Navy anchor

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.

Arriving at Key West 
 
Arriving During Normal Working Hours

All personnel reporting aboard shall first report to the Administration Office, on Boca Chica for endorsement of orders and to start the check-in process with your sponsor.
 
Personnel Arriving After Normal Working Hours
 
Unaccompanied — The first stop is the NAS Key West Operations Center located in the Command Building on Boca Chica who will endorse the orders. The next stop will be Housing Welcome Center located at Sigsbee Park, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. where the service member will be OFFERED quarters. Temporary quarters will COST YOU per day. It is suggested that you make reservations ahead of time if you are coming in over the weekend so a room is available. Contact 305-293-2013/2095 or DSN 312-493-2013/2095 for additional information. Reservations for temporary quarters can be made by your sponsor. Ensure your temporary lodging is made early while you await quarters – especially if you arrive during the weekend.
 
Accompanied — Personnel newly reporting aboard shall first report to the Administration Office, Command Building for endorsement of orders, etc. If permanent quarters have not been acquired by your sponsor, temporary quarters will need to be obtained prior to your arrival. Check with Personal Property, Building V4059 on your household goods status at 305-293-2973 before accepting the keys to your quarters. The Housing Welcome Center is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. for housing assignment which can be held up to thirty days.

Base Population

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.