Welcome to Naval Air Station Pensacola, located on the Gulf Coast in Pensacola, Florida. We are committed to fully support the operational and training missions of tenants assigned, enhancing the readiness of the U.S. Navy, its related armed services and other customers.
If you are reporting to a school or activity at Naval Air Station Pensacola, please see the information under Personnel Support Activity Detachment (PSD) in the Commands section.
• To efficiently deliver the very best readiness from the shore.
Naval Air Station Pensacola is recognized as:
• The premier naval installation in the Department of the Navy.
• A model total quality organization that clearly recognizes people as its most valued asset.
• Exemplary customers, employers, suppliers and neighbors.
• Effective and efficient managers of air, land and sea resources, clearly distinguishing itself as the provider of choice for operational and training support.
• An acknowledged leader in preserving its natural beauty, tradition and rich history, enhancing its reputation as the most aesthetically pleasing installation in the Navy.
• Highly ethical stewards of public trust, maintaining both a future focus and daily drive for continuous improvement.
• Lead by example.
• Encourage open communication.
• Give our people the authority and incentive to produce a quality product or service.
• Foster continuous improvement.
• Treat people with dignity and respect.
• Maintain a highly educated and well-trained workforce.
• Accomplish our mission through teamwork.
• Promote creativity, initiative and innovation.
• Be wise stewards of our natural resources.
• Focus on needs of our customer.
• Be responsible and accountable resource managers.
We are committed to:
• Equal opportunity for all.
• A safe, healthy, drug-free environment.
• Honesty, integrity and the highest standards of moral and ethical conduct.
• Strong community relations by being a trusted neighbor.
• Professional, safe, responsive action in support of mission.
• Fact-based decision-making.
• Providing the tools and innovative technology to meet future needs.
Personnel Support Office
The Personnel Support Office is a division within the Administrative Department. Its primary mission is to provide support for all military personnel regarding any and all military-related pay matters. It is the focal point for all incoming and outgoing military personnel assigned to Naval Air Station Pensacola. All military personnel assigned to Naval Air Station Pensacola will first report to the Personnel Support Office in Headquarters Building 1500, Room 250.
Consolidated Mail Facility and Post Office
The Consolidated Mail Facility shares space with the U.S. Postal Service in Building 40. Personnel at the facility deliver, pick up, sort, consolidate and meter all official mail for the region. An inter-area mail system is provided for regional commands.
Mail for the commands can be picked up at Building 40, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Post office boxes are available at the Naval Air Station post office at 210 West Ave., Suite B, on base. Call 850-456-5845 for more information.
Welcome to Unaccompanied Housing & Lodging
The commanding officer of NAS Pensacola welcomes you to the “Cradle of Naval Aviation” and continuation of flight training. Naval Air Station Pensacola was the only Naval Air Station to exist in the world until the 1930s. Our contribution to the science of war in terms of air warfare at sea has had significant impact on our emergence as a world power and our national military might. Our national security strategy of “engagement and enlargement” is possible because of our carrier battle groups and their power projection capabilities while forward deployed, and all of that started and continues to start here.
Navy Gateway Inns & Suites (NGIS)
Buildings 600, 4144, 4145, 3251, 3252 and Building 34 (Guest House)
The management and staff of the Navy Gateway Inns & Suites (NGIS), NAS Pensacola, want to ensure that you have a wonderful visit and experience the best Pensacola can offer in southern hospitality. Our rooms and suites are some of the finest in the Navy worldwide, and our exceptional staff will make your stay special by providing stellar customer service. Our facilities are handicapped-accessible, and we have elevators in some of the newer buildings. Suites offer queen-size bed, sitting area and small partial kitchen. Rooms are spacious with a microwave, refrigerator and queen-size bed. Service animals are permitted in compliance with ADA law. We have a select few of pet friendly rooms. Standard hotel amenities such as soap, shampoo, lotion, irons, ironing boards, coffee service, telephones, Wi-Fi and cable service are provided. Ancillary facilities are vending rooms and laundry rooms.
Pensacola Unaccompanied Housing (Mainside)
Buildings 3901, 3902, 3903, 3904, 3905, 3906, 3907, 3908, 3910, 601, 602, 626 and 623
Welcome to Bayshores Unaccompanied Housing onboard NAS Pensacola. We take great pride in serving the warfighter and providing the best quality of life and customer service possible through the dedication and commitment of our staff. We will make every effort to assist you as a student or permanent-party member of the many commands supported by the Pensacola host commanding officer.
There are two complexes consisting of a multitude of buildings. One is the Radford Complex directly across the street from the beautiful intracoastal waterway adjacent to aircrew/
rescue swimmer school on Radford Boulevard, consisting of four buildings: 623, 626, 601 and 602. The second complex is the center for aviation technical training command complex and is across from Pensacola Bay Bridge, with great views of the water. This complex consists of nine buildings: 3901, 3902, 3903, 3904, 3905, 3906, 3907, 3908 and 3910.
Supporting facilities in the complex include picnic gazebos, vending machines, game rooms and laundry rooms. Space in the 13-building facility is limited, and most residents are student new accessions to the military service coming straight from basic training.
Within easy walking distance are beautiful beaches, historic attractions such as the Pensacola lighthouse, fort and the aviation museum as well as a host of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) facilities such as the gym, movie theater and many others. Public transportation is available between locations via Escambia County area transit service. Please feel free to contact the staff for assistance.
NAVY GATEWAY INNS & SUITES CONFERENCE FACILITY, NAS PENSACOLA
The NGIS Conference Facility staff and management welcome you to Pensacola. The facility is available for your conference needs. It is in Building 3249 onboard Pensacola Naval Air Station. The conference center consists of 10 conference rooms and the Round Down Lounge, which features vending machines and a sitting area with flat-screen TVs. Hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., but hours can be flexible depending on conference needs. To schedule your event, call 850-452-5000 (DSN 922). It is recommended that conferences are planned well in advance, as the facilities are popular and used year-round for a variety of meetings.
NGIS Conference Facility Manager 850-452-5000
NGIS Conference Facility Audiovisual Coordinator 850-452-5004
NGIS Conference Facility Fax 850-452-5041
NAVY FAMILY HOUSING SERVICE CENTER
1581 Duncan Road, Building 735
Pensacola, FL 32508 850-452-5168
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
We are the Navy Family Housing relocation specialists for Pensacola area and surrounding communities. Visit our office to obtain personalized housing assistance, which includes lease reviews; verification of rental listings; utilities, phone and cable connection contacts, deposit waivers for electrical; and identification of places of worship, schools and day care centers. In addition, licensed professional Realtors are conveniently located in our office and are eager to provide rental and sales data from their multiple listings service. You will discover a wide array of homes and price ranges from which to choose.
NAS PENSACOLA HOMES — BALFOUR BEATTY COMMUNITIES
Pensacola office 850-456-3120
Balfour Beatty Communities is a public-private venture initiative. The corporation owns and operates all NAS Pensacola Housing across the installation. Please contact the office for more information. You can also access www.naspensacolahomes.com for assignment criteria, availability, neighborhood definitions and floor plans, forms and contact information. Married service members forfeit full BAH when assigned to these quarters, and housing options are also available to single members, DOD employees and retirees.
Relocating to a new area is usually a family’s primary concern upon receipt of transfer orders. It can be a stressful time as you want to find out all you can about your new home before reporting for duty. You are encouraged to make a house-hunting trip as Pensacola is a popular tourist area and has much to offer in year-round activities. Hotel reservations should be made in advance of your arrival.
Eligible officers and enlisted personnel who are assigned to a command in the Pensacola Naval Complex (NAS Pensacola, Corry Station, Naval Hospital and Saufley Field) are given equal opportunity to apply for privatized housing or choose to reside in the community.
Check with the Housing office before signing a lease. Navy Family Housing relocation specialists are available to assist you to find lodging in Escambia County and in Santa Rosa County to include all other surrounding communities.
Licensed professional Realtors are available in the Housing office and are eager to provide rental and sales data from their multiple listings service. You will discover a wide array of homes and price ranges from which to choose.
There are many properties in Navy Family Housing’s Rental Partnership Program (RPP) that offer special concessions when selected for residency. The RPP is designed to provide military personnel, enlisted and officers, with affordable off-base housing. RPP was implemented to ease the transition of military personnel and to help defray some of the costs incurred with moving. Service members may be charged reduced rent, reduced security deposits and no applicationfee.
24-HOUR COMMUNITY HOUSING INFORMATION
The new automated website www.home.mil is there to provide families with a home-finding tool. It is sponsored by the Department of Defense and all military branches. The site allows members to find suitable rental housing (both long-term and temporary) before they arrive at their new destination. Property managers and landlords list both long-term rentals (apartments, duplexes and single-family homes) and temporary housing units (corporate apartments and short-termunits).
When you are ready to depart from NAS Pensacola, the housing office is there to assist you in locating suitable housing at your next duty station, with the Relocation and Departure services.
So, whether you are interested in privatized or community housing or getting ready to depart to your next duty station the Navy Housing Service Center is here to serve you.
Navy Lodge Pensacola
NAS Pensacola, Building 3875
Pensacola, FL 32508 850-456-8676
The Navy Lodge Pensacola is a beachside resort on Pensacola Bay. Adjacent is a white-sand beach with lifeguards (during season), a state-of-the-art children’s playground and patios. The Lighthouse Point and National Museum of Naval Aviation is within walking distance of our facility. The nearly 100 recently renovated guest rooms include five new family suites, 31 guest rooms with one queen-size bed, nine guest rooms with two queen-size beds, 48 guest rooms with two queen-size beds and full kitchenette, and four guest rooms with full kitchenette that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Guests may use a coin laundry room, washer and dryer on the third floor between Buildings 3875 and 3945. Ice machines in both buildings are available as well.
Register at the front desk in the lobby of Building 3875. Check-in is at 3 p.m. Checkout is at noon. For reservations, call 800-NAVY-INN (628-9466).
The front desk is open 24/7. Maps and directions are available, along with restaurant guides, complimentary continental breakfast and coffee, a complimentary USA Today newspaper, fax and copy service, roll-away beds and cribs. There is free Wi-Fi in all guest rooms. A mini-mart is in the lobby for guest convenience.
Morale, Welfare and Recreation (Portside, gym, cabins) Navy Exchange Aviation Plaza includes the uniform center, Navy Pride, personalized services, video rental, tailor shop, food court, barbershop, GNC Store, laundry and dry cleaning, photo shop, Pack and Wrap, and FedEx.
Command Religious Program
ROMAN CATHOLIC SERVICES
• 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday — Daily Mass, Our Lady of Loreto Chapel (Building 1982)
• 8:30 a.m. Sunday — Mass, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel (Building 1982)
• 10 a.m. Sunday — CCD Classes, J.B. McKamey Center (Building 634), September through May
PROTESTANT COMMUNITY WORSHIP
• 9 a.m. Sunday — Protestant Sunday School, J.B. McKamey Center (Building 634)
• 10:15 a.m. Sunday — Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel (Building 1982)
• 6 p.m. Sunday — Contemporary Service (Younger, Louder, Later), All Faiths Chapel
CHURCH OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS (LDS)
• 10:30 a.m. Sunday — All Faiths Chapel
• 11:35 a.m. Sunday — LDS Sunday School, J.B. McKamey Center (Building 634)
NASP Chaplain 850-452-2341 ext. 5
CORRY Chaplain 850-452-6376
NATTC Chaplain 850-452-7422
MATSG 21 Chaplain 850-452-9413
NASC Chaplain 850-452-2607/5274
Naval Hospital Chaplain 850-505-6481
To Arrange Funerals/Weddings 850-452-5479
Open to all military and family members, the Command Religious Program endeavors to help each person meet his or her need for spiritual guidance and support. The weekly schedule includes religious services, scripture studies, counseling and a variety of classes for personal growth. Opportunities are also available for recreation, retreats, fellowship and community service. If you are looking for a place to make new friends, grow in your faith and find encouragement for the challenges you face daily, this is the place to start. If you are looking for a particular faith group that doesn’t currently meet here or simply desire to make contact with a local congregation, the chaplains will also assist you in fulfilling that need as well. Existing religious services are listed.
More detailed information can be found at www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrse/installations/nas_pensacola/about/installation_guide/facilities_and_resources/religious_programs.html or by calling 850-452-2341.
PEN AIR FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
At Pen Air Federal Credit Union, respect is a guiding principle. As the largest and oldest credit union headquartered in Pensacola, Florida, with $1.3 billion in assets, Pen Air is dedicated to enhancing lives through exceptional service, strength and financial solutions. Nineteen locations in Northwest Florida and Southeast Alabama, which include three student-run credit unions at area high schools, combined with online and mobile banking provide worldwide reach. Pen Air is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution, serving the community and improving lives since 1936.
We are located at 21 Cunningham St., Building 32, on board NAS Pensacola. For a complete list of locations and ATMs, visit www.penair.org/Locations. Hours are lobby: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit us at penair.org or call 850-505-3200, toll free 877-4PENAIR.
Fire and Emergency Services Gulf Coast
Fire and Emergency Services Gulf Coast provides fire suppression, fire prevention, public education, advanced and basic life support services, technical rescue and special operations response for the Pensacola Navy Complex and the surrounding communities.
Strategically located fire stations, staffed by the Navy’s finest fire professionals, can answer any call for help 24/7.
To report a fire, medical emergency or other emergency, call 911. For business purposes, call 850-452-3212.
Welcome Onboard Packages
The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) can provide you with information about the installation and the local Pensacola area. Comprehensive Welcome Onboard information can be found online at www.militaryinstallations.dod.mil.
Fleet and Family Support Center
The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) is in Building 625 at NAS Pensacola. The center is open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The center is closed weekends and holidays. Call 850-452-5990 for more information.
The mission of the FFSC is to improve fleet readiness by providing quality-of-life programs that address and resolve the challenges inherent to the military lifestyle. FFSC provides services electronically, via telephone and in-person in classroom settings or one-on-one consultations.
INFORMATION AND REFERRAL
FFSC provides basic information and referrals by telephone, face-to-face contact, printed media and electronic data transmission.
LIFE SKILLS EDUCATION
FFSC provides education, workshops, general military training and briefings on personal and family enrichment promoting effective and improved quality of life, both on the job and in personal life.
