps personnel. Seven of the officers are tactical jet pilots, four of whom fly in the squadron’s renowned diamond formation; two are solo demonstrators; and one is the narrator for the aerial demonstrations. The narrator also provides orientation flights for select individuals at each show site. A Naval Flight Officer is responsible for air show coordination. The remaining officers include a Maintenance Officer, Flight Surgeon, Administrative Officer, Public Affairs Officer and a Supply Officer.
Alternating crews of about 45 enlisted maintenance and support personnel travel to each show site. Although each individual is highly skilled in a distinct job specialty, they work well beyond their specialties.
The Blue Angels maintenance and support crew travel aboard a Marine Corps C-130 Hercules aircraft, affectionately known as “Fat Albert.” The C-130 is a tactical transport aircraft built by Lockheed Martin and is flown by an all-Marine crew consisting of three pilots and five enlisted aircrew. First integrated into the team in 1970, Fat Albert now flies more than 100,000 miles each season carrying 45 maintenance and support personnel along with the specialized equipment needed to complete a successful air show.
The Blue Angels’ mission is to enhance Navy and Marine Corps recruiting efforts and to represent the naval service to the United States, its elected leadership and foreign nations. The Blue Angels serve as positive role models and goodwill ambassadors for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. They have performed precision flight demonstrations for more than 473 million spectators since their organization in 1946.
The Blue Angels are located in Hangar 1854 at Sherman Field. For information on the show schedule or practice days, please visit the command website: www.blueangels.navy.mil , or write the Blue Angels’ Public Affairs Office at 390 San Carlos Road, Suite A, Pensacola, FL 32508.
Navy Medicine Operational
Training Center (NMOTC)
The Navy Medicine Operational Training Center’s (NMOTC’s) (formerly known as the Naval Operational Medicine Institute [NOMI]) mission is to ensure tactically proficient, combat-ready Naval Medical forces providing optimal force health protection to support the joint warfighter at any time and at any place along the full spectrum of operations.
NMOTC is composed of six detachments and nine training centers around the country. The detachments are the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI), the Naval Undersea Medical Institute (NUMI), the Surface Warfare Medicine Institute (SWMI), the Naval Expeditionary Medical Training Institute (NEMTI), the Naval Survival Training Institute (NSTI) and the Naval Special Operations Medical Institute (NSOMI). Operational Medicine is the field of medical care and survival training for the operational forces worldwide.
NMOTC also includes the Robert E. Mitchell Center (REMC). The REMC provides comprehensive, annual physical and psychological evaluations of Repatriated Prisoners of War (RPOW), their families and members of a matched comparison group. NMOTC also determines the long-term effects of the POW experience on the RPOWs and their families.
NAMI is best known for its training programs that lead to designation as either a Naval Flight Surgeon, Aerospace Physiologist, Aerospace Experimental Psychologist or Aviation Medicine Technician. NAMI also offers a residency in Aerospace Medicine and sponsors an Aeromedical Problems Course annually. NAMI programs provide training opportunities to individuals with a wide range of educational and experience backgrounds.
The Institute conducts approximately 12,000 physical examinations each year for active duty aviation personnel, Aviation Officer Candidates and prospective Aviation Officer Candidates, providing internal medicine, neurology, psychiatry, ophthalmology and otolaryngology consultative services.
NAMI operates a hyperbaric chamber facility in support of personnel involved in flying, hypobaric chamber operations and diving duties. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy performed in a clinical setting is available at NAMI.
NUMI provides training and technical support in undersea medicine, radiation health and related matters to meet the requirements of Navy Medicine. No one else in the world provides the unique combination of submarine, diving, and radiation health medicine. NUMI’s training courses include the Undersea Medical Officer Candidate Course, Radiation Health Officer Course, Radiation Health Indoctrination Course, Submarine Force Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) “C” School and Surface to Submarine IDC Conversion Course.
SWMI provides global consultative services for surface forces, coordinates and provides operational readiness training and reference publications for the surface medical community, and provides curriculum revision and research direction in cooperation with the operational forces. SWMI also conducts Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman Training and provides training to Corpsmen in advanced dental assistant techniques, clinical phase II training for Navy Physician Assistants and Drug and Alcohol Counselor training to provide staffing for Navy Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Centers (SARC) and for afloat SARC Counselors.
