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Naval Air Station Jacksonville: In-Depth Welcome Center (2020 Edition)
Naval Air Station Jacksonville: In-Depth Welcome CenterNaval Air Station Jacksonville: In-Depth Welcome Center

Naval Air Station Jacksonville: In-Depth Welcome Center (2020 Edition)

Introduction

Welcome to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, one of the Navy’s largest and fastest-growing installations! This station is large and in charge, boasting an economic impact in the area of more than $2 billion annually. NAS Jacksonville occupies about 3,400 acres along the west bank of the beautiful St. Johns River and employs nearly 20,000 active duty and civilian personnel.

This award-winning Navy base is the largest in the Southeast Region and third-largest in the nation. NAS Jacksonville hosts seven active squadrons, three reserve squadrons and four helicopter squadrons. Major tenants include Commander, Navy Region Southeast; Fleet Readiness Center Southeast; Naval Hospital Jacksonville; Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast; Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville; and Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven. Another 90-plus tenant activities call the station home.

Continue reading for an in-depth guide to help aid you in your transition to living and working on Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

  1. Where Is Naval Air Station Jacksonville?
  2. Google Map View
  3. Getting There – Directions to the Base
  4. Entering Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Base Amenities
  5. Where Should I Live Near Naval Air Station Jacksonville?
  6. What Schools are Near Naval Air Station Jacksonville?
  7. What’s the Weather Like in Naval Air Station Jacksonville?
  8. Things to Do Near Naval Air Station Jacksonville

Where Is Naval Air Station Jacksonville?

Naval Air Station Jacksonville
6801 Roosevelt Blvd.
NAS Jacksonville, FL 32212
Phone: 1 (904) 542-2338

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Installation Map

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Installation Map

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Directions

What Amtrak Station Is Closest to Naval Air Station Jacksonville?

The nearest Amtrak stop to NAS Jacksonville is in Jacksonville, roughly 13 miles away. Alternatively, you could take a Greyhound bus from Jacksonville to quickly connect to most major cities in Florida like Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale or Miami, or other nearby cities like Atlanta and Savannah.

Flights to Jacksonville, FL

The closest airport to NAS Jacksonville is Jacksonville International Airport. Choose from eight airlines with direct flights to popular destinations across the nation, including major hubs like Atlanta, New York City and Dallas/Fort Worth. It’s a busy airport, serving nearly six million passengers each year.

Driving Directions From Jacksonville International Airport

  1. NAS Jacksonville is approximately 25 miles from Jacksonville International Airport.
  2. Take Interstate 95 South to I-295 South.
  3. Exit at U.S. 17.
  4. Take U.S. 17 North to Jacksonville’s Main Gate (Yorktown Gate), approximately 2.5 miles on the right.
  5. The gate guard will direct you to your desired destination once you’re on base.

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Transportation Office

The Household Goods/Transportation Office is open 0800 to 1530 on Monday through Friday, and is closed on weekends and holidays.

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Transportation Office
Yorktown Avenue, Bldg. 110
NAS Jacksonville, FL 32212
Phone: 1 (904) 542-2435/6293

Entering Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Base Amenities

Entering Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Base Amenities

If you don’t yet have a DOD-issued identification, you will be subject to a background check before you’re allowed to enter NAS Jacksonville without a sponsor. Click here to learn more about the base entry requirements.

Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel

All Sailors reporting for in-processing at NAS Jacksonville are required to check in on the first floor of the administration office in Building 1. Expect to stay in uniform for the duration of in-processing. Bring all medical and dental paperwork, along with financial paperwork on the first day. Sponsors will be able to assist personnel with reporting and checking in as there are different requirements for each tenant command.

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Visitor Center

The Fleet and Family Support Center has programs and services aimed at making your life in the Navy more meaningful and productive. The center is open 0730 to 1600 Monday through Thursday and 0730 to 1500 Friday.

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Fleet and Family Support Center
554 Child St.
NAS Jacksonville, FL 32212
Phone: 1 (904) 542-5745

Naval Air Station Jacksonville DEERS Office

The NAS Jacksonville ID Cards, DEERS and Rapids Office is an appointment-based system. The office is open from 0730 to 1600 Monday through Friday. More information and appointments can be found here.

Naval Air Station Jacksonville DEERS Office
Child Street, Bldg. 789
NAS Jacksonville, FL 32212
Phone: 1 (904) 542-3633

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Gate Hours

There are three gates that provide access to NAS Jacksonville.

  • Main Gate (Yorktown Avenue) – Open 24/7.
  • Birmingham Gate (South of Main Gate) – Open 0500 to 1730 Monday through Friday. Closed on weekends and holidays.
  • Commercial Gate (North of Main Gate) – Open 0500 to 1730 Monday through Friday. Closed on weekends and holidays.

