Naval Air Station Pensacola
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.
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.
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.