Nestled amid the low rolling hills of east central Mississippi lies Naval Air Station Meridian. It is approximately 15 miles northeast of the city of Meridian between state highways 39 and 45.
Meridian’s airport is south of Meridian, approximately 20 miles from the main gate. Amtrak and Greyhound are downtown in Union Station about the same distance from the base as the airport.
There is no daily bus or shuttle service from the city of Meridian to the naval air station. Taxis charge approximately $20 for the trip out to the base.
Arriving by personal vehicle on Interstate 20/59 puts you right in the middle of Meridian. There are posted signs detailing which exit to take. You’ll end up on state Highway 39 north out of Meridian. Posted signs will direct you off Highway 39 and down the Stennis Drive access road to the main gate.
Reporting staff and student pilots may check in with NAS Security Dispatch after hours to stop leave charging but must report to their command pass liaison representative during normal working hours to complete processing. Go to the administrative department of the command to which you are reporting. Normal working hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Naval Technical Training Center “A” School students check in at: NTTC Quarterdeck in Building 360.
MATSS-1 “A” School students check in at: Building 353, Room 110.
Reservists assigned to the Navy Operational Support Center are required to muster with their unit mustering petty officer no later than 7 a.m. on the first drill day or with the NOSC CDO if performing drills on a normal workday.
All NAS Meridian and tenant command personnel must check in with the Fleet and Family Support Center in order to schedule a seat to attend the Welcome Aboard program. This program is required for all newly reporting personnel within 60 days of arrival. Welcome Aboard is an indoctrination program designed to orient personnel to relevant services and requirements of NAS Meridian, the city of Meridian and Lauderdale County.
Vehicles must be registered with Security (within 14 days of reporting) at the Pass and ID Office at the main gate. Pass and ID is open 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Registration requirements are:
- Proof of state registration.
- Driver’s license.
- Valid state inspection sticker (if required by the state in which the vehicle is registered).
- Proof of insurance.
- ID card.
- Housing residents must also register pets at the housing office. Proof of a current rabies vaccination is required.
If you live in Navy Family Housing, your firearms must be registered with Security, in Building 423, immediately upon move in of residence. For more information, call the Security Office at 601-679-2508 or 601-604-2340.