Naval Air Station Fallon, part of Navy Region Southwest, is in Churchill County, Nevada, about 70 miles east of Reno, Nevada, in northern Nevada’s high desert. Carson City, the state’s capital, is only 90 minutes away. NAS Fallon is also near multiple outdoor recreation sites, including stunning Lake Tahoe, about 90 miles to the west.
Home to the Fighting Saints of VFC-13 and the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, NAS Fallon is the Navy’s premier tactical air warfare training center. It is known throughout the Navy as the sole facility where an entire carrier air wing can conduct comprehensive training while integrating its every element into realistic battle scenarios.
NAS Fallon enjoys more than 300 clear flying days per year and gets the most out of those days with four bombing ranges, the electronic warfare range and other training resources. Its 4,000-foot runway is the longest in the Navy, making NAS Fallon a one-stop training site unequaled elsewhere in the service.
From its beginnings as a World War II Army Air Corps airstrip in the early 1940s, NAS Fallon has served many different missions. Originally a fallback airstrip to launch missions against any Japanese strike on the West Coast, the air station has evolved into a versatile, comprehensive training station known to aviators worldwide as a pinnacle of air warfare training.
Other units at NAS Fallon include Fleet Readiness Center West Detachment Fallon, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific Detachment Fallon and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment Fallon.
The base has about 5,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel and family members. This group represents nearly 20 percent of Churchill County’s population.
Naval Air Station Fallon is a sprawling installation in terms of land, encompassing approximately 241,000 land-acres. The main base covers about 8,670 acres, and the remainder is used for training ranges.
The most recent NAS Fallon Economic Impact Assessment from May 2016 put the base’s impact in the surrounding three-county region at $517 million.
NAS Fallon helped diversify the economy; supported 4,500 local jobs; and added a total direct annual payroll of $84 million, $608,000 in federal impact aid to local schools, and $2.44 million paid to local landowners for agricultural protection through easements.