Naval Air Station Oceana
United States Navy master jet base
1750 Tomcat Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23460
NAS Oceana the second largest employer in Virginia Beach. It supports the Navy’s Atlantic and Pacific Fleet Force of Strike-Fighter Aircraft & Joint/Inter-Agency Operations. Naval Air Station Oceana is the Navy’s East Coast Master Jet Base, home to the F/A-18 Hornets and the largest Fleet Replacement Squadron, VFA-106.
It’s primary mission is to serve as a Shore-Based Readiness Integrator, providing the facilities, equipment and personnel to support shored-based readiness, total force readiness and maintain operational access of Oceana-based forces.
Oceana is home to eighteen Hornet and Super Hornet squadrons. Sixteen squadrons deploy on carriers into combat and two are permanently based at Oceana, including the adversary squadron. Routinely, two-thirds of this complement is “working up” on carriers off the coast or deployed at NAS Fallon, Nevada for live air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons training. NAS Oceana averages one take off or landing every two minutes for an average of 325,000 flight operations per year.
Naval Air Station Oceana was commissioned August 17, 1943. Then the area now known as Oceana was a swampy wasteland. Today it is a complex with more than seven miles of runways and the latest equipment to serve military air traffic. It is manned by more than 14,600 military personnel, 2,000 civilians and is home to 19 fighter/attack squadrons flying the Navy’s most advanced aircraft. In the years since World War II, it has taken its place in the list of essential installations and is rightly considered a “Master Jet Base.”
Together with Dam Neck the base has about 10,500 active Navy personnel, about 10,000 family members and 4,500 civilian personnel.
All reporting personnel must stop at the Quarterdeck, located in Building 230 (White House). Here you will have your orders endorsed by the station Junior Officer of the Day (JOOD). The quarterdeck is manned 24-hours a day and can be reached at 757-433-2366. After checking in with the JOOD, all military personnel are sent to the Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) located in Building 326 on D Avenue. The PSD is open from 7:30 to 4:00 p.m., or may be reached, in case of emergencies, through the PSD Quarterdeck at 757-433-5933.
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FOR THE CHILDREN
Virginia’s compulsory attendance law states that all children who are 5 years old on or before September 30 of the school year must attend school. This could include public school, private school, a public or private preschool program, a private tutor, or home instruction.
CPLAMS is an online toolbox of information, vetted resources, and interactive tools that helps educators effectively implement teaching standards.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members 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.
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.
Virginia Department of Human Resources 757-664-6000
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.
Virginia Beach Children Services 757-385-4537
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.
Virginia Beach Animal Services 757-385-4444
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
Virginia Beach Dept of Public Health 757-518-2700
Highway Patrol 757-424-6788
Base Operator 757-433-2366
ID/CAC Card Processing 757-433-2939
In-Processing (315) 772-0423
Legal Services and JAG 757-433-2230
Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255
The Hampton Roads region has several housing areas. There are 18 enlisted housing areas with a total 3,902 units, 6 officer housing areas with a total of 226 units and 37 flag officer units. The housing assignment is predicated upon your needs and availability. Wait time can be as little as 0-3 months, or as long as 18-24 months.
3.1 miles from base
Bernard Farms is a great, family friendly neighborhood. It is within close proximity to Landstown Commons, Oceana, Oceana commissary and the NEX. The Virginia Beach Field House, which hosts soccer games, volleyball games, field hockey, Sports Stars classes for little ones and older kids, is 2 1/2 miles away.
Princess Anne Woods
3.2 miles from base
Beautiful neighborhood located in Virginia Beach near the courthouse area. Offers well manicured homes with a family friendly environment, and social events.
In Fort Drum, the summers are warm and partly cloudy and the winters are freezing and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 11°F to 79°F and is rarely below -10°F or above 87°F.
The warm season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 25 to September 18, with an average daily high temperature above 69°F. The hottest day of the year is July 20, with an average high of 79°F and low of 61°F. The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from December 4 to March 13, with an average daily high temperature below 38°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 11°F and high of 27°F.
The wetter season lasts 8.6 months, from April 8 to December 26, with a greater than 31% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 38% on June 16. The drier season lasts 3.4 months, from December 26 to April 8. The smallest chance of a wet day is 24% on February 3.
The cost of living in Fort Drum, NY is 3% lower than the New York average and 15% higher than the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Fort Drum, NY are 10% lower than the average for New York and 2% lower than the rest of the country.
The Virginia Beach area showcases one of the most spectacular National Wildlife Refuges in Virginia. Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is on the Atlantic coast in the southeastern corner of Virginia. The refuge is an important link in the system of National Wildlife Refuges administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Flame of Hope Memorial is on Oceana Boulevard just outside the main gate. The park is dedicated to the memory of prisoners of war, missing in action and those killed in the service of their country. The Flame of Hope itself is lit at all times to light the way for these brave young service members to find their way home. The park is situated in such a position that it affords visitors an excellent advantage for photographing and viewing Oceana jet aircraft as they take off and land. The park includes picnic tables for use by the public.
The Commonwealth of Virginia offers to the military family or individual a vivid course in the history of the South, the War Between the States and the American Revolution. Historical sites for these conflicts are all within a weekend driving distance of NAS Oceana.
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