NEMTI is responsible for providing just-in-time training for medical personnel scheduled to deploy to an Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF). Medical deployers are taught command structure and basic operations of an EMF as well as receiving combatant commander-directed pre-deployment training. NEMTI serves as the Navy’s field test and evaluation center for deployable medical systems equipment and doctrine. The Naval Trauma Training Center (NTTC) department at NEMTI provides trauma experience and knowledge to naval medical personnel before they deploy.
Students work in the emergency room, operating room and intensive care unit at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center to learn about the wide range of situations they may encounter when sent to a battlefield. Some of the patient situations the students are exposed to in the program and train on include multiple gun-shot wounds, stabbings and injuries from high-speed motor vehicle crashes. The program consists of 21 days of intense hands-on training and a variety of other life support courses for active duty and Reserve Navy Hospital Corpsmen, doctors and nurses.
NSTI is the execution arm of the CNO mandated Naval Aviation Survival Training Program. NSTI provides safe and effective high-risk survival and human performance training to Navy and Marine Corps aviation personnel, ground forces and selected aircrew from other services. NSTI exists as a force enabler to assist the warfighter in winning the fight, prevent losses due to hostilities and mishaps, and ensure survival. Composed of a headquarters element and eight Aviation Survival Training Centers located in fleet concentration areas along the east, west and gulf coasts, NSTI is staffed by 288 active duty military and civil service personnel providing survival training to over 20,000 warfighters annually.
NSOMI is responsible for the initiation, maintenance and enhancement of medical skills of those Special Operations Forces Medics and Corpsmen who are required to perform the unique, global, multi-discipline joint missions of the Navy, Army and Air Force. NSOMI’s vision is to provide the best Special Operations Medical training available in the world to Force Recon Corpsmen and Navy Special Warfare and Navy Special Warfare Combat Crewmen.
Navy Public Works Department Pensacola
The Navy Public Works Department Pensacola provides Major Maintenance and Repair, Utilities and Energy Management, Engineering and Acquisition, Planning, Facilities Management and Transportation Services for over 131 customer activities within the Pensacola Naval Complex at more than 1,696 operational facilities totaling 18.6 million square feet located on more than 8,100 acres in four distinct sites.
8,167 Acres (7 acres subtracted from
total representing NOSC center Mobile)
341 sub stations
177 miles of distribution line
6 elevated tanks
7.25 million gallon storage capacity
164 miles of pipe
2 plants with 100 MBTU/hour capacities
71 lift stations
60-mile collection system
Chilled Water Plants
6,580 tons capacity
187 MBTU/hour average daily capacity, 4,500 MBTUs/day
37 miles of pipe
2 plants with 4 MBTU/hour capacities
558 units on board
71 CAT III cranes (no CAT I, II or IV Cranes)
Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit (NORU)
The Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit (NORU) is the Navy’s sole recruiting schoolhouse responsible for the instruction of enlisted and officer personnel in professional sales, prospecting techniques, marketing, applicant processing, recruiting terminology, leadership, physical fitness, ethical behavior and activity analysis. It also provides continuum training for the Navy’s Career Recruiting Force and prepares selected leaders for the challenges of operating a Navy Recruiting District (NRD). The command reports directly to Commander, Navy Recruiting Command (COMNAVCRUITCOM) in Millington, Tenn.
The NORU environment is unlike any most students have encountered. There are new terms to master, new skills to acquire and new shipmates from every walk of life with whom to share the experience. NORU’s student body includes officers from every community and Sailors from most Navy ratings, from E-4 to O-5. Over 2,000 students come from sea duty and shore establishments annually to learn the basic skills that will help them succeed in today’s challenging recruiting environment.
NORU provides training for officers assigned throughout the entire Navy Recruiting Command area of responsibility. Specifically, prospective Commanding Officers and Executive Officers to include Department Heads attend tailored courses of instruction to address the specific responsibilities and requirements of each position.
