Life on the Station
Capt. Scott Pollpeter, commanding officer of Naval Support Activity Norfolk, reads the book “Hands Are Not for Hitting” by Martine Agassi to children at Naval Station Norfolk’s Child Development Center. (Photo by Seaman Seth Scarlett)
Housing Service Center
The Housing Service Center for Naval Station Norfolk is at 7924 14th St. The Housing Service Center has dedicated and trained professionals prepared to help you with all of your housing needs. They will help you find the right permanent housing accommodations when you arrive at Naval Station Norfolk and help you start your search for a new home when it’s time to relocate to your next PCS location.
The center maintains extensive lists of properties for sale or rent, including single-family homes, town homes, condos and apartments, as well as local hotel information. The center also has information about the Rental Partnership Program, which allows active-duty service members to move into participating apartment communities without paying a security deposit. In most cases, the application fee is waived and rent is provided at a discounted price. Other services include lease and purchase agreement counseling and review, landlord-tenant dispute resolution, and workshops for buying and selling a home.
To contact the Housing Service Center, call 757-445-2802/2850. For more information on housing services at Naval Station Norfolk, visit http://cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrma/installations/ns_norfolk/ffr/housing_and_lodging.html.
Military Family Housing
Military family housing at Naval Station Norfolk is provided by Lincoln Military Housing. There are 10 communities for Naval Station Norfolk. Pets are allowed at each community. However, you must register your pet with the housing office. There are also restrictions on the number, weight and breed of pets. A pet security deposit may be required.
For more information about homes and amenities at Naval Station Norfolk, visit the Lincoln Military Housing website at http://lincolnmilitary.com.
Unaccompanied personnel in the ranks of E-4 and below who are reporting to Naval Station Norfolk, tenant commands and attached units must report to the Housing Service Center’s unaccompanied housing front desk in Building O22 (Groshong Hall). Housing Service Center personnel will determine and explain your eligibility and housing options. Most personnel in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than four years of service will be required to live in unaccompanied housing. More senior personnel may, under certain circumstances, be eligible to live in unaccompanied housing as well. Contact the Housing Service Center for more information.
Unaccompanied housing consists of 11 buildings with more than 2,500 beds for permanent party personnel and students. Rooms are clean, well maintained and fully furnished. There is one market-style facility. Units consist of a full kitchen, a stackable washer and dryer, living rooms with a 26-inch TV, two bedrooms and two bathrooms for four residents. One facility has kitchenettes with a two-burner cooktop, a stackable washer and dryer, one bathroom and two private sleeping rooms, each with a 26-inch TV. The other facilities have microwaves, refrigerators, one bathroom and a room with two twin beds to house two people. Lounges and laundry rooms have cable-provided televisions. In-room common spaces located at Building X1 have TVs provided; residents pay for cable service. All lounges are Wi-Fi capable.
Fleet and Family Support Center
The Fleet and Family Support Center is a one-stop shop for programs that promote quality of life for military personnel and their families. Services include free parenting and life skill programs, financial programs, deployment support, transition and employment assistance, relocation assistance, counseling and victim assistance, Exceptional Family Member Program support, information and referral, and more. The FFSC at 7928 14th St., Suite 102, can be reached at 757-444-2102.
For more information on FFSC programs at Naval Station Norfolk, visit www.navymwrnavalstationnorfolk.com and select “Fleet & Family Support Center” from the “Support Services” drop-down menu.
Exceptional Family Member Program
EFMP liaisons at the Fleet and Family Support Center provide information, referral and system navigation to special-needs families. For information on Naval Station Norfolk’s EFMP program, contact the Fleet and Family Service Center at 757-444-2102.
Single Sailor Program
The Single Sailor Program is open to all active-duty military personnel and their guests 18 years or older. The program accommodates geographic bachelors and unaccompanied service members from all branches of service. The program aims to enhance the quality of life of these individuals by providing social, cultural, recreational and athletic activities in a safe and healthy environment.
There are two liberty centers at Naval Station Norfolk. The Wind & Sea Recreation Center at 9475 Bacon Ave., in Building C-9, offers free Wi-Fi, a snack bar, an individual TV viewing area, a movie theater room, video game systems and games, dart boards, pool, foosball and pingpong. The center also features holiday parties, pay-per-view events and tournaments for darts, pingpong and Texas Hold ’em. Call 757-444-4033 for more information.
The Wind & Sea Recreation Center at 1910 Decatur Ave., in Building Q-80, has free Wi-Fi, gaming computers, an individual TV viewing area, video game systems and games, a sound room with instruments, a movie theater room, pool and pingpong. Call 757-444-1216 for more information.
For more information on Naval Station Norfolk’s Single Sailor Program, go to www.navymwrnavalstationnorfolk.com/recreation/liberty-single-sailor.
Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor
Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor is the Navy’s sole organization for coordinating the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured sailors and Coast Guardsmen, and providing resources and support to their families and caregivers. The program provides individually tailored assistance designed to optimize the success of the wounded warriors’ recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration activities. NWW helps sailors and Coast Guardsmen return to duty, and, when that’s not possible, the program works collaboratively with federal agencies and state and local organizations to ease wounded warriors back into their communities.
Resources includes assistance with comprehensive recovery plans; adaptive sports and reconditioning; pay and personnel issues; invitational travel orders; lodging and housing adaptation; child and youth care; transportation needs; education benefits and training; employment opportunities; respite care; transition assistance and more.
Sailors and Coast Guardsmen may self-refer to the program or be referred by family, command leadership or medical providers. For more information, go to www.navymwrnavalstationnorfolk.com and select “Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor” from the “Support Services” drop-down menu.
CHILD CARE AND YOUTH PROGRAMS
Child Development Center
The station’s Child Development Center provides care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. The CDC’s caring, knowledgeable professionals plan developmentally appropriate programs that are responsive to the unique needs, abilities and interests of your children. The center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is DOD certified. Fees are based on total family income.
Naval Station Norfolk’s Willoughby Child Development Center, at 8800 O’Conner Crescent, can be reached at 757-444-3008. For more information on this center, visit www.navymwrnavalstationnorfolk.com and select “Child Development Center” from the “Child & Youth” drop-down menu.
Child Development Homes
Child development homes offer quality care in a loving, learning home environment for children 4 weeks to 12 years of age. The CDH program also offers an opportunity for spouses to contribute to the family income while caring for their own children. All homes are certified by the DOD and applicable state licensing agencies. CDH providers are also encouraged to obtain Navy Child and Youth accreditation by the National Association for Family Child Care. As an additional quality assurance measure, CDH providers receive a minimum of one unannounced monitoring visit each month to assess providers’ relationships with children and families, appropriateness of the learning environment, planned activities, safety and health of the home, and other items. The goal of these visits is to provide programmatic support and ensure adherence to Navy standards and policies.
For more information on local CDHs, call the Navy Mid-Atlantic Region Child Placement Program Office at 866-628-9232.
24/7 Care Centers
Naval Station Norfolk offers child care in two 24/7 centers (at 1788 Leutze Blvd. and 9655 Bacon Ave.). These centers primarily serve military personnel who work nontraditional hours — such as shift workers or watch standers — so they can balance the competing demands of family life and military readiness. The 24/7 centers combine the strengths of both in-home care and traditional center-based care. Facilities are home-like but provide more than one professional to supervise children. The centers also offer more opportunities for child socialization in large groups similar to center-based care. Centers are certified by the DOD.
For more information, visit www.navymwrnavalstationnorfolk.com/child-youth/child-development-homes.
School Age Care
Naval Station Norfolk’s school-age care programs provide quality “out of school” activities for children in kindergarten through 12 years of age. The programs are designed to enhance rather than duplicate the school day, are affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and offer 4-H programs. During the school year, before- and after-school care is available for children with transportation provided to area elementary and middle schools. All-day care services are provided for school holiday weeks and school in-service days for enrolled members. During the summer months, recreation camps are offered to accommodate children while school is out. Field trips and special events are offered and free to all participants. Costs for care services are based on total family income. Programs are fully accredited with the Council on Accreditation.
For more information on Naval Station Norfolk’s school-age care programs, visit www.navymwrnavalstationnorfolk.com and select “School Age Care” from the “Child & Youth” drop-down menu.
A school liaison officer connects military families and private and public schools. The school liaison office provides support to service members during all stages of transition and deployment to ensure children receive every opportunity for quality education.
The school liaison officer is in Building C-9, Room 129B at 9475 Bacon Ave. For more information, call 757-445-0350 or visit www.navymwrnavalstationnorfolk.com/child-youth/school-liaison-officer.
Youth and teen programs offer developmental and recreational programs for youth through the age of 18. These programs are DOD certified and affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H. Both organizations have long been recognized as offering programs and services to youth that can instill a sense of leadership and offer opportunities for educational and career exploration and development.
To contact the Naval Station Norfolk youth center on Bellinger Boulevard, call 757-444-8259. For more information on the center and its programs, visit www.navymwrnavalstationnorfolk.com and select “School Age Care” from the “Child & Youth” drop-down menu.
Youth Sports Program
The youth sports program plans, organizes and conducts sports leagues, skills clinics, camps, fitness and health classes, special sporting events and outdoor recreation activities for children and youth through the age of 18. The youth sports program teaches the value of exercise, healthy living, competition, team building and group dynamics. Programs are affiliated with the National Alliance for Youth Sports.
For more information on the youth sports program at Naval Station Norfolk, visit www.navymwrnavalstationnorfolk.com and select “School Age Care” from the “Child & Youth” drop-down menu.
