Destination NAS Pensacola
Sunshine, beaches and airplanes
You're up for orders. You've been around the world. Bahrain? Check. Japan? Check. The question is where to next?
How does pristine white beaches and the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico sound?
With about 100 miles of coastline, Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola just might be your next duty station of choice. NAS Pensacola employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel at 25 different commands.
It is also an area rich in history dating back to the 16th century when Spanish explorer Don Tristan de Luna founded a colony on the bluff where Fort Barrancas now stands.
President John Quincy Adams and Secretary of the Navy Samuel Southard used the large timber reserves near Pensacola for shipbuilding in 1825 to become one of the best equipped naval stations in the country.
As the U.S. entered World War I, Pensacola, at the time the only naval air station, had 38 naval aviators, 163 enlisted men trained in aviation, and 54 aircraft. By the end of the war, the air station, with 438 officers and 5,538 enlisted men, had trained 1,000 naval aviators and became known as the "Annapolis of the Air."
Today it is home to several major commands including Naval Aviation Schools Command, Naval Air Technical Training Center, Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21 and 23, and the Navy's elite flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels. It is also headquarters for Naval Education Training Command, a command that combines direction and control of all Navy education and training.
The Morale, Welfare and Recreation has multiple activities offered to Sailors and their families, from Frisbee golf to paintball and even sea going voyages for all ages.
So, if you're looking for orders and want to experience the very best when it comes to naval aviation; NAS Pensacola is the place for you.