Students attending basic recruiting courses receive a good dose of public speaking classes to develop communications skills that will help them not just in recruiting but throughout their Naval careers. Students must demonstrate what they learn in the classroom with prepared speeches and perform in a simulated sales environment, where they must help an applicant make an informed, mutually beneficial decision to join the Navy.
The school emphasizes the importance of focusing on the needs of prospects, facilitating an open exchange of information, and ensuring mutual understanding and agreement throughout the recruiting process. These steps are critical to ensuring that prospective applicants fully understand what Naval service entails and that the Navy receives highly motivated and committed officers and Sailors to serve in the Fleet.
The key factor to NORU’s success rate is its instructors, who are hand-picked from the top tier of the Career Recruiting Force. Students consistently cite these instructors as the best they’ve had in their career.
Students leaving NORU go on to support Navy Recruiting Command Headquarters, two Navy Recruiting Regions, and 26 Navy Recruiting Districts nationwide with the basic knowledge and skills needed to succeed. New recruiters are enthusiastic, motivated and ready for the hands-on training that will fine-tune the skills they developed at NORU and help them recruit the Navy of the 21st century.
The Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit was established in Orlando, Fla., in 1978. In June 1990, NORU moved to NAS Pensacola where it is now located in Building 3644 with a staff of 42 military and 12 civilian personnel. For more information, please call (850) 452-5401.
Personnel Support Activity
Detachment (PSD) NAS Pensacola
PSD Pensacola is the fourth-largest PSD within the Naval Installations network. It is responsible for supporting 310 customer commands, approximately 15,000 naval personnel and their dependents. It also provides transportation to approximately 30,000 DoD travelers per year. PSD Pensacola operates with the guiding principle that customer service is our primary goal.
In order to meet that goal we will provide commands with responsive pay, personnel and education, and transportation service within our capability, consistent with current regulations, order requirements and funding resources. We will answer your questions regarding pay, personnel and transportation administration to the best of our ability. If we don’t have the answer, we will contact proper authority to resolve the issue.
We can promise that our answers to your questions will always be accurate and beneficial to each individual situation as the current laws and regulations allow. Our customers are always encouraged to complete a Customer Service Survey to ensure quality and resolve concerns.
After Hours or Holidays
All staff personnel reporting to commands on board NAS Pensacola should report to the NAS Pensacola Quarterdeck, Building 1500, 150 Hase Road. Phone: (850) 452-4785/4786.
Naval Air Technical Training Center students should report to the NATTC BEQ, Building 3460, just off Chevalier Field Avenue.
Naval Aviation Schools Command students should report directly to Building 633, 181 Chambers Ave.
Personnel reporting to NAS Whiting Field should report to Base Administration or their respective commands (e.g., TRAWING FIVE, HT-8).
Training Air Wing Six
Headquartered at Sherman Field onboard NAS Pensacola, Training Air Wing SIX (TRAWING SIX) conducts primary, intermediate and advanced Naval Flight Officer and Navigator training for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and international students. Approximately ten percent of students are from Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore. Like their U.S. counterparts, international students can be found in our entire training pipeline.
The Wing includes Primary and Intermediate Training Squadron TEN (VT-10) and Advanced Training Squadron EIGHT SIX (VT-86), the Second German Air Force Training Squadron, and U.S. Navy Reserve Squadron Augmentation Units. The Wing provides liaison between local operational units and the Chief of Naval Air Training and coordinates training airspace within the Pensacola area.
The flight line is home to three different type of aircraft: 42 T-6A “Texan IIs,” 19 T-39 N/G “Sabreliners” and eight T-45C “Goshawks.” For ground training there are 20 classrooms, two Computer-Based Training (CBT) Centers, seven T-6 Simulators, three T-45 Simulators and ten Partial Task T-39N Radar Trainers.
There are 140 active duty and Reserve Officer Flight Instructors from the Navy and Marine Corps. There are also contract simulator Instructors and contract Pilots for T-39 aircraft.
Each year over 300 Student Aviators and get their “Wings of Gold” while executing over 45,000 training flight hours over the skies of NW Florida and these numbers are expected to increase significantly over the next several years.
