Naval Air Station Meridian

Training Air Wing One

255 Rosenbaum Ave, Meridian, MS 39309

ABOUT

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.

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ARRIVAL

NAS Meridian is approximately 15 miles northeast of the city of Meridian between state highways 39 and 45. Meridian’s airport is south of Meridian, approximately 20 miles from the main gate.
 
Reporting staff and student pilots may check in with NAS Security Dispatch after hours to stop leave charging but must report to their command pass liaison representative during normal working hours to complete processing. Go to the administrative department of the command to which you are reporting.
 
Naval Technical Training Center “A” School students check in at: NTTC Quarterdeck in Building 360. MATSS-1 “A” School students check in at: Building 353, Room 110. Reservists assigned to the Navy Operational Support Center are required to muster with their unit mustering petty officer no later than 7 a.m. on the first drill day or with the NOSC CDO if performing drills on a normal workday.
 
All NAS Meridian and tenant command personnel must check in with the Fleet and Family Support Center in order to schedule a seat to attend the Welcome Aboard program. This program is required for all newly reporting personnel.

Resources

TRICARE Information and News

 

For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.

 

Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.

 

The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.

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

Frederick County Public Schools

If your child is preparing to go to college, this information on scholarships may help.

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.
Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.

​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

 

Chaplain 301-619-7371

 

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

Housing

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

Eagle Point

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.

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Community

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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