COUNSELING AND CRISIS RESPONSE
FFSC counselors are licensed clinicians who see individuals, including children, couples and families. During the initial interview the client and counselor determine if the situation requires short-term supportive counseling that can be provided at the FFSC. If the situation requires it, referrals to other military and community resources can be made.
NEW PARENT SUPPORT
The New Parent Home Visitation Program offers new and expectant military families support through home visits, prenatal and parenting classes, educational films and materials.
FAMILY ADVOCACY PROGRAM
FFSC addresses all issues related to family violence and maltreatment involving military families to include the identification, investigation, intervention, assessment and treatment for families involved in abusive relationships. Prevention and education are a primary part of this program. Victim advocacy services are available. Under certain circumstances, victims may have the option of making a restricted, confidential report.
SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE (SAPR) PROGRAM
SAPR focuses on the prevention of sexual response and the sensitive support of sexual assault victims. Advocates are available 24/7 and provide support and assistance to sexual assault victims and their families during medical, investigative, legal and court procedures. Victims usually have the option of making a restricted, confidential report.
RELOCATION AND DEPLOYMENT
FFSC assists service members and their families in preparing for and adjusting to the relocation and deployment process. Typical relocation services include, but are not limited to, providing information pertaining to other military installations, financial planning, smooth move workshops, sponsor training and overseas cultural awareness training. Typical deployment services include, but are not limited to, readiness, pre-deployment, mid-deployment, return and reintegration, financial planning, and emotional impact.
FFSC assists personnel in making a smooth adjustment from the military to the civilian job market. This program is a cooperative effort between the Departments of Labor, Defense and Veteran Affairs. Monthly workshops cover military-specific topics and all aspects of preparing for a second career. Computer-based job search programs are available for use by appointment. Spouses may attend.
FAMILY EMPLOYMENT READINESS PROGRAM
This program assists military family members in their career development and job search. Services include resume-writing fundamentals, interviewing techniques, federal employment procedures, job fairs and referrals to potential employers.
PERSONAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
This program is available to provide education, counseling, and information and referral to military personnel and commands to increase personal, family and operational readiness relating to finances. The staff provides command financial specialist quarterly training to qualified active-duty members.
EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBERS
FFSC provides non-medical case management and referrals for Exceptional Family Members. Primary services involve information and assistance with obtaining resources and support.
VETERANS BENEFITS PROGRAM
An AMVETS representative is at the FFSC to assist all active-duty members, veterans and family members in developing and filing claims for benefits to the Department of Veteran Affairs.
FFSC provides support and coordination to local ombudsmen. Training workshops, assemblies and the official ombudsman academy are offered to assist all ombudsmen.
RETIRED ACTIVITIES OFFICE
The Retired Activities Office is located within the FFSC. Volunteers provide assistance to retired members and their families in such areas as survivor benefit plans, retired benefits and widow assistance.
Naval Air Station Pensacola Security Police Department
The NAS Pensacola Security Police Department is responsible for law and order across the NAS Pensacola complex which includes: NAS Pensacola, Saufley Field, Corry Station and the Navy Exchange/Corry Housing complex.
The department is in Building 3873 on John H. Towers Road onboard NAS Pensacola.
By direction of the Commanding Officer, the department is charged with the force protection mission for the installation. Additionally, the department is tasked to investigate, apprehend or detain individuals suspected or convicted of offenses; conduct searches and seize evidence; enforce the uniform code of military justice; conduct interviews and interrogations; control access; and perform other duties in accordance with Navy regulations and law.
The department provides 24-hour emergency service with a diverse team of Naval Security Force personnel.
Whether you are visiting the installation or assigned here, it is the department’s goal to provide a safe and secure environment to live, work or train.
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) is a private, nonprofit, charitable organization that provides financial assistance to Navy and Marine Corps active-duty and retired service members and their eligible family members. In addition, widows of active or retired service members could also benefit from the programs that are offered by our organization. NMCRS also provides assistance to other branches of service thanks to our partnerships with the Air Force Aid Society, Army Emergency Relief and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance.
NMCRS provides eligible clients with budget counseling and financial assistance in the form of interest-free loans or grants during emergency needs such as emergency transportation, funeral expenses, medical and dental bills (patient’s share), basic living expenses (food, rent and utilities), disaster relief assistance, essential vehicle repairs and unforeseen family emergencies among other types of assistance.
Education programs, Budget for Baby workshops, a thrift shop and a visiting nurse program are also offered to eligible service members and their families in the Pensacola area.
Society thrift shops enable service members and their families to purchase gently used clothing, uniforms and household items at a low cost. The sales income realized from thrift shops is returned to the Sailors, Marines and their families in the form of relief services. The thrift store is in Corry Station, Building 3736. The store is open 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. If you have any questions, call 850-452-6174 during normal business hours.
The visiting nurse program is staffed with registered nurses. The primary function of the visiting nurse is to provide health education and information about health-related resources. The visiting nurse is available to make hospital or home visits to eligible clients in the interest of improving their quality of life by promoting understanding of information about the individual’s health issues. Visits are frequently made to new mothers and infants, to patients recovering from surgery and to patients with chronic health problems.
Service members or eligible family members who have an emergency should contact the NAS Pensacola office during normal working hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 850-452-2300 to schedule an appointment. For emergency assistance after working hours, contact the American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Service Center at 877-272-7337.
NMCRS Office: NAS Pensacola, 91 Radford Blvd., Building 191, phone: 850-452-2300, Fax 850-452-2752.
NMCRS Thrift Store: Corry Station, Building 3736 (between the bowling alley and gym), 850-452-6174.
USO NAS PENSACOLARECREATION CENTER
153 Ellyson, Building 625 D
NAS Pensacola, FL 32508
850-455-8280, option 2
Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
USO PENSACOLA AIRPORT WELCOME CENTER
2430 Airport Blvd., Suite 216
Pensacola, FL 32504 850-607-8369
(On the second level next to Einstein Bagels)
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
USO FREEDOM LOUNGE DESTIN-FT. WALTON BEACH AIRPORT (VPS)
1701 State Road 85 N, Suite 11
Eglin AFB, FL 32542 850-609-4738
(Across from ticketing)
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
USO Northwest Florida provides a home away from home for our nation’s heroes as a gift from the American people. Computer access, free Wi-Fi, gaming systems, phone-charging stations, televisions, snacks, a family area and somewhere to relax are part of all our physical locations.
Other programs offered are:
• USO care packages for those deploying.
• Welcome home activities.
• Special events around holidays.
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation.
All USO Northwest Florida programs are free and are open to all active duty, dependents and retirees. Military ID required for entry.
Morale, Welfare and Recreation
NASP, Building 4143
Radford Boulevard 850-452-3806
The recreation opportunities for active-duty military and their families, retirees and their families, and DOD civilians are limitless at NAS Pensacola. NAS Pensacola is in three geographically separate areas: NAS Pensacola, Corry Station and Blue Angel Park Recreationarea.
The MWR Business Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed weekends and governmentholidays.
NASP - Building 3201 850-452-9429
San Carlos Beach 850-452-5421
Barrancas Beach is off Radford Boulevard across from Fort Barrancas. The beach is staffed with lifeguards 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. Eligible patrons may use picnic tables and cabanas on a first-come, first-served basis at nocharge.
Building 3828 850-452-9429
The indoor pool is available for evening lap swim, masters training, youth swim team, group and private swim lessons, aqua aerobics, water polo, lifeguarding certification classes, active-duty skill swim and recreational swim during the fall, winter and spring. During the summer, programming and open hours are limited. Recreation and lap swim are available at no charge for active duty and their dependents, retirees and children age 5 and under. A nominal fee is charged for retiree family members, DOD personnel and contractors. Patrons from age 10 to 16 may swim unaccompanied by successfully completing the Navy SPLASH swim test. The pool is next to the medical clinic and is only open limited hours. For more information, visit Building 3203 or call 850-452-9429.
MUSTIN BEACH SWIMMING POOL
Building 3201 850-452-8293
Mustin Pool is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day with extended hours as weather and lifeguards permit. The Mustin Pool is on a viewing beach behind the Mustin Beach Club on Radford Boulevard and has two pools. The 25-yard recreational pool has a toddler platform, an in-water climbing wall and a 30-foot slide. The 20-yard lap pool offers five lanes for adult lap swimming from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Recreation and lap swim are available at no charge for active duty and their dependents, retirees and children age 5 and under. A nominal fee is charged for retiree family members, DOD personnel and contractors. Patrons ages 10 to 16 may swim unaccompanied by successfully completing the Navy SPLASH swim test. Aqua aerobics, group and private lessons, and camps - from marine science to junior lifeguarding - are offered. Visit the Aquatic Office in Building 3203 or call 850-452-9429for moreinformation.
Clubs and Food Services
A&W brings back the days when great-tasting food was made to order with fresh, quality ingredients and always served with a warm smile. Well, those days have never left at your favorite A&W Restaurant. Located inside the Portside Entertainment Food Court, A&W still makes burgers, hot dogs, French fries, onion rings, hand-breaded chicken fingers, ice cream floats and, of course, the famous A&W root beer just the way you like it. A&W is still making memories and all-American food. Open daily toeveryone.
CUBI BAR AND CAFE
Building 3465 850-452-2643
Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily
The Cubi Bar and Cafe is inside the NAS Naval Aviation Museum, Building 3465, and serves lunch daily. Enjoy a casual dining atmosphere in a working museum exhibit. Hundreds of plaques from the original Cubi Bar adorn the walls. The lunch menu consists of signature soups, gourmet salads and deli sandwiches. Catering and large group reservations areavailable.
LIGHTHOUSE POINT, CPO CLUBAND BLOOD STRIPE CLUB
Building 3558 850-452-4035
Enjoy a picturesque view of the channel and beautiful emerald-green waters. Lighthouse Point is an ideal location for events such as wedding receptions, retirements, anniversaries and holiday parties. Inside Lighthouse Point, you will also find the CPO Club and Blood Stripe Club. Call452-4035for information onavailability.
MUSTIN BEACH CLUB
General Office 850-452-4035/2137
The historic Mustin Beach Club, named after the first commanding officer of NAS Pensacola, Capt. Henry C. “Rum” Mustin and Naval Aviator No. 11, was constructed in 1937. The club is on Radford Boulevard in Building 253. The bar is open for the after-work crowd Wednesday through Friday, and lunch is served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The club also offers a variety of special-event space for groups up to 500 in our ballroom and to groups of 100 in the Goshawk and Dining Room. More intimate groups of up to 40 can use the Bay Room, which overlooks the Pensacola Bay and allows access to the beautifully landscaped lawn and walkway to thebeach.
THE OAKS RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
Building 3495, Second Deck 850-452-3748
The Oaks is at the A.C. Read Golf Course. Open daily 6 to 10:30 a.m. for breakfast and10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch. A full breakfast menu features omelets, skillets, pancakes and homemade sausage gravy. The lunch menu includes sandwiches, burgers and wraps. The triple decker club is a favorite along with red beans and rice, greens and house-made gumbo.
The restaurant offers the perfect casual atmosphere to plan your next event. The Oaks Lounge is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. It is available after hours for catered events. For catering, call 850-452-3748. For more information call, 850-452-3859.
PIZZA HUT EXPRESS AND TACO BELL EXPRESS
The restaurant is also conveniently located inside the Portside Complex Food Court and offers everyone’s favorite selection of personal pan pizzas and south-of-the-borderentrees.
PORTSIDE ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX
Building 3912 850-452-3364
The Portside Complex, Building 3912, is on East Avenue in the Naval Air Technical Training Center Campus and is home to the high-energy Portside Enlisted Club, Liberty Center, Game Room and Food Court. The Game Room and Food Court areas are open to all hands.
Portside Enlisted Club: The enlisted club offers music, professional DJs with light shows, karaoke, Latin nights, seven big-screen TVs and special events such as UFC fights on pay-per-view, hypnotic comedians, comedy shows, Super Bowl parties, holiday parties and more for enlisted personnel E-1 through E-6 (active duty, Reserve and retired), dependents of these, as well as GS6 and below. You must be 18 or older.
Game Room: Open to all hands, the Game Room has pinball, 14 pool tables and other arcade games. Children under 18 must be with a parent or guardian prior to 6 p.m. No one under 18 is permitted after 6 p.m.
Child and Youth Programs
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Building 3634 850-452-2211
Hours: 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
NAS Pensacola Child Development Center (CDC) is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) which promotes excellence in early childhood education. The center provides full-time and hourly care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Florida’s free Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program (VPK) is also offered for children who are 4 years old by Sept. 1.
The center is open to all active-duty military, DOD civilians, Reservists on orders, DOD contractors, other federal employees and retirees. To request care in any of the Pensacola area Child and Youth Programs, visit http://militarychildcare.comand complete a request for careprofile.
FRED G. SMALLEY YOUTH CENTER
Building 3690 850-452-2417/2296
Hours: 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
The Youth Center is accredited by Council on Accreditation as a program that provides exemplary developmental care for school-age children. The Youth Center is available to authorized family members K-12. School Age Care (SAC) works in partnership with Boys & Girls Club of America and 4-H Clubs. SAC offers before- and after-school care during the school year, camps for school breaks and summer, and hourly care for children K-12. Other programs include: open recreation activities, field trips and dances. Teen program activities are scheduled for youth 13 and older.
The center is open to all active-duty military, DOD civilians, Reservists on orders, DOD contractors, other federal employees and retirees. To request care in any of the Pensacola area Child and Youth Programs, visit http://militarychildcare.comand complete a request for careprofile.
Fitness Centers and Gyms
Building 4143,Radford Boulevard 850-452-3806 ext. 3129
PORTSIDE FITNESS CENTERAND BASKETBALL COURTS
Building 606 850-452-7810
The Portside Fitness Center is in Building 606 along with the cinema next to the car wash. It is equipped with a complete range of PRT-certified Life Fitness and Cybex cardio machines, Life Fitness and Hammer Strength free weights and Selectroized equipment and NOFFS Zone. Certified trainers are on site and can provide equipment orientation and individual fitness programs as well as large and small command PT. A large functional fitness room offers classes Monday through Friday; for more details check out the fitness schedule. The center has one racquetball court and men’s and women’s locker rooms, with daily lockers and a dry sauna ineach.