In 1960, Training Squadron TEN was established as a division of the Training Department of NAS Pensacola and was known as the Basic Naval Aviation Officers (BNAO) School. It was strictly a ground training operation until the school was assigned nine UC-45J “Navigators” and six T-2A “Buckeyes” in February 1962. The T-2As were soon replaced with nine T-1A “Sea Star” aircraft. In 1965, Naval Aviation Observers were redesignated as Naval Flight Officers (NFOs); and in 1968, BNAO School was officially commissioned as VT-10. By November 1970, Training Squadron TEN had trained over 6,000 student NFOs. In 1971, Training Squadron TEN transitioned to the T-39D “Sabreliner” jet trainer and the TF-9J “Cougar” which were replaced two years later by the newer T-2C “Buckeye.” The squadron doubled in size between 1972 and 1974 to accommodate an increased training requirement, maintaining 40 aircraft: 10 T-39Ds and 30 T-2Cs. During the 1970s, several flight ground trainers were introduced to the syllabus, including the ID23 NAV/COMM trainer, the 2F90 instrument trainer, and the 2F101 flight simulator. In 1981, a reassignment of aircraft within NATRACOM replaced Training Squadron TEN’s T-2C aircraft with T-2Bs. The squadron revised its training in 1984 and acquired 20 T-34C “TurboMentors”; and the Cessna T-47As replaced the T-39Ds in 1985.
During 1991, revolutionary changes were made to the NFO syllabus. To improve NFO air sense and situational awareness, 40 additional flight hours were placed in the curriculum, allowing instruction in basic piloting skills including aerobatics, takeoffs and landings. The same year, the squadron replaced the T-47A with the T-39N “Sabreliner” which had upgraded avionics and radar. The T-2Bs and the air combat maneuvering syllabus were transferred to Training Squadron EIGHTY-SIX. At the same time, Training Squadron TEN acquired 20 additional T-34Cs and 2 new 2B37 instrument trainers for primary and intermediate training.
In 1994, the first U.S. Air Force instructors and student navigators (NAVs) reported to Training Squadron TEN under a joint memorandum of agreement between the services. The agreement included the 1996 transition from the T-39N to the Air Force T-1A “Jayhawk” as the training platform for the intermediate syllabus events. In April 1996, Training Squadron TEN split instructor and student assets to assist in the establishment of Training Squadron FOUR as a second NFO/NAV Primary/Intermediate Training Squadron. Training Squadron TEN consisted of Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps instructor staff which trained over 400 Navy and Air Force student navigators annually. From 1997 until 2009, command of Training Squadron TEN alternated between the Navy and Air Force.
In the fall of 2002, VT-10 received the first T-6A Texan, the replacement for the T-34C, and began upgrading instructors for the new airplane. This very capable aircraft represented a significant upgrade over the aging T-34C and brought training into the 21st century, including the use of a glass cockpit, an ejection seat, and an integrated simulator and computer-based training program. In June 2003, VT-10 flew its first student in the T-6A and began instructing in the new curriculum. VT-10 flew its last T-34 Sortie in June 2005.
Upon graduation from the Primary or Intermediate phases at Training Squadron TEN, Navy students proceed to follow-on training at Training Squadron EIGHTY-SIX (EA-6B and F/A-18F and F/A-18G), VQ-7 Tinker AFB, Okla. (E-6B), VP-30 Jacksonville, Fla. (EP-3C) or to VAW-120 in Norfolk, Va. (E-2C). Marine Corps students receive additional training at Training Squadron EIGHTY-SIX (F/A-18D, EA-6B).
Training Squadron EIGHT SIX is known by several names: TRARON EIGHT SIX, VT 86, or simply the SABREHAWKS, a name derived from the squadron’s first aircraft, the T-39 Sabreliner and the TA-4J Skyhawk. The squadron was commissioned on June 5, 1972, under the operational control of Commander Training Air Wing EIGHT, Naval Air Station, Glynco, Ga. The mission of the new squadron was to conduct advanced Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training, which had previously been overseen by the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) in Glynco. The training was in four areas: Radar Intercept Operation, Basic Jet Navigation, Airborne Electronic Warfare and Airborne Tactical Data Systems. Training was conducted in aircraft assigned to and supported by NATTC until February 1973, when the squadron accepted 24 T-39, 20 A-4C, 2 E-121K, and 12 TS-2A aircraft and approximately 350 enlisted personnel from Naval Air Station Glynco. After receiving the aircraft and personnel, the squadron’s mission was expanded to include flight support for Air Intercept Control and Ground Controlled Approach training functions.
