Nellis Air Force Base
The history of Nellis AFB began with a survey in October 1940, by Major David M. Schlatter of the Army Air Corps, who examined various sites in the southwest in search of a location for an aerial gunnery school. Las Vegas was attractive with its clear weather and year-round flying conditions, and the then-impoverished city was eager for a military base. On January 2, 1941, the city bought an airstrip run by Western Air Express and leased it to the Air Corps three days later, the plan being to use the strip for both military and civilian aircraft.
Construction of the “Las Vegas Army Airfield” began in March 1941, and the first commander, Colonel Martinus Stenseth, arrived in May. Much of the early gunnery training which began in January 1942, used machine guns mounted in trucks and targets on railroad cars to accustom students to firing at a moving target. World War II made the base’s mission especially urgent and by the end of 1942, 9,117 gunners had graduated, with aircraft in use including Martin B-10s, AT-6s, A-33s, B-17 Flying Fortresses, B-24 Liberators, and B-26 Marauders. At the height of training in 1943 and 1944, over 15,000 men and women were at the base. Actors Ronald Reagan and Burgess Meredith came to help produce the propaganda film Rear Gunner. Much of the training was for B-17 gunners, then at the beginning of 1945, emphasis shifted to the B-29 Superfortress. An innovation was the use of a specially-designed target aircraft, the RP-63, which was sufficiently armored to be shot at with breakable bullets. At war’s end, the school had trained over 45,000 B-17 gunners, and over 3,000 for the B-29. The gunnery school closed in September 1945, and the base itself was officially inactivated in January 1947.
There are approximately 11,000 military and 3,700 civilians who work at Nellis. On average there are over 1,200 temporary duty (TDY) personnel each day at Nellis, and over 8,000 official visitors annually.
The customer service center is the first stop referral point for the Military Personnel section. It is the primary liaison between Air Force members, their dependents, retirees, next of kin and all personnel offices. Customer service will assist you with various items, such as in-processing, leave, adverse actions, and answering questions on various programs processed through the personnel section. If an inquiry cannot be answered immediately, then customer service personnel will take action by researching and ensuring correct answers, or they will escort the customer to the office of primary responsibility to ensure that correct action is taken.
The Nellis Inn is a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week reception center. You can arrange for temporary quarters and receive in-processing information. If arriving with your family, ensure your sponsor has made a reservation at least four weeks prior to your actual arrival date. The lodging complex consists of 1,027 transient rooms and a 60-unit temporary lodging facility that serves incoming families.
Nellis AFB is 8 miles northeast of downtown Las Vegas. The McCarran International Airport (LAS) is 17 miles southeast of the base along I-15, which is about a 30-minute drive by car.
If you are arriving by car, take the Craig Road exit off of I-15 and drive about 5 miles east to the Nellis main gate.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To enter first grade, a child must be six years old on or before September 30 and must have attended public school kindergarten, a state-exempt private school or approved home school, or must have passed a first-grade readiness test.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
Clark County School District (702) 799-CCSD
This school system is the fifth largest in the nation with more than 316,000 students. Most military children attend public schools in the area because neither Creech AFB nor Nellis AFB offer schools on base.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (775) 684-4000
Helps Nevada residents live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.
Child and Family Services (775) 684-4400
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
Las Vegas Valley Humane Society (702) 434-2009
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
State of Nevada Department of Public Safety (702) 486-2935
Las Vegas-Clark County Library (702) 734-READ (7323)
Base Operator (702) 652-1110
Airman & Family Readiness Center (702) 652-3327
Chaplain’s Office (702) 652-2950
Child Development Center (702) 652-4241
Commissary (702) 632-5500
Education Center (702) 652-5280
Exchange (702) 643-3526
Finance Customer Service (702) 652-4844
Hospital Appointments (702) 653-CARE (2273)
Hospital Information Desk (702) 653-2227
Housing Office (702) 652-1840
ID Cards and DEERS (702) 652-6844
Legal Office/JAG (702) 652-5407
Lodging at Nellis Inn (702) 652-2711
Military Clothing Sales (702) 643-3526 ext. 457
Nellis Family Housing (702) 677-3660
Unaccompanied Housing (702) 652-6769
Veterinary Clinic (702) 652-8836
Visitor’s Center (Main Gate) (702) 652-3216
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