Duty in Florida:
Destination Panama City Beach
Just two hours southeast of Pensacola is another hidden jewel of the Gulf Coast of Florida: Panama City Beach.
Known for its miles of sandy white beaches and warm gulf waters, Naval Support Activity Panama City (NSA PC) could be your next duty station.
Established in 1945, when the U.S. Naval Mine Warfare Test Station was transferred from Maryland to their current 373-acre tract along the pristine saltwater estuary St. Andrew Bay.
NSA PC has grown significantly over 70 years and now hosts many diverse tenant commands such as Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Navy Experimental Diving Unit and is the home to the military diving community's Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center houses the Mine Warfare and the Dragon Masters Aviation Unit which is primarily a research, development, test and evaluation unit. Select Sailors comprise the only military aerial search and rescue crew between Mobile, Alabama and Tampa, Florida.
"I really like working here," said Petty Officer 1st Class Harrison Greenmaki, a search and rescue swimmer with the "Dragon Masters" of Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD).
You work hard and then again you get to play hard too. On your time off, you relax, you go to the beach, and you go out. We work 12 to 14 hours days sometimes and then we go out and relax and we still have fun outside the work environment." -PO1 Harrison Greenmaki
Along with the NSWC, NSA PC offers a 5-star accredited Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) center that offers high quality fitness, community recreation and recreational lodging just minutes from the beach.