In March 1974, a SABREHAWK detachment was established at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. On June 1, 1974, the squadron commenced flight operations at Naval Air Station Pensacola under operational command of Commander, Training Air Wing SIX, training Naval Flight Officers for carrier-based aircraft.
In 1994, Training Squadron EIGHT SIX’s role was expanded to include the training of U.S. Air Force Weapon Systems Officers (WSO). The first U.S. Air Force winging took place in May 1995. Additionally, the squadron has taken on the added responsibility of training international students, including officers from Saudi Arabia, Italy, Singapore, and Germany. The first international students received their wings in September 1996. In 2001, the Chief of Naval Air Training recognized the SABREHAWKS as the Navy’s Top Training Squadron awarding them its Training Excellence Award. That year VT-86 passed the 325,000-hours flown mark. In September 2008, VT-86 retired the T-2C Buckeye and transitioned to training students in the T-45 Goshawk.
Currently the squadron trains over 150 students annually. To date, Training Squadron EIGHT SIX has provided the United States military and Allied forces with over 8,000 NFOs, WSOs, and Navigators flying various tactical aircraft worldwide. Upon completion of the program, students will undergo further training at their respective FRS/RTU bases.
Naval Flight Officers will go on to fly the EA-6B Prowler, EA-18G Growler, or the F/A-18F Super Hornet. Marine NFOs will go on to fly the EA-6B Prowler or the F/A-18D Hornet. German and Italian WSOs will fly the PA-200 Tornado. Saudi Arabian students will all go on to fly the F-15E Strike Eagle. Singaporean students will all go on to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
Since its establishment, Training Squadron EIGHT SIX has received numerous awards to include Meritorious Unit Citations, the Training Effectiveness Award from the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA), the CNATRA Retention Award, the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award, and 23 CNATRA Safety awards for accident-free operations. The squadron received the 1995 Admiral John H. Towers Safety Award and the Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) Shore/Technical Training Excellence Award. In 2003, the squadron was awarded the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation for its outstanding performance. The squadron has amassed over 253,000 flight hours over the last 20 years.
Training Squadron EIGHT SIX is presently staffed by 70 Navy and Marine Corps officers and supported by eleven civilian professionals. With the ever-changing strategy of our nation’s defense, the squadron will continue to train over 100 Navy, Marine Corps, and international officers annually in preparation for flying the world’s most advanced and complex aircraft.
Training Squadron Eight Six: Training NFOs for the World.
Second German Air Force
Training Squadron (2GAFTS USA)
The German Air Force and Navy has had a continuous joint training presence in the United States since 1981. First-class American aviation experience, outstanding facilities and superb weather conditions are among the reasons that make the U.S. the ideal country from which to purchase aviation training. The German Squadron’s first operation was located at Mather AFB, Sacramento, Calif., and was subsequently transferred to Randolph AFB, Texas. In conjunction with the establishment of a joint program, the training of the “backseaters” and navigators was moved to NAS Pensacola.
On June 5, 1996, the squadron was officially installed at Training Air Wing SIX. The German staff handles all student administrative affairs; helps them as well as their families, to adjust to life in Florida, more than 5,000 miles away from home. The three flying officers of the squadron participate as associate instructors in Wing Six training activities and instruct not only German students, but also American and other international students.
2nd GAFTS USA is responsible for the basic training of the Luftwaffe’s future “Tornado” Weapon System Operators (WSO), German Navy’s future Tactical Coordinators (TACCO) aboard the P-3 “Orion,” and for advanced training of future German Navy MK 88A “Sea Lynx,” and MK41 “Sea King” helicopter pilots at NAS Whiting Field and NAS North Island, Calif. In addition, since 2005 the squadron has been responsible for administrative support of German Navy students under conversion training as Pilots, TACCOs, Inflight Technicians and Flight Engineers for the P-3 “Orion” in NAS Jacksonville.