The Portside Gym is in Building 627. The gym offers two basketball courts with volleyball setups, speed bags, heavy bags and cardio equipment. You must provide your own hand wraps and boxing gloves. Command PT sessions are available upon request. The facility also offers men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers. Reservations for courts can be made through Portside Gym by calling 850-452-7810.
RADFORD FITNESS CENTER AND GYM
Building 4143 850-452-9845
Radford Fitness Center and Gym is a 54,000-square-foot facility on Radford Boulevard. It is equipped with a complete range of PRT-certified Life Fitness and Cybex cardio machines, Life Fitness and Hammer Strength free weights and TechnoGym Selectroized equipment. Certified trainers are on site and can provide equipment orientation and individual fitness programs as well as large and small command PT. A wide range of group exercise classes for all levels of fitness are offered. Outdoor NOFFS Zone isavailable.
For sports enthusiasts, there are basketball courts, complete with volleyball setups, and two glassed-in racquetball courts. Reserve a racquetball court by calling the front desk. Contact the Sports Specialist at 850-452-4391for information on Captain’s Cupevents.
The center is complete with men’s and women’s steam rooms and locker rooms with lockers available for monthly rentals and dailyuse.
A.C. READ GOLF COURSE
Building 3594 850-452-2454/2455
Hours: 7 a.m. to sunset
Located just 400 yards south of the main gate, the beautiful A.C. Read Golf Course boasts27 championship holes and an 18-hole (par 60) executive course. All tee times for the championship course are available up to seven days in advance. No tee time is necessary on the executive course. Club and cart rentals, a practice facility, club repair and storage are available, as well as a fully stocked golf shop with complete equipment sales. Club professionals are available for individual or group instruction by appointment. The Oaks Restaurant and Lounge is on the upper deck of the clubhouse and is open to thepublic.
Human Resources Office
Building 3249 850-452-4681/3386
The Personnel Office for all non-appropriated fund (NAF) jobs is in Building 3249 on BOQ Road and is open 7:30 a.m. to4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Job openings are listed on the MWR website and Facebook page and are posted in the Human Resources Office (HRO). Applications can be downloaded fromwww.naspensacola-mwr.com.
Building 634 850-452-4362
The station library is at 250 Chambers Ave. The library offers a variety of fiction and nonfiction in both print and audio formats, along with an educational DVD collection. Materials for educational and professional development are included in the collection, which features heavy emphasis on aviation, the Navy and naval history. Titles on the reading lists for all five services are available. In addition to internet and Navy-Marine Corps intranet computers, the library has a scanner, a photocopier and a microfiche reader and printer. Some services may be provided for a fee. A children’s section with print and audio options is also available, and a summer reading program is heldannually.
Building 3912 850-452-2372
The Liberty Center is inside the Portside Entertainment Complex. The program targets single or unaccompanied active-duty personnel between the ages of 18 and 25 stationed onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. The Liberty Center contains multiple TV-viewing areas, featuring the NAVY Motion Picture program (over 800 titles), free billiards, free Wi-Fi and computer use, free laptop and iPad use, free printing and faxing, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game systems with all the newest titles and equipment, free popcorn during evenings, as well as free daily bike rentals during daylight hours. Liberty plans and carries out special events and monthly trips, including concerts, visits to Orlando, holiday parties, sporting events (such as New Orleans Saints and Florida State University football, Pelicans NBA and Blue Wahoo’s baseball), paintball, go karts, local festivals, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and much more. Liberty Center is open daily, includingholidays.
BAYOU GRANDE MARINA
Building 3244 850-452-4152
The marina is in a well-protected cove at the northeast corner of NAS Pensacola. By water, you can reference NOAA chart No. 11378; the marina is in the northwest corner of Pensacola Bay on Bayou Grande. The coordinates for the No. 1 channel entrance marker is 30 degrees 22.23 minutes north latitude and 87 degrees 15.40 minutes west longitude.
Marina berthing includes 206 floating wet slips with electricity and water, 30 covered dry storage, 204 dry storage spaces and 12 beach storage spaces. Transient dockage is available, not to exceed 14 days, which includes restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. The marina’s rental fleet consists of a variety of boats: 14-foot Sunfish, 14-foot Lasers, 18-foot Hunters, 19-foot Flying Scot, 22-foot Catalinas and kayaks, paddleboards and canoes. The marina offers basic Mate “A” and intermediate-level Skipper “B” sailing classes from April through September. A sailing qualification card is required to check out a boat from the rental fleet. The marina’s topside rental room, “The Crow’s Nest,” overlooks the bayou and marina and is available for special events. The room has an inside seating capacity for 64 and a large outside covered deck with seating capacity for another 50 to 75. Adjacent to the marina is Serenity Point fishing area, which features a 16-by-30-foot fishing deck, 20-by-20-foot covered pavilion, barbecue grill and picnic tables. It is open daily for daytime use only at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis. The marina is open to all authorized military and DOD personnelonly.
SHERMAN COVE MARINA
Building 4151 850-452-2212
The marina sports a large rental fleet, including 22- and 25-foot pontoon boats, 17-foot Whaler skiffs, 17-foot Cape Horn and 21-foot Edge Water center console fishing boats. Other amenities include two boat ramps, 32 floating wet slips, 320 dry storage spaces for privately owned boats, four rinse and flush stations, and gas and diesel fuel. The ships’ store offers bait, snacks, ice and drinks. Prior to boat rental, a skipper’s card is mandatory. The skipper’s course consists of online study guide, in-house written test and a two hour on-water practical. The written test can be taken during regular operational hours; practical tests are 9 to 11 a.m. every Saturday (weather permitting). The result provides the customer with the basic information to safely operate all rental equipment. Located near the back gate, Sherman Cove is just off the Intracoastal Waterway and five minutes from the Gulf of Mexico. The marina is open to all authorized military and DOD personnelonly.
PORTSIDE TWIN CINEMA
Building 606 850-452-3522
The Portside Cinema houses two digital theaters and offers the latest releases in movie entertainment plus 3D movies, a concession and game room, all in a cheerful atmosphere. It is open to military, DOD, retirees, contractors and family members. Call for times and movies, or check the MWR website for schedules. Portside Cinema’s prices for movies and concessions are the best intown.
Parks and Community Recreation Areas
BLUE ANGEL PARK - HWY 98 WEST
Navy Getaways 877-NAVY-BED (628-9233)
Welcome Center 850-390-6133
Community Recreation 850-281-5489
Blue Angel Park has it all on beautiful Perdido Bay off Highway 98 West on the Florida-Alabama line. It is about 20 minutes outside the back gate of NAS Pensacola. The park is open for RV, primitive, group and day camping and also provides numerous group and family picnic areas. Additionally, there are 12 two-bedroom mobile homes for rent as well as one-room camp cabins either daily or weekly. Campground B area is a full-service RV Park with water, sewer drops, concrete pads and 50/30 amp hookups. Campground A has water and 30/50 amp service with an adjoining dump station for 28 sites on a first come, first served basis. The park has three laundry facilities for patron use. RV/Boat storage is also available. Dry storage sites are behind a secure fence and are rented on a monthly basis.
Sailboat, paddleboard and kayak rentals are available Friday through Monday on beautiful Perdido Bay. Sailboat lessons are given each Saturday and Sunday by reservation. An 18-hole miniature golf course and three great playground areas for the children are available. The park has Danger Zone Paint Ball, featuring all the latest equipment and supplies. Recently, 10 new Trek bicycles and geocaching were added to the outdoor recreation programs. There are three popular 18-hole disc golf courses. Palmetto Course caters to the novice. Pine Course is for intermediate players. Oaks Course is for the advanced player. All 54 holes have professional and amateur tee boxes. Disc Golf is open to the public. The park is handicapped-accessible. Reservations are accepted six months in advance for DOD and retired military personnel and one year in advance for active-duty and reserve personnel. Reservations can also be made online at www.get.dodlodging.net.
SKI BEACH COMMUNITY RECREATION AREA
The perfect setting for family or squadron get-togethers, Ski Beach has it all. Reserve the patio for groups with less than 50 people or the pavilion for larger groups. Additionally, there are six small group picnic sites and numerous individual picnic tables throughout the park. Reservations for the group picnic areas can be made three months in advance by active-duty and retired personnel and two months in advance for DOD employees. Individual picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Accommodations include restrooms and outdoor showers, a fishing pier and beautiful waterfront for wading and swimming when lifeguards are present. Come rent a canoe, kayak, paddleboard or other camping equipment and enjoy some time outdoors. Looking for a nice afternoon hike? Check out the Bayou Grande Nature Trail. The trailhead is behind the rental office. Ski Beach also has horseshoes and a sand volleyball court available at no charge. Ice is for sale on-site. Ski Beach Community Recreation Area is at the end of John Towers Road off Taylor Road on Bayou Grande, adjacent to the A.C. Read Golf Course Bayou Nine. The park is open from dawn until dusk, daily. The rental office is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday throughMonday.
OAK GROVE PARK
Building 3696A, Radford Boulevard
Navy Getaways reservations877-NAVY BED (628-9233)
Oak Grove Park offers 51 RV sites with full hookups and cable TV. The park also houses a bathhouse, laundry and gazebo. There are 14 two-bedroom and 12 one-bedroom, fully equipped rental cottages that overlook the beach. There are eight primitive tent sites and two tent platforms under the large Naval Live Oak trees near the beach, with a fire ring and picnic table. There is no power in this area. A bathhouse and laundry are available near the sites. Reservations are accepted six months in advance for DOD and retired military personnel and one year in advance for active duty and reserve personnel. The park is northwest of Barrancas Beach, across from the Sherman Field runway. Reservations can also be made at www.get.dodlodging.net.
Building 4143,Radford Boulevard 850-452-3806 ext. 3129
Sports Programs. Ball Fieldsand Pavallions
50 Saufley St., Building 627
BARRANCAS SPORTS COMPLEX
80 Slemmer Ave. 850-452-4391/4392
The Barrancas Sports Complex has two flag football/soccer fields (or one regulation soccer field), two softball fields, four horseshoe pits and one sand volleyball court. The Barrancas Sports Complex also hosts three outdoor pavilions and a playground for your family’s enjoyment. MWR programs and reservations will have priority over any unscheduled events. Reservations must be made by contacting the MWR Sports Office a minimum of 24 hours prior to event. Failure to comply with the reservation or usage policies could result in forfeiture ofprivileges.
Designated jogging areas on base include the sidewalk area along the seawall, extending past the Mustin Beach Club area to the paved running trail that leads almost to the back gate, over 8 miles out andback.
NATTC SPORTS COMPLEX
Building 3953, East Ave
The NATTC Sports Complex has two softball fields, two basketball courts and one small pavilion with picnic tables. MWR programs and reservations will have priority over any unscheduled events. Reservations must be made by contacting the MWR Sports Office a minimum of 24 hours prior to event. Failure to comply with the reservation or usage policies could result in forfeiture ofprivileges.
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Behind Building 3495 850-452-4391
Six lighted outdoor courts are adjacent to the A.C. Read Golf Club. The outdoor courts are on a first-come, first-served basis. Hours are 6 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. — just remember to turn out the lights whenfinished!
Barrancas National Cemetery
The following services are provided at government expense for those who are eligible: gravesite, opening and closing, grave liner, and headstone and marker, as well as care and maintenance of the cemetery. The cemetery management and staff welcome visitors and encourage individual (self-guided) and group tours of the cemetery grounds. For more information, call 850-453-4846.
Points of interest within the cemetery include various monuments honoring individuals and military and veteran’s organizations; the old town of Warrington cemetery surrounded by the national cemetery; the gravesite of Ga-ah, wife of Apache Indian Geronimo; and the gravesites of four Medal of Honor recipients.
Formal ceremonies are conducted each Memorial Day with participation of the active military, veterans groups and the public. Each gravesite is decorated with a miniature American flag with the assistance of numerous Scout groups in the greater Gulf Coast area.
At Barrancas National Cemetery, the flag of the U.S. flies daily in silent vigil over the ordered rows of white marble headstones and granite markers honoring the lives and deeds of those who answered the call to duty. For each national cemetery, there is a shared tradition and a continuing obligation to see “that the resting place of the honored dead be kept sacred forever.”
Defense Service Office Detachment Pensacola (DSO SE, Det Pensacola)
The Defense Service Office assists active-duty members facing adverse action, investigations, civilian arrest, security clearance revocation or denial, nonjudicial punishment (Captain’s Mast/Office hours), administrative separations and courts-martial. Defense Counsel can also assist with the preparation of equal opportunity complaints, complaints of wrong within the command and rebuttal statements to adverse evaluation/fitness reports. Defense Counsel will be assigned to service members facing administrative separation that has six or more years of service or facing an other-than-honorable discharge. Also Defense Counsel is assigned to defend accused service members facing courts-martial.
Officer in Charge 850-452-5572
Senior Enlisted Advisor 850-452-5575
Defense Paralegal 850-452-4321
Defense Department 850-452-3730
Region Legal Service Office Southeast, Detachment Pensacola, Legal Assistance Department – B-680
Legal Assistance personnel provide general advice and assistance with a variety of personal legal matters to aid in service member readiness. Legal Assistance personnel can assist with the preparation of personal wills, living wills and other basic estate planning; landlord-tenant disputes; general domestic relations issues including divorce, adopt ion and custody matters; debtor or creditor issues; home foreclosure; immigration and naturalization; private contract review; identity theft; Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act rights; and basic personal income taxes. These services are available free to active-duty personnel, their military dependents and military retirees on an appointment basis, with general priority to active-duty personnel. Active-duty personnel, dependents of active-duty personnel and military retirees may also take advantage of walk-in hours to speak with an attorney from 8 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday and 1 to 3 p.m. every Thursday on a first-come, first-served basis. Powers of attorney and notary services are available to all on a walk-in basis between 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. daily. Special Powers of Attorney are now available to complete online at http://www.jag.navy.mil/legal_services/SPOA.htm.