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Commissary

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Commissary

The NAS Jacksonville Commissary lets you save money while shopping for groceries. In-store amenities include an ATM, a bakery, a deli, special orders for produce trays, sushi and more. The commissary is open 0900 to 2000 Monday through Saturday and 1000 to 1800 on Sunday.

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Commissary
1701 Allegheny Circle, Bldg. 501
NAS Jacksonville, FL 32214
Phone: 1 (904) 542-5311

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Commissary Hours

  • Monday – 0900 to 2000
  • Tuesday through Saturday – 0900 to 2000
  • Sunday – 1000 to 1800

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Exchange

The Jacksonville Navy Exchange is the perfect spot on base to go shopping for uniforms, electronics, beauty products, toys for the kids or your pets, and just about everything else you need. The exchange is open 0800 to 1900 Monday through Saturday and 1000 to 1800 on Sunday. Hours for services outside the main exchange vary (barber shop, optical shop, dry cleaner, etc.), so call for detailed information.

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Exchange
6801 Roosevelt Blvd.
NAS Jacksonville, FL 32212
Phone: 1 (904) 777-7286

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Exchange Hours

  • Monday through Saturday – 0800 to 1900
  • Sunday – 1000 to 1800

Barber Shops

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Barber Shops

There is one barber shop on base, right next to the Navy Exchange. Haircuts are available by appointment or just walk in during normal business hours.

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Barber Shop
6801 Roosevelt Blvd., Bldg. 987
NAS Jacksonville, FL 32212
Phone: 1 (904) 777-7228
Hours:

  • Monday – Friday – 0730 to 1800
  • Saturday – 0800 to 1600
  • Sunday – 1000 to 1600

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Post Office

The post office offers a full range of postal services, both civilian and military. The station post office is open from 0900 to 1600 Monday through Friday and is closed from 1300 to 1400 each day for lunch. The post office is also closed on federal holidays.

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Post Office
569 Child St.
NAS Jacksonville, FL 32212
Phone: 1 (800) 275-8777

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Finance Office

There are financial specialists for each command who have been trained to provide individual and family personal financial counseling. These specialists also offer quarterly workshops on personal financial planning, downsizing debt, buying a home or car, ID theft protection and managing your money or credit. Call for more information.

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Finance Office
554 Child St.
NAS Jacksonville, FL 32043
Phone: 1 (904) 542-5745
Hours: Call for hours of operation.

Legal Office

The Naval Air Station Jacksonville Legal Assistance Office provides legal advice and assistance to eligible clients. There are walk-in clinic hours from 0800 to 1600 on Mondays. Otherwise, schedule an appointment to address any legal needs you have such as getting legal documents reviewed, living wills, affidavits, leases, name changes, uncontested divorces, etc. Notary and powers of attorney services are available during working hours. Please call ahead to ensure availability.

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Legal Office
Ranger Street, Bldg. 4
NAS Jacksonville, FL 32212
Phone: 1 (904) 542-5895

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Legal Office Hours

  • Monday – 0800 to 1600
  • Tuesday through Friday – By appointment only

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Library

The MWR Digital Library offers over 25 online services that are available 24/7 from anywhere with internet access. Some of the services available for Navy personnel and their families, civilians and retirees include: access to eBooks and audiobooks, language programs, test preparation, tutoring, genealogy and more.

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Library
Phone: 1 (904) 542-3227

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Hotels

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Hotels

There are two choices for short-term lodging while getting settled or for leisure, the Navy Gateway Inn and Suites and Navy Lodge Jacksonville, both on Mustin Road. The hotels offer guests pet-friendly accommodations and a smoke-free environment. Enjoy the complimentary breakfast, business services, fitness facilities, easy access to base services and amenities, and more.

Navy Gateway Inn and Suites
Mustin Road, Bldg. 845
NAS Jacksonville, FL 32212
Phone: 1 (877) 628-9233

Navy Lodge Jacksonville
6099 Mustin Road, Bldg. 802
NAS Jacksonville, FL 32212
Phone: 1 (904) 772-6000

Download MyBaseGuide’s Military Relocation Guide for information about hotels nearby.

Hot Tip: Download MyBaseGuide’s NAS Jacksonville Military Relocation Guide for information about hotels nearby.

Where Should I Live Near Naval Air Station Jacksonville?

Where Should I Live Near Naval Air Station Jacksonville?

Major Cities Near Naval Air Station Jacksonville

There is one main city near NAS Jacksonville, its namesake of Jacksonville, as well as a nearby small town where many personnel choose to live.