U.S. Air Force
479th Flying Training Group
The 479th Flying Training Group traces its lineage to World War II. In September 1943, Lt. Col. Leo Dusard began selecting key personnel from the 329th Fighter Group to form a new fighter group. He sent those individuals to the Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics at Orlando, Fla., to learn the latest information and methods of operation for fighter groups in combat. This new group, the 479th Fighter Group, activated on Oct. 15, 1943, with the mission of providing high-altitude, long-range escort for Eighth Air Force bombers.
In November, Colonel Dusard was reassigned to the Southwest Pacific and Lt. Col. William Dyess arrived at Grand Central Air Station in Burbank, Calif., where the Group had set up operations. Colonel Dyess had survived the brutal Bataan Death March and recently escaped Japanese captivity.
Prior to accepting command of the 479th, Lt. Col. Dyess perished in a P-38 Lightning training accident near Burbank.
On Dec. 23, his Lightning caught fire, but he refused to bail out over a populated area and died while guiding his burning aircraft into a vacant lot. Lt. Col. Kyle Riddle, commanding officer of the 328th Fighter Group at Hamilton Field, assumed command of the Group, which would become known as “Riddle’s Raiders.”
By February 1944, the Group’s three squadrons had relocated to various airfields in the area to more effectively train for their overseas deployment. Along with training for their deployment, each squadron provided coastal defense by patrolling the Western coast.
On April 16, 1944, 145 officers and 910 enlisted men boarded trains for their cross-country trip to Camp Kilmer, N.J., and 12 days later boarded the USS Argentina for a cross-Atlantic journey to Greenock, Scotland. Immediately after disembarking, the Group transferred to troop trains for the switching yards at New Market, England, and then traveled by truck to their new home, Wattisham Royal Air Station near the village of Ipswich.
Only 11 days after arriving at Wattisham, the 479th FG participated in its first combat mission. Maj. John Kowell led 34 Lightnings on a sweep over Holland and Belgium. On May 31, Capt. Frank Keller of the 435th FS recorded the Group’s first kill by destroying a Junkers Ju-88 Zerstorer on the ground near Humfeld, France. On July 29, Capt. Arthur Jeffrey recorded the Group’s first aerial victory and was the first pilot in the unit to shoot down a rocket-propelled aircraft, a Messerschmitt Me-163 Komet over Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Beginning in August 1944, the Group began trading in its P-38 aircraft for the better-performing North American P-51 Mustang.
On Aug. 10, while on a mission over France, Colonel Riddle’s plane was hit by flak. Noticing damage to the left engine, he reduced his airspeed and was able to belly the aircraft into a small grain field. After scrambling from the downed aircraft, a Frenchman working in the field motioned for Riddle to follow him to a small town where Riddle changed out of his flight gear. After roughly a week in hiding, Riddle began his return trip back to England. Led by the French farmer’s 8-year-old son on a 1 1/2 day bicycle ride to a small town of Paris, the next day Riddle rode by car to where he was able to join the advancing portion of General George S. Patton’s Third U.S. Army. Four days later Riddle found himself back at Wattisham.
During Riddle’s adventures in occupied France, Colonel Hubert “Hub” Zemke, commander of the 56th Fighter Group, assumed command of the 479th. He soon led the Group on one of its largest attacks against the airdromes at Nancy and Essey, destroying 43 enemy planes and damaging 28. Unfortunately, on Oct. 30, 1944, while leading a mission over Hamburg, Zemke flew through an imbedded “cue” lurking in the stratus, immediately tearing the wings off his Mustang. Zemke was able to parachute to safety but was taken prisoner for the remainder of the war.
Colonel Riddle resumed command of the Group again after Zemke’s capture and remained commander for the remainder of the war. During the Group’s 11 months of combat flying, it participated in 351 missions and was credited with 155 enemy aircraft destroyed and 38 damaged in aerial victories, along with 442 destroyed and another 167 damaged on the ground. On Thanksgiving Day 1945, the Group boarded the USS Enterprise for the return trip to the United States, where the 479th inactivated on Dec. 1, 1945, at Camp Kilmer.
