Naval Station Ingleside
Naval Station Ingleside is one of the military installations that were affected by the 2005 BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) commission. The base was located in the city with the same name, in Texas. The facility is in the northern part of Corpus Christi Bay. Although there are plenty of military facilities in that part of Texas, this one was among the most important ones the United States Navy could rely on.
NS Ingleside had two major missions and a lot of guiding principles. First of all, the base was responsible for supporting any type of operation conducted by the Mine Warfare Center. The center had strict missions over the history. It was imperative to benefit from a base for its own purposes only and this one seemed excellent for it. Without its help, the center would not be where it is today. In fact, ever since the collaboration was started, the success rate of the center was 100%.
Other than that, the base officials have constantly pushed their limits in an attempt to provide a high quality life to the inhabitants. A happy soldier makes a better job. It was one of the most important principles this base was guided by, therefore the facilities and services on site were excellent. The military troops always counted on the local code of honor and the teamwork. Without supporting each other in their operations, they would be far from where they got. The communication was just as important, especially in a place where all the missions were carefully planned with everyone’s contribution.
NS Ingleside didn’t really have a very long life. The place it laid on was used for military installations for decades. However, the actual station was established about two decades ago. The groundbreaking ceremony attracted a lot of curious people on February, 20-th, 1988. The base was established to represent the successful partnership and collaboration between the southern part of Texas and the United States Navy. The base is named after the Texas citizen who made everything possible. The first unit was deployed on site a few days later.
It took the authorities about a couple of years to make the place livable. Although NS Ingleside was already open, most workers and military troops were hosted off site. The facilities on site were not that useful. Two years later, a series of constructions and buildings were raised, both for the good going of the military base and the housing facilities. The major process of reconstruction and improvement was continued until 2005, when the base got under the 2005 BRAC commission’s eyes. It was placed in the same bowl with two different bases located in the same area. They were all merged together, forming the current Naval Region South. The last ship left NS Ingleside in the autumn of 2009 – USS Sentry. In the spring of 2010, the base was waiting for the last men deployed out of the country to get back in order to be closed. The last one returned in March from Kuwait and NS Ingleside was officially closed in April.
Personnel reporting to Naval Station Ingleside should contact the Naval Station Administrative Office or the tenant command or ship to which they are reporting. If you are in receipt of orders to a Mine Countermeasures Rotational Crew or your ship is underway, it is suggested you contact Personnel Support Activity Detachment at (361) 776-4653 for information and any special instructions. The Personnel Support Activity Detachment, located in the Headquarters Building is open to help incoming personnel. If you are checking in after normal working hours, the Naval Station, all tenant activities, and ships have a Command Duty Officer or Staff Duty Officer to help. See Major Unit Listing for additional phone numbers.Arriving by auto – the Naval Station is located on FM 1069, approximately 4 miles from downtown Ingleside off of Highway 361.
The Corpus Christi International Airport is located approximately 40 miles northwest of the Naval Station. There is no bus service available to the Naval Station. If you fly into Corpus Christi, you are reminded to call the appropriate 1-800 number for transportation to the Naval Station prior to contracting with a taxi or airport limo Service. The 1-800 numbers are posted in the baggage claim area. Look very closely as the signs are small.
The overall population of Ingleside is 10,302.