Installation Overview--Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Mississipi

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Overview

Broad Avenue Gate at NCBC Gulfport. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport is located in Harrison County in the city of Gulfport, Mississippi on the Gulf of Mexico. Gulfport, along with Biloxi, Pascagoula, Ocean Springs and Bay St. Louis, is one of the cities that line the beachfront of Mississippi. New Orleans, Louisiana is only 90 miles west.

NCBC functions as a support for operating units of the Naval Construction Force. Specifically, it supports Naval Mobile Construction Battalions ONE, SEVEN, SEVENTY-FOUR, and ONE THIRTY-THREE, TWENTIETH Naval Construction Regiment, the Naval Construction Training Center, and other smaller tenant activities. The mission is to prepare for and support all facets of the mobilization of construction forces, including reserve units. The Center is also responsible for preservation and storage of war reserves including construction equipment and materials.

On June 2, 1942, an Advanced Base Depot was established in Gulfport and the first Seabees started coming through Gulfport. In 1992, the Center celebrated its 50th Anniversary on the Gulf Coast where Gulf Coast residents and thousands of Seabees have sung the praises of the Gulfport Seabee Center loud and long and, today, the Seabees occupy a special place in the scheme of things throughout the mid-South.

Official website for Naval Construction Battalion Center

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Location/Driving Directions

Gulfport, along with Biloxi, Pascagoula, Ocean Springs and Bay St. Louis, is one of the cities that line the beachfront of Mississippi. New Orleans, Louisiana is only 90 miles west.

The closest commercial airport is the Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport. Airlines servicing Gulport-Biloxi Airport include: Airtran, Delta, Continental, and Northwest. Taxi Cabs do service NCBC Gulfport from the airport and will cost an average of $15-$20.

There is also an airport in New Orleans approximately one hour west of NCBC, Gulfport. Most major carriers including American, United, and Southwest Airlines serve New Orleans Airport (MSY).

Coastline Transportation is a local company providing shuttle transportation to NCBC, Gulfport, from both Gulfport-Biloxi and New Orleans Airports.

Mobile, AL also hosts a regional airport and is approximately 1 hour east of NCBC, Gulfport.

Please contact your sponsor and advise them of your estimated arrival time and flight information if applicable prior to your arrival at NCBC, Gulfport.

Driving Directions: Take the I-10 Exit 34A to HWY 49 South towards HWY 90 (the beach) turn right on HWY 90. Go to the third traffic light (Broad Ave) turn right on Broad. This road (Broad Ave.) dead ends at the main gate. The Visitor and Pass office is located at the Broad Avenue gate.

From the Airport: Take HWY 49 South until the Naval Construction Battalion road sign is seen. Take a right on Pass Road and this will lead you into Gate #2. If you need a visitor pass you must go to Broad Avenue gate. See the above directions.

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Main Phone Numbers

Fleet and Family Support Center. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Billeting Office (228) 871-2505

Branch Medical Clinic - Information line (228) 871-2809/2810

Branch Medical Clinic (228) 871-2821/2809

Central Appointments, Dental Clinic (228) 871-2605

Child Development Center (228) 871-2323

Dental Clinic (228) 871-2605

Family Housing Referral Office DSN: 868-2586 (Voice) 868-2453 (Fax)

Unaccompanied Personnel Housing DSN: 868-2505; Commercial: 228-871-2505

MWR Administrative Office (228) 871-2538

NAVY Lodge 1-800-NAVY-INN or 1-800-628-9466; (228) 864-3101

Youth Activities Center (228) 871-2251

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Population/Major Units Assigned

SeaBees at Work. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Major Units at the NCBC include the Construction Battalion Center, 20th Naval Construction Regiment and the Reserve Naval Construction Force. The Center serves 4,451 active duty personnel and their families and 6,400 retirees and their families. There are also 780 DoD Civilians.

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Temporary Lodging

Stethem Memorial Navy Lodge. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Navy Gateway Inns and Suites

Building: 313 (front desk)
Phone: (228) 871-2505
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Reservations: 1-877-NAVY BED or 1-877-628-9233
On-line Reservations: www.dodlodging.net

Within walking distance from the: Navy Exchange, Youth Activities Center, Commissary, Gas Station, Mini Mart, Package Store (Gas Station, Package Store and Mini Mart are combined), Child Development Center, Beauty Shop, Barber Shop, Subways, McDonalds, Colmer Dining Facility, Fleet and Family Support Center, and Family Housing Center.

NCBC Navy Lodge
Navy Lodge

Building: 463
Phone: (228) 864-3101
Hours: Monday-Sunday 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Phone Reservations: 1-800-NAVY-INN or 1-800-628-9466

Pets allowed.

