Installation Overview --Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, LA

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Overview

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy; photo by: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John P. Curtis

Naval Air Station, Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans, Louisiana is located 20 minutes south of downtown New Orleans, and is home to VP-94, VFA-204, VR-54, Louisiana Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force Reserve, U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Customs Service. The base was redesignated in May 1994 to add "Joint Reserve Base."

NAS JRB New Orleans maintains a 24-hour operational capability to support launches and recoveries of U.S. Coast Guard Sea-Air Rescue, U.S. Customs Alert and 159th Fighter Group/Louisiana Air National Guard, North American Air Defense Command alert requirements. There have been many changes in squadrons, types of aircraft and tactical missions, but the basic mission of the Naval Air Station, supporting Reserve aviation units, has remained unchanged.

Due to Hurricane Katrina since 2005, military personnel are strongly encouraged to leave their family members in place until such time as they acquire living quarters - rentals are difficult to find.

Official website of Naval Air Station, Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans

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Location/Driving Directions

Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) New Orleans is located adjacent to the Mississippi River in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. This is a high cost area.

Driving to Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) New Orleans:

Take I-10 (East or West) to BUS 90 - Mississippi River Bridge/Westbank Expressway. Travel on Westbank Expressway to Lafayette St. Exit. Exit Lafayette St. and turn left onto Lafayette St., which will turn into Belle Chasse Hwy. and later will change to Hwy. 23. Continue down Belle Chasse Hwy./Hwy. 23 thru the Belle Chasse Tunnel.NAS JRB New Orleans Main Gate is 5.0 miles from the Tunnel (3 stop lights). Look for the Blue Angel Airplane on the right.

The Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl. Airport services the NAS JRB installation. The airport is located at 900 Airline Drive, Kenner, LA.

From the airport: Start at 900 E AIRLINE DR, KENNER going toward AIRLINE DR. Go 0.2 mi and continue on AIRLINE DR(US-61). Go 0.4 mi 3. Turn Left on AIRPORT ACCESS RD. Go 1.9 mi 4. Take ramp onto I-10 E - go 10.8 mi 1. Take Left fork onto US-90-BR W toward US-90 BUSINESS/US-90/WESTBANK/SUPERDOME/CLAIBORNE AVE and go 5.8 miles. Take exit #7/LAFAYETTE (LA-23) onto WESTBANK EXPY (LA-23 S) and go 0.3 miles. Turn Left on LAFAYETTE ST(LA-23) and go 0.4 miles. Continue to follow LA-23, thru the Belle Chasse Tunnel. NAS JRB New Orleans Main Gate is 5.0 miles from the Tunnel (3 stop lights). Look for the Blue Angel Airplane on the right. Turn Right on RUSSELL DR.

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Main Phone Numbers

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

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Population/Major Units Assigned

Navy utility boat operations on the Mississippi River. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy; photo by: Chief Photographer’s Mate Michael J. Cole

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.

Units include: Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing ,Marine Air Group 42 DET C, Patrol Squadron 94, Strike Fighter Squadron 204, 159th Tactical Fighter Group (LAANG), 159th Fighter Wing, 926th Tactical Fighter Wing (AFRES), USCG Air Station New Orleans, and NCTAMS LANT Det New Orleans.

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Temporary Lodging

Navy Lodge New Orleans Naval Support Activity. Photo courtesy U. S. Navy

Soldiers 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 312678-9745. 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 Navy Lodge is located at the Naval Support Activity (NSA) located approximately 10 miles from NAS JRB New Orleans.

Alternate choices for temporary lodging include: Riverside Hotel 8280 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, LA 70037 504-398-1654; Holiday Inn, 100 Westbank Expressway, Gretna, LA 70053 504-865-6581; La Quinta 50 Terry Parkway, Gretna, LA 70056 504-368-5600 .

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Housing

The New Orleans military housing complex consists entirely of affordable high-quality public-private venture (PPV) homes at two locations: the Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base (NAS-JRB) in Belle Chasse and Naval Support Activity (NSA) in Algiers. A total of 935 units are available for occupancy. With 525 new town homes and 410 previously constructed town homes and flats, New Orleans Navy Housing and PPV provide two-, three- and four-bedroom units to fit every family size.

PPV is a partnership between the Department of the Navy (DON) and Patrician Management, a private company. The private company renovates, builds, maintains, and manages family housing. Under PPV, the service member signs a lease and makes monthly payments using BAH, which covers rent and utilities (if used wisely). PPV is designed to be a zero out-of-pocket expense for the service member to reside in on-base housing.

PPV housing is similar to military housing in that all leases contain the "Military Addendum". Service members continue to live in a military community. For "normal" utility use, BAH will cover rent and utility (gas and electric) bills. Cable TV and phone remain the service member's responsibility. Community policies are patterned after existing DON policies.

The Navy Housing Welcome Center will give assistance to all military members and their dependents in finding suitable and affordable housing in the community. All incoming personnel who desire family housing should apply to the Housing Office by mail or in person using DD-Form 1746 available in most Navy housing offices.