Fleet Weather Center Aviation Component
The Fleet Weather Center Aviation Component (FWC-AVNCOMP) Pensacola is in Building 1852 (Air Operations Terminal) at Sherman Field. The command provides a variety of Meteorological and Oceanographic support products and services to local commands. These services include aviation weather forecasts for Training Air Wing 6 flight instructors and students (over 46,000 briefs a year). FWC-AVNCOMP is also responsible for weather safety of personnel and equipment for the Pensacola Area Complex, which includes Corry Station and Saufley Field. Phone: 850-452-3644/2386. Visit the PKI-enabled website at https://weather.navy.mil/AviationWeb/ViewNWSForecast?stationid=18.
Gulf Island National Seashore
High on a bluff overlooking the entrance to Pensacola Bay, Fort Barrancas stands as a monument to America’s early efforts to defend its shores. Completed in 1844 and built with 6 million bricks, with walls 4-feet thick and 20-feet high, Fort Barrancas is an example of military engineering and a marvel of human ingenuity.
After the War of 1812, the United States planned and constructed the largest system of defensive structures in its history. These forts built of brick, stone and mortar near ports and shipyards along America’s coastline were the first line of defense against the potential for foreign invasion. Fort Barrancas and the Advanced Redoubt specifically provided comprehensive defense for the Navy Yard and the entrance to the deep harbor of Pensacola Bay. The bluff (or barrancas) overlooking the entrance to the bay was so strategic, the Army Corps of Engineers built Fort Barrancas over the ruins of other forts built by the Spanish, French and British from as early as the 17th century.
Walking through the brick archways and vaulted ceilings and staring down into the wide dry moat, one can feel the power of this imposing structure. Built in the shape of a kite or diamond, the fort could withstand possible attacks on four faces, two seaward and two landward. Assaulting infantry entering the dry moat would suffer heavy casualties from muskets and cannon fire through embrasures and rifle slits in the fort walls. Hot shot furnaces could heat cannonballs to be fired at wooden ships in an attempt to light them on fire.
Although Fort Barrancas was built to stop any foreign invasion, the only time the fort saw actual combat was during the Civil War. On Jan. 12, 1861, Alabama and Florida state militias occupied Fort Barrancas, Fort McRee, the Advanced Redoubt and the navy yard. Federal forces had moved to Fort Pickens two days earlier. This produced a tense stalemate at Pensacola similar to the one at Charleston and Fort Sumter in the weeks before the Civil War began.
Action came in September with a raid on the navy yard by about 100 federal Marines and Sailors from Fort Pickens. Gen Braxton Bragg responded in October launching a night assault with about 1,000 men on Santa Rosa Island, burning the camp of the 6th New York Infantry. Federal forces answered with a massive bombardment Nov. 22 and 23, heavily damaging Fort McRee and the navy yard. Confederates abandoned Pensacola in May 1862, and Fort Barrancas saw no further combat.
Fort Barrancas was an integral part of the United States’ coast defense system until 1947, when most coastal forts were declared surplus. In 1971, Fort Barrancas was added to Gulf Islands National Seashore. Extensive restoration of the forts was completed by the National Park Service in 1980. Fort Barrancas has withstood not only the actions of war but also of time and the elements. It continues to stand as a monument to the country’s early national defense, to the workers and engineers who constructed it and to the soldiers that served within its walls.
Fort Barrancas and the Advanced Redoubt are preserved by the National Park Service and are onboard NAS Pensacola, with entrance to both areas, off of Taylor Road. The visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Monday, and a listing of ranger-led programs can be found at www.nps.gov/GulfIslands and www.facebook.com/GulfIslandsNPS or by calling 850-934-2600.
Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21
Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21 (MATSG-21) administratively controls and supports Marines assigned to the NAS Pensacola, other Gulf Coast bases, Ft Gordon and Ft Benning GA.; in addition to performing other tasks as directed by the commandant of the Marine Corps. MATSG-21 provides support for Marine flight instructors and Marines under flight instruction in the naval aviation-training pipeline. The MATSG-21 staff supports Marines under its administrative cognizance spread throughout numerous Gulf Coast locations. Other functions performed by MATSG-21 include honor guards, ceremonial color guards within the local civilian and military communities.
The roots of MATSG-21 are among the oldest in the Marine Corps, dating to Nov. 6, 1825. The “Pensacola Marines,” as the unit was called then, consisted of seven Marines who were transferred ashore from the frigate John Adams to guard the Pensacola Navy Yard. The unit’s association with aviation was not established until Jan. 23, 1914, when a Marine section of the Naval Flying School was established. The school consisted of two Marine aviators and 10 enlisted mechanics. The unit subsequently became known as the Marine Aviation Detachment and in 1972 became the Marine Aviation Training Support Group. On April 1, 1996, the first Marine students reported to MATSG, beginning a new chapter in MATSG’s history. On Oct. 1, 2000, MATSG was redesignated as MATSG-21. While MATSG-21’s mission is administrative, this command also monitors the flow of Aviation Marines under instruction through the NAS Pensacola and ensures the highest standards of Marine Corps associated training, discipline, fitness and performance are maintained. MATSG-21 was in Building 52, which was dedicated as “Carl Hall” in memory of World War II Marine fighter ace, Maj. Gen. Marion E. Carl. The headquarters also occupied Building 18, its original home in 1825, and Building 604. Unfortunately, in September 2004, Hurricane Ivan severely damaged all three buildings. Currently the MATSG-21 Headquarters is in Building 3450.
Marine Aviation Training Support Group 23 (MATSG-23)
Marine Aviation Training Support Group 23 (MATSC-23) serves as the functional training advocate for all U.S. Marine Corps Aviation Logistics entry-level training, to include initial accession (A), primary MOS (C), Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Aviation Ordnance Officer Career Progression and Air Traffic Control Officer Schools. Additionally MATSG-23 provides administrative and logistical support to regionally located units in order to prepare Marines for service in the Fleet Marine Force. The MATSG-23 staff consist of 450 Marines and civilians and is responsible for an annual throughput of more than 5,400 Marines under instruction at various schools.
In addition to a headquarters element, MATSG-23 consists of two collocated subordinate units and two geographically separated subordinate units. Aviation Maintenance Squadron 1 (AMS-1) and Aviation Maintenance Squadron 2 (AMS-2), along with the group headquarters, are at NAS Pensacola, while a Marine Corps Detachment is on Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, and Marine Aviation Training Support Squadron 1 is onboard NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
AVIATION MAINTENANCE SQUADRON 1
Aviation Maintenance Squadron 1 (AMS-1) provides initial job skill training to entry-level Marines and introduces them to the aviation combat element; it also provides advanced specialized job skill training to enlisted Marines returning from the Corps’ operating forces. The squadron is responsible for providing highly trained and proficient Marines to the Marine Corps’ operating forces that are capable of supporting the flight and deployment needs required in today’s demanding world scenarios.
AMS-1 is composed of a command element, a barracks division, eight aviation specialty schools and five advanced/follow-on maintenance schools. These schools include the enlisted aircrew candidate school, expeditionary airfield, aviation ordnance, aviation structural mechanic, aviation support equipment, aviation machinist’s mate, aircrew survival equipment and aviation structural mechanical safety equipment.
The advanced technical schools include the oxygen systems repair course, advanced sewing machine repair course, nondestructive inspection, defense joint oil analysis program and the naval aviation logistics command management information system. These schools provide noncommissioned officers (NCOs) and staff NCOs with more extensive training after serving in the operating forces.
The schools vary in length from four to 16 weeks. Many schools convene a new class every seven to 10 days, resulting in up to seven classes being run simultaneously. Despite the extreme turnover of Marines, the squadron maintains an average of 800 Marines under instruction and trains more than 2,900 annually, making AMS-1 one of the largest squadrons in the Marine Corps.
AVIATION MAINTENANCE SQUADRON 2
Aviation Maintenance Squadron 2 (AMS-2) trains, educates and mentors Marines in the avionics and command and control systems military occupational specialty fields for future service in Naval Aviation. AMS-2 is responsible for providing highly trained and proficient Marines to the Marine Corps’ Operating Forces that are capable of supporting the flight and deployment needs required in today’s demanding world scenarios. Additionally, AMS-2 serves as a training advocate for the Marine Corps’ Naval Aviation related operational issues and concerns.
AMS-2 is composed of a command element, a barracks division, two initial accession aviation specialty schools and one follow-on maintenance school. The initial accession schools include the air traffic control school and the aviation avionics school. The follow-on maintenance school is unique to the Marine Corps; it is the maintenance air traffic control school.
The schools vary in length from five to 24 weeks. Many schools convene a new class every three to 10 days, resulting in up to35 classes being run simultaneously. Despite the extreme turnover of Marines, the squadron maintains an average of 800 Marines under instruction and trains more than 2,500 annually.
Marine Aviation Training Support Group 42
Marine Aviation Training Support Group 42 (MATSG-42) is the Reserve component onboard NAS Pensacola. MATSG-42 recruits Marine Corps Reservists, which augment and reinforce Marine Corps fleet replacement squadrons and the Naval Aviation Training Command. These Marines provide a pool of experienced personnel with advanced qualifications used as individual augments in support of Marine Corps Total Force requirements or for transfer to 4th Marine Aircraft Wing deployable units.
National Naval Aviation Museum
One of Florida’s most-visited museums, the National Naval Aviation Museum is among the largest aviation museums in the world. The 350,000-square-foot facility is home to more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft, numerous artifacts and extensive archives that chronicle the history of U.S. Naval Aviation.
Visitors can get a close-up view of a suspended flight of Blue Angel aircraft in their familiar diamond formation or walk the flight deck and visit the interior spaces of a World War II aircraft carrier. A South Pacific airfield provides a picture of life among combat Marines, while “Homefront USA” recreates a typical American street scene during World War II. An eerie underwater display portrays the sites of crashed aircraft and describes recovery efforts in Lake Michigan, where many World War II aircraft were lost during carrier qualifications.
The newest addition to the National Naval Aviation Museum is Hangar Bay One. The new hangar adds 55,000 square feet of exhibit space to the museum complex. Its facade, reminiscent of hangars of old, displays aircraft of the post-World War II era, including a Marine One presidential helicopter from the Nixon and Ford administrations and a full-scale replica of the Apollo 17 Lunar Excursion Module. It also contains exhibits devoted to women in Naval Aviation and Coast Guard Aviation.
Among the historic airplanes displayed in the museum is the original NC-4 seaplane, which became the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic in 1919. In addition, the chronological display of aircraft that outlines naval aviation in peace and war features an SBD Dauntless dive bomber that flew in the Battle of Midway and an N2S trainer flown by President George H.W. Bush during his World War II flight instruction.
The museum’s Giant Screen Theater offers a premium laser-illuminated projection system boasting full 4K resolution — nearly 9 million pixels on-screen — the first of its kind installed in an institutional theater. Images of unsurpassed size, clarity and impact, enhanced by a superb sound system, are projected onto a giant screen nearly 3 1/2 times brighter and with more vibrant colors than normal theaters. Devices for the visually impaired and personalized closed captioning for the hearing impaired are also available. The museum’s signature film, “The Magic of Flight,” shows daily along with other feature films.
Visitors can also experience the thrill of flight in the 3-D MaxFlight simulators that feature 360-degree, pitch-and-roll technology. Don’t miss a ride with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels in the high-definition, motion-based flight simulator, and be sure to take home the spirit of naval aviation with a souvenir from the Flight Deck Store inside the museum.
In 2012, the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation opened the National Flight Academy, a world-class, STEM, aviation-based learning adventure for our nation’s youth. Professional development and corporate programs are also available. For more information, visit www.nationalflightacademy.com.
The National Naval Aviation Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For information on the museum or the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, call 850-453-2389 or 800-327-5002 or visit www.navalaviationmuseum.org.
Naval Aviation Schools Command
The Naval Aviation Schools Command instructor cadre includes Navy, Air Force and Marine enlisted and commissioned officers training more than 12,000 United States Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and international students annually. These students consist of Enlisted and commissioned officers enrolled in Aircrew, Aviator, Survival, or Prospective Commanding Officer training programs.
Naval Aviation Schools command continuously identifies and implements improved education, teaching and personnel services in support of our mission. Using a well-rounded curriculum of academics and physical training we produce the highest quality enlisted and commissioned aviation personnel for the U.S. military. Naval Aviation Schools Command provides students with an essential and strong foundation of basic aviation skills and knowledge required to succeed in follow-on training and throughout their military careers.
Naval Education and Training Command
NETC’s mission is to build character, instill citizenship and transform civilians into highly skilled, combat-ready warfighters, while enabling their career-long growth and development. The largest shore command in the Navy, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) is comprised of more than 12,500 military, civilian and contractor team members at more than 236 subordinate activities and detachments in the United States and overseas, providing training and education to more than 31,000 students on any given day.
Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) remains the premier training leader for the Navy. Every Sailor is a NETC graduate. From initial accession training, individual technical training, team training and supporting their personal and professional development through Voluntary Education, NETC is the core of the continuous learning lifecycle for Sailors.
NETC coordinates the following programs:
• Enlisted Accession Training (Boot Camp)
• Officer Accession Training(OCS/OSD/DCO)
• Rating-Specific Apprentice/Journeyman/Master Level Training
• (“A” and “C” Schools)
• Voluntary College Education
• International Military Student Training
• Industry Certifications (Navy COOL)
• Language, Regional Expertise and Culture
• (CLREC) and Rate Training Manuals.
• Officer Development
• Personnel Qualification Standards (PQS)
• Interservice Training (ITRO)
• Advancement In-Rate Online Program
Naval Education and Training Command Human Resources Office
The NETC Headquarters and subordinate units receive HR servicing from its own command HRO onboard NAS Pensacola in addition to three site offices strategically located to support its remote customers. The NETC leadership and workforce receive operational support and services from the Office of Civilian Human Resources Stennis Operations Center. NETC HRO employs approximately 4,000 NETC civilian employees. The HR director exercises administrative and technical authority over personnel assigned to provide guidance, advice and interpret HR policy for Workforce Shaping (Recruitment/Classification), Labor and Employee Relations, Training and Employee Career Development, and Equal Employment Opportunity program matters set forth by the director of Civilian Human Resources, dual-hatted reporting to the Commander, NETC and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Civilian Human Resources.