For more information on recreational opportunities at Naval Station Norfolk, visit www.navymwrnavalstationnorfolk.com and click on selections under the “Recreation” and “Fitness” tabs.
Aquatics programming includes lap swimming, lessons and specialty programs, such as water aerobics. There are three pools at Naval Station Norfolk. For more information about the FRP-12 indoor pool or FRP-2 outdoor pool, call 757-444-2134. For more information about the Q-80 Waterfront Athletic Complex indoor pool, call 757-444-1268.
Auto Skills Center
The NEX and MWR Auto Skills Center on First Avenue and West D Street can help you with vehicle repairs. The center has DIY lift stalls and can assist with tire changes and repairs, brakes, wheel balancing, battery charging, code reading and more. Call 757-444-1130 for more information.
Pierside Lanes Bowling Center is on B Avenue in Building CEP-127. Pierside Lanes offers daily bowling and leagues. Amenities include a pro shop, Internet access and a snack bar. Call 757-451-0600 for more information.
The goal of the Navy Fitness Program is to create “fitness for life” for the entire Navy population, including active-duty sailors, family members, retirees and DOD civilians. Individual and group instruction is available from certified fitness professionals in cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, flexibility and nutrition. Intramural sports programs include flag football, softball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, golf and more. There are also events, competitions and runs if you’re looking for a challenge.
There are three fitness facilities at Naval Station Norfolk: N-24 Gymnasium (757-444-2276), the McCormick Sports Center (757-444-4016) and the Q-80 Waterfront Athletic Complex (757-444-1267).
Information, Tickets and Tours
Before hitting the area’s theme parks or planning your next vacation to Disney World, check with the Information, Tickets and Tours office for discounted tickets. ITT offer tickets to local parks, museums, movie theaters and sports venues, as well as major theme parks like Walt Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios. The ITT office is in the NEX Mall Complex at 1560 Mall Drive. Call 757-445-6663 for more information.
Parks and Picnic Areas
Need the perfect spot for a picnic or a cookout? Breezy Point Park and Salt Marsh Park offer facilities for picnics, softball, volleyball and horseshoes. Breezy Point Park is available by reservation. Use of Salt Marsh Park is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call 757-444-7220 for more information.
Sailing Center and Marina
The Sailing Center and marina on Massey Hughes Drive is a great place to enjoy recreational boating and fishing in the Hampton Roads area. At the Sailing Center you can learn to sail and kayak and enjoy a relaxing time on the water. The Sailing Center offers boating classes for adults and summer camps for children. You can also rent a variety of outdoor equipment gear at the Sailing Center, like stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, powerboats, sailboats, fishing gear and outdoor lawn games. Restrictions do apply to powerboat and sailboat rentals. The marina offers 200 deep-water slips, a nearby fishing pier, a boat ramp, ice, bait and fishing supplies, complementary pump-out service, dinghy storage, a marina store and free Wi-Fi. Waterfront conference rooms at the marina are available to rent for any occasion. For more information on the sailing center, marina and equipment rentals, call 757-444-2918.
SHOPPING AND DINING
Save your hard-earned dollars by shopping for groceries at the commissary. Located at 1588 Mall Drive, the commissary offers a bakery, party cakes, a deli, fresh lobster, fresh sandwiches to go, plants, rotisserie chicken and sushi. For more information, call 757-423-6070, ext. 3323 or go to www.commissaries.com.
Dining on the Station
Need a quick bite to eat? Naval Station Norfolk features the following eateries. For more information on menus and hours of operation, visit www.navymwrnavalstationnorfolk.com and choose from selections under the “Dining” tab.
- Bellissimo Espresso Café, Building C-9, 757-444-4033.
- Breezy Point Club, Building SP-45, 757-444-6320 or 757-445-6255 for to-go orders.
- Spinz Hand Crafted Food, Building CEP-127, 757-451-0600.
- Thimble Shoals Pub, Building A-52, 757-444-6320.
Marine Corps Exchange
Naval Station Norfolk’s Navy Exchange, at 1560 Mall Drive, wants to be your first choice for shopping. It offers a price-match program that guarantees the lowest prices in town. Shops and services include barbershops, a car care center, dry cleaning, an embroidery shop, a fleet store, a flower shop, a frame shop, gas stations, a GNC, the ITT office, laundromats, minimarts, optometry and vision centers, a package store, a salon and spa, a tailor shop and more. Food court and restaurant options include the Air Terminal Snack Bar, Bojangles Chicken & Biscuits, Chili’s, Cold Stone Creamery, Famous Famiglia, Firehouse Subs, Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Five Star Cafe Snack Bar, Great Steak, McDonald’s, Panda Express, Rice King, Starbucks, Subway, Taco Bell and Tim Horton’s. Call 757-440-2000 or visit www.mynavyexchange.com for more information.