NAS Whiting Field is the busiest Naval air station in the world, responsible for an estimated 46 percent of the Chief of Naval Air Training Command’s total flight time and more than 14 percent of Navy and Marine Corps total flight time. Greater than 1,200 service personnel complete their essential flight training here yearly.
Known as the “canoe capital of Florida,” Milton, originally a trading post on the Blackwater River, was established in 1825. Eventually becoming the county seat in 1843, it was incorporated in 1844, the year before Florida became a state. The town, named in honor of Gov. John Milton, has been known by many names throughout the years. Its most celebrated is Scratch Ankle, named for the briars on the riverbanks that visitors had to negotiate upon disembarking their vessels.
NAS Whiting Field and the Milton area is noted for its pleasant overall quality of life and relaxed atmosphere. Within driving distance are national parks, historic sites and the sugar-white beaches along the famous Gulf shores of the Florida Panhandle.
A sincere and cordial “welcome aboard” is extended to you. This guide is primarily designed to acquaint you with the facilities and services available both on and off the installation in the NAS Whiting Field, Milton and Pensacola areas. Be sure to visit the NAS Whiting Field home page at www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrse/installations/nas_whiting_field.html.
NAS Whiting Field is approximately 30 miles (45 minutes) from Pensacola Regional Airport. Refer to the foldouts of this guide for a map to NAS Whiting Field. It is approximately 8 miles north of Milton, Florida.
Personnel reporting aboard the installation are advised to contact their sponsor in advance to arrange transportation to the NAS Whiting Field from the Pensacola Regional Airport. If no transportation arrangements have been made, report to the USO Information Center, on the second deck of the regional airport, for assistance.
While traveling through the central and northern parts of the county, you can observe many restored historic buildings that now serve as museums, residences, offices and businesses, many of which are open to the public. Although few original landmarks remain, the influence of the early settlers and local Native American tribes is still seen in names of streets and areas in Santa Rosa County.
Once known as the most industrialized county in Florida, Santa Rosa’s history is abundant with the lore of the logging, sawmill and shipbuilding industries around which life evolved. The area around Milton gained distinction as the site of the first cotton textile mill in the South. The Shortline Railroad was the primary hauler of the nation’s first paper-mill supply of logs, run by the Bagdad Land and Lumber Co., in operation from 1828 until 1939.
Five flags have flown over Santa Rosa County: the Spanish, French, British, Confederate and the United States. Local residents and visitors to Santa Rosa enjoy the cultural diversity of vastly unique communities each committed to providing its distinctive quality of life.
A climate with moderate year-round temperatures, unlimited business opportunity and one of the finest school systems in the state combine to provide an atmosphere that many people find enticing in their search for a new home. All of the conveniences of a cosmopolitan society can be found while enjoying the wealth of nature’s blessing in a relaxing environment.
All military and civilian personnel reporting into NAS Whiting Field must report to the Administration Department in Building 1401, 7550 USS Essex St., Room 112, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours, orders must be stamped by the Command Duty Officer (CDO) at the Quarterdeck in Building 1401. Administration Department: 850-623-7202; CDO: 850-623-7921 or 850-382-4966 (cell).
All flight students and flight instructors reporting to Training Air Wing FIVE should report to the Student Control Office in the first deck of Building 2944 (7480 USS Enterprise St.), Room 132, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. After normal working hours, all military personnel orders must be stamped by the CDO at the Quarterdeck in Building 1401. All new TRAWING 5 personnel muster at Building 2944, Room 132 at 8 a.m. on Thursday. Required uniform - Navy/Coast Guard: Khakis/Trops; Marines: Service Alpha; IMT: Khakis/Equivalent. Student Services: 850-623-7058/850-665-6377.
The main Security Office is in Building 3260 next to the Fleet and Family Support Center. Our staff at the Pass and ID Office (next to the West Entrance to NAS Whiting Field) will be happy to assist you with information, visitor passes or to help you register your vehicle. A valid driver’s license, proof of automobile insurance and vehicle registration are required to receive a visitor’s pass. The following sections may help answer some of your questions about the rules aboard NAS Whiting Field.
If you are on active duty, you may drive in Florida without changing your existing license to a Florida driver’s license. However, if you or your spouse claim Florida’s homestead exemption or if you, your spouse or child become employed here, you must obtain a Florida driver’s license. Licenses must be obtained within 30 days of these actions.
When registering your vehicle, only personnel who have home state driver’s licenses and car registrations are exempt from licensing themselves and their cars in Florida. Florida does have a special reduced auto registration fee for drivers who do not intend to establish Florida as their home of record. To get the reduced rate, take a copy of your orders to the local tag agency.
Airfields and flightlines are restricted areas, and only authorized persons are granted access.
Florida Motor Vehicle Insurance Laws
Both the Financial Responsibility Law and the No-Fault Law require insurance coverage. Minimum coverage required is $10,000 bodily injury liability, $20,000 bodily injury to two or more persons, $10,000 property damage liability or $30,000 combined single limits. To protect yourself and others, carry liability insurance on any vehicle you own or drive, including motorcycles. The vehicle must be insured at the time the vehicle is registered in your name, even if the car is inoperable or in storage. If you cancel your insurance, you must surrender your tag and registration to the nearest driver’s license office.
