WelcomeWelcome to Naval Air Station Pensacola located on the Gulf Coast in Pensacola, Florida. We are committed to fully support the operational and training missions of tenants assigned, enhancing the readiness of the U.S. Navy, its related armed services and other customers.
ArrivalIf you are reporting to a school or activity 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.
Naval Air Station Pensacola is recognized as:
- The premier naval installation in the Department of the Navy.
- A model total quality organization that clearly recognizes people as its most valued asset.
- Exemplary customers, employers, suppliers and neighbors.
- Effective and efficient managers of air, land and sea resources, clearly distinguishing itself as the provider of choice for operational and training support.
- An acknowledged leader in preserving its natural beauty, tradition and rich history, enhancing its reputation as the most aesthetically pleasing installation in the Navy.
- Highly ethical stewards of public trust, maintaining both a future focus and daily drive for continuous improvement.
- Lead by example.
- Encourage open communication.
- Give our people the authority and incentive to produce a quality
product or service.
- Foster continuous improvement.
- Treat people with dignity and respect.
- Maintain a highly educated and well-trained workforce.
- 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 Pensa-cola departments will first report to the Personnel Support Office (PSO) 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 and Post Office
The Consolidated Mail Facility (CMF) shares space 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 regional commands.
Mail for the commands can be picked up at Building 40 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Post office boxes are available at the naval air station post office at 210 West Ave., Suite B, on base. Call 850-456-5845 for more information.
HousingWelcome to 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.
Pensacola Navy Gateway Inns & Suites (NGIS)
Buildings 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 customer service. Our facilities are handicapped-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 audiovisual 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 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 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................................. 850-452-5000
NGIS Conference Facility
Audiovisual Coordinator......... 850-452-5004
NGIS Conference Facility Fax..... 850-452-5041
Pensacola Bachelor Housing
Buildings 3901, 3902, 3903, 3904, 3905, 3906, 3907, 3908, 3910, 601, 602, 626 and 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 a picnic gazebo, vending machines, a game room and laundry rooms, which are centrally located within each complex.
Pensacola Unaccompanied Housing (Mainside)
Buildings 3901, 3902, 3903, 3904, 3905, 3906, 3907, 3908, 3910, 601, 602, 626 and 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 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 Service Center
1581 Duncan Road, Building 735
Pensacola, FL 32508-5312........ 850-452-4412
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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 and sales listings; utilities, phone and cable connection contacts; and identification of places of worship, schools and day care centers. 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......................... 850-456-3120
Balfour Beatty Communities is a Public-Private Venture initiative. The corporation owns and operates NAS Pensacola officer and enlisted family housing properties. Please access www.naspensacolahomes.com for assignment criteria, availability, neighborhood definitions and floor plans, forms and management contact information. Service members forfeit full BAH when assigned to these quarters.
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.
Eligible officers and enlisted personnel who are assigned to a command in the Pensacola Naval Complex (NAS Pensacola, Whiting Field, Corry Station, Naval Hospital and Saufley Field) are given equal opportunity to apply for privatized housing or choose to reside in the community.
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 and landlords list both long-term rentals (apartments, duplexes and single-family homes) and temporary housing units (corporate apartments and short-term units) in www.ahrn.com.
Whether you are interested in privatized or community housing, the Navy Housing Service Center is here to serve you.
Navy Lodge Pensacola
NAS Pensacola, Building 3875
Pensacola, FL 32508................. 850-456-8676
The Navy Lodge Building 3875 is a beachside resort situated on Pensacola Bay. Adjacent is a white-sand beach with life guards (during season), a 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. The 47 newly renovated 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. A coin laundry room, washer and dryer, are available on the third floor, between buildings 3875 and 3945, for guests. Ice machines are located on the second and fourth floor of this building.
Navy Lodge Building 3945’s 50 newly renovated guest rooms with full kitchenettes include: 19 business class guest rooms, two handicapped guest rooms and 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 is at 3 p.m. Checkout is at noon. For reservations, call 850-456-8676.
The front desk is open 24 hours. Maps and directions are available, along with restaurant guides, complimentary breakfast and coffee, a complimentary USA Today newspaper, fax and copy service, roll-away beds and cribs. There is free Wi-Fi Internet capability in all guest rooms. A mini-mart and gift shop is in the lobby.
Morale, Welfare and Recreation (Portside, gym, cabins) Navy Exchange Aviation Plaza includes the uniform center, Navy Pride, personalized services, video rental, tailor shop, food court, barbershop, GNC Store, laundry and dry cleaning, photo shop, Pack and Wrap, FedEx and T-Mobile.
ServicesCommand 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.
More detailed information can be found online at https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrse/installations/nas_pensacola/about/installation_guide/facilities_and_resources/religious_programs.html or by calling 850-452-2341.
Roman Catholic Mass
- 8:30 a.m. Sunday, NASC Auditorium
- Daily Mass: 11 a.m. Monday through
Friday, All Faiths Chapel (Building 634)
- CCD Classes: 10 a.m. Sunday,
J.B. McKamey Center (Building 634)
September through May
Protestant Communion Service
- 8 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel
Protestant Community Worship
- 10:15 a.m. Sunday, NASC Auditorium (Building 634)
Protestant Sunday School
- 10:15 a.m. Sunday, J.B. McKamey Center (Building 634)
1800 Contemporary Service
(Younger, Louder, Later)
- 6 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel
Latter Day Saints (LDS)
- 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel
- LDS Sunday School: 11:35 a.m. Sunday,
J.B. McKamey Center (Building 634)
Pen Air Federal Credit Union
Pen Air Federal Credit is a full-service financial institution serving the military, civil service, more than 1,000 employee groups and their families throughout our community. We have 15 branches throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida and in Baldwin County, Alabama, with three branches conveniently located aboard NAS Pensacola, Saufley Field and Corry Station. Our branches are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday. Our drive-thru lanes are open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, and our Corry and Saufley branch drive-thru is also open 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. NAS Whiting Field hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
There are several ATM locations aboard each base and in the community and you can also access your funds and apply for loans 24/7 from our free smartphone mobile app or online at www.penair.org. Call us at 850-505-3220 or 877-4PENAIR, or visit our website at www.penair.org for a full listing of all ATM and branch locations, as well as information on all of the products and services we offer to make your life a little easier. Home or away, we’ve got you covered.
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 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Saturday. Entry to the commissary is authorized a 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, Florida, 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: 850-452-2155. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is 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, 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.
Counseling: FFSC counselors are 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.
Relocation and Deployment
FFSC assists service members and their families in preparing for and adjusting to the relocation and deployment process. Typical services include, but are not limited to, providing information pertaining to other military installations, financial planning, smooth move workshops, sponsor training, overseas cultural awareness training, worldwide 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 resume 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 members, 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)
FFSC addresses all issues related to family violence and maltreatment involving military families to include the identification, investigation, intervention, assessment and treatment for families involved in abusive relationships. Prevention and education are a primary part of this program. Victim advocacy services are available. Under certain circumstances victims may have the option of making a restricted, confidential report.
