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NAS Whiting Field: In-Depth Welcome Center (2022 Edition)
NAS Whiting Field: In-Depth Welcome CenterNAS Whiting Field: In-Depth Welcome Center

NAS Whiting Field: In-Depth Welcome Center (2022 Edition)

Introduction

Welcome to Naval Air Station Whiting Field, home of the largest air wing in the U.S. Navy. The installation produces 100% of the helicopter pilots for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. This station is located in beautiful northwest Florida, just north of Pensacola and the Gulf of Mexico. NAS Whiting Field hosts 21 tenant activities, including Training Air Wing FIVE, across 12,000 acres and three fully operational airfields.  

Continue reading for an in-depth guide to aid you in your transition to living and working on NAS Whiting Field.

Where Is Naval Air Station Whiting Field?

Where Is Naval Air Station Whiting Field?

NAS Whiting Field Address
7550 USS Essex St.
NAS Whiting Field, FL 32570
Phone: 1 (850) 623-7177

NAS Whiting Field Base Map

NAS Whiting Field Directions

What Amtrak Station Is Closest to Naval Air Station Whiting Field?

Unfortunately, the Pensacola Amtrak stop has closed. It was previously the closest Amtrak station to NAS Whiting Field, at roughly 25 miles away. You can catch the Greyhound bus in Pensacola. This major stop will connect you to Southern cities like Orlando, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Charleston.

Flights to Pensacola, FL

The closest airport to NAS Whiting Field is Pensacola International Airport. American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, and other specialty airlines fly out of Pensacola. From here, you can connect to major destinations throughout the world. The airport serves approximately 2 million passengers per year.

Driving Directions From Pensacola International Airport

NAS Whiting Field is approximately 26 miles from Pensacola International Airport.

  1. Follow directions to US-90 East toward Tallahassee.
  2. Follow signs for Interstate 10 East.
  3. Take Exit 22 toward Florida 281 North/Avalon Boulevard.
  4. Turn right onto US-90 East/Caroline Street.
  5. Use the left two lanes to turn onto Florida 89 North/Dogwood Drive.
  6. Use the left two lanes to turn onto Florida 87 North/Florida 89 North.
  7. Continue toward USS Wasp Street. The gate guard will direct you to your desired destination.

NAS Whiting Field Transportation Office

The NAS Whiting Field Household Goods/Transportation Office is open from 0730 to 1500 Monday through Friday, and it is closed on weekends and holidays.

Naval Air Station Whiting Field Transportation Office
7201 USS Wasp St.
NAS Whiting Field, FL 32570
Phone: 1 (850) 623-7677

Entering NAS Whiting Field and Base Amenities

Entering NAS Whiting Field and Base Amenities

If you don’t yet have an official DOD-issued ID, you will need assistance from your sponsor or be subject to a background check before you’re allowed to enter NAS Whiting Field. Call your sponsor for any questions.

Check-In Procedures for Incoming Personnel

All enlisted and civilian personnel reporting for in-processing at NAS Whiting Field are required to report to the Administration Department in Building 1401. After normal duty hours, orders must be stamped by the command duty officer at the Quarterdeck in Building 1401. All flight students and instructors should report to the Student Control Office in Building 2944. Sponsors can assist with reporting requirements.

NAS Whiting Field Visitor Center

NAS Whiting Field’s Welcome Center has programs and services aimed at making your life in the Navy more meaningful and productive. The center is open from 0800 to 1630 Monday through Friday.

Naval Air Station Whiting Field Welcome Center
405 Rosenbaum Ave.
NAS Whiting Field, FL 32570
Phone: 1 (601) 679-2360

NAS Whiting Field DEERS Office

The NAS Whiting Field ID Card Office manages DEERS and works through an appointment-based system. The office is open from 0730 to 1530 Monday through Friday. You can make an appointment here.

Naval Air Station Whiting Field DEERS Office
Bldg. 48A
116 Magda Village St.
NAS Whiting Field, FL 32570
Phone: 1 (850) 623-7159

NAS Whiting Field Gate Hours

There are two gates with access to NAS Whiting Field.

  • West/Main Gate (Pass & Tag ID Card Office) – Open 24/7
  • East Gate – Open 0500 to 0800 and 1500 to 1700 Monday through Friday

NAS Whiting Field Commissary

NAS Whiting Field Commissary

The NAS Whiting Field Commissary offers great prices on groceries, beating other stores. You can utilize curbside delivery, special orders, and more. The commissary is open Monday through Friday and is closed on weekends and some holidays.

Naval Air Station Whiting Field Commissary
Bldg. 3060
7180 USS Wasp St.
NAS Whiting Field, FL 32570
Phone: 1 (850) 623-7131

Naval Air Station Whiting Field Commissary Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 0900 to 1800
  • Wednesday – 0900 to 1630

NAS Whiting Field NEX

The NAS Whiting Field Navy Exchange (NEX) should be your go-to spot to purchase new uniforms, get great deals on electronics and beauty products, and purchase other name-brand items at a discount. Other services available include a barber shop, floral shop, tailoring, personalized services, and dry cleaning. The exchange is open every day except for Sundays and most federal holidays. Call for hours.

NAS Whiting Field NEX
Bldg. 3044
7160 USS Wasp St.
NAS Whiting Field, FL 32570
Phone: 1 (850) 623-8066

NAS Whiting Field NEX Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 0800 to 1800
  • Saturday – 1100 to 1600

NAS Whiting Field Barber Shop

NAS Whiting Field Barber Shop

There is one barber shop on base; you can find it at the NEX. Call to make an appointment or stop by if you’re nearby on Monday through Friday. They’re closed on weekends and federal holidays.

