Naval Air Warfare Center Training System Division 

Echelon IV command of the United States Navy, reporting to the Commander, Naval Air Warfare Center – Aircraft Division (NAWCAD)

12350 Research Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32826


The Naval Air Warfare Center Training System Division, Florida (NAWCTSD) is located in Orlando. The Division got started in 1941 when Commander Luis De Florez was named head of the new Special Devices Desk in the Engineering Division of the Navy’s Bureau of Aeronautics. De Florez was an independent thinker who believed our men could best be trained with synthetic training devices. The Navy agreed and began developing synthetic devices to increase readiness training. By 1946, the Division had grown and was renamed the Special Devices Division and given a new home in Port Washington, Long island New York. In 1956, the Division was again renamed the Naval Training Device Center and in the mid-1960s the Center was moved from Long Island to its present location of Orlando, Florida.

The location of the Center was moved to its present location in 1988, and in 1993 the Division received its final name change to the Naval Air Warfare Center Training System Division. The purpose of the Division besides training for air warfare is to develop training systems for military personnel in undersea and surface operations. The NAWCTD is located inside the Central Florida Research Park at the University of Central Florida. Naval Support Activities (NSA), Orlando is located inside the Central Florida Research Park. NSA Orlando is only 40 acres in size, and is thought to be the smallest United States Navy base in the world.

Special and Critical Installation Information
NSA Orlando is a small military installation, so many of the facilities that are located on larger bases are not available on site, but are supported by NAS Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, or Patrick Air Force Base.
The closest Navy Exchange, Commissary, Barber Shop, and Package Store are located near the Orlando International Airport, approx. 20 miles southwest of the base. The ITT Office is located at the Orlando NEX.
There is no inpatient medical facility located on board NSA Orlando, nor in the Orlando area at any other military facility. All medical and dental services are handled by local civilian care facilities through TRICARE PRIME Remote.

Presently there are about 1,000 scientists, engineers, contractors, and support personnel employed by the NAWCTD, Orlando.  NSA Orlando has approximately 120 Active duty military personnel, and 2,200 civil service personnel serving on or near NSA, Orlando. NSA, Orlando also serves a community of 3,200 Joint Services Reserves, 48,000 military retirees, and 350 military families in the area of Central Florida.




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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.

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Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.

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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.

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.

Orange County Child and Family Services 714-347-0300
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.

Orange County Humane Society 714-536-8480
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.

Orange County Health Department 714-834-3155

Highway Patrol 714-567-6000

Base Operator 407-380-4444


ID/CAC Card Processing 407-380-4315


Legal Services and JAG 904-542-3481



Housing is available to all to active duty military families. NSA Orlando is located on the eastside of Orlando’s city limits in Orange County, in the Central Florida Research Park adjacent to the University of Central Florida. Orlando is one of the world’s fastest-growing cities.

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In Orlando, the summers are long, hot, oppressive, wet, and mostly cloudy and the winters are short, cool, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 52°F to 91°F and is rarely below 39°F or above 94°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Orlando for warm-weather activities are from mid March to mid May and from mid October to early December.

Residents in Orlando, FL enjoy a cost of living index of 98. This index is 1% lower than the Florida average, and 2% 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 Orlando, FL, the average cost of goods and services is 4% lower than it is in Florida, and it is 5% lower than the national average.

Because of its small size NSA, Orlando does not have many of the things you might find on other bases such as schools, barber shops, or a Commissary. All of these traditional base amenities, can however, be found within approximately 20 miles to the Southwest near Orlando International Airport. NSA, Orlando is only located 35 miles away from Disney World, Epcot, Sea World, Universal Studios and other major theme park attractions so you and your family will find plenty of things to see and do. Orlando is a major tourist destination and as such, has excellent restaurants, shopping, hotels, and many other family friendly attractions as well as a healthy dose of night life for adults.

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