Virginia Beach, VA 23460, USA


Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide


Welcome Letters

Welcome aboard! Since 1943, the men and women of Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, Dam Neck Annex and Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress have provided world-class service to the fleet, our fighters and their families. My staff will honor our heritage by always striving to provide exceptional support to those we serve.

Welcome Aboard

Welcome to NAS Oceana and Dam Neck Annex. We take pride in providing outstanding service to all newcomers. Whatever your status — military, family member, DOD employee, student or retiree — we are committed to providing you the highest quality programs, facilities and services available.

NAS Oceana History

Through the post-World War II years, the little station that started in an inaccessible area of Oceana grew with naval aviation. Initially commissioned as Naval Auxiliary Air Station Oceana on Aug. 17, 1943, the need for more runways and training grew so quickly that by 1952, Oceana had become too large to work as a subordinate to other air stations in the area. Capt. Whitmore Butts assumed command in March 1952, and on April 1, 1952, the secretary of the Navy changed the station’s designation to NAS Oceana.

Newcomer's Information

Preplanning is essential for newcomers moving to NAS Oceana or Dam Neck Annex, whether for a permanent change of station, a temporary duty assignment or a school tour.


Housing Services are available at the Navy Housing Service Center (NHSC) to assist military and Department of Defense (DOD) personnel and their families in finding a home in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. The center is located at 1596 Tomcat Boulevard, Bldg. #280 onboard NAS Oceana. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Trained and professional housing counselors are ready to assist clients with referral to Public Private Venture (PPV) homes as well as referrals of affordable housing options in the community.

Fleet and Family Support

1896 Laser Road, Building 531, Suite 120
Virginia Beach, VA 23460

Phone 757-433-2912
(DSN) 433-2912
Fax 757-433-2017

2073 Tartar Road, Building 585(near the fire station)
Virginia Beach, VA 23460

Health Care

Branch health clinics and dental services are available at both NAS Oceana and Dam Neck Annex. The Oceana Clinic provides primary health care to active-duty and retired military, their spouses and civil service employees requiring care associated with occupational health issues. The Dam Neck Clinic provides support to active-duty staff and students assigned to Dam Neck Annex. Information on the Dam Neck Clinic is contained in the Dam Neck portion of this guide.


Virginia Beach has 56 elementary schools, 14 middle schools, 11 high schools and a number of secondary/postsecondary specialty centers, including the Renaissance Academy, Advanced Technology Center, Technical and Career Education Center, and Adult Learning Center. Auxiliaries include the Adult Learning Center, Virginia Beach Central Academy, Open Campus, Advanced Technology Center, Technical and Career Education Center for senior high students, the Center for Effective Learning for middle school students and the Old Donation Center for the Talented and Gifted for elementary students. District headquarters is at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, Virginia Beach. For information, call 757-263-1949 or go online to

Morale, Welfare & Recreation

The Navy’s Morale, Welfare & Recreation program administers a variety of recreation, social and community support activities on U.S. Navy facilities worldwide. Our mission is to provide quality of life through entertainment, recreation, dining facilities and fitness. We offer a number of recreational services and things to do that are available to active-duty personnel, eligible dependents, retired military and civilian employees.

Other Services at NAS Oceana

Although not located on base, the American Red Cross is available just a phone call away to help military members handle emergencies. Its Armed Forces Emergency Services is the worldwide program through which emergency communications, financial assistance and case work services are provided to members of the United States armed forces and their families.


The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is a high-performance tactical airplane that can be operated from either aircraft carriers or land bases. It is a single-seat, twin-engine aircraft that can undertake fighter, attack and reconnaissance missions. Two-seat Hornets are produced for pilot training and support roles.

Deployable Fleet Units

There are currently 10 U.S. Navy carrier air wings: five based on the East Coast at NAS Oceana; four based on the West Coast at NAS Lemoore, California; and one forward deployed to NAF Atsugi, Japan.

Shore Units

Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic’s mission is to provide U.S. Atlantic Fleet commanders with combat-ready F/A-18 strike fighter squadrons that are fully trained, properly manned, well-maintained and supported. It is commanded by a Navy captain, who is also known as the wing commodore. The wing staff consists of approximately 87 officers, enlisted and civilian personnel.

Fleet Support

Commissioned Oct. 1, 1977, Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Virginia Capes (FACSFAC VACAPES) is one of five naval facilities designated to coordinate Department of Defense use of special-use airspace and offshore warning areas. The command provides surveillance, instrumentation and functional area support services that include scheduling, prioritizing, monitoring and controlling DOD air, surface and subsurface units operating in offshore operating areas from Narragansett Bay, Massachusetts, southward to the Cherry Point off the North Carolina coast.

Dam Neck Annex

The NAS Oceana Dam Neck Annex is along the Atlantic coast, 5 miles south of the Virginia Beach resort area. Dam Neck rests on more than 1,700 acres of highlands, marshes, coastal beaches and sand dunes with 3.2 miles of some of the most beautiful beachfront in Virginia.

Dam Neck Tenant Commands

The Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) was established May 30, 2008, at Dam Neck Annex. This command serves as the central authority for U.S. Navy training for leadership, and professional and personal development training and support. By providing the best tools, opportunities and solutions, in conjunction with the most effective training delivery, it fosters an environment where all members of the Navy community can achieve their maximum potential.


NAS Oceana and Dam Neck Annex are within the city limits of the world’s largest resort city, Virginia Beach, Va., giving station and squadron personnel the opportunities afforded by a resort area. The leading summer attraction at Virginia Beach is the 6 miles of sandy beach lined by a boardwalk.


Press Conference by 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Commanding General

Search and rescue efforts remain ongoing for twelve U.S. Marines after their two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters impacted the water off the coast of Oahu's Waimea Bay along the North Shore the evening of January 14.

Army Reserve Unit holds Best Warrior competition at Meridian

Competitors from the 206th Transportation Company, 287th Transportation Company (Heavy Equipment Transport), 319th Transportation Company, and 576th Movement Control Detachment and their sponsors, participated in various events on board Naval Air Station Meridian Nov. 20-22.

Marines, sailors work together during evacuation control center exercise

Story by SSgt Bryan Peterson on 01/14/2016

Americans traveled by ground convoy to neighboring Tunisia, before being flown to Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, where they were processed through an evacuation control center, or ECC, before moving on to other locations.

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