Naval Air Station Pensacola
Primary training base for U.S.Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard officers pursuing designation as Naval Aviators and Naval Flight Officers
Advanced training base for most Naval Flight Officers
Home base for the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron
280 Taylor Rd, Pensacola, FL 32508
The Naval Air Station Pensacola is said to be the naval aviation cradle. The base is located within the city limits of Pensacola. It is well known for the advanced training fields and programs for the Marine and Navy, as well as coast aviators or naval flight officers. Finally, the base also hosts the Blue Angels, a squadron trained to perform amazing and impressive demonstrations. In other words, it is a very complete base and among the most important ones in the United States. Other than that, the base has the proper equipments to train and teach surgeons and psychologists, but only for naval flight operations.
Believe it or not, the history of this base dates back to the 16-th century. Before this base, a Spanish explorer – Don Tristan de Luna – raised a little fort there as the American exploration began. Centuries later, in the 18-th century, John Quincy Adams – the US president at that time – saw the place as a perfect opportunity to build a navy yard. The construction was started in 1826. The first few years were spent dealing and organizing the slave commerce and piracy. The ships were patrolling throughout the Caribbean and the Gulf.
When the Civil War struck, the NAS Pensacola surrendered to the enemies. Before abandoning the place, the inhabitants tried to destroy everything and make the base unusable. After the war, the reconstruction began. Everything you can see today at the base was built after the Civil War. In 1906, it saw a new round of rebuilding after a massive hurricane and a huge tidal wave.
Before World War I, the base barely had a few trained aviators and pilots. At that time, it was the only naval air station. By the end of the war, in 1918, it had thousands of professionals ready to fight. As the war ended, most equipments were stored in the hangars around the camp. The same process took place in World War II, when the naval air station saw a huge upgrade, considered to be a wonder of the modern age by many.
The upcoming years didn’t come with any notable events. The Korean War caught the base unprepared, while the others were not as important. In 2006, the archaeologists found the remains of a ship from the 16-th century. In 2010, Captain William Reavey Jr. was relieved from the command for improper conduct.
NAS Pensacola has approximately 14,544 military personnel per year, not including family members. All branches of the military are represented on this installation and Corry Station. There are approximately 450,000 people who are residents of the Pensacola area.
Personnel reporting during normal hours (7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday), to activities located aboard NAS Pensacola, report first to PSD Pensacola, Building 680. Turn in your orders and records, file necessary travel claims, and pick up a check-in sheet.
Personnel reporting after normal working hours (4:00 p.m. – 7:30 a.m.) to activities at NAS Pensacola, report to the NAS Officer of the Day (OOD), Bldg. 1500, to have their orders endorsed. This policy also applies to those personnel desiring to report aboard during weekends and holidays. Personnel must report to PSD at 7:30 am on the following workday to begin the check-in process.
Arrival at Naval Air Schools Command
If you are checking in during normal working hours (7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday), the NASC Quarterdeck will direct you into Personnel Support Detachment (PSD), Pensacola for turn in of orders and records, processing of travel claims and to pick up a check-in sheet.
Personnel reporting after normal working hours (4:00 p.m. – 7:30 a.m.) should check in with the NASC Officer of the Day (OOD) in Building 633 to have their orders endorsed. This applies to personnel desiring to report aboard during holidays or weekends as well. Personnel must report to PSD at 7:30 am on the following workday to begin check-in processing.
Arrival at Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training
Personnel (Staff and Students) reporting to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training will report to the Quarterdeck, Building 3460, Room 1136, in uniform of the day (not dungarees), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Personnel will need to have their orders and service records with them upon reporting. After reporting to the Quarterdeck the OOD will direct you.
Arrival at 479th FTG (451st FTS/455th FTS)
Incoming personnel (Staff and Students) reporting to the 479th FTG should call 850-452-0936/4526 for directions.
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 an Florida school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st of the school year. The compulsory school age in Florida is age 6. Early entry rules and age exemptions to attend kindergarten are not specified in Florida statute.
CPLAMS is an online toolbox of information, vetted resources, and interactive tools that helps educators effectively implement teaching standards. It is the State of Florida’s official source for standards information and course description.
For Educational resources for learning and the core standards in Florida, go to www.floridastudents.org
For attendance and enrollment information, go to https://www.fldoe.org/how-do-i/attendance-enrollment.stml
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.
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.
Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!
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. https://www.jaxhumane.org/
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.
Florida Department of Human Services 866-762-2237
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.
Escambia Child and Family Services 866-762-2237
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.
Pensacola Humane Society 850-432-4250
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
Escambia County Health Department 850-595-6500
Highway Patrol 850-484-5000
Dental Headquarters 850-452-5600
ID/CAC Card Processing 850-452-3617
Legal Services and JAG 850-452-3100
Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
The Florida Panhandle Metro Housing Office oversees housing. Call us at 850-452-5168, DSN 312-459-5168. Privatized housing is managed by Balfour Beatty. There are 871 housing units which require full forfeiture of basic allowance for housing (BAH).
2.6 miles from base
Very diverse neighborhood with several homes for sale, and 30% of them are for rent. It’s quiet and friendly, and it’s close to a front and back gate.
The Estates at Emerald Shores
3.3 miles from base
A great neighborhood close to the beach. It’s five minutes from the back gate to the neighborhood. It has a very safe environment.
In Pensacola, the summers are long, hot, and oppressive; the winters are short, cold, and windy; and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 45°F to 89°F and is rarely below 31°F or above 94°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Pensacola for warm-weather activities are from early April to mid May and from late September to early November.
Residents in Pensacola, FL enjoy a cost of living index of 95. This index is 5% lower than the Florida average, and 5% lower than the national average.
The general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Pensacola, FL, the average cost of goods and services is 2% lower than it is in Florida, and it is 3% lower than the national average.
No description of the area can begin without first mentioning Pensacola’s two most obvious and notable features — its emerald-green waters and its miles and miles of white-sand beaches that resemble pure cane sugar. Best of all, both are free. Santa Rosa Island is one long, spectacular beach the whole family will love and want to return to again and again.
For those who enjoy being out on the water, Pensacola offers the ability to participate in a wide range of water-based activities which include surfing, paddle boarding, fishing, diving, snorkeling and swimming.
For history buffs, the forts of Gulf Islands National Seashore span almost 150 years, from the Spanish colonial Bateria De San Antonio (1797) to the WWII-era Battery 234. This reflects the historic value of the anchorages at Pensacola Bay, Florida and Ship Island, Mississippi. Most striking among these are the American Third System forts: Fort Pickens, Fort Massachusetts, Fort Barrancas and the Advanced Redoubt, all which saw action during the Civil War.
Don’t forget to visit the Pensacola Lighthouse, established in 1859, just down the street from the aviation museum. The Pensacola Lighthouse is the oldest and tallest light station on the U.S. Gulf Coast. You can climb the Pensacola Lighthouse’s 177 cast iron steps and visit its museum. The fully restored Keepers’ Quarters — built in 1869 — is home to the Richard C. Callaway museum, which houses numerous exhibits on local history and the lighthouse itself. For more information, visit www.pensacolalighthouse.org.
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