Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) New Orleans is located adjacent to the powerful Mississippi River in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. Belle Chasse is a quiet and calm suburb, just minutes away from the culturally rich sights and sounds, that defines New Orleans.
Naval Aviation first came to New Orleans in July 1941, when the Naval Air Reserve Air Base, located on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, was commissioned. Due to the Navy’s need for Naval Aviators in the early part of World War II, the station was re-designated a Naval Air Station in November, 1942, and assumed the role of a training base for aviators.
In the summer of 1948, the idea of a Joint Reserve Air Training Center was conceived and the plans laid for the present facility located near Belle Chasse, Louisiana. In December 1957, the American flag was raised and the station rapidly prepared for resumption of operations.The first aircraft flew from the runways January 6, 1958, by Naval Air Reserve squadrons. The installation was dedicated in April 1958 to Alvin Andrew Calendar, a native of New Orleans who lost his life in World War I while flying with the Royal Flying Corps.
Naval Air Station (NAS) Joint Reserve Base (JRB) New Orleans is one of the most unusual military air facilities in the United States. It is the first in the country that was planned, built and now functions as a joint air reserve training center.
The primary mission of NAS JRB New Orleans is the training of Naval Reservists and the operational, logistical, and fiscal support for tenant commands and transient aircraft on a 24-hour basis. The base also serves as a platform for assistance with homeland security air defense through the Louisiana Air National Guard as well as search and rescue efforts for much of the gulf coast by the U. S. Coast Guard Air Station. NAS JRB also provides aviation intermediate maintenance, supply, comptrollership and personnel support facilities for Navy and Naval Reserve personnel and has for more than 60 years.
NAS JRB New Orleans community consists of service members and their families from the Navy, Marines, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, and Louisiana Air National Guard, as well as civilian employees and retirees. As of 2011, Louisiana’s population is 4,503,767 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 71 percent.
Currently, there is no on-base transportation on this installation.
At NAS JRB New Orleans, sponsors are assigned by individual commands. If you have not yet been assigned a sponsor, call the command to which you will be reporting and request a sponsor. For your specific command phone number select the Major Units tab (at the top of this web page) or contact the FFSC at 504-678-7569. For change of address for incoming military personnel contact your receiving command (Admin Dept) and inform them that you will be forwarding your mail and will pick it up upon your check-in. The temporary address will have to be changed. You will be responsible for establishing a permanent change of address through the US Post Office as part of your check-in procedures.
Anyone who is on Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders to NAS JRB New Orleans should check in at Bldg. 465 with a copy of their current orders. E1-E4 personnel are housed on a permanent basis. E5 and above personnel are not housed at Combined Bachelor Housing on a permanent basis. If available, reservations can be made for transitioning E5 and above personnel in Transient Quarters. These will be offered for a maximum of 30 days, depending on availability, at the regular room rates. Front Desk is located in Bldg. 465. The Hours of Operation are 24 hours a day/7 days a week, and can be reached at 504-678-3419 or DSN 312-678-3549. Reservation Desk Hours of Operation are 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and they can be reached at 504-678-3840 or DSN 312-678-3840 or by fax at 504-678-9745, DSN fax 312-678-9745. Advance reservations can be made. Personnel with PCS orders have priority. Pets are not allowed. Those traveling with pets must make reservations off-base.
The Fleet & Family Support Center can help you prepare for your move to the New Orleans area. The Center offers a variety of services that can help you manage the financial aspects of your move, help you get settled in your new location and provide extensive information about New Orleans. Services also assist families with special needs members. For more information please call the FFSC at 504-678-7569, 1-888-304-1939 or DSN 312-678-7569.
Critical Installation Information
NAS JRB New Orleans has a Branch Health Clinic, 504-678-3660, which takes care of active duty and family members. The nearest military hospital is located at Keesler AFB. All emergency cases are seen at West Jefferson Medical Center or Ochsner Medical Center utilizing TRICARE benefits.
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
Frequently Called Numbers on Base
Base Operator DSN: 678-3011 (504) 678-3011
Bachelor Housing/Transit 678-9783
Child Development Center 678-3654
Combined Bachelor Housing 678-3754
Dental Clinic 678-2400
Family Housing 678-3280
Housing Director (Base Housing) 678-2089
Housing Director (BEQ/BOQ) 678-9784
Housing Referral 678-3280
MWR Director 678-3231
Youth Center 391-1331