Naval Air Station Kingsville
Naval Air Station Kingsville’s was first created in 1941 its primary mission is to train tactical jet pilots for the United States Navy and Marine Corps. is located in Kleberg County, Texas, about 2 miles east of Kingsville in the south gulf coastal plains. The cost-of-living is low. It is about 45 miles from Corpus Christi and NAS Corpus Christi and is the home of King Ranch, once the largest ranch in the world. There is no base operator at NAS Kingsville.
To provide NAS Kingsville personnel, including all tenant activities, with the best reliable and sustainable shore infrastructure and services to enable and support the Fleet, fighter, and family.
In the fall of 1941, a group of Kingsville civic leaders decided that the city’s desirable climate and scarcely populated area would be very suitable for a military airfield, much like the one in Corpus Christi. The city leaders wasted little time in making their belief known to the Department of Defense.
The Kingsville group picked out several good sites for airfields and presented them to Navy leaders at NAS Corpus Christi. Among the most impressed of the Navy staff was CAPT Alva Bernhard, who at the time was NAS Corpus Christi’s Commanding Officer. While the Navy made no immediate promises to the Kingsville group, that all changed on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. CAPT Bernhard, foreseeing an immense training buildup that would overtake NAS Corpus Christi’s capacity, immediately selected a site in Kingsville and put his plans into high gear for procurement and construction.
The farmland site of 3,000 acres was soon purchased from the B. O. Sims family. The Navy planned to build a combination of two fields with barracks and other Station activities in a central location, thus saving construction time. Quarters “Q” on the property (now Quarters A) was the only existing building on the land to escape demolition when the Navy took control. The house formerly belonged to the B.O. Sims family and the Navy decided to keep it intact for use as a residence for airfield commanders. The base opened July 4, 1942.
NAS Kingsville does not have a Personnel Support Activity on board the installation. Check-in processing is handled through your command or activity administrative office at NAS Kingsville. Personnel reporting aboard to the NAS Kingsville command may check-in at the Administrative Office (Bldg. 2740, 3rd floor) during normal working hours Monday through Friday (7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.). After normal working hours, new arrivals should contact the Command Duty Officer by calling: 361-218-7182. Training Air Wing TWO personnel (including Student Aviators) and other tenant activities personnel will complete the check-in process through their respective commands. TW-2 student aviators will report to Student Control, Bldg. 2741, TW-2 Headquarters Bldg. Remember to keep your Sponsor informed of when you intend to report aboard so that he or she can ensure that your arrival and check-in goes smoothly. If you do not have a sponsor assigned, please contact the NAS Kingsville Command Master Chief at (361) 516-6495 (DSN 876-6495)
If you are arriving in the local area by commercial transportation, contact the Command Duty Officer (CDO) at 361-218-7182 for transportation to the station. If the CDO reports military transportation is not available from Corpus Christi International Airport, a taxi to Kingsville will cost approximately $99.00 and is reimbursable on your PCS travel claim.
Remember to keep your Sponsor informed of when you intend to report aboard so that he or she can ensure that your arrival and check-in goes smoothly.
The overall population is 25,482.