NAVAL EDUCATION AND TRAININGSECURITY ASSISTANCE FIELD ACTIVITY
Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA) is responsible for all aspects of the planning, programming, financial management and execution of the Navy’s international education and training accomplished under Security Cooperation Education and Training Programs (SCETP). NETSAFA was established in 1986 under the NETC at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
Security Cooperation (SC) is an important instrument of U.S. foreign policy and includes those DOD activities conducted with allies and friendly nations in order to:
• Build defense relationships that support U.S. security.
• Provide U.S. forces with needed military access.
• Develop military capabilities for self-defense and coalition operations (including training).
• Improve information exchange and intelligence sharing.
Major activities under SCETP include:
• Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Foreign Military Financing (FMF).
• U.S. Grant programs, including International Military Education and Training (IMET), the Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program (CTFP), Section 333 and Section 1263 Train/Equip Programs, and others.
NETSAFA is the focal point for actions between the U.S. Combatant Commands, U.S. DOD Security Cooperation Offices world-wide and various Department of the Navy (DON) training activities in the U.S. which educate and train over 6,000 military and civilian personnel from 150 nations annually, as well as courses conducted for international students abroad.
NETSAFA’s education and training offerings include Professional Military Education (PME), technical, maintenance, mission, operational and personnel development courses.
NETSAFA is also the principal management point of contact for the Navy’s international military student offices (IMSOs). An IMSO serves as host, administrator, counselor, expeditor, diplomat and primary point-of-contact for international military students undergoing courses of instruction at military installations in the U.S.
The command is led by a U.S. Navy Captain (O-6), and has a staff of 18 military members, 82 civilian employees, plus support from various contractors. NETSAFA also supports the Navy International Program Office (IPO) in the training components of major FMS acquisition programs. The SC objectives are also applicable to Navy material Systems Command (SYSCOM) programs with international military students. To ensure that the training is conducted effectively and SC objectives are met, NETSAFA performs a variety of support responsibilities:
• Function as case administering office and case manager for DON FMS training cases.
• Prepare and submit data required for preparation of LOAs for all DON-sponsored SC training, to include supporting integration of training and material in major weapons systems sales and transfers conducted by the SYSCOMS.
• Provide price and availability data.
• Develop training plans supporting U.S. Navy equipment sales in concert with Navy IPO and SYSCOMs.
• Ensure training plans are coordinated for disclosure prior to making commitments or programmed training.
• Ensure training is time-phased with equipment delivery schedules for the Total Package Approach.
• Provide Security Assistance Network access and support to view IMS projection data.
• Support issuance of international student Invitation Travel Orders (ITOs).
• Coordinate U.S. Navy SCETP-sponsored orientation visits to continental U.S.
• Focal point for consolidating obsolete curriculum, training aids and equipment.
NETSAFA is in Building 628, 250 Dallas St., Suite B, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, with its parent command, the NETC.
NETSAFA International Training Center
Along with its other responsibilities, NETSAFA is the parent command for the NETSAFA International Training Center (NITC), an international-only school which conducts preparatory, technical and specialized training courses for all military services.
NITC conducts preparatory, technical and specialized training courses and functions including:
• A wide range of courses includes aviation, technical, fundamental skills, specialized and leadership programs.
• Training is accomplished through group and individual tutoring, interactive multimedia and computer simulation.
• Course durations are tailored to student needs.
• Frequency and class convening dates are established based upon demand.
• Tailored courses can meet customer needs.
• Equipped with state-of-the-art computer labs, classrooms and study/work rooms, and specialized science laboratory classrooms.
CENTER FOR NAVAL AVIATION TECHNICAL TRAINING
Mission: To develop, deliver and support aviation training necessary to meet validated fleet requirements through a continuum of professional and personal growth for Sailors and Marines.
Vision: To provide a pathway of learning for development of the finest aviation professionals capable of an immediate and positive impact to the fleet.
Background: The center officially stood up Feb. 5, 2003. It is responsible for approximately 8,700 personnel (5,800 students and 2,900 staff) and manages a budget of more than $47 million, overseeing 28 learning sites throughout the continental United States, Hawaii and Japan; 662 electronic classrooms; 38,520 Technical Training Equipment (TTE) items; 871 trainers and 61 facilities. The two largest CNATT schools are Naval Aviation Technical Training Command (NATTC) and Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), are in Pensacola, Florida.
CNATT is responsible for defining curriculum and educational tools, as well as developing training solutions and professional development for all technical aviation ratings (ABE, ABF, ABH, AC, AD, AE, AG, AM, AME, AO, AS, ATI, ATO, AWO, AWR, AWF, AWS, AWV, AZ, PR and APACT); Marine Corps aviation MOS; and aviation officer training.
The Pensacola headquarters is composed of seven directorates with a combined staff of 142 Navy, Marine Corps, civilian and contractor personnel. Each directorate is staffed with subject matter experts and specialists who work on various programs to enhance the overall quality of training within the aviation community. CNATT coordinates and manages 1,005 formal courses of instruction locations, ensures delivery of new training systems and provides logistic support for simulators and training equipment. CNATT command has an average enrollment of 110,990 students for the past five years annually and is responsible for137 Navy enlisted classifications, 93 U.S. Marine Corps military occupational specialties and 31 officer designators.
Naval Air Technical Training Center
Mission: Our mission is to provide the highest quality and best trained aircraft technicians and maintainers to support fleet operations throughout the world while taking care of our people and our families and being good neighbors in the city of Pensacola and surrounding region.
The Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC), commissioned originally as the Naval Training Station (Aviation Maintenance) on Sept. 23, 1942, has grown from three schools to the present 94 courses. The training command received its present name Feb. 6, 1943, as it continued to grow in size and importance. The training command today stands some 4,900 strong, including students, instructors and support personnel under the command of a Navy captain (limited duty officer).
NATTC graduates approximately 24,000 Navy and Marine students annually. The largest part of this student body is comprised of enlisted personnel attending “A” schools designed to provide them with the knowledge and skill levels required to perform as technicians at the third class petty officer level. Advanced schools provide higher level technical knowledge for senior petty officers, and specialty schools offer specific skills not particular to any one rating. NATTC also conducts technical training for officers.
Technical experts from all the U.S. armed services, DOD civilians and international military students from allied countries attend courses at this modern facility.
Additionally, more than 40 advanced technical courses are taught at this facility, including carrier air traffic control, advanced avionics and data analysis.
Ninety-one courses are taught on the 265-acre complex. While designed much like a modern college campus, NATTC is a regimented military command comprised of five departments that house the various schools and support elements. These include:
• The Avionics Training Department provides instruction in maintenance and operation of complex aviation electronic equipment, including communications, radar and weapons. This department also houses the Aviation Warfare System Operator School, which teaches Sailors how to hunt and track submarines. Additionally the Apprentice Technical Training (ATT) schoolhouse trains Sailors in basic aviation warfare and aviation skills that they will need aboard aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships.
• The Mechanical Training Department provides basic skills for aviation structural mechanics, aviation ordnanceman, aviation machinist’s mates, aviation support equipment technicians and aircrew survival equipmentmen.
• The Air Traffic Control Training Department is composed of both operations and maintenance schools in basic and advanced operational control of aircraft both at shore installations and aboard ships and the associated electronics equipment (radar and other tracking equipment). This department is also home to the Marine Corps training for air traffic controllers and electronic support technicians who work with expeditionary airfields.
• The Air Training Department trains Sailors in the aviation boatswain’s mate subspecialties of aircraft handling, fuels and equipment. Fleet Sailors also return to NATTC’s Air Training Department for aviation firefighting and crash and salvage training. Air Training Department is also home to the Expeditionary Airfield Equipment Training Division, which trains Marines to build and maintain runways under extreme conditions, and the Aviation Professional Apprenticeship Career Track (APACT) Division.
• The Training Support Department continues the general military training Sailors began in basic training. The LifeSkills course addresses the Sailorization process and re-enforces everyday skills for Sailors. Topics include military pay and entitlements, banking and financial management, investment and savings, nutrition and physical readiness, healthy relationships, stress management, responsible alcohol and drug use, operational risk management, hazing and fraternization, sexual assault prevention and operational security. NATTC undergoes regular evaluation and is accredited by the Council of Occupational Education. This accreditation continues and has been maintained since 1979.
NATTC is also home to the Performing Units, which consist of the Flying Rifles Drill Team and Color Guard, Crackerjack Marching Unit and the Aviation Vocal Team.
Performing Unit team members are “A” school student volunteers who spend their free time rehearsing or performing. Participation in the team events, which include practices and performances, comes only after the member has completed their professional and military duties. The units perform at community events and official ceremonies throughout Northwest Florida.
Naval Criminal Investigative Service Resident Agency Pensacola
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is a worldwide organization that works for the secretary of the Navy and is responsible for conducting counterterrorism investigations and initiatives, counterintelligence investigations and felony-level criminal investigations for the DON, which includes the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.
Since the 9/11 attacks, the counterterrorism effort has become the primary mission focus of NCIS. NCIS currently has three strategic mission objectives:
• Preventing terrorism and related hostile acts against DON forces and installations.
• Protecting against the compromise of DON information and penetration of critical operational systems and technology that would cause unacceptable risk to the safety and security of personnel and strategic assets.
• Reducing criminal activity and mitigating its impact on Navy and Marine Corps operational readiness.
Counterterrorism and counterintelligence is the business of protecting DON facilities, personnel and information from terrorist acts, subversion, sabotage and espionage. In this age of rapidly advancing technology, the protection of classified DON information from unauthorized disclosure is vital to national security, as is the safeguarding of material and programs from compromise. The role of NCIS is to protect DON assets and personnel from acts of terrorism andcompromise.
NCIS conducts criminal investigations regarding felony-level criminal acts that result in serious bodily injury, property damage impacting operational readiness or financial loss. Examples of investigations undertaken by NCIS include: homicide, aggravated rape, robbery, sexual assault, arson, child abuse, destruction of government property, narcotics violations, and internet and computer crimes.
Over the years, NCIS special agents have served with distinction in areas of conflict, wherever the Navy and Marine Corps have gone, to include Vietnam, Kosovo, the Persian Gulf and most recently Afghanistan and Iraq.
NCIS special agents are college-educated and receive a multitude of training from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Georgia. Currently there are over 1,000 special agents on the job providing support to Navy and Marine Corps commands at over 150 locations throughout the U.S. and overseas.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service Resident Agency (NCISRA) Pensacola is onboard NAS Pensacola in Building 3813 and Building 544 onboard Corry Station and is part of the Southeast Field Office, the Southeast Field Office area of responsibility (AOR) spans from Florida to Texas and down to the Caribbean and into Central and South America.
With the current war on terrorism at the forefront, initiatives to safeguard DON assets require teamwork and vigilance from everyone. In this time of increased vigilance, you can play an active role by being an extra pair of “eyes and ears” for law enforcement. Report any suspicious behavior immediately to your local NCIS office or base security. For more information, contact NCISRA Pensacola at 850-452-4211.
Naval Hospital Pensacola, Florida
Older than 26 U.S. states, Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) is in its second century of service and is one of the oldest and most respected military medical facilities in the country. It continues to provide health care to more than 150,000 beneficiaries in its main facility and 10 branch clinics that span five states.
NHP began its service in January 1826. President John Quincy Adams assigned the first surgeon and officer in charge, Navy surgeon Isaac Hulse, to establish a hospital at the Pensacola Navy Yard in support of the West Indies Squadron. Hulse established the naval hospital by renting a two-story house as a temporary medical facility, for $30 a month. Hulse would go on to spend 19 of his 33-year Navy career in Pensacola.
The staff at NHP fought yellow fever outbreaks in the early 19th century and endured to provide comfort during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Seventy-four commanding officers and literally thousands of staff members have compassionately helped the ill and injured in all of America’s struggles from the Civil War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2003, the hospital manned and deployed Fleet Hospital 3 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the first fleet hospital to be deployed to a combat zone. NHP repeatedly deploys its military staff as individual augmentees in support of global operations. The quarterdeck honorably displays a bronzed pair of boots worn by Navy Seal HMC Matthew J. Bourgeois of Tallahassee, Florida, who was killed in 2002 while conducting small unit training in a remote site in Afghanistan. The “Muddy Boots” were originally awarded to NHP by the surgeon general of the Navy for its outstanding patient satisfaction and operational support in 2003.
Not only have command members supported America’s warriors, but they have been key players in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions. They have supported the Gulf Coast region in responding to eight major hurricanes since 1975 and have been crucial in support of USNS Comfort’s reoccurring “continuing promise” missions to impoverished nations. This included vigorous support to the victims of the Haiti earthquake in 2010.
Since 1993, the hospital’s unit awards include four Meritorious Unit Citations and one Humanitarian Service Medal. The hospital won the Military Health System Patient Safety Award in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016, and Naval Hospital Pensacola routinely ranks near the top for patient satisfaction amongst all military treatment facilities. In addition to providing medical care at the main facility, the hospital is responsible for medical care at 10 naval branch health clinics (NBHC) in five states: Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Outside of the local area, the clinics extend eastward from Naval Support Activity Panama City, Florida; north to Crane, Indiana; and Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, Tennessee; and west to NAS Joint Reserve Base Belle Chasse, Louisiana; and CBC Gulfport and NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
Locally, there are NBHCs at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Naval Air Technical Training Center and Corry Station. The Corry clinic is located within the Department of Veterans Affair’s Joint Ambulatory Care Center.
VISITING THE HOSPITAL
All visits require patients to prove eligibility for care. A military identification card must be presented at the time of care, and one must have a DEERS check performed. TRICARE cards are not identification cards for the purpose of verifying eligibility.
Medical records are the property of the U.S. government. Copies of medical records may be requested by submitting a HIPAA compliant records request to the appropriate records office. Copies of adult dependents’ records must be requested by them, or a power of attorney must be shown at the time of request. The most common form used by military facilities is the DD2870, which can be picked up at any military medical facility or downloaded from the internet. The time to complete requests varies according to the amount of information being requested and the number of other requests being processed at the same time. Most, if not all, documentation is in the electronic medical record. If the paper record is needed by a clinic, the records office staff will deliver the record upon request by the clinic.
If you are a nonactive duty beneficiary moving to a new area and your primary care provider will be in a military medical facility, they will request the record upon your arrival there. If you will have a nonmilitary primary care manager, request copies of your medical record. If you have children who will be going to school or in day care, be sure to request copies of all immunizations before you leave.