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program
SAPR focuses on the prevention of sexual response and the sensitive support of sexual assault victims. Advocates are available 24/7/365 and may provide support and assistance to sexual assault victims and their families during medical, investigative, legal and court procedures. Victims usually have the option of making a restricted, confidential report.
Retired Activities Office (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.
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 aboard 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; enforce 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. One-hundred percent of our civilian officers are military veterans and complement 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-Marine Corps Relief Society, also known as NMCRS, is a private, nonprofit, charitable organization that provides financial assistance to Navy and Marine Corps active-duty and retired service members and their eligible family members. In addition, widows of active or retired service members could also benefit from the programs that are offered by our organization. NMCRS also provides assistance to other branches of service thanks to our partnership with our sister agencies Air Force Aid Society, Army Emergency Relief and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance.
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society provides eligible clients with budget counseling and financial assistance in the form of interest-free loans or grants during emergency needs such as emergency transportation, funeral expenses, medical and dental bills (patient’s share), basic living expenses (food, rent and utilities), disaster relief assistance, essential vehicle repairs and unforeseen family emergencies among other types of assistance.
Education programs, Budget for Baby workshops, a thrift shop and a visiting nurse program are also offered to eligible service members and their families in the Pensacola area.
Society thrift shops enable service members and their families to purchase gently used clothing, uniforms and household items at a very low cost. The sales income realized from thrift shops is returned to the Sailors, Marines and their families in the form of relief services. The thrift store is located in Corry Station, Building 3736. The store is open 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. If you have any questions in regards to the thrift store, call 850-452-6174 during normal business hours.
The visiting nurse program is staffed with registered nurses (RN). The primary function of the visiting nurse is to provide health education and information about health-related resources. The visiting nurse is available to make hospital or home visits to eligible clients in the interest of improving their quality of life by promoting understanding of information about the individual’s health issues. Visits are frequently made to new mothers and infants, to patients recovering from surgery and to patients with chronic health problems.
Service members or eligible family members who have an emergency should contact our NAS Pensacola office during normal working hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, at 850-452-2300 in order to schedule an appointment. If you need emergency assistance after working hours, please contact the American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Service Center at 877-272-7337.
NMCRS Office: NAS Pensacola, 91 Radford Blvd. (Building 191), 850-452-2300
NMCRS Thrift Store: Corry Station, Building 3736 (between the bowling alley and gym), 850-452-6174
Personnel Support Activity Detachment (PSD) NAS Pensacola
PSD Pensacola is the fourth-largest PSD within the naval installations network. We are responsible for supporting 310 customer commands, approximately 15,000 naval personnel and their dependents. We also provide 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.
All staff personnel reporting to commands aboard 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 5, HT-8).
PSD Admin. ..................... 850-452-3011/4459
Deputy Disbursing Officer.......... 850-452-3032
Transient, Legal, LIMDU
.. Dept. Head............................. 850-452-4284
Staff Dept. Head......................... 850-452-2751
Student Dept. Head.................... 850-452-3071
Educational Services Officer....... 850-452-3117
Travel, Liquidation, Advances.... 850-452-3113
Regional Transportation Director,
.. Navy Passenger Trans. Office... 850-452-2390
USO Northwest Florida, Serving the Florida Panhandle
USO NAS Pensacola Recreation Center
153 Ellyson, Building 625 D
NAS Pensacola, FL 32508
.................................. 850-455-8280, option 2
Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
USO Pensacola Airport Welcome Center
2430 Airport Blvd., Suite 216
Pensacola, FL 32504.. 850-455-8280, option 1
(Located on the second level next to Varona’s)
Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.
Florida Regional Airport
1701 State Road 85 N, Suite 11
Eglin AFB, FL 32542................. 850-609-4738
(Located across from ticketing in the Northwest Florida Regional Airport)
Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.
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.
NASP Morale, Welfare and RecreationMWR Business Office, Building 4143
Radford Boulevard..................... 850-452-3806
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 three geographically separate areas: NAS Pensacola Mainside, Corry Station and Blue Angel Park Recreation area.
The MWR Business Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed weekends and government holidays.
Athletics, Fitness, Sports and Aquatics
Building 3201............................ 850-452-9429
Building 3301............................ 850-452-8293
Turner Street Pool
Building 1820............................ 850-452-8389
Building 3822............................ 850-452-9429
(San Carlos Beach)..................... 850-452-5421
Barrancas Beach is located off Radford Boulevard across from Fort Barrancas. The beach is open with lifeguards 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. Eligible patrons may use picnic tables and cabanas on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge.
Outdoor pools are in operation Memorial Day through Labor Day with extended hours as weather and lifeguards permit. The Mustin Pool is located on a viewing beach behind the Mustin Beach Club on Radford Boulevard and has two pools. The 25-yard recreational pool has a toddler platform, an in-water climbing wall and a 30-foot slide. The 20-yard lap pool offers five lanes for lap swimming. The Turner Street Pool is nestled in oak trees and offers plenty of shady relaxation. Located on Turner Road, the pool also has a water slide and toddler area. Swimming passes and reservations for parties and varied aquatic programs and camps, from lessons to marine science to junior lifeguarding, are available — call the Aquatic Office (Building 3203, 850-452-9429).
The indoor pool, located in Building 3828, is available for evening lap swim and recreational swimming during the fall and winter months. Active-duty member and their families, retirees and family members, and DOD civilians must show proper ID. Passes are available poolside.
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.
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 8 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.
Portside Fitness Facility
Building 606.............................. 850-452-7810
The Portside Fitness Center is located in Building 606 along with the cinema next to the car wash. The Portside Fitness Center houses a variety of strength-training selectorized equipment and a free weight room area, as well as a large variety of cardio equipment. The center has locker rooms, which includes a dry sauna in both locker rooms. Located throughout the center are two racquetball courts and a Tapout Cage, which includes heavy bags. You must provide your own hand wraps and boxing gloves. They also offer a large functional fitness room; classes are scheduled Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Portside has two ACE-certified fitness trainers, which are scheduled on the a.m. shift and the p.m. shift, who are willing to work with you and answer any questions.
The Portside Gym is located next door in Building 627 next to the Portside Fitness Center. The center offers two basketball courts, speed bags and few heavy bags, as well as an option for command PT sessions. The facility also offers locker rooms for showering. Reservations for courts can be made through Portside Gym by calling 850-452-7810.
Radford Fitness Center and Gym
Building 4143............................ 850-452-9845
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 LifeFitness selectorized and free weight equipment, as well as LifeFitness 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 30 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. 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.
Sports, Ball Fields and Pavilions
Building 627.............................. 850-452-9845
The Barrancas ball fields are reserved though the sports office at 850-452-4392. Active-duty members, Reservists, retirees and DOD who work on base are eligible to reserve them at no cost. Private (nonmilitary) sports teams (i.e., youth baseball, soccer or adult softball) are not authorized for use. Softball gear can be checked out if you are reserving a field through the Sports Office in Building 627, 850-452-4392.
