Nellis AFB

Location

Known as the”Home of the Fighter Pilot,” Nellis Air Force Base is home to the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, located just minutes from Sin City in Clark County, Nevada. Nellis is the largest demanding air combat training facility in the world. The base operator’s phone number is 702-652-1110 or DSN 312-682-1110.

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History

The history of Nellis AFB began with a survey in October 1940, by Major David M. Schlatter of the Army Air Corps, who examined various sites in the southwest in search of a location for an aerial gunnery school. Las Vegas was attractive with its clear weather and year-round flying conditions, and the then-impoverished city was eager for a military base. On January 2, 1941, the city bought an airstrip run by Western Air Express and leased it to the Air Corps three days later, the plan being to use the strip for both military and civilian aircraft.

Construction of the “Las Vegas Army Air Field” began in March 1941, and the first commander, Colonel Martinus Stenseth, arrived in May. Much of the early gunnery training which began in January 1942, used machine guns mounted in trucks and targets on railroad cars to accustom students to firing at a moving target. World War II made the base’s mission especially urgent and by the end of 1942, 9,117 gunners had graduated, with aircraft in use including Martin B-10s, AT-6s, A-33s, B-17 Flying Fortresses, B-24 Liberators, and B-26 Marauders. At the height of training in 1943 and 1944, over 15,000 men and women were at the base. Actors Ronald Reagan and Burgess Meredith came to help produce the propaganda film Rear Gunner. Much of the training was for B-17 gunners, then at the beginning of 1945, emphasis shifted to the B-29 Superfortress. An innovation was the use of a specially-designed target aircraft, the RP-63, which was sufficiently armored to be shot at with breakable bullets. At war’s end, the school had trained over 45,000 B-17 gunners, and over 3,000 for the B-29. The gunnery school closed in September 1945, and the base itself was officially inactivated in January 1947.

Mission

The United States Air Force Warfare Center exists to ensure when our country chooses to deploy forces into a combat arena we send them well trained and well equipped to conduct integrated combat operations.  From our testing and tactics development programs to our training schools and venues we provide a means to equip the force with proven technology, the most current tactics, superb academic training and a unique opportunity to practice integrated force employment.  The USAF Warfare Center vision, mission statement and focus areas are central to fulfilling our role in aiding Air Combat Command’s mission to provide unrivaled combat forces.

Population Served

Because of Nellis’ good year-round flying weather and location, it is an ideal place for advanced combat aviation training. There are approximately 11,000 military and 3,700 civilians who work at Nellis. On average there are over 1,200 temporary duty (TDY) personnel each day at Nellis, and over 8,000 official visitors annually.

Base Transportation

Transportation is available for permanent party personnel for official use. For more information and policies contact Vehicle Dispatch at 702-652-8305 or DSN 312-682-8305.

Sponsorship

Air Force Permanent Party personnel should contact your unit Commander’s Support Staff for a sponsor. If you did not receive a sponsor, contact the Nellis AFB Airman and Family Readiness Center for assistance; 702-652-3327 or DSN 312-682-3327.

Department of Defense civilians should contact your selecting official or personnel office for a sponsor. If you did not receive a sponsor, contact the Nellis AFB Airman and Family Readiness Center for assistance at 702-652-3327 or DSN 312-682-3327 or visit the AFPC PCS webpage.

Until you get a permanent address your mail may be forwarded to: Last Name, First Name, MI 3500 Postal Service Center (must be spelled out) Nellis AFB, NV 89191-0045. Upon arrival, pick up mail at the Postal Service Center co-located with the on base U.S. Post Office in Bldg. 320. Newcomers may fax their PCS orders to the Postal Service Center at DSN 682-2112, commercial 702-652-2112. The voice number is DSN 312-682-8824, commercial 702-652-8824.

Temporary Quarters

You can make your own arrangements for temporary lodging by calling the Lodging Office, 702-652-2711 or DSN 312-682-2711. Be sure to let the Lodging Office know if your arrival date changes and have your confirmation number handy.

