Naval Air Station Pensacola
Welcome to Naval Air Station Pensacola located on the Florida Gulf Coast. We are committed to fully supporting the operational and training missions of tenants assigned; enhancing the readiness of the U.S. Navy, its sister armed services and other customers.
NAS Pensacola, situated in Escambia County, employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel. This includes major tenant commands: Naval Aviation Schools Command, Naval Air Technical Training Center, Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21 and 23, the Blue Angels, and the headquarters for Naval Education Training Command, a command which combines direction and control of all Navy education and training.
NAS PENSACOLA to participate in Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2016
From Navy Installations Command and U.S. Fleet Forces Command PAO
WASHINGTON (NNS) - Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) will conduct Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2016 (SC/CS16) Feb. 1-12 on Navy installations located in the continental United States.
This annual anti-terrorism force protection (ATFP) exercise is designed to train Navy security forces to respond to threats to installations and units.
Onboard NAS Pensacola, Emergency Manager Burt Fenters asks base personnel to be aware of the training activities and plan accordingly.
"As we continue to train against a myriad of hostile activities presented to the installation, there will be delays in travel and access on NAS Pensacola," Fenters said. "Please be patient and understanding; follow all instructions of any official carrying out official orders and duties. Failure to do so could further impede any situation and result in further delays."
William Clark, CNIC's exercise program manager, gave specifics on this year's scenario. "Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2016 provides the means by which USFF and CNIC assess Navy anti-terrorism program command and control capabilities, and the readiness and effectiveness of fleet and region program execution throughout the U.S. Northern Command area of responsibility," said Clark. "Exercise scenarios are based on our assessment of terrorist/homegrown violent extremist objectives, capabilities and current real-world events."
Exercise SC/CS16 is not in response to any specific threat, but is a regularly scheduled exercise. The exercise consists of approximately 300 field-training exercise events on and off Navy installations across the country, each designed to test different regional ATFP operations. The exercise's scenarios enable assessment of the Navy and civilian law enforcement's response to attacks both on installations and at soft targets off-installation.
Exercise coordinators have taken measures to minimize disruptions to normal base operations, but there may be times when the exercise causes increased traffic around bases or delays in base access. Residents near bases may also see increased security activity associated with the exercise. Base personnel should register for the AtHoc wide-area alert network to stay up to date on force protection conditions and other emergency, environmental, or exercise-related impacts on the area.
CNIC is responsible for providing support services for the fleet, fighter and family with more than 52,000 military and civilian personnel under 11 regions and 70 installations worldwide.
USFF executes the Navy AT Program in the United States to prevent, deter and defend against terrorist attacks on Department of the Navy (DoN) personnel, their families, facilities, resources, installations, and infrastructure critical to DoN mission accomplishment.
For more information, visit http://www. cnic.navy.mil.
Sent on behalf of the Commanding Officer, the link below contains highlights of NAS Pensacola's accomplishments throughout the year.
NAVY, AIR FORCE BREAK GROUND WITH GULF POWER AT NAS PENSACOLA ON FLORIDA’S LARGEST SOLAR PROJECT
PENSACOLA, Fla. (Dec. 16, 2015) – Beginning a unique new relationship between the Navy, Air Force and Southern Company subsidiary Gulf Power, a ground-breaking ceremony was held Dec. 16 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, marking the start of construction for three large-scale solar electric generating facilities.
Combined, these facilities will have approximately 1.5 million solar panels that could generate up to 157 megawatts (MW) of direct current (DC) or 120 MW of alternating current (AC) power. This translates to powering roughly 18,000 homes on a sunny day. The endeavor will be one of the largest solar energy projects east of the Mississippi River.
Gulf Power and its third party developer Coronal Development Services will construct three facilities — one at NAS Pensacola, one at NAS Whiting Field and one at Eglin Air Force Base.
On April 16, 2015, the Florida Public Service Commission, approved of all three project plans. Respectively, the departments of the Navy and the Air Force recently signed land lease agreements with Gulf Power.