NAS Whiting Field Barber Shop
Bldg. 3044
7160 USS Wasp St.
NAS Whiting Field, FL 32570
Phone: 1 (850) 623-9890

NAS Whiting Field Barber Shop Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 0800 to 1600

Naval Air Station Whiting Field Post Office

There isn’t a post office on base, but you can find a drop box in Bldg. 1430. The closest full-service post office is located in nearby Milton, Florida. The post office is closed on federal holidays.

Milton Post Office
5111 Dogwood Drive
Milton, FL 32570
Phone: 1 (850) 623-3807

NAS Whiting Field Finance Office

The Naval Air Station Whiting Field Fleet and Family Support Center provides resources to help manage your personal finances, including counseling to assist you and your family with big financial decisions and money management services.

Naval Air Station Whiting Field Finance Office
Bldg. 3025
7511 USS Enterprise St.
NAS Whiting Field, FL 32570
Phone: 1 (850) 623-7177

Naval Air Station Whiting Field Finance Office Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 0730 to 1600

Legal services aboard Naval Air Station Whiting Field are provided by the Region Legal Service Office Detachment Pensacola. Some of the services provided include powers of attorney and notary services. Call ahead to make an appointment or verify services.

Naval Air Station Whiting Field Legal Office
Bldg. 1401
7550 USS Essex St.
NAS Whiting Field, FL 32570
Phone: 1 (850) 623-7231

NAS Whiting Field Library

The NAS Whiting Field Library isn’t your typical military library. You will find the standard offerings of books, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, reading programs, and free WiFi here, but you’ll also have a casual place to study, play games, and enjoy a delicious coffee. Tower Books and Cafe also has computers to use, conference rooms, proctoring services, and craft tools to borrow.

Naval Air Station Whiting Field Library
Bldg. 2998
USS Long Island Street
NAS Whiting Field, FL 32570
Phone: 1 (850) 623-7861

Naval Air Station Whiting Field Library Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 0800 to 1600

Hotels Near NAS Whiting Field

Hotels Near NAS Whiting Field

For those looking for hotels near NAS Whiting Field, look no further than Navy Gateway Inn and Suites. The hotel offers official business and leisure accommodations. Some amenities include a business center, flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, a mini-fridge, and everything else you’d expect from a nice hotel.

Navy Gateway Inn and Suites
Bldg. 2942
7426 USS Lexington Circle
NAS Whiting Field, FL 32570
Phone: 1 (850) 623-7605

Download MyBaseGuide’s NAS Whiting Field Relocation Guide for information about hotels nearby.

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

Where Should I Live Near NAS Whiting Field?

Where Should I Live Near NAS Whiting Field?

If you’re considering living in base housing, check out the available options. Or, you can read on to find out more about living off NAS Whiting Field.

Cities Near NAS Whiting Field

There are several small towns near NAS Whiting Field, including Milton, East Milton, Point Baker, and Roeville. The biggest city near the installation is Pensacola, which has its own base. Military personnel can find plenty of options for places to live in the area.

Best Places To Live Near NAS Whiting Field

Pensacola, FL

Pensacola is the westernmost city in the Florida Panhandle and the county seat of Escambia County. It is the principal city of the Pensacola Metropolitan Area, with an estimated 503,000 residents as of the 2019 Census, roughly 54,000 of which are in Pensacola proper.

Pensacola is home to beautiful beaches, tons of history, and lots of things for its residents to do. The area is served by Naval Air Station Pensacola, as well as nearby NAS Whiting Field, Hurlburt Field, and Eglin Air Force Base. The deep military roots here mean that the military community is welcomed with open arms with great restaurants to sit outside and watch the Blue Angels practice above. Or, take a visit to former forts Barrancas and Pickens for a look at the country’s past.

Naval Air Station Whiting Field Schools

Naval Air Station Whiting Field Schools

Florida is one of the few states that hasn’t adopted the Common Core Standards, although all DoDEA schools have. There are no on-base NAS Whiting Field schools. Students will attend schools associated with their address, either in Escambia County Schools or Santa Rosa County School District. There are great public and private schools to choose from, as well as plenty of childcare options for younger children. 

Reach out to NAS Whiting Field’s on-post school liaison officer if you need help with educational issues that may arise when transitioning your child to a new area or school. The SLO also helps with alternatives to traditional education, such as homeschooling, private school, or online programs.

Check out our full guide to NAS Whiting Field schools for a more detailed rundown.

Milton, Florida, Weather

Milton, Florida, Weather

As expected, Florida weather is generally on the warmer side. There are spells of cold fronts that hit the area springing across from the Atlantic, but that usually just means a couple days of temps in the low 50s. Milton, Florida, weather is almost always warm (read: sweltering), and the city boasts that there are nearly 365 sunny days every year. Cold weather is practically non-existent, so pack shorts and leave your winter boots behind.

Things To Do on NAS Whiting Field

Things To Do on NAS Whiting Field

There are tons of things to do on NAS Whiting Field. Most people flock to the beaches in nearby Pensacola or check out the historic offerings that the area has. History buffs will have no shortage of places to visit, including the Museum of Florida History or National Naval Aviation Museum. Thrill-seekers will love Sam’s Fun City and Surf City. There are also plenty of other options for outdoor activities, like hiking, fishing, and hunting. 

Much of the fun can be found in Pensacola, which is only a short drive away, but there are plenty of things to occupy your time while stationed at NAS Whiting Field. Be sure to check out the NavyMWR site for options and local base events.

Be sure to check out our full things to do and restaurant guides for a more detailed breakdown.

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Conclusion

Enjoy the nearly year-round sunny weather while stationed at Naval Air Station Whiting Field. You’ll likely love living in Florida and all that the state has to offer. The area around NAS Whiting Field has a great small-town vibe with easy access to big-city amenities that provide the best of both worlds. That’s all you can ask of a military community. 

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