Naval Air Station Meridian
Naval Air Station Meridian or NAS Meridian is a military airport located 11 miles northeast of Meridian, Mississippi in Lauderdale County and Kemper County, and is one of the Navy’s two jet strike pilot training facilities.
NAS Meridian exists to train the war fighter. It accomplishes its mission of enabling war fighter readiness by providing timely, quality services and facilities in an environmentally safe, secure community.
The Air Operations Departments military and civilian personnel operate NAS Meridian/McCain Field and Naval Outlying Landing Field (NOLF) Joe Williams. Their primary mission is to support Commander, Training Air Wing ONE, the wing’s subordinate training squadrons and its associated T-45 Goshawk aircraft in the conduct of undergraduate strike pilot training.
NAS Meridian maintains a separate runway, Joe Williams Outlying Landing Field (OLF), approximately 25 miles northwest of the main air station. Joe Williams OLF is an 8,000 foot long runway located in a rural area between the communities of Bogue Chitto and De Kalb. The field is used to reduce traffic congestion at the main air station, primarily when students are conducting Field Carrier Landing Practice in preparation for initial aircraft carrier qualification.
More than 4,000 military and civilian personnel and dependents.