Naval supply depot
5450 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Located in Hampden Township, NSA Mechanicsburg is one of the few military facilities run by the United States Navy in Pennsylvania. The base is commanded by James W. Smart. It is one of the most varied installations in the US Navy. Its objectives changed a little over time, while its future is not that secure. In fact, in 2005, the Base Realignment and Closure commission eyed the installation and although it managed to remain “alive”, many of its operations were changed again. Some of the commands were relocated to other nearby bases, resulting in yet another change in the objectives.
Prior to World War II, the needs for more depots in the United States Navy were obvious. Most of them were overcrowded and there was no room for anything else. The officials found the wide and plain farmlands in Pennsylvania a great site for a base, so the authorization was taken in 1941. Less than a year later, the base was commissioned. It was officially opened on October, 1-st ,1942. Soon after the war ended, some of the most important units in the US Navy were relocated on site.
The first major change occurred in 1972, when NAS Mechanicsburg reached its peaks in activity. The authorities decided to merge it with the center for Ships Parts Control. The name remained unchanged, but the activity drastically increased due to the hundreds of troops who were relocated. The ’90s brought in a round of updates and improvements, not to mention about a few major changes in the units and tenants on site.
These days, NAS Mechanicsburn serves close to 5,000 inhabitants. There are around 30 tenants hosted, with the most important ones counting the Inventory Control Point, the Supply System Commands or the Information Systems Activity.
The primary mission at NSA Mechanicsburg has constantly changed over the history, but its main objective remains supporting the local units and tenants. At the same time, the base has always been at the disposal of the US Navy, not to mention about the missions assigned by the Department of Defense. These days, the activities on site vary a little. Most of them concentrate on ship maintenance operations, as well as more or less important reparations, according to each case.
The personnel support is just as important. The housing opportunities are among the main facilities, while the inhabitants also have a lot of services and centers that make them feel like living in a civilian community. Whether they want recreational areas or outdoor activities, all of them are successfully covered. The facilities are equal for all the inhabitants, counting military personnel, civilian families, contractors and employees. The reserve or retired units are just as important.
The overall population in Mechanicsburg is 9,016.
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In 2010, Maryland 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
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FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
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There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Cumberland County Department of Human Resources 717-240-7877
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.
Cumberland Children Services 717-240-6120
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.
Cumberland Animal Services 717-263-5791
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
Cumberland Dept of Public Health 717-218-2900
Highway Patrol 717-249-2121
Housing Services Office (717) 605-2900
Legal Services and JAG (717) 605-3034
The sole community serving NSA Mechanicsburg, this quaint neighborhood consists of single family homes that were completed in 2012 to serve Officers and Enlisted Personnel.
These energy-efficient homes come standard with more than 2,100 square feet, a two car garage, and fenced backyards.
Community amenities include the Hampden Township Recreational Building, which houses an outdoor pool and is located near the Navy base. In addition, the Mechanicsburg community is home to a tot-lot and other outdoor activities located just a few steps from your front door.
Good Hope Farms South
0.9 miles from Base
Very nice homes and lots of kids in the neighborhood. Right outside the neighborhood is the elementary and middle school and the base is very close. Close to lots of restaurants and stores. The neighborhood has lots of friendly people. There’s a great park at the township less than 1 mile away that has a very family friendly pool open during the summer.
North Ridge II
11 miles from Base
North Ridge II is actually one of 5 neighborhoods that are open to each other. North Ridge II is the newer part to North Ridge and has houses that are a bit more expensive. Cross Creek has houses that are same size to bigger and then there is the Village of North Ridge which has mostly duplexes and under a HOA as well as the newest neighborhood Mountain View Estates that is still growing and is also under a HOA.
In Mechanicsburg, the summers are warm and humid, the winters are very cold, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 23°F to 85°F and is rarely below 10°F or above 93°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Mechanicsburg for warm-weather activities is from mid June to late September.
The overall cost of living index in Mechanicsburg, PA is 98, which is 1% lower than the Pennsylvania average and 2% lower than the national average.
Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Mechanicsburg, PA are 2% lower than the Pennsylvania average and 1% lower than the national average.
This town’s motto is “A Good Place to Live,” and it must be true, because Cumberland Valley’s Mechanicsburg has been attracting residents and visitors since 1807. Explore the Historic Downtown of Mechanicsburg while visiting the area.
The historic town of Mechanicsburg is home to a variety of events including the Art Walk & Wine Tasting, Earth Day Festival, and Jubilee Day – the largest, one-day street fair on the East Coast.
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