Nellis Air Force Base

99th Air Base Wing
4475 England Ave., Nellis AFB, NV 89018
Air Force

ABOUT

Known as the”Home of the Fighter Pilot,” Nellis Air Force Base is home to the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, located just minutes from Sin City in Clark County, Nevada. This United States Air Force installation is the largest demanding air combat training facility in the world. The United States Air Force Warfare Center exists to ensure that well-trained and well-equipped forces are deployed to conduct integrated combat operations in combat situations.

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.

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ARRIVAL

If you reach Nellis after duty hours, go directly to the 24-hour arrival point in the Lodging Office to sign in. If you arrive during normal duty hours, go directly to your unit. The Military Personnel Section holds inprocessing Monday – Friday at 9:00 a.m. in building 20, room 319. You must inprocess the base through the Military Personnel Section; they will schedule you for Right Start Newcomers Orientation and your Finance inprocessing appointment, so you may file your travel voucher. The Military Personnel Section Customer Service number is 702-652-5212 or DSN 312-682-5212.

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.

Resources

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.

 

Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!

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. 

Child Care Aware:

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.

Military Children and Teens Resource Guide 

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

Clark County, Nevada

City of Las Vegas

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

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

 

Housing

Nellis Family Housing, a Hunt military community, offers a beautiful community with many wonderful amenities and is located within the highly-rated Clark County School District.

Palms at Silverstone Ranch
12.3 miles from base

Beautifully landscaped, this guard-gated community offers safe neighborhoods in a top school district.

Sunrise Manor
4.0 miles from base

Located just south of the base, this community offers many single family homes with nearby amenities.

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Community

Located within the Mojave Desert, the Las Vegas area has a low annual humidity of about 20% and enjoys over 300 days of sunshine per year. Las Vegas is known for being one of the sunniest cities in the world.

The average rainfall in Las Vegas is 4.13 inches. Typically, the summers are long and hot and the winters are short and mild. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 38°F to 105°F and is rarely below 30°F or above 111°F.

The best time to visit Las Vegas for hot-weather activities is from early June to mid September when the temperatures are at their highest. The coolest months are during December and February. The days are mild and sunny, while the nights are cold and sometimes in the freezing temperatures.

Compared to the state average of Nevada, the cost of living index in Las Vegas, NV is 100, which is 3% lower than the average in Nevada and compared to the national average it is equal to. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Las Vegas, NV goods and services come in at 6% lower than the average in Nevada and are equal to compared to the nationwide average.
Clark County has a population of over 2 million and the area accounts for more than 68% of Nevada’s population. The 8,000-square mile county is home to several self-contained cities with many different attractions, museums, hospitals, school systems and more. The popular city of Las Vegas attracts more than 40 million visitors each year and is home to 14 of the 15 largest hotels in the nation. The local area boasts plenty of entertaining activities including music, theater, museums, parks and shopping. Enjoy a ballet or concert at the Smith Center, for instance, or take in a race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Don’t miss the Clark County Fair & Rodeo in Logandale or electronic dance music combined with cutting-edge effects at the Electric Daisy Carnival. Travel back in time with museums dedicated to the mob and neon signs. And be sure to check out the Las Vegas Strip and its dazzling attractions. The Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River on the border between Nevada and Arizona. About a 45-minute drive from Las Vegas, this is one site you won’t want to miss! Some other notable attractions include: the Fountains of Bellagio, Lake Mead, Madame Tussauds Wax MuseumRed Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and the Adventuredome at Circus Circus.

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