Relocation Assistance

Be sure to stop by the Airman and Family Readiness Center(A&FRC) for information on schools, utility companies, neighborhoods, etc. Take advantage of Childcare for PCS, an Air Force Aid Society program and get 20 hours of free childcare prior to leaving your current duty station and another 20 hours at your gaining base. At Right Start, newcomers will increase their knowledge of Nellis and the local community, and they can visit many agencies at the Information Fair. The A&FRC encourages spouses to attend Whazzup Nellis Newcomer Spouses Orientation to learn more about the programs and services available at Nellis. You can reach the A&FRC at 702-652-3327 or DSN 312-682-3327.

If you need dishes, pot and pans, aero-beds, car seats, strollers or other light housekeeping items until your things arrive, you may borrow them from the Loan Closet located at the A&FRC.

Critical Installation Information

Everyone at Nellis plays a vital role in molding its aerial forces into the “toughest kid on the block.” The work is hard, the hours are sometimes long and the temperatures soar during summer months. Nevertheless, Nellis AFB and the Las Vegas Valley are great places to live and work. This area has some of the best entertainment and recreation in the world including fishing, water sports, and mountains which are only a short drive away. And nothing can beat the pride of being a member of the busiest air combat base in the world.

Personal Security

  • a. Try to live in a gated community. This reduces crime significantly. Some of our local apartments and condos are now gated and have reduced their vehicle thefts/break-ins significantly.
  • b. Always park your vehicle in a well lit parking area.  Look for security camera coverage and park in the zone of camera coverage whenever possible.
  • c. Street bikes are high theft vehicles in Las Vegas.
  • d. Don’t store anything of value in your vehicle overnight. It will probably not be there in the morning if it is valuable.
  • e. Car thefts are rampant. Have a car alarm and also put a steering wheel lock like “The Club” on your vehicle as they are rarely stolen when locks are applied.
  • f. If you have a newer car, ensure you park it in a garage overnight whenever possible.
  • g. Armed robberies in the area have targeted mothers with infants, people with bags in their hands, and older persons. Robbers are looking for someone who will not resist. These robberies normally occur in shopping areas.  Be aware of your surroundings and look for people who may be loitering in the parking lots. Don’t be afraid to ask for a store worker to escort you to your car if you are concerned. If someone is loitering near your car, go back in the store and request security assistance.
  • h. Report off-base thefts to your supervisor and your unit first sergeant. They work together with Security Forces to identify and trend high crime areas of concern.
  • i. Always report robbery or violent crime, even if it occurs off base, to Security Forces at 702-652-2311.
  • j. Report any discrimination or predatory business practices to your unit first sergeant. They help provide information to the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board (AFDCB). The AFDCB works with local businesses and assists the

Contact Information

Adult Education Centers
Education Center Nellis
4475 England Ave
Building 20
Room 330
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-652-5280
Phone (DSN) 312-682-5280
Fax 702-652-9403
Fax (DSN) 312-682-9403

Beneficiary Counseling Assistance Coordinators
Tricare
4700 Las Vegas Blvd., North
Building 1305
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 1-888-TRIWEST / 702-653-2500
Phone (DSN) 312-348-2500
Fax 702-653-2409
Fax (DSN) 312-348-2409

Casualty Assistance Officer
Casualty Assistance Officer
4475 England Avenue
Building 20
Room 115
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-652-9428 / 702-652-5972
Phone (DSN) 312-682-9428
Fax 702-652-5247
Fax (DSN) 312-682-5247

Chapels
Chapel
4302 N Washington Blvd
Building 617
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-652-2950
Phone (DSN) 312-682-2950
Fax 702-652-7952
Fax (DSN) 312-682-7952

Child Development Centers
Child Development Center I
5085 John Chapman Pkwy
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-652-4241
Phone (DSN) 312-682-4241
Fax 702-652-9314
Fax (DSN) 312-682-9314

Citizenship and Immigration Services
Military Personnel Flight
4475 England Avenue
Building 20
Room 120
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-652-5212
Phone (DSN) 312-682-5212
Fax 702-652-5579
Fax (DSN) 312-682-5579

Civilian Personnel Office
Civilian Personnel Flight
4475 England Avenue
Building 20
Room 137
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-652-9255
Phone (DSN) 312-682-9255
Fax 702-652-6078
Fax (DSN) 312-682-6078

Commissary/Shoppette
Commissary
4200 Mountain Home Street
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-632-5500
Mon – Sat 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

