Naval Air Station Key West
Naval air station and military air port
Key West, FL 33040
Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West is located on Boca Chica Key, Monroe county, Florida. It is the second to last major island in the Florida Keys. NAS Key West has several annexes through out Monroe county as well as Key West itself. Key West is the southernmost city in the continental United States. It is 1.5 miles wide and 4 miles long, it sits 93 miles north of Cuba, 153 miles southwest of Miami and 24.5 degrees above the equator. Emerald colored waters where the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean meet below the 42 bridges of the Overseas Highway make the three-hour drive between Miami and Key West especially beautiful.
Naval Air Station Key West’s national security mission supports operational and readiness requirements for Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, National Guard units, federal agencies, and allied forces.
The U.S. Navy’s presence in Key West dates back to 1823, when a Naval Base was established to stop piracy in this area. The lower Keys were home to many wealthy shipping merchants whose fleets operated from these waters. This drew the interest of pirates such as Black Beard and Captain Jon Kidd, who used the Keys as a base from which to prey on shipping lanes.
NAS Key West community consists of service members and their families from the Navy, Marines, Air Force, Army, and Coast Guard, as well as civilian employees, foreign dignitaries and retirees.
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 an Florida school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st of the school year. The compulsory school age in Florida is age 6. Early entry rules and age exemptions to attend kindergarten are not specified in Florida statute.
CPLAMS is an online toolbox of information, vetted resources, and interactive tools that helps educators effectively implement teaching standards. It is the State of Florida’s official source for standards information and course description.
For Educational resources for learning and the core standards in Florida, go to www.floridastudents.org
For attendance and enrollment information, go to https://www.fldoe.org/how-do-i/attendance-enrollment.stml
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.
Florida Department of Human Resources 305-292-4537
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.
Monroe County Children Services 305-292-6745
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.
Monroe County Animal Services 305-294-4857
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
Monroe County Dept of Public Health 305-293-7500
Highway Patrol 305-289-2600
Base Operator 305-293-2806
Dental Headquarters 305-293-4600
ID/CAC Card Processing 305-293-2571
Legal Services and JAG 305-293-2833
Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255
NAS Key West military and civilian families may live in Private-Public Venture PPV (privatized housing) areas. PPV housing is located in four areas in the city of Key West. There are adequate units which are continually modernized to quality housing for military/civilian families. Call the Navy Family Housing Office, at 305-293-4467 / 305-293-4478, for availability.
1.9 miles from base
Great neighborhood with new homes on the water or with water views. A bike ride or short walk to downtown Key West. Playgrounds and pool are nearby.
1.5 miles from base
Off base area of town in Key West. Has great restaurants, boutiques, museums, parks, and beaches. Fun happy hour spots and a great night life!
In Key West, the summers are long, hot, oppressive, wet, and mostly cloudy and the winters are short, comfortable, humid, windy, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 65°F to 89°F and is rarely below 56°F or above 91°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best times of year to visit Key West for hot-weather activities are from mid March to mid May and from late October to late November.
Residents in Key West, FL enjoy a cost of living index of 141. This index is 42% higher than the Florida average, and 41% higher than the national average.
The general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Key West, FL, the average cost of goods and services is 3% higher than it is in Florida, and it is 1% higher than the national average.
Located on Boca Chica Key, Naval Air Station Key West is located 4 miles northeast off Key West proper. Known as “the Caribbean of the United States,” the Keys are as close as you can get to paradise without leaving the country. Due to the Keys’ proximity to both Cuba and the Caribbean, their history is as colorful as their inhabitants. Key West has a longstanding reputation as being the premier tourist and vacation destination as the southernmost city in the continental United States. However, Key West has a lot more to offer than just sun, beaches and surf. Architecture, history and adventure are on the menu year-round.
Though Key West is known as a tropical paradise, don’t expect to find white-sand beaches this far south. Though somewhat rocky, the beaches are lush nonetheless and offer many activities year-round. In the historic Bahama Village (settled in the 19th century by immigrants from the Bahamas), new stores and restaurants are springing up seemingly overnight. This area was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway, who was known to frequent the bars to arm-wrestle and box with the locals. The Mallory docks are a likely source for nighttime entertainment for islanders and tourists alike. Sidewalk cafes, open-air bars and dimly lit pubs line the streets, which are filled with jugglers, mimes and a multitude of street musicians.
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