If you are an active-duty beneficiary and have orders to a new duty station, hand-carrying your medical record to the new duty station depends on its location. If it is a stateside duty station and not remote, your record will be mailed there when you present a copy of your orders. The records will be sent via certified mail and you will receive a tracking number before you leave. If your new duty station will be overseas, remote or a deployable unit, you may hand carry your medical record after you sign for custody.
If you are an active-duty beneficiary and separating or retiring, you should request a copy of your record. The original must be turned into the records office along with your dental record before you separate/retire. All of the paper documents from the records will be scanned into the electronic record along with a certification document and this becomes your official Service Treatment Record and will have a retention period of 100 years. It will then be available to the Veterans Administration for viewing in their electronic medical record (VISTA) using an application called HAIMS. If the medical and dental records are not turned in to the records office it may adversely impact any disability claims made with the Veterans Administration.
Patients can request an appointment with their health care provider through Central Appointments at 850-505-7171 or through the various Medical Home Port Teams in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine.
Patients enrolled to one of the Family Medicine Medical Home Port Teams can call 850-505-7120.
• For the “Blue Team” select (or press) No. 1.
• For the “Gold Team” select (or press) No. 2.
• For the “Green Team” select (or press) No. 3.
Patients enrolled to the Internal Medicine Medical Home Port Team can call 850-505-7122.
TRICARE is an integrated health care delivery system utilizing military treatment facilities and civilian health care facilities to serve millions of beneficiaries across the world. It is designed to expand access to health care, control costs and improve medical readiness. It provides affordable program options (i.e., Prime, Extra and Standard), and comprehensive coverage and is available worldwide. Beneficiary categories are active duty, National Guard, Reserve or retired service member sponsors, their family members (spouses and unmarried children), TRICARE young adult (ages 23 through 26) and survivors (certain former spouses). Requirements to enroll in TRICARE are: registration in DEERS, a valid uniformed services ID card and Medicare Part B (if dual-eligible, except for active-duty family members).
TRICARE can be reached toll free at 800-444-5445. The hospital’s Health Benefits office is also available to assist at 850-505-6709.
Each clinical department has been assigned a customer relations representative whose name and photograph appears at the entrance to the department. If you have questions or suggestions, please ask to speak to the representative. A hospital customer relations representative is also available and can be reached by calling 850-505-6785/6434.
NAVAL HOSPITAL MINOR CHILDREN
With few exceptions, present laws do not permit medical personnel to treat minor children (under 18 years old) without the on-site, informed consent of a parent or legal guardian. If the parent or legal guardian is away, a notarized medical power of attorney is required for treatment. Medical power of attorney forms are available from Outpatient Records.
URGENT CARE CENTER
The Urgent Care Center (UCC) provides services for acute injuries and other nonemergency problems 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily (including holidays). All TRICARE beneficiaries can use the UCC for symptoms such as minor lacerations and injuries, sore throats, fevers and colds.
Beneficiaries in need of emergency services should call 911 or visit an emergency room. The Nurse Advice Line is also available 24/7 at 800-TRICARE (874-2273), option 1. The Nurse Advice Line offers professional health care advice and can assist beneficiaries with deciding if they should visit an ER or the UCC, or schedule an appointment with their provider.
Obstetrics and gynecology is a top-quality specialty clinic dedicated to providing routine and complicated OB-GYN services to eligible adolescent, adult and geriatric clients. The clinic is staffed by an exceptional group of OB-GYN physicians, nurse midwives, residents, registered nurses, hospital corpsmen and clerical support staff. The clinic offers a whole suite of women’s health and surgical services.
OB-GYN has a patient-oriented birthing center with 10 state-of-the-art birthing rooms, as well as monthly childbirth classes and tours, refresher courses and classes on breast-feeding. Fathers are able to room-in with new moms.
OB-GYN is a specialty clinic that does not require a referral from your primary care manager.
The clinic is in the Outpatient Clinic building on the first floor and is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. It is closed holidays and weekends. Call 850-505-6287 for more information. Some of the programs provided include:
• Injections for established patients (Depo-Provera, progesterone and Lupron) are provided on a walk-in basis 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. daily.
• New OB Appointments: Call the front desk at 850-505-6287 to schedule.
• Non-Stress Testing and AFI: Call the Nurse Help Line at 850-505-6028.
Contact Labor and Delivery at 850-505-6789 or the Nurse Advice Line at 800-TRICARE (874-2273), option 1. When in doubt, always call 911 or proceed to nearest emergency room.
The Main Pharmacy, on the first floor of the Outpatient Clinic, is open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday for routine prescriptions. It is closed Saturday, Sunday and all federal holidays.
The Satellite Pharmacy, next to the NASP Commissary, is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (drive-through 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (drive-through 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). There are several options available for prescription refills:
• The automated line is 850-505-6459, or call the toll-free number if outside of Pensacola at 888-513-4164.
• Check the hospital website at www.med.navy.mil/sites/pcola for online pharmacy refills and a list of medications carried.
• Refill prescriptions may be picked up at the satellite pharmacy at the NEX shopping mall or the automated refill machines. The patient’s ID card (or photocopy) is required to pick up prescriptions for patients over age 16 regardless of relationship status to the sponsor.
• Prescriptions are also available through the TRICARE mail order pharmacy program. For more information, visit its website at www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE.
• Prescriptions can also be refilled using TRICARE Online at www.TRICAREOnline.com
The Immunization Clinic is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
SUBSTANCE ABUSE REHABILITATION PROGRAM (SARP)
The Navy’s early intervention and treatment of addictions and dependency is at NBHC NAS Pensacola. The plan of treatment is a streamlined concept where a licensed independent practitioner and staff medically diagnose a client after an initial screening. This eliminates the need for commands to wait for a medical diagnosis prior to a determination of a treatment level. The process also allows for facilitation of IMPACT, a 20-hour early intervention course; a family information program; and a structured continuing care program.
HEALTH BENEFITS OFFICE
Health benefit advisers are available to provide sound, professional advice and recommendations regarding health care benefits. The office is on the first floor, near the Radiology Clinic. For information on TRICARE, Medicare and other supplemental programs or a list of area providers, call 850-505-6709.
Ambulance service to NHP is not available. All beneficiaries being transported by ambulance will be taken to the nearest emergency room.
KEY TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Main hospital information 850-505-6601
Central appointments 850-505-7171
Nurse Advice Line 800-TRICARE, option 1
NHP website: www.med.navy.mil/sites/pcola
NHP on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NavalHospPensacola?fref=ts
Download the free Naval Hospital Pensacola app for your mobile device from the iTunes and Google Play app stores.
Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels)
The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, is based at NAS Pensacola. Each year, from January to mid-March, the team deploys to Naval Air Facility El Centro, California, to train pilots and new team members. From March to November, the squadron performs approximately 70 air shows at 35 locations across North America.
During the air show season, the Blue Angels fly practice demonstrations over the NAS Pensacola airfield twice per week. Practices can be viewed from behind the National Naval Aviation Museum. The squadron ends the show season with their annual homecoming performance at NAS Pensacola in early November.
The Blue Angels is composed of 17 officers and approximately 110 enlisted Navy and Marine Corps personnel. Seven of the officers are tactical jet pilots, four of whom fly in the squadron’s renowned diamond formation; two are solo demonstrators; and one is the narrator for the aerial demonstrations. The narrator also provides orientation flights for select individuals at each show site. The Blue Angels jet pilots currently fly the F/A-18 Hornet, built by the Boeing Corporation. A naval flight officer fills the role of executive officer and an additional naval flight officer is responsible for air show coordination. Three officers are tactical transport aircraft pilots. The remaining officers include a maintenance officer, flight surgeon, administrative officer, public affairs officer and supply officer.
Alternating crews of about 45 enlisted maintenance and support personnel travel to each show site. Although each individual is highly skilled in a distinct job specialty, they work well beyond their specialties.
The Blue Angels Maintenance and Support Team travels aboard a Marine Corps C-130 aircraft, affectionately known as “Fat Albert.” The C-130 is a tactical transport aircraft built by Lockheed Martin and is flown by an all-Marine crew consisting of three pilots and five enlisted aircrewmen. First integrated into the team in 1970, Fat Albert now flies over 100,000 miles each season, carrying 45 maintenance and support personnel along with the specialized equipment needed to complete a successful air show.
The mission of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach. They have performed precision flight demonstrations for more than 506 million spectators since their organization in 1946.
The Blue Angels are in Hangar 1854 at Sherman Field. For information on the show schedule or practice days, visit the command website, www.blueangels.navy.mil, or write the Blue Angels PAO at 390 San Carlos Road, Suite A, Pensacola, FL 32508.
Navy Medicine Operational Training Center
The Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC) is an echelon 4 shore activity in an active status under a Commanding Officer reporting to Commander, Navy Medicine Education and Training Command (NMETC). NMOTC provides professional and consultative services and conducts education and training programs to support operationally related Fleet and Fleet Marine Force medical matters worldwide. NMOTC manages, coordinates and provides selected operational programs (e.g. aviation physicals and survival training) and services in direct support of the operating forces as directed by higher authority. NMOTC has six detachments and 60 facilities at 15 locations across the country.
Naval Survival Training Institute (NSTI): Assists the joint warfighter in winning the fight by providing safe, effective and relevant human performance and survival training for all DOD personnel. NSTI HQ is in Pensacola with Aviation Survival Training Centers (ASTCs) in Pensacola; Cherry Point, North Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; Lemoore, California; Miramar, California; Norfolk, Virginia; Patuxent River, Maryland; and Whidbey Island, Washington.
Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI): Supports Navy and Marine Corps aviation units through expert aeromedical consultation, training of aeromedical personnel for operational assignments and continual process improvement to provide statistically based aviation applicant screening tests. NAMI is in Pensacola.
Naval Undersea Medical Institute (NUMI): Provides expert consultation and training in Undersea Medicine and Radiation Health to officers and enlisted Sailors who will support warfighters in the Submarine Force, Naval Special Warfare, Naval Expeditionary Combat Command, the United States Marine Corps, and U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). NUMI is in Groton, Connecticut.
Surface Warfare Medical Institute (SWMI): Provides global medical support, training and consultation for Surface Forces on issues regarding afloat operations. Coordinates and performs operational readiness training, LCAC Medical Screening, reference publication, course execution and curriculum revision. SWMI is in San Diego.
Naval Expeditionary Medical Training Institute (NEMTI): Provides training on the operations of an Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF), ready for worldwide deployment. NEMTI is the BUMED-designated “Program Management Officer” for Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) instruction and location of Expeditionary Medical Unit training for personnel deploying to Role II and Role III assignments in support of operational requirements.
NEMTI provides administrative oversight to the Navy Trauma Training Center (NTTC), which provides an intense 21-day clinical experience in trauma management to Navy medical teams that will be deploying in support of Navy and Marine forces. NEMTI is at Camp Pendleton, California, and NTTC is at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Naval Special Operations Medical Institute (NSOMI): The Naval component of JSOMTC conducts combat medical training for Special Operations Forces to include Recon Corpsmen, SEAL and Surface Warfare Combat-Craft Crewman (SWCC) Medics under U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). NSOMI is at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Commanding Officer 850-452-4554
Executive Officer 850-452-4555
Command Master Chief 850-452-4154
Information Technology Dept.850-452-2444
Training Directorate 850-452-8436
Robert E. Mitchell Center 850-452-3156
Naval Survival Training Institute
Officer in Charge 850-452-3915
Senior Enlisted Leader 850-452-2681
Aviation Survival Training
Aviation Water Survival
Training Dept. 850-452-2688
Naval AerospaceMedical Institute
OIC’s Secretary 850-452-2741
Training Director 850-452-2457
Flight Physicals 850-452-2933/2935
Navy Public Works Department Pensacola
The Navy Public Works Department Pensacola provides major maintenance and repair, utilities and energy management, engineering and acquisition, planning, facilities management and transportation services for over120 customer activities within the Pensacola Naval Complex at over 2,500 operational facilities, totaling 11,511,898 million square feet on more than 8,400 acres in five distinct sites.
(Buildings are calculated here as type 2 facilities, not associated with family housing)
• 445 NAS Pensacola
• 136 Corry
• 75 Saufley
• 31 Bronson
• 1 Mobile Shipyard
(Facilities are calculated here as types 2, 3, 4, and 5, not associated with family housing)
• 1,426 NAS Pensacola (Mainside)
• 464 Corry
• 211 Saufley
• 152 Bronson
• 1 Mobile Shipyard
(Acres are calculated here as type I properties, not associated with family housing*)
• 5,809 NASP (*Includes 89.61 acres from family housing type I property)
• 674 Corry (*Includes 171.32 acres from family housing type I property)
• 895 Saufley
• 1,098 Bronson
• 435 units on board
• 351 Navy owned/GFE
• 84 GSA leased
• 57 CAT III facility cranes (no CAT I, II or IV cranes)
Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit
The Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit (NORU) is the Navy’s sole recruiting schoolhouse responsible for the instruction of enlisted and officer personnel in professional sales, prospecting techniques, marketing, applicant processing, recruiting terminology, leadership, physical fitness, ethical behavior and activity analysis. It also provides continuum training for the Navy’s Career Recruiting Force and prepares selected leaders for the challenges of operating a Navy Recruiting District. The command reports directly to Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, Millington, Tennessee.
The NORU environment is unlike any most students have encountered. There are new terms to master, new skills to acquire and new shipmates from every walk of life with whom to share the experience. NORU’s student body includes officers from every community and Sailors from most Navy ratings, E-4 to O-5. Over 1,400 students come from sea duty and shore establishments annually to learn the skills to prepare them for success in today’s challenging recruitingenvironment.
NORU provides officer training assignments throughout the entire Navy Recruiting Command enterprise. Specifically, prospective executive officers and department heads attend tailored courses of instruction to address the specific responsibilities and requirements of each position.
Students attending basic recruiting courses receive a healthy dose of public speaking, developing communications skills that will help them beyond recruiting throughout their naval careers. Students demonstrate what they learn in the classroom with prepared speeches, performing in a simulated sales environment, helping an applicant make an informed, mutually beneficial decision to join the Navy.
The school emphasizes the importance of focusing on the needs of future Sailors, facilitating an open exchange of information and ensuring mutual understanding and agreement throughout the recruiting process. These steps are critical to ensuring that prospective applicants fully understand what Navy service entails and that highly motivated and committed officers and Sailors serve in the Fleet.
