The NOSC, formerly known as Naval Air Reserve Training Unit (NARTU), was organized April 22, 1946 at Cecil Field Naval Auxiliary Air Station Jacksonville and commissioned in June 1946. NARTU then moved to NAS Jacksonville in September 1946 in building 900 & 901 and shared hangar 113 with the Naval Air Transport Service. NARTU, otherwise known as Navy Air Reserve (NAVAIRES), became the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) on March 31, 2006.
Jacksonville Reserve units were called to duty during the Korean conflict, the Berlin crisis and the Cuban missile crisis. Many Jacksonville-based units served during the Vietnam War, flying voluntary missions to the Western Pacific in support of the U.S. effort by airlifting humanitarian goods. More than 400 members of the Jacksonville Reserve team deployed during Desert Storm, which was the largest and fastest mobilization since World War II.
After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Navy Reserve greatly increased the number of individual and unit mobilizations and drew from its full-time support (FTS) staff to perform individual augmentations all over the world.
Since 2005, NOSC Jacksonville has successfully mobilized over 1000 selected reservists and multiple large reserve units in support of the global war on terrorism, operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, and a host of other Navy requirements.
Today, NOSC Jacksonville is the largest NOSC in the Southeast Region and supports more than 2,000 selected reservists in
70 reserve units throughout the area.
A staff of 47 FTS personnel and two civilians ensures reserve personnel are billeted, paid, trained, supported and medically prepared to mobilize and provide critical support wherever it is needed.