The energy farms will be constructed at Navy Outlying Landing Field Saufley near NAS Pensacola (50 MW), Navy Outlying Landing Field Holley near NAS Whiting Field (40 MW), and at Eglin Air Force Base near Fort Walton Beach (30 MW).
Notable ground-breaking ceremony presenters and attendees included Dennis V. McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment; Miranda A.A. Ballentine, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy; Capt. Keith Hoskins, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Pensacola; Capt. Todd A. Bahlau, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Whiting Field; Col. Matthew W. Higer, vice commander of the 96th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base; and Stan Connally, president and CEO of Gulf Power.
These initiatives support the Department of the Defense's and the Navy’s Renewable Energy Program Office’s (REPO) commitment to renewable energy and show the leadership both services are displaying in pursuit of energy security.
McGinn said the collaboration between Gulf Power and the Department of the Navy to construct new solar facilities on Florida Navy installations will have a myriad of benefits.
“Together, we can provide physical security to the assets, increase the regional grid resiliency and upgrade the energy infrastructure where our Sailors and aviators live and work, as well as stimulate economic activity through development. Energy, the economy, the environment and our national security are bound together; you cannot affect one without affecting the others, and these projects have positive benefits in all four dimensions," he said.
Capt. Hoskins spoke of the secretary of the Navy’s REPO and the wide-spread goals of saving energy onboard NAS Pensacola and throughout the Navy, and how the agreement with Gulf Power also helps the local community in energy costs.
“Two and a half years ago, my command staff and the NAS Pensacola Public Works leadership team, began to offer an energy vision to create a culture of energy conservation, reduce costs and detail a framework for planning and installing energy-efficient appliances in all of our new programs and infrastructure renovations that we have put in place,” he said.
“We also took a look at space allocation efficiencies across more than 15,000 structures onboard NAS Pensacola,” he noted. “But I think it is important to note that also part of that vision was to seek public and private ventures that will bring energy value to NAS Pensacola and the surrounding community. I can tell you that six months after promulgating our energy vision, the (REPO) was stood up by Secretary (of the Navy Ray) Mabus to focus on cost effective renewable energy projects for the Department of Navy Installations while working closely with Commander, Navy Installations Command and the Commander of Navy Facilities Engineering Command.
“The REPO’s mission is to fulfill SecNav’s projects and goals for renewable energy, which is mainly to produce and also procure 1 gigawatt of renewable energy by 2020,” said Hoskins. “Spoken in true naval aviator parlance, I can say I saw the opportunity and I took a shot. We were able to achieve this endeavor and bring renewable power here to the Pensacola area.
“Under the auspices of the secretary of the Navy strategy for renewable energy, this project provides and opportunity for us to assist local and state partners in understanding the Department of the Navy’s overall strategy and commitment to renewable energy,” he said. “Improving energy efficiency and increasing the use of alternative energy promotes more secure and more resilient mission onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola.”
Capt. Bahlau said of Whiting Field’s commitment to the agreement, “It is very rewarding to be part of this project, because not only does it help to ensure energy stability for the installations, but it also provides a significant new source of renewable, clean energy for our local area.”
Secretary Ballentine said this type of enhanced use lease highlights how public-private collaboration benefits the Air Force, industry and local communities.
“The Air Force is focused on using these types of partnerships as a viable business model to improve the service’s energy resiliency and provide mission assurance through energy assurance,” she said. “Renewable energy projects like this are good for the nation because it increases grid diversity, improves resiliency, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.”
Col. Higer said Eglin Air Force Base has already been recognized for other environmental projects, but Eglin’s commitment to environment extends beyond that to energy as well. “This project is an important step in furthering the development of technologies that increase mission assurance through energy assurance.”
According to Gulf Power’s Connally, these solar projects help Gulf Power to further diversify its energy portfolio and support the mission to provide safe, affordable and reliable energy to its Northwest Florida customers.