Seven years to the day after inactivation, the Group breathed new life when it was activated and redesignated the 479th Fighter-Bomber Group at George AFB, Calif., in December 1952, flying the North American F-51 Mustang. At the same time, the 435th Fighter-Bomber Squadron was detached to Headquarters, Iceland Air Defense Force at Keflavik, providing air defense of Iceland on behalf of NATO. By June 1953, the Group phased into the North American F-86 Sabre and, one year later, into the F-100A Super Sabre, becoming the first Air Force unit equipped with the new Century-series aircraft. In October 1957, the Group deactivated.
After 34 years of inactivity, the Group was activated as the 479th Fighter Group on July 26, 1991, at Holloman AFB, N.M., where it conducted Lead-in Fighter Training. The Group’s existence was short-lived, however, when it was inactivated in mid-November of the same year. Nine years later, the Group, redesignated the 479th Flying Training Group, was activated at Moody AFB, Ga., providing Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training and Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals. The Group was the first unit in Air Education Training Command to provide JSUPT training in the new Raytheon T-6A Texan II. Once again, however, the Group was active for only a few years, inactivating on June 21, 2007, having completed more than 120,000 hours in the Texan II and 89,500 hours in the Northrop T-38C Talon.
The Group was reactivated on Oct. 2, 2009, as the 479th Flying Training Group in NAS Pensacola, Fla. Tenet units of the 479th FTG include: the 479th Operational Support Squadron, the 451st Flying Training Squadron and the 455th Flying Training Squadron. The Group’s mission is to train Combat System Officers (CSO) in the United States Air Force. The Group currently flies the T-6A Texan II and the T-1A Jayhawk. When at full capacity the Group will put up to 400 students through the CSO training program per year.
479th Operational Support Squadron
The 479th OSS was originally designated the 479th School Squadron. The unit was activated Aug. 1, 1941, at Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas. The unit was redesignated the 479th School Squadron (Special) on Dec. 29, 1941, and moved to Harlingen, Texas, in January 1942. It became the 479th Flexible Gunnery Training Squadron on Oct. 15, 1942, and disbanded on April 30, 1944. After 57 years of inactivation the 479th Training Support Squadron stood up on July 9, 2001, at Moody AFB, Ga., as part of the 479th Flying Training Group.
The Squadron was reactivated on Oct. 2, 2009, as the 479th Operational Support Squadron and serves as a tenet unit to the 479th Flying Training Group in NAS Pensacola, Fla.
451st Flying Training Squadron
The 451st Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on July 17, 1942, and conducted B-26 combat operations in the European Theater of Operations from July 1943 to April 1945. The unit was inactivated in Dec. 1945. It was redesignated as 451st Bombardment Squadron (Light) and activated in the Reserve on Aug. 9, 1947, and flew the AT-6, AT-7 and AT-11 at Reading Army Airfield, Pa. The squadron was inactivated on June 27, 1949. It was reactivated as the 451st Fighter-Day Squadron on July 1, 1954, at Foster AFB, Texas, where the unit flew the F-86 and F-100 until inactivation in 1957. The unit stood up again in 1973 at Mather AFB, Calif., and was conducting Undergraduate Navigator Training until inactivation in the early 1990s.
The unit earned the following honors: seven World War II campaigns, a Distinguished Unit Citation and four Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards.
The Squadron was reactivated on Oct. 2, 2009, as the 451st Flying Training Squadron and serves as a tenet unit to the 479th Flying Training Group in NAS Pensacola, Fla.
455th Flying Training Squadron
The 455th Flying Training Squadron was activated as the 455th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on Aug. 4, 1942, at Columbia Army Air Base, S.C. It deployed to the European theater of Operations in World War II and flew B-26 bombers during the war. It was inactivated on Dec. 12, 1945. The unit reactivated in the Reserve on June 27, 1949, at Tinker AFB, Okla., as the 455th Bombardment Squadron (Light) flying the T-6, T-11 and B-26. It was inactivated in March 1951. It was redesignated the 455th Fighter-Bomber Squadron and activated on Aug. 8, 1955, at Eielson AFB, Alaska, and then moved to Bunker Hill AFB, Idaho, in November, flying the F-86 and F-100. The unit went inactive again Sept. 1, 1957, but later stood up as the 455th Flying Training Squadron on April 1, 1973, at Mather AFB, Calif., conducting Undergraduate Navigator Training until deactivation in the early 1990s.