Clubs and Food Services
The A&W Restaurant
A&W 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, hand-breaded chicken fingers, 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.
Cubi Bar and Cafe
Building 3465............................ 850-452-2643
The Cubi Bar and Cafe is located inside the NAS Naval Aviation Museum, Building 3465, and serves lunch 11 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 and large group reservations are available, plus birthday parties may be scheduled August to December.
Lighthouse Point, CPO Club and Blood Stripe Club
Building 3558............................ 850-452-4035
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. Inside of Lighthouse Point, you will also find the CPO Club and Blood Stripe Club. Please call 850-453-1840 for information on availability.
Mustin Beach Club
General Office........................... 850-452-4035
The historic Mustin Beach Club, named after the first commanding officer of NAS Pensacola, Capt. Henry C. “Rum” Mustin and Naval Aviator No. 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 and to groups of 100 in the Goshawk and dining rooms. More intimate groups of up to 40 can utilize the Bay Room, which overlooks the Pensacola Bay and allows access to the beautifully landscaped lawn and walkway to the beach.
The Oaks Restaurant
Building 4137............................ 850-452-3859
The Oaks at A.C. Read Golf Course is open daily and offers breakfast (6 to 10 a.m.) and lunch (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). The Blue Plate and chef specials have a regular following on weekdays and with good reason! We are open to the public, and takeout is available. The Oaks Restaurant offers the perfect casual atmosphere to plan your next event. For catering, call 850-452-3748. The lounge is open at 11 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Please call 850-452-3859 for more information.
Pizza Hut Express and Taco Bell Express
The restaurant is also conveniently located inside the Portside Complex Food Court and offers everyone’s favorite selection of personal pan pizzas and south-of-the-border entrees.
Portside Entertainment Complex
Building 3912............................ 850-452-3364
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 Center, 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 members, 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, and special events such as UFC fights on pay-per-view, hypnotic comedians, Comics on Duty, the 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 $1 million in interactive amusements, pinball, and 14 billiard and pool tables. Children under 18 must be with a parent or guardian prior to 6 p.m. No one under 18 is permitted after 6 p.m.
Pay-for-use Computer Center: A popular computer system featuring nine high-speed computers with Internet access, available to rent for $6 hour and 25 cents per page to print.
Child and Youth Programs
CYP Child Development Center (CDC)
Building 3634............................ 850-452-2211
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 prekindergarten 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 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The center is closed weekends and federal holidays.
Youth Center — CYP Fred G. Smalley
Building 3960................... 850-452-2417/2296
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 and 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 13 and above. Judo lessons are available. Sports leagues include spring and fall soccer, flag football, T-ball, coach-pitch baseball, cheerleading and basketball. The youth sports office is also located in Building 3690.
Civilian Welfare Recreation Association (CWRA)
Building 4143........... 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 and Corry Station. Navy Exchange, Whiting Field and contract employees are excluded. CWRA is open during normal business hours.
Golf Course — A.C. Read
Building 3594............................ 850-452-2454
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 golf shop with complete equipment sales. Club professionals are available for individual or group instruction by appointment. The course is open 7 a.m. to sunset. The Oaks Restaurant and Lounge is located on the upper deck of the clubhouse.
Building 4143................... 850-452-4681/5405
The Personnel Office for MWR NAF jobs is located in Building 4143 on Radford Boulevard and is open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Job openings are listed on the MWR website and Facebook page and are posted in the HRO office. Applications can be downloaded from the website: www.naspensacola-mwr.com.
Building 634.............................. 850-452-4362
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, along with an educational DVD collection. 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 and NMCI computers, the library offers a public-use scanner, a photocopier, and a microfiche reader and printer. Some services may be provided for a fee. A children’s section with materials in both book and audio format is also available, and a summer reading program is held annually at the facility.
Building 3912............................ 850-452-2372
The Liberty Center 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, and local and overnight tours, including three-day weekend trips to Disney World and Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, New Orleans, Atlanta and more. This location also provides Movies on Demand, multiple screens to watch movies and television channels with free popcorn available during hours of operation, and Xbox 360, Wii and PS3 game systems. Other free services include: two pool tables, 24 computers with Internet access, printing, copy and fax services, and wireless Internet.
Bayou Grande Marina
Building 3244............................ 850-452-4152
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 No. 11378, and the marina is located in the northwest corner of Pensacola Bay on Bayou Grande. The coordinates for the No. 1 channel entrance marker is 30 degrees 22.23 minutes north latitude and 87 degrees 15.40 minutes west longitude. Marina berthing includes 206 floating wet slips with electricity and water, 30 covered dry storage, 204 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-foot Sunfish, 14-foot Lasers, 18-foot Hunters, 19-foot Flying Scots, 22-foot Catalina, 25-foot Cape Dory, canoes and kayaks. The marina offers basic mate “A” and intermediate-level skipper “B” sailing classes from April through September. A MWR skipper’s card is required to check out a boat from the rental fleet. The marina’s topside rental room, “The Crow’s 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, which features a 16-by-30-foot deck, barbecue grill and picnic tables. It is open daily for daytime use at no charge on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Sherman Cove Marina
Building 4151............................ 850-452-2212
The marina sports a large rental fleet, including 18- to 25-foot pontoon boats, 17-foot Whaler skiffs, 17-foot Cape Horn and 21-foot Edge Water center console fishing boats. Other amenities include two boat ramps, 32 floating wet slips, 320 dry storage spaces for privately owned boats, four rinse and flush stations, and gas and diesel fuel. The ships’ store offers bait, 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. It is open to all military and DOD personnel.
Movie — Portside Cinema
Building 606.............................. 850-452-3522
The Twin Cinema, Building 606, houses two digital theaters and offers the latest releases in movie entertainment plus 3-D movies, an excellent concession and a game room, all in a cheerful atmosphere. Open to military, DOD, retirees, contractors and family members. Call for times and movies or check the MWR website for schedules. Our prices for movies and concessions are the best prices in town!
Bayou Grande Recreation Area (Ski Beach) and Outpost Gear Rental
The perfect setting for family or squadron get-togethers, Bayou Grande Recreation Area has it all. Reserve the patio for groups under 50 persons 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 sport equipment rentals are also available, and the Outpost Gear Rental has a complete line of camping gear for rent. The recreation area also has horseshoes and a volleyball court available at no charge. Ice is for sale on-site. Reservation for the group picnic areas can be made three months in advance by active-duty and retired personnel and two months in advance for DOD. Individual picnic tables are on first-come, first-served basis. Bayou Grande Recreation 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 March to November and closed during the winter.
Oak Grove Park
Building 4137............................ 850-452-2535
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 at Bayou Grande Recreation Area Outpost Gear Rental. Reservations are accepted three months in advance for active-duty and retired personnel and two months in advance for DOD. The park is located northwest of Barrancas Beach, across from the Sherman Field runway.
