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NAS Corpus Christi 

Naval air base

11001 D St #101, Corpus Christi, TX 78418


Several years before World War II, Congress decided there was a lack of aviation training facilities and recommended another station be created. NAS Corpus Christi was commissioned based on their recommendation in March, 1941, and several months later flight training began in the Coastal Bend area. Corpus Christi trainees contributed significantly to the success of America’s Naval operations through WWII.


To support War Fighter Readiness and enhance the missions of our Tenant Commands and Regional Installations by providing quality service in a timely, efficient and safe manner.


The official step leading to the construction of the Naval Air Station was initiated by the 75th Congress in 1938. A board found that a lack of training facilities capable of meeting an emergency demand for pilots constituted a grave situation. They recommended the establishment of a second air training station, and further, that it be located on Corpus Christi Bay.
NAS Corpus Christi was commissioned by its first skipper, Captain Alva Berhard, on March 12, 1941. The first flight training started on May 5, 1941. Former President George Bush was in the third graduating class, June 1943, commissioned just three days before his 19th birthday, which made him the youngest naval aviator to that date.
In 1941, 800 instructors provided training for more than 300 cadets a month. The training rate nearly doubled after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. By the end of World War II, more than 35,000 naval aviators had earned their wings here. Corpus Christi was the only primary, basic and advanced training facility in existence in the United States. At one time it was the largest pilot training facility in the world.
Today, the training program is much longer, approximately 18 months, due to the increased complexity of today’s aircraft. Currently, Training Air Wing FOUR produces approximately 600 newly qualified aviators each year.


Arriving at Christi
Personnel must be in the uniform of the day. Chiefs and officers should report in khaki’s and E-6 and below should report in Navy Service Uniforms (NSU).
Upon your arrival if you are unsure of where you should “check in” for your new command, ask base gate security personnel for the quarterdeck or call the NAS Officer of the Day, Building 2, 361-961-2384 or DSN 361-861-2384 or the Duty Office of your reporting command for directions and guidance as to proper check-in procedures. They can be reached 24 hours a day.
Depending upon your command, all personnel are usually directed to their respective Command PASS Coordinator (CPC) for processing. Most of the processing will be done on the command level with your CPC.
After working hours, check-in with Officer of the Day (OOD), Bldg 2. OOD will stamp your orders. The OOD will be on duty from 6:45 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. If arriving on the weekend, check-in with the Command Duty Officer (CDO), Bldg 2, between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

Base Population

Today there are more than 50 tenant commands and activities located on NAS Corpus Christi and it is the major hub of military activity in South Texas. More than 10,250 employees from all parts of the country. Military from all branches of the service, civil service employees and contractors now work together at NAS Corpus Christi to support our national defense.