From the Commanding Officer
Welcome aboard! Since 1943, the men and women of Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, Dam Neck Annex and Naval Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF) Fentress have provided world-class service to the fleet, our fighters and their families. This year, in the 75th anniversary of NAS Oceana, my staff will continue to honor our heritage by always striving to provide exceptional support to those we serve.
More than 70 operational, training and support commands call Oceana, Dam Neck and Fentress “home.” Most recognizable is the Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet with more than 300 F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet strike-fighter aircraft. Other significant tenant commands include Training Support Center-Hampton Roads, the Information Warfare Training Command and Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic.
At well over 10,000 acres, our three installations are virtual cities with more than 7 miles of runways, grocery stores, shopping malls, dining facilities, lodging, fitness centers, two chapels and 36 holes of championship golf. We are also one of the largest employers in Virginia’s most populous city: Virginia Beach.
Because of their ideal location and beautiful year-round climate, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake have something to offer everyone. The people are friendly, helpful and eager to welcome you into their community. Throughout Coastal Virginia, you are sure to be treated with warm hospitality.
Regardless of your assignment here onboard NAS Oceana, Dam Neck or Fentress, you will be challenged and rewarded as you serve our Navy and our nation. In whatever capacity you serve, I want to personally thank you for what you do every day.
Captain, U.S. Navy
From the Mayor
Welcome military members and families,
Whether you are moving to Virginia Beach for the first time or returning, I speak for the city and community when I say we are glad to have you here with us! You will find Virginia Beach is a friendly community with citizens who are respectful of the sacrifices you and your family have made as part of your military service. I have lived in Virginia Beach all my life, and once you have spent some time here, you will understand why I stayed.
Virginia Beach has a lot to offer, whether you are single or raising a family. Our parks and recreation centers are second to none and located in close proximity to all of our neighborhoods. We invite you to explore the miles of beachfront, kayak the waterways and hike the trails of First Landing State Park. Enjoy our first-rate aquarium or take a whale-watching or dolphin-watching cruise. For entertainment there is the Farm Bureau Live amphitheater with top-name groups, the Sandler Center for the performing arts and a myriad of art galleries. In the summer the oceanfront is alive with street vendors and entertainment troupes. Events throughout the year include art festivals, sand castle competitions and musical events.
We appreciate our military family, and we view you as a vital part of our community. You will find resources for the military member in our schools, on our city website, in our recreation centers and various other locations around town. If you have a questions or concerns, we want to help. Again, thank you for your contribution to our country and thank you for joining our community.
We hope you and your family will thrive here and you can make Virginia Beach your home for a lifetime.
Thank you for your service,
William D. Sessoms, Jr.
City of Virginia Beach