Building 2691............................ 850-572-6184
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, No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 plastics, and all types of paper, including junk mail, catalogs, newspapers, office paper and phone books. In addition, we are now accepting all types of toner cartridges. Our drop-off bins are located at Building 1079 at 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 and at our NAS recycling location, Building 2691.
Behind Building 3495................ 850-452-4391
Six lighted outdoor courts are located adjacent to the A.C. Read Golf Club. The outdoor courts are on a first-come, first-served basis. A tennis pro is available for lessons through A.C. Read Golf Club at 850-452-2454.
CommandsBarrancas 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 spouses. 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 Fort 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 or 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, and headstone and 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 and 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, nonjudicial 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 or 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 dependents 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 beginning at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday 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. These services include aviation weather forecasts for Training Air Wing 6 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.
Bernardo 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).
Gen. 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.
Gen. Braxton Bragg took command for the Confederate Army at Pensacola in March. A strict disciplinarian, Bragg banned alcohol within 5 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 Nov. 22 and 23, 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) that reports to the Commander Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE), Jacksonville, Florida. The HRO is the primary principal source of advice for commanding officers and 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 and 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 Southeast region is located at the Stennis Space Center, Mississippi. The HRSC provides recruitment and nonrecruitment 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/cnrseHumanResourceOperations/JobsEmployment/index.htm.
For federal employee benefits inquiries (health, life, retirement, death, etc.) please call the appropriate office.
Navy Oil Analysis Program Management Office
The Navy Oil Analysis Program (NOAP) management office manages and provides support to the Navy’s 45 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 21 (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 1 and 2 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 10 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, Maj. Gen. 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 1 (AMS1)
Aviation Maintenance Squadron 1 (AMS1) provides leadership and education to its entry-level Marines, introducing them to the world of Marine aviation, and to Marines from the Corps’ operating forces who are 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, 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 noncommissioned officers and staff noncommissioned 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 10 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 2 (AMS2)
Aviation Maintenance Squadron 2 (AMS2) prepares entry-level Marines for successful follow-on tours in the operating forces and Marine Corps Reserve assignments as air traffic controllers, air traffic control maintenance technicians, aircraft electricians or avionics technicians. The military occupational specialty schools that AMS2 Marines attend range in duration from 14 weeks to 45 weeks. Of the average 950 Marines 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 Marine Corps 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, 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 extensive archives that chronicle the history of U.S. naval aviation.
Visitors can get 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 provides a picture of life among combat Marines, while “Homefront USA” recreates a typical American street scene during World War II. An eerie underwater display portrays the sites of crashed aircraft and describes recovery efforts in Lake Michigan, where many World War II aircraft were lost during carrier qualifications.
The newest addition to the National Naval Aviation Museum is Hangar Bay 1. The new hangar adds 55,000 square feet of exhibit space to the museum complex. Its facade, reminiscent of hangars of old, displays aircraft of the post-World War II era, including a Marine One presidential helicopter from the Nixon and Ford administrations and a full-scale replica of the Apollo 17 Lunar Excursion Module.
Among the historic airplanes displayed in the museum is the original NC-4 seaplane, which became the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic in 1919. In addition, the chronological display of aircraft that outlines naval aviation in peace and war features an SBD Dauntless dive bomber that flew in the Battle of Midway and an N2S trainer flown by President George H.W. Bush during his World War II flight instruction.
The museum’s IMAX large-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 to 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.
Visitors can also experience the thrill of flight in the 3-D 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 simulator, and be sure to take home the spirit of naval aviation with a souvenir from the Flight Deck Store located inside the museum.
In 2012, the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation opened the National Flight Academy, 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 closed 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 visit 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, and 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 nonrating-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 the 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 is 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, Virginia, 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, Illinois, 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, Illinois.
- 59 Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps units at 71 colleges and universities throughout the country (includes consortiums and crosstown affiliates).
- Hundreds of Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps programs at high schools throughout the country, U.S. territories and Department of Defense dependent schools overseas.
- Officer Training Command, Newport, Rhode Island, 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 and 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 postgraduate 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, Florida, 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, Virginia. 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 “A” 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 and 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 to 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 and 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 eight-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, Florida, 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, Florida.
The center officially stood up Feb. 5, 2003. It 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, Florida.
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 and 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 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. These include:
- 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 consist 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 southeastern 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 the 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 (NASC), 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 NASC, where tomorrow’s leaders take the first steps of their aviation careers.
NASC provides U.S. and international military officer students, as well as 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, NASC instructs students, through study and practical application, in aeronautical subjects, personal and professional development, aviation safety, physical fitness, land and water 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 the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and international military officer aviation students in support of the aviation training pipeline. This includes Introductory Flight Screening (IFS), which is basic flight instruction at local civilian aviation schools to screen for aeronautical adaptability. ATS also manages the training of aviation prospective commanding officers (PCOs) and executive officers (PXOs) in various aviation command-specific topics.
- Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API) is the first stop in a new aviation officer’s career and is focused on aviation academics (aerodynamics, engines, navigation and meteorology), physiology, physical fitness, and land and water survival training through NASC’s aviation survival training school. After completing API, officers proceed to primary flight training at one of three sites: naval flight officers (NFOs) will transfer to Training Air Wing 6, co-located at NAS Pensacola; pilots will conduct primary flight training with Training Air Wing 4 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, or just up the road in Milton, Florida, with Training Air Wing 5 at NAS Whiting Field.
- The Aviation Enlisted Aircrew Training School (AEATS) provides naval aircrew candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet all requirements for becoming enlisted aircrewmen, including basic naval aviation knowledge, physiology, physical fitness, and land and water survival training through NASC’s aviation survival training school. AEATS also provides follow-on training to the most highly qualified aircrewmen who possess the motivation and skill to become aviation rescue swimmers. At the completion of AEATS, students transfer to subsequent schools for enlisted rating or MOS-specific training before heading to the fleet.
- NASC’s Aviation Survival Training School provides officer (pilot and NFO) and enlisted (aircrew) students basic swimming skills, as well as land and water survival techniques, needed to succeed in the naval aviation community. Physical training consists of cross-country running, Navy physical readiness testing, team sports and strength training. The school also manages the Navywide swim program by establishing standards of instruction, qualifying water survival and swimming instructors, and managing the entire U.S. Navy swim curriculum. The aviation survival training school operates three remote swim qualification sites in Hawaii, 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 counterterrorism investigations and initiatives, counterintelligence investigations and felony-level criminal investigations for the Department of the Navy (DoN), which includes both U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.
Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the counterterrorism 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 Navy and Marine Corps operational readiness.
Counterterrorism 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 the 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 and 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, Georgia. 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 Northwest Florida to Texas, north to the Canadian border. The NCIS CFO has offices located in Pensacola, Florida; Pascagoula, Mississippi; Gulfport, Mississippi; New Orleans, Louisiana; Corpus Christi, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Memphis, Tennessee; St. Louis, Missouri; Crane, Indiana; Cleveland, Ohio; Panama City, Florida; and Great Lakes, Illinois.