On-Base Vehicle Registration
All military and civilian personnel assigned to duty or employed at Naval Air Station Whiting Field will, within 10 days of reporting aboard the installation or when there is a change in ownership of a vehicle, register their privately owned vehicle with the Security Department. For more information, please call the Pass and ID Office at 850-623-7205. If you plan to operate a motorcycle on base and off, you must have a motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license or learners permit.
Occupants of all motor vehicles operating on base and in the state of Florida are required to wear safety belts. Gate Sentries are authorized and directed to inform personnel of this requirement prior to allowing entry to the base. Naval Security Forces are authorized to issue traffic citations for seat belt violations.
Personnel who cannot wear seat belts due to a medical condition shall have in their possession a certified doctor’s statement for presentation to law enforcement personnel, stating that a condition exists that precludes the wearing of seat belts.
Personnel who wish to operate a vintage motor vehicle on base shall have appropriately installed seat belts, regardless of antique status, personal convenience or preference.
In accordance with Florida statutes, every operator of a motor vehicle, while transporting a child in a passenger car, van or truck on the roadways, streets or highways of this state, will, if the child is 5 years or younger, provide for the protection of the child by properly using a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint. For children through 3 years of age, the restraint device must be a separate carrier. For children ages 4 and 5, a separate carrier or seat belt must be used.
Cell Phone Use
Even though the state of Florida does not prohibit cell phone use on the roads, NAS Whiting Field permits cell phone use on the installation only if utilized through a hands-free device. In-ear Bluetooth devices are not authorized. Texting while driving is neither allowed on base or on Florida roadways.
Construction Zone Speed Limits
In Florida, the speeding fines double when workers are present; doing 10 to 14 mph over the posted construction speed limit could cost you upwards of $450.
Move over Law
Florida’s move over law requires drivers to change lanes where they can safely do so or slow to 20 mph below the posted speed limit when emergency vehicles are working on the side of the road.
NAS Whiting Field offers basic and advanced courses to all active-duty military, DOD civilians, retirees and military dependents. For more information about motorcycle safety classes, contact either your command Motorcycle Safety Representative or the NAS Whiting Field Safety Office at 850-623-7180. All courses are approved Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) classes.
Completion of a MSF-sponsored Basic Rider Course is required for all active-duty riders. Additional follow on/refresher training is required as well. This training requirement does not apply to DOD civilians, retirees and dependents.
Active-duty riders must carry their MSF completion card at all times.
NOTE: Classes are also offered by several dealerships and commercial organizations for a fee. These courses offer the use of trainer motorcycles as part of the cost of registration.
The following personal protective equipment (PPE) is required when riding a motorcycle on NAS Whiting Field: a DOT-approved helmet, eye protection (goggles or face shield), long-sleeve shirt or jacket and long trousers, full-fingered gloves or mittens designed for motorcycle wear and sturdy over-the-ankle footwear. Reflective outer upper garments from sunset to sunrise are recommended.
The DOD requires that all active-duty military members and civilians in a duty status wear required PPE at all times, whether on or off base.
The speed limit onboard NAS Whiting Field is 25 mph unless otherwise indicated.
Traffic Accident, Investigations and Reports
All traffic accidents, regardless of severity, occurring on the installation will be reported to the Security Department at 850-623-7709/7331. Please do not move any involved vehicle from the place of occurrence or damage until base police or security officers arrive at the scene.
Bicycles, Scooters, Segways and Other Vehicles
Bicycles must follow the same rules of the road as any other vehicle. Riders are to use the right side of the road and wear an approved helmet. Bicycles must be equipped with a front white light and a red rear light during night time operation. Wearing reflective clothing at night is highly encouraged. Segways and other small motorized vehicles are not to be operated on roads and sidewalks, this includes base housing.
Roller Skates and Skateboards
No person on roller skates, in-line skates or riding in or by means of any coaster, toy vehicle or similar device may go on a roadway except when crossing a street at a crosswalk; when so crossing, such person shall be granted all rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to pedestrians. Personnel will wear an ANSI-approved helmet and light colored clothing. During restricted visibility conditions, reflective clothing shall be worn. Elbow pads, knee pads and gloves are strongly recommended.
Jogging on Base
Jogging on main roads during peak traffic hours is prohibited. It is recommended to jog facing traffic. You cannot wear headphones or other listening devices while jogging on roadways. Runners are strongly encouraged to wear bright colors and reflective materials during hours of darkness.
All service members and civilian personnel that own or possess weapons are accountable for ensuring they are in complete compliance with all DOD, federal, state and local laws regarding the safe use, transport and storage of their weapons including provisions requiring safeguards against access by a minor.