EFMP – Enrollment
EFMP Enrollment
4700 Las Vegas Blvd. (inside Mike O’Callaghan Medical Center)
Bldg 340
Las Vegas, NV 89191
Phone 702-653-3367
Phone (DSN) 312-348-3367
Fax 702-653-2803
Fax (DSN) 312-318-2803

EFMP – Family Support
Airman and Family Readiness Center – EFMP Family Support
4311 N. Washington Blvd.
Suite 102
Building 312
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-652-3327
Phone (DSN) 312-682-3327
Fax 702-652-5766
Fax (DSN) 312-682-5766

Emergency Relief Services
Air Force Aid Society
4311 N. Washington Boulevard
Building 312, Suite 102
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-652-3327
Phone (DSN) 312-682-3327
Fax 702-652-5766
Fax (DSN) 312-682-5766

Exchange(s)
AAFES
5691 Rickenbacker
Building 431
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-643-3526

Family Child Care/Child Development Homes
Family Child Care Program
4211 Duffer Drive
Building 602
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-652-4400
Phone (DSN) 312-682-4400
Fax 702-652-4832
Fax (DSN) 312-682-4832

Financial Institutions
Armed Forces Bank, N.A.
Nellis AFB – Main Branch
4325 N Washington Blvd.
P.O. Box 9719
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-651-8228
Fax 702-651-8733

Financial Institutions
One Nevada Credit Union
4251 Griffis Ave
Nellis AFB Branch & ATM
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-457-1000
Fax 702-641-4263

Housing Office/Government Housing
Housing Management Office
4601 Richard Kisling Drive
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-652-1840
Phone (DSN) 312-682-1840
Fax 702-652-2652
Fax (DSN) 312-682-2652

ID/CAC Card Processing
Military Personnel Flight
4475 England Avenue
Building 20
Room 115
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-652-6844
Phone (DSN) 312-682-6844
Fax 702-652-5247
Fax (DSN) 312-682-5247

Legal Services/JAG
Legal Assistance Nellis
4428 England Ave
Building 18
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-652-5407
Phone (DSN) 312-682-5407
Fax 702-652-2132
Fax (DSN) 312-682-2132

MWR (Morale Welfare and Recreation)
Marketing Office
4349 Duffer Drive
Suite 1409
Building 625
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-652-8751
Phone (DSN) 312-682-8751
Fax 702-652-8182
Fax (DSN) 312-682-8182

New Parent Support Program
Family Life Skills
4311 N. Washington Blvd
Suite 102
Building 312
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-652-3327
Phone (DSN) 312-682-3327
Fax 702-652-5766
Fax (DSN) 312-682-5766

Relocation Assistance Program
Relocation Assistance Office
4311 N. Washington Blvd
Suite 102
Building 312
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-652-3327
Phone (DSN) 312-682-3327
Fax 702-652-5766
Fax (DSN) 312-682-5766

Retirement Services
Transition Assistance
4311 N. Washington Blvd.
Building 312
Suite 102
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-652-3327
Phone (DSN) 312-682-3327
Fax 702-652-5766
Fax (DSN) 312-682-5766

Spouse Education, Training and Careers
Career Focus Office
4311 N. Washington Blvd
Suite 102
Building 312
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-652-3327
Phone (DSN) 312-682-3327
Fax 702-652-5766
Fax (DSN) 312-682-5766

Temporary Lodging/Billeting
Lodging Office
5941 Fitzgerald Blvd
Building 556
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-652-2711
Phone (DSN) 312-682-2711
Fax 702-652-9172
Fax (DSN) 312-682-9172

Transition Assistance Program
Transition Assistance
4311 N. Washington Blvd.
Building 312
Suite 102
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-652-3327
Phone (DSN) 312-682-3327
Fax 702-652-5766
Fax (DSN) 312-682-5766

Victim Advocate Services
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office
4475 England Avenue
Building 20
Suite 239
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-652-5399 / 702-652-7272 (Emergency Assistance)
Phone (DSN) 312-682-5399
Fax 702-652-9233
Fax (DSN) 312-682-9233

Welcome/Visitors Center
Visitor Control Center
5661 Fitzgerald Blvd.
Building 696
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-652-3216
Phone (DSN) 312-682-3216

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC & WIC-O)
Women, Infants and Children
4349 Duffer Drive
Building 625
Room 733
Nellis AFB, NV 89191
Phone 702-643-3465