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
Older than 26 U.S. states, Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) is in its second century of service and is one of the oldest and most respected military medical facilities in the country. It continues to provide health care to over 150,000 beneficiaries in its main facility and 10 branch clinics that span five states.
Naval Hospital Pensacola began its service in January 1826. President Adams assigned the first surgeon and officer in charge, Navy surgeon Isaac Hulse, to establish a hospital at the Pensacola Navy Yard in support of the West Indies Squadron. Hulse established the naval hospital by renting a two-story house as a temporary medical facility, for $30 a month. Hulse would go on to spend 19 of his 33-year Navy career in Pensacola.
Since 1973, NHP has been a “teaching hospital.” It is home to one of the Navy’s premier family medicine residency training programs, where doctors come to earn their family medicine specialty during three years of academic and hands-on training. The residency program prepares doctors for a practice in family medicine, with an emphasis on continuity of comprehensive care for the entire family, including emergency, surgical and obstetric, as well as inpatient and outpatient care. The residency training program has continuously maintained full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Moreover, the command is committed to the professional development of all medical specialties and has over 40 agreements to teach and train students of all disciplines, such as nursing, lab and pharmacy students. They have maintained a long-standing relationship with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in training medical students in Pensacola since 1982.
Naval Hospital Pensacola has a proud tradition of service. The staff fought yellow fever outbreaks in the early 19th century and endured to provide comfort during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Seventy-four commanding officers and literally thousands of staff members have compassionately helped the ill and injured in all of America’s struggles from the Civil War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2003, the hospital manned and deployed Fleet Hospital 3 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the first fleet hospital to be deployed to a combat zone. NHP repeatedly deploys its military staff as individual augmentees in support of global operations. The quarterdeck honorably displays a bronzed pair of boots worn by Navy Seal HMC Matthew J. Bourgeois of Tallahassee, Florida, who was killed in 2002 while conducting small unit training in a remote site in Afghanistan. The “Muddy Boots” were originally awarded to NHP by the surgeon general of the Navy for its outstanding patient satisfaction and operational support in 2003.
Not only has the command supported America’s warriors, but they have been key players in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions. They have supported the Gulf Coast region in responding to eight major hurricanes since 1975 and have been crucial in support of USNS Comfort’s reoccurring “continuing promise” missions to impoverished nations. This included vigorous support to the victims the Haiti earthquake in 2010.
Since 1993, the hospital’s unit awards include four Meritorious Unit Citations and one Humanitarian Service Medal. Additionally, the command recently rated the No. 1 naval hospital for patient satisfaction in regards to child births and won the Military Health System’s Patient Safety Award in 2010, 2011 and 2012, a first within the Department of Defense. The hospital was named a 2012 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. This was the first time a naval hospital was named as a top performer by the Joint Commission.
In addition to providing medical care at the main facility, the 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, Florida; north to Crane, Indiana, and Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, Tennessee; and west to NAS Joint Reserve Base Belle Chasse, Louisiana; and CBC Gulfport and NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
Locally, there are NBHCs at: Naval Air Stations Pensacola and Whiting Field, Florida, Naval Air Technical Training Center and Corry Station. The Corry clinic is collocated within the Department of Veterans Affair’s 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. A military identification card must be presented at the time of care and one must have a DEERS check performed. TRICARE 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 by 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 850-505-6706.
Patients can request an appointment with their health care provider through Central Appointments at 850-505-7171 or through the various Medical Home Port Teams in family medicine and internal medicine.
Patients enrolled to one of the Family Medicine Medical Home Port 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 internal medicine medical home port can call 850-505-7122.
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) and 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).
TRICARE can be reached toll free at 800-444-5445. The hospital’s Health Benefits office is also available to assist at 850-505-6709.
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 hospitalwide customer relations representative is also available and can be reached by calling 850-505-6785/6434.
Naval Hospital Pensacola Children’s Health
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.
Urgent Care Center
The Urgent Care Center provides services for acute injuries and other nonemergency problems 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week (including holidays). All TRICARE beneficiaries can utilize the UCC for symptoms such as minor lacerations and injuries, sore throats, fevers and colds. Beneficiaries in need of emergency services should call 911 or visit an emergency room. The Nurse Advice Line is also available 24/7 at 800-TRICARE, option 1. The Nurse Advice Line offers professional health care advice and can assist beneficiaries with deciding if they should visit an ER or the UCC or schedule an appointment with their provider.
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.
Additional Nurse-Run Programs
- Injections for established patients (Depo-Provera, progesterone and Lupron) are provided daily on a walk-in basis 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.
- New OB Appointments: Call the front desk, 850-505-6287, to schedule.
- Non-Stress Testing and AFI: Call the Nurse Help Line at 850-505-6028.
Location: The clinic is located in the Outpatient Clinic building on the first floor.
Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. It is closed holidays and weekends.
- Please contact Labor and Delivery at 850-505-6789 or the Nurse Advise Line at 800-TRICARE, option 1.
- When in doubt, always call 911 or proceed to nearest emergency room.
- 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 moms.”
- OB-GYN is a specialty clinic that does not require a referral from your primary care manager.
Contact us: 850-505-6287.
The main pharmacy, located on the first floor of the Outpatient Clinic, is open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday for routine prescriptions. It is closed Saturday, Sunday and all federal holidays.
The satellite pharmacy, located next to NASP Commissary, is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (drive-thru 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (drive-thru 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The drive-thru service is for refill pickups only.
There are several options available for prescription refills:
- The automated phone-in line is 850-505-6459, or call the toll-free number if outside of Pensacola at 888-513-4164.
- Check the hospital website at www.med.navy.mil/sites/pcola for online pharmacy refills and a list of medications carried.
- Refill prescriptions may be picked up at the satellite pharmacy at the NEX shopping mall or the automated refill machines. 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.
The Immunization Clinic is open 8 to 11:45 a.m. and 1 to 3:45 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 8 to 11:45 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
Substance Abuse 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.
Health Benefits Office
Health benefit advisers 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.
Ambulance services to NHP are not available. All beneficiaries being transported by ambulance will be taken to the nearest emergency room.
Key Telephone Numbers
Main hospital information.......... 850-505-6601
Central appointments................. 850-505-7171
Nurse Advise Line........ 800-TRICARE, option 1
NHP website: www.med.navy.mil/sites/pcola
NHP on Facebook: Naval Hospital Pensacola
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 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The phone number is 850-452-4510. For customer service or the 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), the 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 and 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
University of Maryland
Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels)
The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, is based at NAS Pensacola, Florida. Each year, from January to mid-March, the team deploys to Naval Air Facility El Centro, California, 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 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) 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 Medical 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 assesses the long-term effects of the prisoner of war experience on the RPOWs and their families.
NAMI, headquartered at NAS Pensacola, is best known for its training programs that lead to designation as 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 also available at NAMI through services at Naval Hospital Pensacola.
NUMI, headquartered in Groton, Connecticut, 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 and Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) “C” School (Submarine Force).