The application must be accompanied by a copy of the Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, and a certification of family members. Applications for MFH may be submitted anytime following receipt of PCS orders or promulgation of homeport change. However, you will not be offered housing until you check-in to your new command. Eligible personnel must apply for housing and/or confirm their application within 30 days of report date to the station in order to receive the effective date of detachment from last command and a paid move into government quarters.

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Schools

Plaquemines Parish School District in Belle Chasse has 3 elementary schools, 1 middle school and 1 high school. Additionally there is a NASA Explorer Charter school (Belle Chasse Academy) onboard NAS JRB that accommodates students in elementary and middle school (K-8). Orleans Parish Schools offers registration accommodation for military personnel. Military orders are accepted for participation in the registration process. Students are required to provide proof of residency before entering school. Additional information is available at 365-5450.

School in New Orleans begins in mid-to-late August. All Louisiana schools (public and private) require students to wear uniforms.

Public schools in the New Orleans area are free. All schools require uniforms to be worn. Be sure to pick up your education records from your current Education Office before transferring. There are no DODDS Schools in the area.

Enrolling school age children into a school facility in the State of Louisiana requires a current physical and immunizations.

Louisiana offers a number of private schools. Most private schools have a religious affiliation or relationship. It is suggested that the private school be contacted to obtain information regarding tuition and any additional fees such as music, art, uniforms, books, registration, deposits and transportation.

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Child Care

CDC employees play with and care for toddlers at the NAS JRB Child Development Center. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

The New Orleans Child Development Center provides a planned program for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. The CDC serves USDA approved meals.

Full day care is provided for up to 10 hours a day from 6:30 am - 5:30 pm. Hourly care is on a space available basis with advance registration. Costs are determined by household income levels.

Military dependents living in base housing and military dependents living off base are eligible. If you are a military dependent living off base and desire to do child-care in your home, please contact the Child Development Center at 504678-3654.

Families transitioning to the area who wish to enroll their children in the Child Development Center must complete a form to place the child on the waiting list. Forms may be faxed to 504-678-2090.

Children are enrolled as space becomes available in the program on a priority system. Priority is assigned based on the date the form is received and the family composition. Single parents and dual military families have the highest priorities.

There is an extensive waiting list for infants (3-6 month wait) and pre-school children (3-6 month wait).

Respite care is provided for children of personnel who are referred by the Fleet and Family Support Center Family Advocacy Program.

Weekly fees are based on the total annual family income, as regulated by the Department of Defense. Weekly patrons must provide the CDC with financial information and the most recent leave and earnings statements (LES) and/or paycheck stubs to determine weekly fees.

The Preschool Program follows the public school schedule. The four year old class is Mon - Fri from 8:00 am -1:00p.m. The child must be four by September 1.

After school child care programs are offered at most schools for children ages kindergarten through 12 years old. MWR Boys and Girls Club provides a summer camp for youths.

The Youth Program provides services for youth ages 6 - 12 years, offering a wide range of activities. Each program has been designed to enhance your childÂ’s existing skills, promote physical fitness, encourage creativity, cultivate new interest areas, and develop lifelong recreation skills.

School-Age Care Program consists of Before & After School Programs, Summer Day Camp, Mini-Camp and special event activities. Indoor activities include group games, board games, figurine and doll play, puzzles, air hockey, video games, arts & crafts, indoor basketball and karaoke. Outdoor play activities include playground time, basketball, soccer, t-ball, flag football and four squares.

The Youth Center also offers special events, such as Kid's Night Out, Parent's Night Out, a base wide Easter Egg Hunt and other recreational activities.

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Medical Care

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jonathan Wells examines captured mosquitoes from a CDC Light Trap collected from a tent city area of NAS JRB New Orleans. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy; photo by: Journalist 1st Class James Pinsky

After reporting in to New Orleans, dependents of active duty should report to the TRICARE Service Center located in the Branch Health Clinic to enroll for TRICARE Prime for this designated region.

As one of ten branch health clinics which are part of Navy Hospital Pensacola, Florida, three facilities located at Naval Support Activity (West Bank and East Bank) and NAS JRB New Orleans provide outpatient, wellness, and dental services for more than 30,000 beneficiaries stationed in the greater New Orleans area. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 0700 - 1600 except for closure on Thursday afternoons. The clinic is closed on weekends and federal holidays.

Primary Care Managers provide comprehensive care and preventive medical services. The Aviation Medicine Division supports local squadrons and provides physical examinations for a diverse number of military programs. The health benefits advisor facilitates referral information as the referrals are processed by Naval Hospital Pensacola and our civilian network partner, Humana. Selected reserve providers, including flight surgeons, augment the Navy Operational Support Center FTS medical staff on twice monthly drill weekends to provide physical health assessments and physical examinations.

Branch Dental Clinics, Naval Support Activity (NSA) and Joint Reserve Air Base (NAS) have the capabilities to perform General Dentistry, Oral Surgery, Prosthetics, Endodontics, Periodontics, hygiene and technician dental cleanings. Hours of operations are 0700-1530 with lunch from 1130-1200 Monday through Friday.

The Annex Dental Clinic is located at NAS JRB New Orleans in Belle Chasse. The main Branch Dental Clinic, New Orleans is located at the riverside entrance, first floor of the F. Edward Hebert Bldg. The clinic is co-located with the Naval Ambulatory Care Center, New Orleans.