NAS Whiting Field

Location

Welcome to the Naval Air Station Whiting Field, located in beautiful northwest Florida. Naval Air Station Whiting Field occupies approximately 12,000 acres, including 13 outlying fields with three separate and fully operational airfields.


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History

In July 2012, NAS Whiting Field celebrated its 69th year of continuous operation. What was once a field of weeds has become the backbone of the Navy’s flight program. During its history, Whiting Field has served as a prisoner-of-war camp for German soldiers, home of the famed Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team and home of the Navy’s first jet training unit. Before the field was officially commissioned, personnel were already beginning to train “the world’s best aviators.” Squadron 3-B of Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) Saufley Field, Pensacola, Florida, began operations on July 1, 1943. Squadron 3-B was later joined by Squadron 3-A of Chevalier Field to form Training Squadron THREE. In only 14 weeks, Whiting Field came into being to fulfill the need for pilot training commands in WWII. Commissioning ceremonies for Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) Whiting Field were held on July 16, 1943, in the South Field Hanger. At 11 a.m. that day, Rear Admiral George D. Murray, Commandant of the Naval Air Training Center, welcomed some 1,500 persons and introduced Mrs. Kenneth Whiting, the widow of Naval hero, Captain Kenneth Whiting, for whom the station was named. The commissioning of NAS Whiting Field took place at a crucial time in American history. Only six days before the commissioning, the invasion of Sicily had occurred. Throughout World War II, NAS Whiting Field’s mission was to train aviators for the fleet.

Mission

Our mission is to produce the military’s best trained “Aviation Warfighter. NAS Whiting Field is where the future of Naval Aviation begins. As the host of 20 tenant activities, including the Training Air Wing FIVE who produces over 700 pilots a year.

Population Served

Whiting Field is the busiest Naval Air Station in the world, responsible for an estimated 46 percent of the Chief of Naval Air Training Command’s total flight time and more than 11 percent of Navy and Marine Corps total flight time. Greater than 1,200 service personnel complete their essential flight training here yearly.

Base Transportation

Currently, there is no base transportation on this installation.

Sponsorship

Prior to departing your current base or training school, all personnel should be assigned a sponsor. The sponsor provides information and answers any questions about the base, area and your unit, as well as assisting you with your in-processing appointments. For assistance regarding sponsor assignment, contact your gaining unit or call the Fairchild Air Force Base Airman Family & Readiness Center at (509) 247-2246. In-processing is done Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Walk-ins only, appointments not available). In-processing must be accomplished prior to PDTY. You will need to bring your CAC id card and PCS order (with amendments) and your sealed folder from MPS to Customer Service at MPS. You will be provided with a base in-processing checklist and will be scheduled for orientation.

As part of in-processing, attendance is required at the Right Start newcomer orientation and healthy start; these programs focuses on welcoming personnel and their spouses, making the experience a positive one.

If you arrive on base after duty hours, report-in will be the next day. Civilian personnel will report to the Civilian Personnel Office at the MPF. Check with your sponsor for additional instructions.

Temporary Quarters

Whiting Field Navy Family Housing/Balfour Beatty Communities offices are located in the city of Milton, approximately seven miles south of the Naval Air Station. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 0800 – 1700 hours.

Navy Family Housing: 850-623-9726 DSN: 922-9726

Balfour Beatty Communities: 850-626-6202

Relocation Assistance

The Relocation Assistance Program (RAP) provides a worldwide library of base information, video’s, and the new Standard Installation Topic Exchange Service (SITES) program. The library contains welcome aboard packets from most U.S. military installations in the world. The new SITES system is an impressive relocation computer program updated quarterly, with individual command information, similar to the welcome aboard packets but with more details. Overseas duty seminars are conducted to assist active duty members and their families who are transferring overseas. The Relocation Assistance Program also maintains a Loan Locker that has futons, folding table w/chairs, iron, ironing boards, kitchen kits that have plates, bowls, silverware, coffee maker, toaster etc. Phone 623-7177 for more information.

Critical Installation Information

Pass and Decal hours are as follows:
Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Weekends and all federal holidays: Closed

To request temporary UNESCORTED access for people to attend a special event who do not otherwise have access to NASWF the sponsor of the special event must be a Trusted Agent. Click on below links to download Base Access Request and FAX cover sheet. These forms must be filled out and faxed to 850-623-7123 at least 5 days before the special event. Information from this form will be used to perform background checks on individuals requesting unescorted access to the base. Information not filled in may delay or deny access.

For situations not covered, deviations from procedures or additional information/clarification please contact the Physical Security Office at: 850-623-7387, Fax: 850-623-7123

Frequently Called Numbers on Base

Admin 623-7201

Combined BOQ/BEQ 981-3600

Housing (Whiting Pines) 623-7493

Chaplain 623-7211

Command Career Counselor 623-7761

FFSC 623-7177

MWR 623-7502

ITT 623-7032

Dental 623-7227 / 7627 / 7626

Medical 623-7508

Pass and Tag 623-7205

Personal Property 623-7677

Public Affairs 623-7341

Public Works 623-7268

Tricare 623-7657 (option 4)

Emergency Management Office 623-7324

Fire Department 623-7193