SWMI, headquartered in San Diego, California, 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 “C” School and provides training in advanced dental assistant techniques; clinical phase II for Navy physician assistants; and Navy drug and alcohol counselor to provide staffing for Navy Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Centers (SARC) and for afloat SARC counselors.
NEMTI, headquartered at Camp Pendleton, California, 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 and receive 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, headquartered at NAS Pensacola, 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, preventing losses due to hostilities and mishaps, and ensuring 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, headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 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, multidiscipline 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 Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC)
Commanding Officer................. 850-452-4554
Executive Officer........................ 850-452-4555
.. Fax......................................... 850-452-3338
Command Master Chief............. 850-452-4154
Information Technology Dept. .. 850-452-2444
Training Directorate................... 850-452-8436
Robert E. Mitchell Center
.. (RPOW).................................. 850-452-3156
.. Directorate.................... 850-452-3847/8143
Naval Survival Training Institute (NSTI)
Officer in Charge (3860)............ 850-452-3915
Senior Enlisted Leader (3860).... 850-452-2681
Aviation Survival Training
.. Center (3845)......................... 850-452-2141
Aviation Water Survival
.. Training Dept. (3944)............. 850-452-2688
Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI)
OIC’s Secretary........................... 850-452-2741
Training Director....................... 850-452-2457
Flight Physicals................. 850-452-2933/2934
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 1,331 customer activities within the Pensacola Naval Complex at more than 1,696 900 operational facilities, totaling 11.318.6 million square feet located on more than 8,100 acres in four distinct sites.
- 448 NAS
- 138 Corry
- 82 Saufley
- 33 Bronson
- 1399 NAS
- 489 Corry
- 192 Saufley
- 142 Bronson
- 5809 NAS
- 674 Corry
- 895 Saufley
- 1,098 Bronson
- 341 substations
- 177 miles of distribution line
- 10 wells
- Six elevated tanks
- Seven reservoirs
- 7.25 million-gallon storage capacity
- 164 miles of pipe
- Two plants with 100 MBTU per hour capacities
- 71 lift stations
- 60-mile collection system
- Chilled water plants
- Five plants
- 12 chillers
- 6,580-ton capacity
- 187 MBTU per hour average daily capacity, 4,500 MBTUs per day
- 37 miles of pipe
- Two plants with 4 MBTU per hour capacities
- 558 units on board
- 91 leased
- 1,057 points
- 71 CAT III cranes (no CAT I, II or IV cranes)
Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit
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) Millington, Tennessee.
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, E-4 to O-5. Over 2,000 students come from sea duty and shore establishments annually to learn the skills to prepare them for success in today’s challenging recruiting environment.
NORU provides officer training assignments throughout the entire Navy Recruiting Command enterprise. Specifically, prospective commanding officers, executive officers and department heads attend tailored courses of instruction to address the specific responsibilities and requirements of each position.
Students attending basic recruiting courses receive a healthy dose of public speaking, developing communications skills that will help them beyond recruiting throughout their naval careers. Students demonstrate what they learn in the classroom with prepared speeches, performing in a simulated sales environment, helping an applicant make an informed, mutually beneficial decision to join the Navy.
The school emphasizes the importance of focusing on the needs of future Sailors, 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 Navy service entails and that highly motivated and committed officers and Sailors serve in the fleet.
The key factor to NORU’s high 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 necessary to succeed. New recruiters are enthusiastic, motivated and ready for the hands-on training that will fine-tune skills developed at NORU and help them recruit the Navy of the 21st century.
The Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit was established in Orlando, Florida, in 1978. In June 1990, NORU moved to NAS Pensacola where it is now located in Building 3644 with a staff of 35 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 the 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 aboard 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 5, HT-8).
Training Air Wing 6
Headquartered at Sherman Field aboard NAS Pensacola, Training Air Wing 6 (TRAWING 6) conducts primary, intermediate, and advanced naval flight officer and navigator training for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and international students. Approximately 10 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/Intermediate Training Squadron 10 (VT-10), Intermediate/Advanced Training Squadron 4 (VT-4) and Advanced Training Squadron 86 (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 types of aircraft: T-6A Texan IIs, T-39 N/G Sabreliners and 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 10 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 complete their training at TW-6 while executing over 45,000 training flight hours over the skies of Northwest Florida.
Training Squadron Four (VT-4)
VT-4 is the oldest squadron in Training Air Wing 6. It was commissioned on May 1, 1960, and assigned the mission of providing basic flight instruction in the jet-training syllabus using the T-2A Buckeye. Training consisted of basic aviation procedures, formation, night flying, air-to-air gunnery and carrier qualification. In 1965, VT-4 transitioned to the T-2B aircraft and changed its mission to become the Naval Air Training Command’s sole site for providing student pilots basic jet flight instruction in aerial gunnery and carrier qualification. In 1971, the squadron’s mission expanded to include all phases of the basic jet-training syllabus. The squadron acquired the TF-9J Cougar in September 1972 and used it for both basic and advanced jet training. During this era, student pilots remained in VT-4 from their first flight in a jet until they were designated Naval Aviators. In November 1973, the TA-4J Skyhawk replaced the aging TF-9J for advanced flight training. In December 1975, the VT-4 training mission again expanded to include flight instruction for allied foreign military pilots to include Kuwait, Spain, Singapore and Indonesia. From 1973 to 1978, in addition to pilot training, VT-4 also provided summer jet orientation flights for midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy and the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC). Over 5,000 young men and women were introduced to Naval Aviation through this program. For a period from 1975 to 1979 and since 2001, VT-4 has also been responsible for training over 230 Naval Flight Surgeons in basic flight orientation. In December 1985, VT-4’s mission was changed from strike training to E-2/C-2 Intermediate training. Six years later, VT-4 assumed the role of the Navy’s only E-2/C-2 Advanced training site flying the T-2C. On Sept. 30, 1996, the last VT-4 Naval Pilots earned their wings. At the end of this period, VT-4 tallied more than 42,000 carrier landings and successfully trained over 8,400 Student Naval aviators. The squadron then underwent another monumental change as the squadron’s mission converted to joint Primary and Intermediate Naval Flight Officer (NFO)/Navigator (NAV) training as a sister squadron to VT-10. The annual student output grew seven-fold from 36 pilots per year to 400 NFO/NAVs. Instructor ranks grew five-fold from 14 Navy Pilots to 71 Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Pilots and NFO/Navigators.
The squadron transitioned from flying the T-2C to flying the T-34C “Turbo Mentor” and the T-1A Jayhawk. In August 1999, VT-4 began training students in a third type aircraft, the T-39G/N Saberliner. In 2002, VT-4’s instructors, in conjunction with personnel from Training Wing 6 and their sister squadron, VT-10, revised the Primary and Intermediate Syllabus in preparation for the introduction of the T-6A Texan II, the Navy’s next generation Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS). July 2003 marked the beginning of a new era when the first T-6A student took to the skies. The T-6A provides students a modern trainer with advanced avionics and superior performance. VT-4’s training mission included flight instruction of Student Navigators from Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.
