CHAPEL AND RELIGIOUS MINISTRIES
The NAS Chapel, in Building 211 on Fuller Road, was dedicated Oct. 20, 1963, and is on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The sanctuary seats 230 and recently had a new roof installed and major interior renovations completed. It is the center of the Command Religious program and houses the offices of the Religious Ministry Team. The chapel is open during office hours Monday through Friday for prayer and meditation, and the chaplain is available by appointment for counseling.
As of this printing, NAS Meridian has one nondenominational Protestant chaplain. Protestant worship is at 11 a.m. on Sunday. We warmly invite you to join the other families, Sailors and Marines in worship. We are always looking for additional volunteers to lead and teach Sunday school, assist with child care, or share musical and vocal talent at Mass or in Christian worship. Occasionally, the RMT will conduct additional classes, faith-based studies or workshops. The topics range from ethics to marriage enrichment to financial stewardship to Bible study. Please call the chapel office to see what is currently on the schedule.
The chapel hosts several private and public functions such as weddings, baptisms, winging ceremonies, memorial services and retirements. All requests for use of the chapel facilities must be scheduled through the chapel office and must be requested at least one month in advance. Please keep in mind that approval to use chapel facilities in no way implies the endorsement of, nor guarantees the professional services or involvement of the chaplain. Sacraments requested (weddings, baptisms, etc.) require prior consultation with the chaplain and will be conducted according to the tenets of the chaplain’s faith group. These types of events will not be scheduled or conducted on short notice, so plan ahead. Chapel services, programs and counseling are available and open to all military personnel, retirees and their dependents, regardless of faith, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, race or creed.
For more information, please visit or call the chapel office at 601-679-3635. In emergencies or after normal working hours, the chaplain can be reached via the command duty officer or station security.
The commissary, across the street from the Navy Exchange complex, strives to provide armed forces service members, retirees and their families an outstanding assortment of high-quality groceries and household supplies at a significantly greater savings than commercial counterparts.
On average, you can save more than 30 percent on your grocery bill, which translates to more than $4,400 a year for a family of four. Other special benefits include the freshest meat products cut to order and fresh produce products from around the country.
The commissary supports NAS Meridian activities and outreach programs when possible. All this is part of the benefit our customers have earned. Commissaries throughout the world sell name-brand, high-quality groceries that are sold at cost with a small surcharge, which is used for facility construction, upgrades, repairs and new equipment worldwide.
Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sunday and Monday. Phone: 601-679-2554.
The commissary is here to serve you, the best customers in the world! Come take advantage of the savings. “The Commissary — It’s Worth the Trip!”
FLEET AND FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER
Fleet and Family Support Programs support individual and family readiness through a full array of programs and resources that help Navy families to be resilient, well-informed and adaptable to the Navy environment.
The NAS Meridian FFSC has been in operation since 1985. It has been fully accredited in all functions at four-year intervals, most recently in 2017. This means the FFSC meets or exceeds all quality standards established by the Navy for Fleet and Family Support Programs.
FFSC programs include:
Transition Support (TAP GPS) — Transition support to ensure Sailors and their families are prepared for civilian life. TAP GPS provides extensive tools, education and support needed for a successful transition from military service to the civilian community.
Family Employment Readiness Program — Help for family members to make career decisions and develop employment search skills through education, information and referral, giving family members the competitive edge in finding employment in the local area.
Personal Financial Management — Financial education, training, counseling and budgeting assistance that emphasize long-term financial responsibility.
Professional Counseling — Licensed counselors provide short-term individual, couples, family, child and group counseling to address problems in living.
Family Advocacy Program — Prevention, identification, treatment, follow-up and reporting of spouse and child abuse and neglect geared toward victim safety and protection, offender accountability and rehabilitation.
Crisis Response — Assistance to reduce tension and anxiety, help solve problems and develop plans during natural disasters, mass casualties, mobilization and repatriation.
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program — Provision of support and resources necessary for recovery after a sexual assault.
Life Skills Education — Provision of solution-oriented programs to develop knowledge and social skills to enhance self-esteem and interpersonal relations. Programs include, for example, parenting skills workshops, anger management, stress management, communication skills and conflict management.
Relocation Assistance Program — Assistance includes a range of services: How to deal with movers, information about travel pay and allowances, information about overseas move (passport and visa requirements, etc.) and details about the new homeport.
Information and Referral — FFSC maintains a database of base and community educational, life-enhancing and therapeutic resources and other local area resources and makes referrals to appropriate military and civilian agencies.
Ombudsman Support — FFSC trains Ombudsmen, attends and coordinates quarterly Ombudsmen assemblies and offers support to command Ombudsmen.
CAREER INFORMATION CENTER
The Career Information Center is in Administration Building 255, Room 201, and offers a variety of services for active-duty military, retirees and their dependents.
Information is available on continuing educational opportunities with SOCNAV, SOCMAR and Navy College Distance Learning Partnership schools. Assistance is also provided with scheduling CLEP, ACT, SAT, GRE and ASVAB examinations and participating in the United States Military Apprenticeship Program.
Information and counseling on Navy Career programs is available for active-duty staff members assigned to NAS Meridian and tenant commands.
The office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 601-679-2588.
Community College Office
The Community College Office is in the arcade of Administration Building 255, Room 151, and is staffed by a representative from Meridian Community College (MCC) on Wednesdays only. For more information on programs call 601-679-3570 on Wednesday or the Military/Veterans Services Coordinator at any other time at 601-553-3468 at MCC. The college representative offers guidance to all military, their dependents and civilians on board NAS Meridian who are interested in pursuing a college degree. For information about classes at Mississippi State University-Meridian Campus call 601-484-0153/0170.
NAVY-MARINE CORPS RELIEF SOCIETY
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) is a private, nonprofit military service organization whose mission is to provide financial, educational and other assistance to active-duty and retired Navy and Marine Corps personnel and their eligible family members and survivors. Programs and services are provided by a trained staff of volunteers. Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Meridian provides the following programs:
- Budget counseling and financial education.
- Quarterly budget for baby workshop.
- Resource referral.
- Volunteer opportunities.
Interest-free loans and grants are provided for: emergency leave travel, basic living expenses, medical and dental copays, funeral expenses, vehicle repairs, verified pay problems and other areas of need as outlined in the society’s policies.
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Meridian office is in Administration Building 255, Room 283. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
Clients can be seen on a walk-in basis during office hours when a caseworker is available or by scheduled appointment. Call 601-679-2504 for appointments and information on programs and volunteer opportunities.
Emergency Travel Assistance can be requested outside of normal office hours by calling the on-call active-duty caseworker at 601-604-2206.
NAVY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
Navy Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution that offers products such as savings, checking, certificates, loans and mortgages with the convenience of online banking, mobile banking and web bill pay. The NAS Meridian branch is in the arcade of Administration Building 255. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. An NFCU ATM is at the Navy Exchange store on the base. Phone: 888-842-6328.
CEREMONIAL DETAIL TEAM
The Ceremonial Detail Team participates in an average of 100 events a year, which include military pallbearers and funerals, parades, ceremonies and community events. The team travels to 29 counties in Mississippi and four counties in Alabama to honor pallbearer and funeral requests. Requests for military funeral honors are done through the funeral home. All other requests are done through the Public Affairs office at 601-679-2602.