Best Places to Live Near Naval Air Station Jacksonville

Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville is the largest and most populous city in the entire state of Florida with nearly a million residents. It’s known as the “River City” because of its proximity to the St. Johns River. Jacksonville’s military connection precedes its affiliation with one of the largest naval air stations in the U.S. military. In fact, the city was named after the first military governor of the Florida Territory and the eventual seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson. Even though it’s a large city, housing is still quite affordable and plentiful. And the benefit of the city’s size is that there’s always something to do. Jacksonville is home to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, 22 miles of beaches and 20 golf courses. And, if there’s not enough to do in the area, the city is just a short two-hour drive to Orlando, the home of Disney World and Universal Orlando.

Orange Park, FL

Head south from the gates of NAS Jacksonville and you’ll quickly find yourself in a little town called Orange Park. The Jacksonville suburb has a population of roughly 9,000. The quiet community is perfect for military and civilian personnel looking for a short commute to work and an affordable place to call home. The average monthly rent of $945 is below the national average and more affordable than what you’ll find in Jacksonville. One of the benefits of living in a smaller town like Orange Park is that you have plenty of opportunities to get to know your neighbors at farmers markets and annual events like the fall festival and Hometown Holiday in the Park.

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Hot Tip: Look for NAS Jacksonville homes and apartments for rent or sale, and find BAH, PCS, TLA & ETS military housing information at AHRN.com.

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Schools

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Schools

Florida is one of the few states that did not adopt the nation’s Common Core standards, instead opting to implement their own standards. While the national standards ensure your children will be able to transition easily and receive a quality education when you move from state to state, the schools in the NAS Jacksonville area are highly rated. You’ll find a ton of options to choose from, both public and private schools. Not to mention preschools and daycare facilities.

Rest assured that your child will have access to the finest education possible. And if your child requires extra help, there are a number of programs available. The on-post school liaison officer will be there to help make the tough transition to a new school easier.

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Weather

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Weather

Look forward to three seasons of hot weather and a very mild winter when you live and work in NAS Jacksonville. There’s a reason people flock to Florida throughout the year: it’s almost always warm out (bordering on hot) and cold weather is practically non-existent.

Spring

It rains frequently in Florida, especially in the Jacksonville area. But spring is when the temperature is downright pleasant. It’s the perfect time to head outdoors and explore the area. Many touristy spots will be crowded in March, April and May so try to find somewhere new to check out if crowds aren’t your thing.

Summer

It’s hot and muggy in Jacksonville throughout June, July and August. Daytime temps in the summer months peak around the mid-90s and humidity can be stifling. The warmest time of year is July when the daily average is above 90. Once the sun goes down, feel free to venture outside again, but wear bug spray! Especially in areas near water, the moment the sun goes down, the bugs (especially noseeums) come out. You might no’ see um’, but they bite, and it itches for hours.

June is also the beginning of hurricane season, so make sure to pay attention to the National Hurricane Center for any gulf activity.

Fall

September is the wettest month of the year with an average of over 7 inches of rainfall. Temperatures are still on the warmer side but it’s much more pleasant than the summer months, especially toward the end of October and beginning of November. You might be able to finally start wearing pants again without sweating.

Winter

As you would expect, the lowest temperatures of the year are during winter. It’s the only time when Florida can see temps that hover around freezing. Lows are in the mid-40s and the highs creep toward the mid-60s. Make sure to dress for the drastic temperature changes when the sun goes down.

Things to Do Near Naval Air Station Jacksonville

Things to Do Near Naval Air Station Jacksonville

There are tons of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors with fishing, hiking, boating and plenty of beaches for sunbathing, swimming and surfing. There are also fun annual events like the Jacksonville Jazz Festival; North Florida’s premier anime, comic book and pop culture event, Collective Con; and World of Nations, an international festival that showcases cuisine, artistry and customs from around the world.

But you don’t have to wait for an annual event to do something fun in the area. Enjoy a plethora of fantastic restaurants, live music, professional and collegiate sports, and special events, all in Jacksonville or just a short drive away.

Looking for more things to do? Check out 21 of the Best Things to Do Near Naval Air Station Jacksonville for additional information.

 

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Naval Air Station Jacksonville: In-Depth Welcome Center

Conclusion

Take the opportunity to spend more time outdoors enjoying the sunshine that you’ll find while stationed at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and living in the state of Florida. The city of Jacksonville itself is huge and bursting with fun things to do. You can spend your time off engaging in an outdoor activity like visiting one of the many parks and beaches, taking in a round of golf at an amazing course, watching your favorite football team compete live or taking your family to the zoo or Museum of Science and History. While at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, you’ll have the chance to train at one of the premier Navy installations and the great location makes it easy to enjoy everything the area has to offer.

 

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