NAF El Centro

Naval Air Facility El Centro 

Military Airport, Premiere tactical training air installation

2024 Bennett Rd, El Centro, CA 92243

ABOUT

At Naval Air Facility El Centro their mission is to provide the highest quality facilities, services and products to the Naval Aviation community and all organizations utilizing Naval Air Facility El Centro. They provide base support to Naval Aviation Squadrons and maintain target ranges for their weapons and combat air training. We also support Marine Aviation units, air elements from the U.S. Army, Air Force units, and allied forces.

Originally the planned site of the Imperial County airport, the Navy leased the facility for use as a Marine Corps Air Station in 1942. The formal establishment of the installation took place on July 24, 1943. The installation operated as a Marine Corp Air Station until disestablishment and subsequent re-establishment to the Navy in May 1946. In 1979 the facility was designated Naval Air Facility El Centro.

Naval Air Facility El Centro was commissioned on May 1, 1946, as a Naval Air Station. Prior to that, the base was a Marine Corps Air Station. Through the years, Navy El Centro has had several names: Naval Air Facility, Naval Auxiliary Landing Field, Naval Air Station, and the National Parachute Test Range.

Every month, seven to 12 squadrons and up to 1,600 personnel train here. Additionally, U.S. Air Force parachutists, U.S. Navy SEAL’s, Army Green Berets, and British, French, German and Italian aviators visit for various phases of their training.

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ARRIVAL

The Main Gate of Naval Air Facility El Centro is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Proper identification is required.
 
Naval Air Facility El Centro is located approximately 130 miles east of San Diego and 60 miles west of Yuma, Arizona on Highway 8. Specific Directions from nearest metropolitan areas are:
From Los Angeles: I-10 East to CA-86 South. CA-86 becomes Imperial Avenue. Turn right on Adams, Adams becomes Evan Hewes Highway. Turn right on Bennet Road to NAF El Centro main gate.
 
From San Diego: I-8 East, exit on Drew Road toward Seeley. Turn left onto Drew Road, turn right onto Evan Hewes Highway. Turn left onto Bennet Road to NAF El Centro main gate.
From Yuma Arizona: I-8 West to Forrester Road. Turn right onto Forrester Road. Turn left onto Evan Hewes Highway. Turn right onto Bennet Road to NAF El Centro main gate.
 
The most convenient mode of transportation to get here is your POV, however, you may fly commercial air on United Express from Los Angeles to the Imperial County Airport. Also, Greyhound Bus Lines has several scheduled stops in El Centro throughout the day and evening. Transportation from El Centro to the base can be arranged through your sponsor or the Duty Office, so please keep your sponsor advised of your plans.

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 be enrolled in a California school, children should be five years old by September 1st to be eligible for kindergarten. The law also required school districts to develop a transitional kindergarten program for children who will no longer be age-eligible. Check with the school for requirements.

In 2010, California along with the majority of other 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 www.corestandards.org

Imperial County School District

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.

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.

California Department of Human Resources 916-324-0455
Helps families 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.

Imperial County Children Services 442-265-1455
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.

Imperial County Animal Services 760-352-1911
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.

Imperial County Dept of Public Health 442-265-1444

Highway Patrol 760-312-1800

Base Operator 760-339-2673

 

Chaplain 760-339-2290

 

Housing Services Office 760-339-2921

 

ID/CAC Card Processing 760-339-2623

 

Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255

Housing

Naval Air Facility El Centro is located in the heart of Southern California’s Imperial Valley. It is a two hour drive from San Diego and Palm Springs, one hour from Yuma, AZ, and fifteen minutes from the Mexican border. NAF is the “winter home” of the world-famous Blue Angels, the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron.
Although small, NAF El Centro has a full array of support facilities: Commissary, Navy Exchange, Medical and Dental Clinics, Consolidated Officer/Chief Petty Officer and Enlisted Club, and a wide variety of recreational activities.

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Community

In El Centro, the summers are sweltering and arid, the winters are cool and dry, and it is mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 42°F to 107°F and is rarely below 35°F or above 113°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best times of year to visit El Centro for hot-weather activities are from early June to late July and from mid August to late September.

The cost of living index in El Centro, CA is 96, which is 31% lower than the California average and 4% lower than the national average.
Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location and provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. The cost of retail goods and services in El Centro, CA are 15% lower than the average for California and 6% lower than the national average.

Two hours from downtown San Diego in the Imperial Valley lies Naval Air Facility El Centro. As the winter home to the world famous Blue Angels, El Centro is a wonderful stop to watch air operations or enjoy top-notch recreation facilities. Each March, the El Centro Air Show marks the official start of air show season. Many military members and retirees stop in El Centro at the RV Park or dine at the Mirage Club in the newly renovated lounge. There are fitness facilities, swimming pools, driving range and a go-kart track that make this base a true desert oasis.

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