"This is an important collaboration between Gulf Power, the Navy and Air Force," said Connally. "Through careful planning, we¹ve been able to work alongside our military partners to help support solutions for them to meet federal renewable energy and energy conservation mandates, while Gulf Power pursues cost-effective forms of renewable energy at the same time."
The parties anticipate these solar facilities to be operational by December 2016 and serve all Gulf Power customers.
Once operational, the respective facilities are estimated to generate the following numbers on a sunny day:
NAS Pensacola: 65 MW DC or 50 MW AC to power approximately 7,400 Escambia County homes
NAS Whiting Field: 52 MW DC or 40 MW AC to power approximately 6,100 Santa Rosa County homes
Eglin Air Force Base: 40 MW DC or 30 MW AC to power approximately 4,500 Okaloosa County homes
NAS PENSACOLA RECEIVES COMMANDER IN CHIEF’S INSTALLATION EXCELLENCE AWARD
PENSACOLA, Fla. --- Secretary of Defense Ash Carter recently announced Naval Air Station Pensacola as the recipient of the Commander in Chief’s Installation Excellence Award.
The annual award recognizes outstanding and innovative efforts of the military, civilian and contractor personnel who operate and maintain military installations. NAS Pensacola had already won the award for best installation in Navy Region Southeast competing with all other bases in the Southeast, and then moving on to compete with U.S. naval bases worldwide.
“It is with great pleasure that I congratulate you all on our selection as the Commander in Chief's Award for Installation Excellence,” said Capt. Keith Hoskins, NAS Pensacola commanding officer. “This award is indicative of the pride and professionalism exhibited by the collective team in providing the very best readiness from the shore. Your efforts directly contribute to the overall mission support of the fighter, fleet and family.
“In my 26 years of service I have not seen a better team who possesses the level of passion in performing our missions,” he said. “I am forever humbled and honored to serve with you all.”
Hoskins went on to say the honor was a team effort and also thanked the Pensacola-area community for “providing the necessary support to assist us in meeting our mission. Our ties with the local community and officials, in my view, are second to none.”
The air station will receive a commemorative trophy and flag, as well as a congratulatory letter from the president.
NAS Pensacola Wins Installation Excellence Award
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) has announced the Navy's 2015 Installation Excellence Award Winners with Naval Air Station Pensacola placing first in the large installation category. The annual installation excellence award recognizes the top three large and small installations world-wide and rewards installation performance consistent with Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) strategic criteria for the DoD-wide Commander in Chief Installation Excellence Awards. "I am proud to congratulate all of our Navy Installation Command winners," said Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, CNIC. "Competition this year was very tight and each of the nomination packages was impressive." As a first place winner, NAS Pensacola automatically goes on to represent the Navy for the DoD-wide 2015 Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence, which will be announced in the spring. "I am delighted to announce that Naval Air Station Pensacola is the Navy's nominee for the Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence," said Smith. "Congratulations to Capt. (Keith) Hoskins (NASP commanding officer) and the men and women of NAS Pensacola who worked diligently to make their installation the best in the Navy, and hopefully in all of DoD." Capt. Hoskins passed on to NAS Pensacola personnel his feelings on winning the award: “It is with great pleasure that I congratulate you all on our selection as CNIC Large Installation Excellence Award. This prestigious recognition is a direct reflection of (our) team's professionalism and loyal dedication to our mission.” Established in 1985 by President Ronald Reagan, the Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence recognizes outstanding efforts in the operations and maintenance of U.S. military installations. Each branch of the military submits its nomination and an award is presented to the installation whose command has made best use of available resources to accomplish its assigned mission over the course of the preceding fiscal year. Smith also praised the other awardees and said that all 19 nomination packages detailed the hard work and outstanding accomplishments for the submitting installations, which is indicative of their commitment to supporting the Fleet, the Fighters and their Families.