Among its honors are seven World War II campaign streamers, a Distinguished Unit Citation and four Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards.
The Squadron was reactivated on Oct. 2, 2009, as the 455th Flying Training Squadron and serves as a tenet unit to the 479th Flying Training Group in NAS Pensacola, Fla.
Air Education and Training Command
Detachment 1, 325th Fighter Wing
Air Education and Training Command established Detachment 1, 325th Fighter Wing in 1995 to provide support and service in four functional areas: Military Travel Pay, Flight Records, Military Personnel and Communications.
Detachment 1 supports active duty Air Force staff and students assigned to 20 units in the greater Pensacola area located on Corry Station, NAS Pensacola and NAS Whiting Field. Detachment 1 is located aboard NAS Pensacola, Building 746. Normal duty hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
U.S.A.F. Water Survival School
Detachment 2, 66th Training Squadron
The United States Air Force Parachute Water Survival School is assigned to the 336th Training Group headquartered at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The Group, a component of Air Education and Training Command, is responsible for training Air Force aircrew members to survive in any environment. The USAF Water Survival School became fully operational July 1971. Since then, the school has graduated more than 111,000 students. The school’s mission is to ensure each student is prepared to survive an ejection or bailout at sea. Subjects taught include over-water parachuting techniques, survival equipment usage, Search and Rescue techniques, medical and psychological effect, extended survival at sea and marine life familiarization. Hands-on training is emphasized in a stepping-stone approach to make a student proficient with their survival flight equipment. The USAF Water Survival School trains in Pensacola Bay, Fla. Under controlled conditions, students are placed in situations similar to what they will encounter in an actual emergency.
Students receive one day of academic and hands-on equipment training, and two days of open-water training. This includes life raft survival, psychological stress training, as well as watercraft familiarization and helicopter hoist extractions. Each student parachutes into an open-water environment twice, using standardized water entry and recovery procedures. The school graduates over 2,640 crewmembers a year from its three-day course. This includes active duty Air Force, Air National Guard and Reserve members. Currently, USAF Water Survival School employs 19 Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Specialists, eight Aircrew Fight Equipment Personnel and two civilians.
The School’s eleven training watercraft are crewed by 54 civilian contractors working under the NAS Pensacola Port Operations Labor support contract.
U.S. Coast Guard
The U.S. Coast Guard has been a prominent part of Pensacola since 1885. The original U.S. Lifesaving Service, manned by a crew of seven, was located on Santa Rosa Island.
In 1915, the Lifesaving Service was combined with the Revenue Cutter Service to form the U.S. Coast Guard. On April 1, 1967, after nearly 177 years in the Treasury Department, the Coast Guard was transferred to the newly created Department of Transportation. The Coast Guard again transferred on March 1, 2003, to the Department of Homeland Security.
From 1885 to 1979, Station Pensacola was located on Santa Rosa Island. But after twice being nearly destroyed by hurricanes — in 1906 and 1979 — the station was finally forced to move off the island. After Hurricane Frederick devastated the island in 1979, Coast Guard Station Pensacola relocated on Big Lagoon, west of Pensacola Pass.
The present site of Station Pensacola was dedicated on July 18, 1987. The multi-mission station brings enhanced search and rescue, law enforcement, aids to navigation, and safety and marine environment coverage to the Florida Panhandle area.
The station, which runs approximately 350 search and rescue and law enforcement cases each year, now provides improved response time to most incidents due to its present location aboard NAS Pensacola. The station is home to more than 49 personnel and three Coast Guard units: Station Pensacola, Aids to Navigation Team, Pensacola and the Coast Guard cutter Bonito.
The new facility has approximately 12,000 square feet of living and working areas, complete with an operations center, administrative offices, crew’s quarters, recreation decks, and machine repair and electrical workshops. The moorings hold the 87-foot Cutter Bonito, two 41-foot utility boats, one 25-foot response boat, one 24-foot shallow-water response boat, and provides room for several visiting Coast Guard cutters.
Coast Guard Station Pensacola is a sub-unit of Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Ala., and is under the jurisdiction of the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans, La.