Any device that, when operated, propels an object (to exclude bows and arrows) or any device that produces a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation and shall include blank pistol, air guns, BB guns and electrical weapons (stun guns, etc.) and ammunition shall be classified as a firearm. Weapons shall be defined as any object used, displayed, offered or brandished in any manner to inflict or instill fear or inflict bodily harm or any object that by its very nature would be considered by a reasonable prudent person to have been designed for that purpose of inflicting bodily harm (i.e. blackjacks, steel knuckles, switchblade knives, etc.). Edge weapons with blades exceeding 3.5 inches or any sharpened throwing implements or any other implement designed for use to create a harmful impact are likewise considered weapons. Unsharpened uniform swords are exempted.
All such items are strictly prohibited on NAS Whiting Field. Personal weapons may be held temporarily in the security armory for TAD/TDY travelers who are staying in Navy Gateway Inn & Suites or the Combined Bachelor Quarters. All dangerous weapons must be declared to security sentry at the gate. Sheathed knives or buck knives in a scabbard may be worn while actually engaged in work requiring their use but may never be carried in a concealed manner or carried away from the work site on the user’s person. Knives for use in work, fishing or any other authorized purpose shall be kept in a locked box or in the trunk of the vehicle.
Housing & Lodging
Housing Information is available 24 hours a day through the Homes.mil website. This is a simple, effective website that allows customers to search for community and on-base housing near military installations worldwide. Homes.mil allows members to find suitable rental housing (both long-term and temporary housing) 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-term units) at www.homes.mil.
Navy Gateway Inns & Suites
The Commanding Officer, management and staff of Navy Gateway Inns & Suites NAS Whiting Field welcome you. We are located in lovely Milton, Florida, about 50 minutes away from NAS Pensacola. Excellence in quality of life and customer service is our goal. We strive to make your stay in the Milton/Pensacola area as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Available to our guests are 82 one-bedroom deluxe queen suites, 12 two-bedroom deluxe suites and one executive suite. One of the two-bedroom deluxe suites is pet friendly and can be reserved directly through our front desk at 850-623-7605. All of our suites have a separate living room and kitchen area and are equipped with televisions, refrigerator, microwave oven, Keurig coffee maker with condiments, clock radio, hair dryer, safe and complimentary Wi-Fi.
We are open to active duty, retirees, Reservists, nonappropriated fund employees and Department of Defense employees as well as sponsored guests. Reservations can be made online at www.dodlodging.net, calling central reservations at 877-NAVY-BED (877-628-9233) or by calling the front desk at 850-623-7605. Heroes stay with us!
Unaccompanied Housing (UH)
Check-in is located in Building 2942, 7426 USS Lexington Circle aboard NAS Whiting Field and is available to unaccompanied permanent party Sailors. We have 20 private rooms and 10 shared rooms available. Each room is set up like a one-bedroom apartment with a separate living room and kitchen area. Call 850-623-7605 if you need additional information or to check on availability.
Navy Family Housing, Whiting Pines
The Whiting Pines’ Navy Family Housing Service Center is here and dedicated to assisting service members and their families to find suitable, affordable and safe housing. We offer our customers a wide variety of housing services. The Housing Referral Specialist is your first point of contact to locate community housing when relocating to NAS Whiting Field or to the surrounding Santa Rosa community. Visit the Housing Service Center before signing a lease to obtain personalized housing assistance which includes lease reviews, verification of rental and sales listings, home finding services, inspection services, issue resolution and housing discrimination complaints resolutions. We can even offer rentals that have concessions for active-duty military through the Rental Partnership Program (RPP). The RPP program was implemented to ease the transition of military personnel and to help defray some of the cost incurred with moving. Please feel free to access www.homes.mil. This is a simple, effective website that provides available off-base rentals, on-base military housing, shared rentals and temporary lodging that can be viewed worldwide.
Our office is located at 570 Merrill Drive in Milton, approximately 7 miles south of NAS Whiting Field. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and our office may be reached by calling 850-623-9726.
The Navy Family Housing’s public-private venture partner, Balfour Beatty Communities, owns and operates all base housing properties to include day-to-day operations, management and maintenance. Please visit their website at www.whitingfieldhomes.com for neighborhood information, forms and management contact information. Balfour Beatty Communities remains open until 7 p.m. every Wednesday and also has limited hours on Saturday and Sunday.
Nestled in wooded, peaceful beauty, Whiting Pines is where quality meets convenience. It is close to shopping, NAS Whiting Field and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Leave your cares behind at Whiting Pines.
There is an onsite mini mart, tennis court, and swimming pool with a splash park, two playgrounds and a paved, 1.7-mile running and jogging path that surrounds this quiet community.
Balfour Beatty Whiting Pines Community
Home and Community Amenities
- Spacious two-, three- and four-bedroom floor plans.
- Planned monthly activities.
- Free lawn care.
- Community center.
- All appliances included.
- Sparkling swimming pool.
- Fenced dog park.
- Tennis courts.
- 24-hour maintenance.
- Walking and jogging trail.
- Spacious closets.
- Complimentary boat and RV storage.
- Navy Family Housing referral.
Please access www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrse/installations/nas_whiting_field.html for additional information.