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.
Sent on behalf of the Commanding Officer, the link below contains highlights of NAS Pensacola's accomplishments throughout the year.
Exercise Black Dart.NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Martin meets with VAW-125
(Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125) Commanding Officer Cmdr. Daniel Prochazka at Forrest Sherman Field onboard the air station Sept. 21. VAW-125 (Tigertails), based out of Norfolk, Va.; and VAQ-137 (Electronic Attack Squadron 137, World Famous Rooks,), Whidbey Island, Wash., were here participating in training. The squadron detachments fly the E-2D Hawkeye and E/A-18G, respectively, and were participating in Exercise Black Dart, a counter-drone training event. Martin is a former E-2 aircraft commander and was commanding officer of VAW-115. Photo by Scott Hallford
NASP celebrates 500 days without alcohol-related incident
From Naval Air Station Pensacola Public Affairs
PENSACOLA, Fla. (August 19, 2016) Naval Air Station Pensacola celebrated a milestone of more than 500 days free of alcohol-related incidents (ARI) in a cake cutting ceremony Aug. 19 at command headquarters, Bldg. 1500.
NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer, Capt. Christopher Martin, congratulated his Sailors and expressed his pride and amazement.
“This is unprecedented,” he said. “This is unlike anything I have seen in my 32 years in the Navy. You guys are setting the bar, and you are setting the bar high for the rest of the base in being responsible in what you do both on and off duty.”
The Command Drug and Alcohol Program Adviser (DAPA), RPCS Melanise Bradley, also praised the accomplishment.
“Thank you guys for making my job as the DAPA so much easier,” she said. “This is so exciting and it is because of you guys, and I really, really appreciate it,” she said. “Keep up the good work.”
The handmade tally board has been on display on the quarterdeck at NASP headquarters for several years, but this is the first time that the 500-day mark has been reached.
Programs from Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention help Sailors be responsible with alcohol and assist some with alcoholism and recovery. Programs such as “Keep What You’ve Earned” and “Who Will Stand Your Watch,” encourage responsible drinking among Sailors by celebrating the achievements in their Navy careers and educate Sailors about the consequences of poor decisions regarding alcohol.
For more information on Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention (NADAP) programs, go to http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/support/21st_Century_Sailor/nadap/Pages/default2.aspx <file://localhost/owa/redir.aspx> .
One Year After Chattanooga - Anti-Terrorism / Force Protection Improvements across the Force
By Captain Ray Benedict, USN
NASP Corry Station celebrates opening of new youth center
School age military children will find plenty to keep them busy when the $5.1 million NASP Corry Station Youth Center, Bldg. 4118, opens May 2.
The 11,000-square-foot center, which can accommodate 125 children, includes four colorful activity rooms, a teen center and a homework technology center along with an outdoor playground and a covered recreation/basketball area. It is located on Children’s Lane near the Navy Exchange complex on Highway 98.
NASP Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Martin and other officials got an early look at the newly completed center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 21.
Martin was impressed with the interior design of the building and the outdoor recreation options that are available.
“This is an awesome facility,” he said.
Jack Reed, operations officer for Naval Air Station Pensacola’s Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR), agreed.
“This is a great facility, not only for the warfighter but for their family members as well,” Reed said. “It really encompasses what MWR and the Navy is all about.”
The new facility will also benefit younger children, Martin said, because the NASP Corry Station Child Development Center (CDC) next door will be able to reconfigure the previously shared space and increase its ability to care for children ages newborn to 5 years.
The five-year project was collaboration between the general contractors Whitesell-Green and NavFac. The project was funded by Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) non-appropriated funds construction (NAFCon) with NavFac oversight.
Linda Delaney, director of NASP’s Navy Child and Youth Programs (CYP), said school age children have been sharing space at the CDC since 1997, so it is exciting to see them get a space that belongs just to them. She also hopes the facility will become a good hang out spot for teens.
Trudy Corbin, a contracting officer based at NASP, said members of the CYP team were consulted at every step, but the needs of the children were the first priority during the planning process.
The goal was to make the building unique.
“We wanted to get the bright colors in,” Corbin said. “We wanted to make sure that the designer knew that we were not going for typical military or hospital-cut corners. We wanted to make sure that when the kids came in they felt comfortable and they had their own space.”
Billy Whitesell, vice president of Whitesell-Green, said the cooperative environment had a positive effect on the project.
“Everybody is on the same team and we get it done,” he said. “It just came out great. It is totally custom built.”
The building also qualified for Silver Leed (Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design) certification, Whitesell said. The U.S. Green Building Council awards LEED certification based on efficient use of resources.
Martin praised the efforts that were put into this project, and encouraged all of those involved to keep up the good work.
“The work that you do with our children is absolutely critical,” he said.
Pinwheels For Prevention for Child Abuse Awareness
160404-N-0T277-002 PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (April 4, 2016) Naval Air Station Pensacola Commanding Officer Christopher Martin, left, passes the microphone to Marine Maj. Jenny Colegate during a proclamation reading at a Pinwheels For Prevention for Child Abuse Awareness event April 4 at Pensacola Beach. Representatives of other military branches who assisted with the presentation included Coast Guard Lt.j.g. Matthew Childs, Army Capt. Benton Parsons and Air Force Tech. Sgt. Thomas Collins. State and local official also attended the event to kick off a state tour to support Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. Photo by Janet Thomas
Military, government and industry officials break ground for Florida’s largest solar energy project
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.