Today, all NFO students fly Intermediate phase of flight training in the T-39. This phase of training offers the students their first exposure to jet flight as they fly multiple airway and low-level navigation flights at faster speeds and lower altitudes. At the end of the Intermediate phase, some students are selected for the E-2C platform and transfer to VAW-120 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia where they complete Advanced training and earn their wings. The remaining students transfer to VT-86 at NAS Pensacola where they complete advanced training that includes formation, low-level, RADAR Navigation and RADAR intercept flight profiles. Upon completion students receive their wings and are selected to fly the FA-18F, EA-18G, EA-6B, F-15E, F-16D or Tornado platforms.
Future training at VT-4 will include E-2, P-3, P-8 and E-6 student NFOs being trained in a multi-crew simulator (MCS). These students will receive their Wings of Gold at VT-4 and continue on to their platform specific training. Training Squadron FOUR continues to excel in training excellence.
Training Squadron 10 (VT-10)
In 1960, Training Squadron 10 (VT-10) 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, VT-10 had trained over 6,000 student NFOs. In 1971, VT-10 transitioned to the T-39D Sabreliner jet trainer and the TF-9J Cougar, which was 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 1D23 NAV/comm trainer, the 2F90 instrument trainer, and the 2F101 flight simulator. In 1981, a reassignment of aircraft within NATRACOM replaced VT-10’s T-2C aircraft with T-2Bs. The squadron revised its training in 1984 and acquired 20 T-34C Turbo Mentors. 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 86 (VT-86). At the same time, VT-10 acquired 20 additional T-34Cs and two new 2B37 instrument trainers for primary and intermediate training.
In 1994, the first U.S. Air Force instructors and student navigators (NAVs) reported to VT-10 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, VT-10 split instructor and student assets to assist in the establishment of Training Squadron 4 (VT-4) as a second NFO and NAV primary and intermediate training squadron. VT-10 consisted of Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps staff, which trained over 400 Navy and Air Force student navigators annually. From 1997 until 2009, command of VT-10 alternated between the Navy and Air Force.
In the fall of 2002, VT-10 received the first T-6A Texan, which replaced the aging T-34C, and began upgrading instructors for the new aircraft. This more capable aircraft was a significant upgrade from the T-34 and brought training into the 21st century. By June 2003, VT-10 had flown its first student in the T-6 and began instruction in the new curriculum. The squadron flew its last T-34 sortie in June 2005.
In 2009 the Air Force established the Combat Systems Officer School in Pensacola, which took over the Air Force navigator training, and VT-10 returned to an all Navy-Marine Corps Squadron. In 2010, VT-4 was incorporated into VT-10 in a cadre status wherein VT-4’s squadron personnel and equipment were integrated into VT-10. This change was put in place to facilitate the new undergraduate military flight officer (UMFO) syllabus’ transition.
In 2012, VT-10’s UMFO Department began an incredibly robust endeavor in the complete rewrite of the ground syllabus for the advanced multicrew simulator. This rewrite resulted in new courseware, which included over 258 hours of integrated courseware. In June 2013, the VT-4 “Warbucks” emerged from cadre status to fly the remaining year of T-39 intermediate jet NFO training and house the multicrew simulator training device. In the summer of 2014, along with the “sundown” of the venerable T-39, VT-4 will become the Navy’s first simulator-only training squadron. VT-4 will consist of naval flight officers and conduct advanced naval flight officer training in the multicrew simulator. Primary and intermediate flight training under the new UMFO syllabus at VT-10 began in April 2013.
VT-10 has been awarded six Meritorious Unit Commendations and five chief of naval education and training “Shore/Technical Training Excellence awards,” the most recent in 2008. “Wildcat” safety initiatives have earned the squadron 27 Chief of Naval Operations Safety awards, most recently in 2011. Additionally, due to the squadron’s incredible safety record, it has received the Adm. John H. Towers Award for safety in 1978, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. VT-10’s training and production is also well-recognized. The squadron received the Cmdr. Theodore G. Ellyson Aviation Production Excellence Award in 2004, 2006 and 2010 and the Vice Adm. Robert Goldthwaite Award for Training Excellence six times. The squadron’s safety publication “The Scratching Post” garnered VT-10 the Grampaw Pettibone Media Award in 2011. VT-10 squadron awards for 2013 are the SECNAV Safety Excellence Award, CNO Safety “S” Award and CNATRA Training Excellence (Primary Training) Award.
VT-10 has and will continue to aggressively meet the challenges of a changing training environment and continues to proudly serve as the “NFO gateway to the fleet.”
Training Squadron 86 is known as the Sabrehawks, a name derived from the combination of the squadron’s first aircraft names, 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 8, Naval Air Station, Glynco, Georgia. 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 airborne support for Air Intercept Control and Ground Controlled Approach training functions. In September 2008, VT-86 retired the T-2C Buckeye and transitioned to training students in the T-45 Goshawk.
In March 1974, a Sabrehawk detachment was established at Naval Air Station Pensacola. On June 1, 1974, the squadron commenced flight operations at Naval Air Station Pensacola under operational command of Commander, Training Air Wing 6, and began training Naval Flight Officers for carrier-based aircraft.
In 1994, Training Squadron 86’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. USAF WSOs were assigned to the F-15E Strike Eagle or the B-1 Lancer. In fiscal year 2010 Training Squadron 86 graduated its last class of USAF WSOs as the USAF implemented its Combat Systems Officer syllabus.
Additionally, the squadron trains international students, including officers from Saudi Arabia, Italy, Singapore and Germany. The first international students received their wings in September 1996. After graduating from Training Squadron 86, German and Italian WSOs will fly the PA-200 Tornado. Saudi Arabian students will fly the F-15E Strike Eagle, and Singaporean students will fly either the F-15E Strike Eagle or the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
Today, the squadron trains over 150 students annually. To date, Training Squadron 86 has provided the United States military and Allied forces with over 8,000 NFOs and WSOs flying various tactical aircraft worldwide. Upon completion of the program, students undergo further training at their respective Fleet Replacement Squadrons (FRS). U.S. Navy graduates are assigned to fly either the EA-18G Growler or the F/A-18F Super Hornet, and USMC graduates are assigned to fly the EA-6B Prowler or the F/A-18D Hornet.
Since its establishment, Training Squadron 86 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 more than 253,000 flight hours over the past 30 years.
Training Squadron 86 is revamping the Advanced NFO training syllabus which will be renamed the Undergraduate Military Flight Officer (UMFO) program. The new syllabus more accurately represents the complexity and capability of current fleet missions and aircraft. The flight syllabus will all be conducted in the T-45C aircraft equipped with the Virtual Mission Trainer System (VMTS) package. VMTS incorporates simulated radar and air and ground threat presentations in the cockpit, as well as dynamic updates transmitted from an Instructor Ground Station (IGS).
