Naval Air Station Meridian
Training Air Wing One
255 Rosenbaum Ave, Meridian, MS 39309
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.
TRICARE Information and News
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FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Mississippi school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1 and must have completed a physical within the last six months. Students going into the first grade are required to have a physical as well. Check with the school for other requirements.
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
Current servicemembers can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.
Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
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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.
Child Care Aware:
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.
Frederick County Human Resources 301-600-1070
Helps California 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.
Frederick County Child and Family Services 301-600-3533
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.
Frederick County Humane Society 301-694-8300
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
Frederick County Dept of Public Health 301-600-1029
Maryland State Police 410-379-97
Base Operator 301-619-8000
Housing Services Office 301-619-3224
ID/CAC Card Processing 301-619-7311
Legal Services and JAG 301-619-2221
Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255
NAS Meridian housing has recently been through a major renovation. Though waiting lists will likely continue to be a factor, waiting times are expected to improve as a result of the renovation completion. An applicant’s control date on the waiting list is determined by the date of the detachment from their last PCS duty station prior to reporting to this area. In order to keep this date, you must apply no later than 30 days after you have reported to your new command. Call the Navy Family Housing Office, at 601-679-2520, for availability
8.3 miles from Base
Family, friendly neighborhood. Safe area with a lot of military personnel. Next to a golf course and pool. Yards are small
Ole Cobblestone Dr
6.4 miles from Base
Safe, friendly neighborhood. Just ten minutes from town, and five minutes or less to local schools.
In Meridian, the summers are long, hot, and oppressive; the winters are short and cold; and it is wet and partly cloudy year round.
The hot season is from May 23 to September 23, with an average daily high temperature above 84 degrees. The cool season is from November 30 to February 23, with an average daily high temperature below 64 degrees.
The best times of year for warm-weather activities are from mid April to mid June and from late August to mid October.
The overall cost of living index in Meridian, MS is 77. which is 7% lower than the Mississippi average and 23% 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 Meridian, MS are 7% lower than the Mississippi average and 17% lower than the national average.
Centrally located in the Southwest, the town of Meridian is just 15 miles southwest of the naval air station.
The local entertainment and art scene offers exceptional opportunities not often found in a town of Meridian’s size. The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience — known as The MAX — showcases Mississippi’s global legacy in every area of the arts, honors Mississippi’s legends in arts and entertainment and inspires tomorrow’s artists through exhibitions, performances, classes and events.
Amusement and tourist attractions in the area cater to both the young and the young at heart. Annually, Meridian hosts the State Games of Mississippi, which brings almost 5,000 amateur athletes to town for the Olympic-style competition.
Lauderdale County is home to several historic trail markers. They include The Civil Right Trail, The Civil War Trail and the Musical Legacy Trail.
Thanks to its hospitable climate, Mississippi is one of America’s great “outdoor” states. Near Meridian, there are some 4,000 acres in the upper reaches of the Lake Okatibbee reservoir area that are licensed to the Mississippi Fish and Game Commission as a game management area for public hunting.
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