The key factor to NORU’s high success rate is its instructors, who are hand-picked from the top tier of the Career Recruiting Force. Students consistently cite these instructors as the best they’ve had in their career.
Students leaving NORU go on to support Navy Recruiting Command Headquarters, two Navy Recruiting Regions and 26 Navy Recruiting Districts nationwide, with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to succeed. New recruiters are enthusiastic, motivated and ready for the hands-on training that will fine-tune skills developed at NORU and help them recruit the Navy of the 21st century.
NORU was established in Orlando, Florida, in 1978. In June 1990, NORU moved to NAS Pensacola where it is in Building 3644 with a staff of 35 military, 10 civilian and one contractor personnel. For more information, call 850-452-5401.
Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) NAS Pensacola
PSD Pensacola is the fourth-largest PSD within the Pay and Personnel enterprise. It is responsible for supporting 318 customer commands in a tri-state area of responsibility, servicing more than 127,000 naval personnel and their dependents. It also provides transportation to more than 100,000 DOD travelers per year. PSD Pensacola leverages the latest pay, personnel and transportation technology in an effort to continue to provide the highest quality of pay, personnel, and transportation services to the region.
PSD Pensacola provides commands with responsive pay, personnel and education, and transportation service within its capability, consistent with current regulations, order requirements and funding resources.
After hours or holidays
• All staff personnel reporting to commands onboard NAS Pensacola should report to the NAS Pensacola Quarterdeck, Building 1500, 150 Hase Road. Phone: 850-452 4785/4786.
• NATTC students should report to the NATTC BEQ, Building 3460, just off Chevalier Field Avenue.
• Naval Aviation Schools Command students should report directly to Building 633, 181 Chambers Ave.
PSD NAS Pensacola
PSD Admin 452-3011/4459
Deputy Disbursing Officer 452-3035
Department Head 452-4284
Staff Department Head 452-2751
Student Department Head 452-3071
Educational Services Officer 452-3117
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Training Air Wing 6
Commander, Training Air Wing 6 (CTW-6) is headquartered in the “Cradle of Naval Aviation” onboard NAS Pensacola. Responsible for all Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training and production, CTW-6 graduates about 300 U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and international students annually. Our mission is to safely train the world’s finest combat quality NFOs, committed to global security and prosperity, and projecting Naval Air Power worldwide.
Primary, intermediate and advanced NFO training is conducted in three training squadrons: Training Squadron 10 (VT-10), Training Squadron 4 (VT-4) and Training Squadron 86 (VT-86). Additionally, the 2nd German Air Force Training Squadron (2nd GAF) is an integral part of the CTW-6 International Military Training program. The entire CTW-6 team works daily to instill and re-enforce the heroic legacy and attributes of our past naval aviation heroes, as well as the core values and qualities our Navy and country demand of today’s naval officers and future naval leaders.
UNDERGRADUATE MILITARY FLIGHT OFFICER TRAINING
The Undergraduate Military Flight Officer (UMFO) training program supports Chief of Naval Operations guidance to increase efficiency through the reduction of aircraft type model series while simultaneously taking advantage of new training technology and simulation capabilities. The UMFO curriculum provides the knowledge, skills and experience required to operate a new generation of tactical aircraft and reduce total training costs by leveraging emerging technology.
The training program consists of theT-6A Texan II, the T-45C Goshawk and high-fidelity ground-based training systems. The T-45C, upgraded with the Virtual Mission Training System (VMTS) embedding a synthetic radar system in the aircraft, provides focused strike fighter training to student NFOs selected for duty in the FA-18D/F, EA-18G and EA-6B.
In conjunction with T-6A/T-45C simulators and high-quality part-task trainers, the new multi-crew simulator (MCS) was procured to conduct all Maritime Patrol, Airborne Early Warning, Electronic Warfare, and Take Charge and Move Out undergraduate NFO training. The MCS provides focused training on crew resource management, communications and sensor integration to student NFOs selected for duty in the P-3, P-8, EP-3, E-6 and E-2C/D.
TRAINING SQUADRON 4
VT-4 is the oldest squadron in Training Air Wing 6, commissioned on May 1, 1960. Its original mission was providing flight instruction for U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Student Naval Aviators in the basic jet training syllabus using the T-2A version of theT-2 Buckeye aircraft.
In 1965, Training Squadron 4 transitioned to the T-2B aircraft and its mission was modified to become the Naval Air Training Command’s sole site for providing student pilots with basic jet flight instruction in aerial gunnery and carrier qualification. In 1971, VT-4 transitioned to the T-2C aircraft. The squadron mission was changed once again, to provide flight training in all phases of the basic jet syllabus.
In September 1972, Training Squadron 4 acquired the TF-9J providing flight instruction in both basic and advanced jet training. This mission was unique in the Naval Air Training Command in that student pilots experienced their first flight in a jet aircraft in VT-4 and remained onboard to be subsequently designated Naval Aviators.
November 1973 saw the introduction of the TA-4J to replace the aging TF-9J for advanced flight training.
Beginning in December 1975, VT-4 had the added mission of providing flight instruction for allied foreign military pilots. Flight training has been given to student pilots from Kuwait, Spain, Singapore and Indonesia.
In addition to pilot training, VT-4 has had two other significant missions. From 1973 to 1978, VT-4 provided summer jet orientation flights for midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy and the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. From 1975 to 1979, VT-4 was also responsible for the training of Naval Flight Surgeons.
In December 1985, VT-4’s mission was changed from strike training to the sole site of E-2/C-2 intermediate training in CNATRA. In this role, the squadron carrier qualified Student Naval Aviators from the multiengine training pipeline, informally called the “prop pipeline,” who were selected to eventually fly the E-2 Hawkeye and C-2 Greyhound aircraft in the fleet. Graduates of VT-4 would receive their wings and designations as Naval Aviators and proceed to the Fleet Replacement Squadron.
In January 1992, VT-4’s mission became the E-2/C-2 advanced training site. To accomplish this mission VT-4 flew the T-2C.
During 1996, VT-4 underwent significant change. From a small all Navy AdvancedE-2/C-2 pilot training squadron with a student throughput of 36 per year, it became a joint Primary and Intermediate Naval Flight Officer/Navigator training squadron with an annual student throughput of 450. Instructor ranks grew from 14 Navy pilots to 71 Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force pilots and NFO/Navigators. The squadron transitioned from flying the T-2C to flying the T-34C Turbo Mentor and T-1A Jayhawk. VT-4 also instructed student navigators from Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Norway and Denmark. From April to September 1996 the squadron had primary NFO/NAV and advanced pilot training being conducted simultaneously. Following the final CQ detachment in September 1996, the mission converted entirely to NFO/NAV training. On Sept. 30, 1996, the last VT-4 Naval Aviators earned their wings.
In January 2003, VT-4 initiated instructor orientation flights in the T-6A “Texan II,” the joint Air Force/Navy platform slated to replace the T-34C as the primary phase syllabus trainer. The T-6A “Texan II” is a single engine, two-seat trainer which is fully aerobatic. It features a pressurized cockpit, a G-tolerance enhancement system and dual zero-zero ejection seats. The T-6A uses a state-of-the-art digital cockpit to help familiarize students with what they will encounter in their fleet tours.
In August 2003, VT-4 marked its first training flight in the T-6A “Texan II.”
In April 2005, VT-4 completed the transition to the T-6A “Texan II” and flew its last T-34C “Turbomentor” student sortie.
In December 2010, VT-4 was disestablished for a short period. However, on June 1, 2013, the Warbucks were recommissioned as an active training squadron where student NFOs were trained in the T-39 Saberliner. VT-4 continued to fly the T-39 Saberliner until the end of FY 2014.
In November 2014, VT-4 transitioned to become the Navy’s sole simulator-only-based squadron, training student NFOS to be integral assets in their respective E-2, E-6, EP-3, P-3 and P-8 communities. SNFOs are placed through the Advanced Maritime Command and Control Course (MC2) with topics such as international and military flight planning, sensor employment and tactical communications. They put these lessons to use in the Multi-Crew Simulator (MCS), combining the multitude of sensors with a significant emphasis on Crew Resource Management. After completing this complex syllabus, the students earn their “Wings of Gold” alongside their VT-86 brethren. The first class winged in April 2015.
Since its commissioning, VT-4 has amassed over 600,000 flight hours. The squadron has logged 42,000 carrier landings.
TRAINING SQUADRON TEN (VT-10) HISTORY
In 1960, Training Squadron TEN (VT-10) was established as a division of the Training Department of NAS Pensacola and was known as the Basic Naval Aviation Officers (BNAO) School. It was strictly a ground training operation until the school was assigned nine UC-45J “Navigators” and six T-2A “Buckeyes” in February 1962. The T-2As were soon replaced with nine T-1A “Sea Star” aircraft. In 1965, Naval Aviation Observers were re-designated as Naval Flight Officers (NFOs) and in January 15, 1968, BNAO School was officially commissioned as VT-10.
By November 1970, VT-10 had trained over 6,000 student NFOs. In 1971, VT-10 transitioned to the T-39D “Sabreliner” jet trainer and the TF-9J “Cougar” which was replaced two years later by the newer T-2C “Buckeye.”
The squadron doubled in size between 1972 and 1974 to accommodate an increased training requirement, maintaining 40 aircraft: ten T-39Ds and thirty T-2Cs. During the 1970s several flight ground trainers were introduced to the syllabus, including the 1D23 NAV/comm trainer, the 2F90 instrument trainer, and the 2F101 flight simulator. In 1981, a reassignment of aircraft within NATRACOM replaced VT-10’s T-2C aircraft with T-2Bs. The squadron revised its training in 1984 and acquired twenty T-34C “Turbo Mentors.” Cessna T-47As replaced the T-39Ds in 1985.
During 1991, revolutionary changes were made to the NFO syllabus. To improve NFO air sense and situational awareness, 40 additional flight hours were placed in the curriculum allowing instruction in basic piloting skills including aerobatics, takeoffs and landings. The same year, the squadron replaced the T-47A with the T-39N “Sabreliner” which had upgraded avionics and radar. The T-2Bs and the air combat maneuvering syllabus were transferred to Training Squadron 86 (VT-86). At the same time, VT-10 acquired 20 additional T-34Cs and 2 new 2B37 instrument trainers for primary and intermediate training.
In 1994, the first U.S. Air Force instructors and student navigators (NAVs) reported to VT-10 under a joint memorandum of agreement between the services. The agreement included the 1996 transition from the T-39N to the Air Force T-1A “Jayhawk” as the training platform for the Intermediate syllabus events. In April 1996, VT-10 split instructor and student assets to assist in the establishment of Training Squadron FOUR (VT-4) as a second NFO/NAV Primary/Intermediate Training Squadron. VT-10 consisted of Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps staff which trained over 400 Navy and Air Force student navigators annually. From 1997 until 2009, command of VT-10 alternated between the Navy and Air Force.
In fall 2002, VT-10 received the first T-6A Texan, which replaced the aging T-34C, and began upgrading instructors for the new aircraft. This more capable aircraft was a significant upgrade from the T-34 and brought training into the 21st century. By June of 2003, VT-10 had flown its first student in the T-6A and began instruction in the new curriculum. The squadron flew its last T-34C sortie in June 2005.
In 2009 the Air Force established the Combat Systems Officer School in Pensacola, which took over the Air Force navigator training, and VT-10 returned to an all Navy-Marine Corps Squadron. In 2010, VT-4 was incorporated into VT-10 in a “Cadre” status wherein VT-4’s squadron personnel and equipment were integrated into VT-10. This change was put in place to facilitate the new Undergraduate Military Flight Officer (UMFO) syllabus’ transition.
In 2012 VT-10’s Undergraduate Military Flight Officer (UMFO) Department began an incredibly robust endeavor in the complete rewrite of the Ground Syllabus for the Advanced Multi-Crew Simulator. In June 2013, the VT-4 “Warbucks” emerged from cadre status to establish the new Multi-Crew Simulator training device, becoming fully operational in November 2014. They are the Navy’s first simulator-only training squadron, providing Advanced Training and winging USN P-3, P-8, E-6, and E-2 aircraft.
In 2016 VT-10 incorporated the Naval Flight Officer Training Syllabus curriculum, streamlining Primary and Intermediate flight training to US Navy, US Marine Corps, German, Norwegian, Saudi Arabian, and Singaporean students.
VT-10 has been awarded six Meritorious Unit Commendations and five Chief of Naval Education and Training “Shore/Technical Training Excellence Awards”, the most recent in 2008. “Wildcat” safety initiatives have earned the squadron 30 Chief of Naval Operations Safety Awards most recently in 2016. Additionally due to the squadron’s incredible safety record it has received the ADM John H. Towers Award for safety in 1978, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. VT-10’s training and production is also well recognized. The squadron received the CDR Theodore G. Ellyson Aviation Production Excellence Award in 2004, 2006, and 2010 and the VADM Robert Goldthwaite Award for Training Excellence six times. The squadron’s safety publication “The Scratching Post” garnered VT-10 the Grampaw Pettibone Media award in 2011 and 2016.
VT-10 was awarded the SECNAV Safety Excellence, CNO Safety “S”, and CNATRA Training Excellence Awards for CY 2014 and 2016. VT-10 has and will continue to aggressively meet the challenges of a changing training environment and continues to proudly serve as the “NFO Gateway to the Fleet.”
TRAINING SQUADRON 86
Training Squadron 86 is known by several names: Traron 86, VT-86 or simply the Sabrehawks, a name derived from the T-39 Sabreliner and the TA-4J Skyhawk. The squadron was commissioned in June 1972, under the operational control of Commander Training Air Wing 8, Naval Air Station, Glynco, Georgia. The training of Naval Flight Officers was conducted in four original disciplines: Radar Intercept Operation, Basic Jet Navigation, Airborne Electronic Warfare and Airborne Tactical Data Systems. Training was conducted in aircraft assigned to and supported by NATTC, until February 1973, when the squadron accepted 24 T-39, 20 TA-4C, two E-121K and 12 TS-2A aircraft and about 350 enlisted personnel from Naval Air Station Glynco. After receiving the aircraft and personnel, the squadron’s mission was expanded to include flight support for Air Intercept Control and Ground Controlled Approach training functions.