Training Squadron 86 is staffed by 70 Navy and Marine Corps officers and supported by 11 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)
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, California, 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 6. The German staff handles all student administrative affairs and 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 6 training activities and instruct not only German students but also American and other international students.
The 2nd GAFTS is responsible for the basic training of the Luftwaffe’s future Tornado weapon system operators (WSO) and the German Navy’s future tactical coordinators (TACCO) aboard the P-3 Orion. In addition, since 2005 the squadron has been responsible for administrative support of German navy
students under conversion training as pilots, TACCOs, in-flight technicians and flight engineers for the P-3 Orion in NAS Jacksonville.
Squadron Office......................... 850-452-2693
U.S. Air Force
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 April 30, 1944. After 57 years of inactivation, the 479th Training Support Squadron stood up July 9, 2001, at Moody AFB, Georgia, as part of the 479th Flying Training Group. The squadron was reactivated Oct. 2, 2009, as the 479th Operational Support Squadron and serves as a tenet unit to the 479th Flying Training Group in NAS Pensacola, Florida.
479th Operations Support Squadron (OSS)
The 479th OSS also had a long history. The squadron was constituted as the 479th School Squadron, and activated Aug. 1, 1941. It was redesignated as the 479th School Squadron (Special) on Dec. 29, 1941, and performed the training of aerial gunners. As such, it was again redesignated as the 479th Flexible Gunnery Training Squadron on Oct. 15, 1942. The squadron was disbanded April 30, 1944, and then re-constituted and redesignated as the 479th Training Support Squadron on June 13, 2001. Activated July 9, 2001, the squadron was again inactivated Sept. 30, 2007, only to be reborn as the 479th Operational Support Squadron in 2009.
The 479th OSS received the World War II American Theater service streamer for its work in WWII. They also received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award: Jan. 1, 2001, to Dec. 31, 2002, and Oct. 1, 2005, to Sept. 30, 2007.
The 479th OSS had 346 members: 70 permanent party, 41 civilians and 235 casual students. The squadron’s mission was to support the 479th FTG training CSOs under a five-pillar philosophy, including resource management, communications and training support functions that were important to the OSS operations. The squadron was also responsible for medical and advanced electronic warfare training. Among other courses, squadron members taught several Special Courses and Training (SPECTRA) courses to 171 advanced electronic warfare (EW) officers and noncommissioned officers for joint and coalition duty from 14 different nations. They also revamped the Non-Traditional Electronic Warfare Applications Course (NEWAC), cutting it down from two weeks to one week, enabling deploying personnel to spend extra time with their families and reducing the “spin-up” time by two weeks.
The move of the unit intelligence flight from the group back to the 479th OSS improved the intelligence flight’s standardization and evaluation programs. Personnel also created the first-ever visual reconnaissance course, which trained 132 students in aircraft recognition, mitigating the threat of combat aircraft misidentification.
The squadron also was the entity responsible for making sure students had the proper equipment, i.e., flight suits, boots, gloves, etc. This was a challenge for squadron personnel when only a short time between Officer Training School graduation and the students’ arrival at Initial Flight Screening existed. Since AETC occasionally sent Officer Training School graduates straight from Maxwell AFB to the IFS in Pueblo, Colorado, bypassing Pensacola, it risked the students not having the proper equipment when they arrived. The squadron authored an equipment maintenance and quality assurance (QA) database to solve this problem. That database became the Air Force standard.
The 479th OSS also managed the aerospace physiology training. Members coordinated with the 59th Medical Wing at Lackland AFB in Texas to compile individual flight data for an Air Force research study. They also established a database for U-2 pilot physiology while implementing student courseware with electronic testing. In addition, they participated in a working group involving the reduced oxygen breathing device and reduced oxygen breathing environment in April. These projects revolutionized hypoxia awareness training for the entire Air Force. Overall, the 479th OSS completed over 250 altitude chamber flights while maintaining the safest record in AETC.
Furthermore, the 479th OSS was the major student manager for the 479th FTG. In fiscal year 2012 it processed 364 new students, while out-processing 297 students. Squadron personnel also facilitated 1,045 training temporary duty (TDYs) and graduated 343 new CSOs for the U.S. Air Force.
451st Flying Training Squadron (FTS)
The 451st Bombardment Squadron, Medium, was constituted June 19, 1942, and activated July 17, 1942. It was inactivated Dec. 11, 1945. The squadron was redesignated as the 451st Bombardment Squadron, Light, on July 3, 1947 and activated in the U.S. Air Force Reserve on Aug. 9, 1947. It was again inactivated June 27, 1949. The unit was redesignated as the 451st Fighter-Day Squadron on March 24, 1954, and activated July 1, 1954. It was again inactivated Nov. 18, 1957, and again redesignated as the 451st Flying Training Squadron on July 28, 1972, and activated April 1, 1973. The squadron was again inactivated Jan. 15, 1992, before being reborn as the 451st Flying Training Squadron assigned to the 479th Flying Training Group effective Oct. 2, 2009.
The unit earned the following honors: seven World War II campaigns — Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; and Air Combat, EAME Theater. The unit also received the Distinguished Unit Citation, European Theater of Operations, July 17, 1943, to July 24, 1944, as well as the Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards for April 1 to Dec. 31, 1973; Jan. 1, 1976, to Feb. 28, 1977; Jan. 1, 1978, to April 30, 1979; and Jan. 1, 1980, to April 30, 1981.
455th Flying Training Squadron (FTS)
The 455th Flying Training Squadron was activated as the 455th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on Aug. 4, 1942, at Columbia Army Air Base, South Carolina. It deployed to the European theater of operations in World War II and flew B-26 bombers during the war. It was inactivated Dec. 12, 1945. The unit reactivated in the reserve June 27, 1949, at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, 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 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, California, 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 Oct. 2, 2009, as the 455th Flying Training Squadron and serves as a tenet unit to the 479th Flying Training Group in NAS Pensacola, Florida.
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 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The United States Air Force Parachute 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 U.S. Air Force 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 effects, extended survival at sea and marine life familiarization. Hands-on training is emphasized in a steppingstone approach to make a student proficient with their survival equipment. The U.S. Air Force Water Survival School trains in Pensacola Bay, Florida. 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 and 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 Air Force Reserve members. Currently, the U.S. Air Force Water Survival School employs 19 survival, evasion, resistance and escape (SERE) specialists, seven aircrew flight equipment personnel and two civilians. The school’s 11 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 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 July 18, 1987. The multimission 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 (ANT) 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 mooring hold the 87-foot Cutter Bonito, two 45-foot response boats, and one 29-foot response boat and provides room for visiting Coast Guard cutters.
Coast Guard Station Pensacola is a subunit of Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Alabama, and is under the jurisdiction of the 8th Coast Guard District in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Coast Guard Cutter Bonito......... 850-455-3115
Coast Guard Liaison Officer....... 850-452-2749
Coast Guard Station Pensacola
.. Nonemergency Number.......... 850-453-8282
Station Emergency Number........ 850-453-8187
Aids to Navigation Team
.. Pensacola............................... 850-455-2354