In March 1974, a Sabrehawk detachment was established at Naval Air Station Pensacola and on June 1, 1974, the squadron shifted flight operations to Naval Air Station Pensacola under operational command of Commander, Training Air Wing 6. In 1994, VT-86’s mission expanded to include the training of U.S. Air Force Weapons Systems Officers (WSO). In 1995, the squadron began training international military flight officers from Saudi Arabia, Italy, Singapore and Germany. In 2008, the T-2C Buckeye completed 51 years of service in training naval aviators and flight officers with its last training flight being conducted by VT-86 personnel. The T-45C Goshawk replaced the T-2C as the premier Advanced Naval Flight Officer training aircraft. 2010 marked the final year of Air Force WSO training by VT-86. Today, the squadron trains over 110 students annually.
Upon completion of the program, students will undergo further training at their respective Fleet Replacement Squadrons. Naval Flight Officers will go on to fly FA-18F Super Hornets, EA-18G Growlers; Marine WSOs will flyF/A-18D Hornets; German and WSOs will fly Tornados; Saudi Arabian Navigators will fly F-15E Strike Eagles; and Singaporean Navigators will fly F-16 Fighting Falcons or F-15E Strike Eagles. VT-86 is staffed by 44 Navy, Marine Corps and international officers, 11 civilians and 15 Reservists.
SECOND GERMAN AIR FORCE TRAINING SQUADRON (2GAFTS)
The German air force and navy have had a continuous joint training presence in the U.S. since 1981. First-class American aviation experience, outstanding facilities and superb weather conditions are among the reasons that make the U.S. the ideal country from which to purchase aviation training. The German squadron’s first operation was at Mather AFB, Sacramento, California, and was subsequently transferred to Randolph AFB, Texas. In conjunction with the establishment of a joint program, the training of the “backseaters” and navigators was moved to NAS Pensacola.
On June 5, 1996, the squadron was officially installed at Training Air Wing 6. The German staff handles all student administrative affairs and helps them, as well as their families, adjust to life in Florida, more than 5,000 miles away from home. The three flying officers of the squadron participate as associate instructors in Wing 6 training activities and instruct not only German students but also American and other international students.
The 2GAFTS is responsible for the basic training of the Luftwaffe’s future Tornado WSO. In addition, since 2005 the squadron has been responsible for administrative support of German navy students under conversion training as pilots, in-flight technicians and flight engineers and since 2017 NFO’s for the P-3 Orion in NAS Jacksonville.
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479TH FLYING TRAINING GROUP
The 479th Flying Training Group (479 FTG) is an Air Force tenant unit headquartered at NAS Pensacola and is the sole unit charged with training Air Force Combat Systems Officers. The 479 FTG is geographically separated from their host wing, the 12th Flying Training Wing, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. A Combat Systems Officer is an aeronautically rated officer within the U.S. Air Force trained in the employment of weapons, electronic warfare, sensor operation andnavigation.
The unit has a long and distinguished history beginning as the 479th Fighter Group, which was activated in 1943 to provide high-altitude, long-range escort for the Eighth Air Force’s bombers during World War II. The unit flew P-38 Lightnings to escort heavy bombers during operations against targets and flew counterair and patrol sorties. During the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944, the 479th patrolled the beachhead from dawn until well after dark, ensuring that soldiers safely reached the shore. Beginning in August 1944, the group began trading in its P-38 aircraft for the North American P-51 Mustang which they flew for just 15 months before the unit was inactivated in the fall of 1945.
Seven years later, the group was reactivated with the F-51 Mustang and redesignated the 479th Fighter-Bomber Group at George AFB, California. It flew the F-51 aircraft until June 1953 when it phased into the North American F-86F Sabre. After only a year, the group made another switch to the F-100A Super Sabre, becoming the first unit qualified in a century series fighter. Unfortunately, the group was again deactivated in 1957. After 43 years, the 479th was reactivated and redesignated as the 479th Flying Training Group at Moody AFB, Georgia. The unit provided Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (JSUPT) and Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals to pilot students. After a few years, the Department of Defense 2005 Base Realignment Commission ordered the Air Force’s navigator training from Randolph AFB in Texas to NAS Pensacola. The 479th was moved from Moody AFB to NAS Pensacola, Florida in October 2009 to create a new training program which combined the Navigator, the Electronic Warfare Officer, the Weapon System Officer and the Sensor Operator to produce a new rated career field now commonly known as a Combat Systems Officer or CSO.
Undergraduate Combat Systems Officer Training
Undergraduate Combat Systems Officer Training, or UCT, is a formal flight training program belonging to the Air Force’s Air Education and Training Command headquartered at Randolph AFB, Texas. After receiving a commission into the Air Force, students are sent to NAS Pensacola to begin training. Upon arrival, students are assigned to the 479th Student Squadron (STUS) which maintains administrative control of the students throughout their duration of training. Prior to beginning UCT, UCSOs attend Initial Flight Training in Pueblo, Colorado, where they fly 10 sorties in a DA-20. During this training, students are introduced to the basics of flight training and begin to develop their aviation skills. After Pueblo, the students attend water and land survival training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Upon completion of survival training, students return to NAS Pensacola where they are assigned to an Undergraduate CSO Training class and begin UCT.
UCSOs commence the Primary phase of training in the 455th Flying Training Squadron. During the Primary phase of training, UCSOs become competent in the core skills of mission planning, briefing, basic navigation and crew coordination while flying the T-6A II Texan. Following the Primary phase, UCSOs transition to the Advanced phase of training with the 451st Flying Training Squadron. During the Advanced phase, UCSOs are taught complex radar operations, weapons employment and electronic defense procedures in the T-25 and T-96 simulators and the T-1A Jayhawk. Towards the end of the Advanced phase of training, UCSOs receive their follow-on aircraft assignment. After selection, UCSOs track into one of five Top-Off programs where they receive specialized training tailored to their future aircraft. After completing Top-Off, UCSOs receive basic Navigator/CSO wings during a graduation ceremony with their UCT classmates.
479TH STUDENT SQUADRON
The 479th Student Squadron (STUS) was activated March 1, 2016 after receiving authorization from Congress to establish a new USAF squadron. The creation of the STUS enabled the 479th FTG to have a dedicated squadron for the administrative control of over four hundred UCSOs throughout their training. In addition to administrative oversight of all students, the STUS ensures UCSOs receive world-class academic and simulator instruction with a dedicated team of DOD civilian academic and simulator training instructors.
A STUS cadre member will maintain administrative oversight of all students from the moment they arrive on station to the time they depart for their next duty station as rated crewmembers. Upon arrival, the Student Squadron oversees all in-processing and schedules all pre-requisite training that includes the Introduction to Flying Training (IFT) and the USAF Water Survival and Survival-Evasion-Resistance-Escape (SERE) courses. After the prerequisite training is accomplished, students are assigned a class and begin the UCT syllabus. The STUS works closely with Group, Wing and MAJCOM staff to ensure higher headquarters production goals are met through its registrar functions. After graduation, the STUS ensures all post-syllabus training such as the Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals (IFF) or USAF Centrifuge courses are accomplished and coordinates travel orders for each student to their newly assigned duty stations.
With an active-duty staff with over 150 years of combined service and a civilian team with over 500 years of combined service in the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard and almost 200,000 flying hours in every conflict since Vietnam, the STUS is instrumental in producing the best CSOs in the world.
479TH OPERATIONAL SUPPORT SQUADRON
The 479th School Squadron was constituted and activated Aug. 1, 1941 as part of the Air Corps Advanced Flying School and Army Air Forces Flexible Gunnery School, tasked with training aerial gunners in support of WWII. Post-war, the unit was disbanded. Redesignated as the 479th Operations Support Squadron (OSS), the unit was activated in 2009. Since the most recent 479th FTG reorganization in 2015, the OSS mission is to provide exceptional instructor CSO upgrade training; unrivaled electronic warfare education to Undergraduate, Joint and Multinational military partners; and multifaceted operations support to the 479th FTG; enabling the production of nearly three hundred CSOs annually.
The Instructor Training School is responsible for training all new and upgrading ICSOs in both instructor positions of the modified T-1A Jayhawk, which is the aircraft flown during the Advanced portion of undergraduate CSO training.
Special Courses and Training Flight (SPECTRA) is responsible for teaching electronic warfare courses to select Department of Defense and international officers. SPECTRA’s vision is to prepare Joint and Coalition electronic warfare leaders to decisively and appropriately engage in today’s and tomorrow’s wars. SPECTRA courses include Introduction to Electronic Warfare, the Electronic Warfare Coordinators Course, two separate International Officers Courses and an inactive Non-traditional Electronic Warfare Applications Course.
The OSS has a unique and robust role supporting flight operations. This includes ensuring the flying hour program is enacted, providing medical care, and properly maintaining and recording flight records for every flying member of the 479th FTG. Additionally, an Intelligence flight and Aerospace Physiology flight instruct UCSOs during the Primary and Advanced portions of training. Lastly, Aircrew Flight Equipment maintains life support equipment for both the T 1A and T 6, and teaches UCSOs about the equipment and how to properly egress an aircraft in case of an emergency.
455TH FLYING TRAINING SQUADRON
The 455th Flying Training Squadron was initially activated during World War II as the 455th Bombardment Squadron on Aug. 4, 1942, at Columbia Army Air Base, South Carolina. It deployed to the European theater and flew B-26 bombers until its deactivation in 1945. On 1 April 1973, the 455th Flying Training Squadron was reactivated at Mather AFB, California, where it conducted undergraduate navigator training until deactivation in the early 1990s. The squadron was reactivated Oct. 2, 2009, and is now charged with ensuring the Primary phase of UCT is implemented.
UCSOs begin primary training in the classroom where they spend nearly a month learning about the basics of flying, weather and aircraft systems. Students then move to the 455th FTS flight line where they fly two acrobatic, nine instrument and four low-level flights in the T-6A Texan II. The T-6A is a single-engine, two-seat primary trainer designed to train students in basic flying skills across the Department of Defense. During their training, UCSOs become competent in mission planning, basic airmanship, task and mission management, flight discipline and crew coordination.
In addition to instructing the Primary phase, the 455th FTS instructs CSO students who select the F-15E Strike Eagle in the Formation phase. Students learn communication brevity, hand signals and basic formation flight principles during five flights in a T-6A after completing the Advanced portion of training. The Formation Top-Off focuses on preparing UCSOs for Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, a screening program post-UCT meant to prepare students for the F-15E schoolhouse.
451ST FLYING TRAINING SQUADRON
The 451st Flying Training Squadron (FTS) was initially activated as the 451st Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on July 17, 1942. It conducted B-26 “Marauder” combat operations from July 1943 to April 1945. While in combat, the squadron’s primary targets included enemy airfields, power stations, shipyards, construction works and marshalling yards. The squadron’s focus switched in early 1944 to prepare for the Normandy invasion where they focused on railroad and highway bridges, oil tanks and missile sites. Following the Normandy invasion, the 451st was responsible for targeting coastal defenses and gun batteries, fuel and ammunition dumps, traffic-ways and communication hubs. During the Battle of the Bulge, the squadron worked to defend villages and ordnance depots. In June 1945, the squadron moved to Germany to inventory and disassemble the German Air Force’s equipment and facilities, completing the task by late September 1945 then relocating to France, and returning to the U.S. that winter.
Between 1945 and 2009, the squadron would be reactivated and inactivated several times, with multiple redesignations. During its history, the squadron served as a Bombardment Squadron, Light; a Fighter-Day Squadron; and finally a Flying Training Squadron. On Oct. 2, 2009, the 451st FTS was reactivated at NAS Pensacola within the 479 FTG.
The 451st FTS is the largest flying squadron in Air Education and Training Command and is responsible for training UCSOs during the Advanced phase of UCT. It is home to the only CSO-modified T-1A’s in the Air Force. The CSO-modified T-1A allows for two students to be trained simultaneously in advanced low-level flight and to be engaged by simulated electronic threats while simultaneously coordinating a weapons strike. After finishing the UCSO Advanced phase, students select their follow-on aircraft which include RC-135, B-52, B-1, E-3, E-8, F-15E, HC-130, MC-130, AC-130, EC-130 and U-28. Once all UCSOs complete their training, they receive their CSO wings at a formal graduation with their entire class.
United States Coast Guard
The U.S. Coast Guard has been a prominent part of Pensacola since 1885. The original U.S. Lifesaving Station, manned by a crew of seven, was on Santa Rosa Island from 1885 to 1979. After twice being nearly destroyed by hurricanes, the station was forced to move after Hurricane Frederick devastated the island in 1979. Coast Guard Station Pensacola temporarily relocated to Big Lagoon, west of Pensacola Pass. The present site of Station Pensacola was dedicated on July 18, 1987.
The U.S. Coast Guard’s early beginnings began in 1790 with Congress’ creation of the Revenue Cutter Service, the nation’s oldest- continuous sea-going service. In 1915, the Revenue Cutter Service was combined with the U.S. Lifesaving Service to form the modern day U.S. Coast Guard.
The United States Coast Guard is a maritime, military and multi-mission service, unique among the five branches, for having a maritime law enforcement mission with jurisdiction in both domestic and international waters, to include federal regulatory authority as part of its 11 official missions. The Coast Guard operates under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during peacetime and can be transferred to the U.S. Department of the Navy during times of war. The multi-mission station brings enhanced search and rescue, law enforcement, aids to navigation, and ports and waterways security coverage to the Emerald Coast. The station executes nearly 500 search-and-rescue and law enforcement cases each year and now provides improved response time to most incidents because of its accessible location onboard NAS Pensacola.
The station is home to 45 personnel and two Coast Guard units: Station Pensacola and Aids to Navigation Team Pensacola. The new facility has approximately 12,000 square feet of living and working areas, complete with an operations center, administrative offices, crew’s quarters, recreation decks, and machine repair and electrical workshops. The moorings accommodate two 45-foot multi-mission response boats, one 29-foot fast response boat, a 49-foot aids to navigation boat, a 26-foot aid to navigation boat and provides a pier for visiting Coast Guard Cutters. The station is commanded by a Senior Chief Boatswains Mate, who is the Officer in Charge.
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