Stethem Memorial Navy Lodge is a 80-unit Lodge, representing the latest in motel design. Rooms are specially equipped for the handicapped. Most unit's contain a complete kitchenette, cable television, DVD. Cribs roll-away beds and high chairs are available upon request. Free Wireless Internet is also available in all rooms.

Within walking distance from the: Navy Exchange, Youth Activities Center, Commissary, Gas Station, Mini Mart, Package Store (Gas Station, Package Store and Mini Mart are combined), Child Development Center, Beauty Shop, Barber Shop, Subways, McDonalds, Colmer Dining Facility, Fleet and Family Support Center, and Family Housing Center.

Business Class Room W/Kitchen
1 Queen Bed with Private Bathroom
Full Kitchenette/Pots, Pans, Dishes
Desk / Ergonomic Chair
Executive Recliner
Kitchen Table/Chairs
32" LG LCD TV
Patio with Patio Furniture
Iron with Ironing Board
Hair Dryer

Business Class Room W/Refrigerator and Microwave
1 Queen Bed with Private Bathroom
Pull out Sofa
Desk / Ergonomic Chair
32" LG LCD TV
Iron with Ironing Board
Hair Dryer

Standard Rooms
2 Queen Bed
Full Kitchenette/Pots, Pans, Dishes
Full size Refrigerator in Buildings 331 and 463
Dishwasher in Building 463
Private Bathroom
Lounge Chair
Kitchen Table/Chairs
32" LG LCD TV
Patio with Patio Furniture available in Buildings 328 and 321
Iron with Ironing Board
Hair Dryer

Family Suite
Master Bedroom with 1 Queen bed with Private Bath
Guestroom 2 twin beds with Private Bath
Living area with Rollout Couch
Full kitchen area with full size Refrigerator and Dishwasher
First floor Suites have Patios and Patio Furniture

Rollaways and Cribs Available Upon Request
Connecting Rooms Available
Handicapped Rooms Available

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Housing

Magnolia Housing 2 Bedroom Unit. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Unaccompanied personnel reporting to NCBC Gulfport have a number of excellent Housing choices. Unaccompanied Housing (UH) is conveniently located near the center of the base on Sixth Street allowing immediate access to the main dining facility, chapel, gym, and fitness center. It's just a short walk away from the Navy Exchange, commissary, McDonalds and the MWR Liberty Center.

The UH houses approximately 1,568 service members in four permanent party buildings and three student dormitories:

Buildings 306, 309, 316 and 318 provides permanent party accommodations for eligible unaccompanied personnel.
Buildings 315, 317 and 460 provides accommodations for personnel temporarily assigned duty under instruction to Naval Construction Training Center. Accommodations are one or two persons to a room based on pay grade and square footage.
Building 313, Navy Gateway Inns and Suites, serves as the check-in point for all permanent party and dormitory buildings and is manned 24 hours a day. Linen is provided at check-in.

As an added convenience to residents, there are lounges equipped with televisions and vending machines. Cable television, high speed internet as well as land line phone service is available to all permanent party residents at the residents expense.

NCBC Gulfport has partnered with Balfour Beatty Communities http://www.ncbcgulfporthomes.com to offer you and your family outstanding housing choices. There are 601 privatized homes in eight neighborhoods: Ladd Circle, Magnolia Place, Magnolia II, Nickel Creek in Slidell, La, Northpointe Preserve, Pinewood, The Woodlands, and Woodlands II. All of the homes are recently constructed or renovated. We have a mixture of single family and townhomes with two, three and four bedrooms. The typical wait for a home is approximately 0 to 6 months however it constantly changes and to get the most current projection of housing availability you should contact the HSC.

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Schools

There are currently no DODDS School on base. There are several public and private kindergartens, elementary, middle, high and vocational schools on the Gulf Coast.

Schools along the Mississippi Gulf Coast generally begin the second week in August and dismiss for summer at the end of May. To enroll your child in Mississippi Public Schools, you must present the following:

1. A Mississippi Compliance Form-take your child's shot record to the Harrison County Health Department (228863-1036), a community physician, or to the CBC Branch Medical Clinic Immunizations Section (228-871-2810, then press 5) to obtain a compliance form.
2. Child's social security card.
3. Certified copy of child's birth certificate.
4. Two proofs of residency-acceptable proof-deed, lease agreement, parent/guardian drivers license with Mississippi address, utility bills.
5. If you are entering school mid-year, we recommend you provide samples of your child's work from your most recent school. Also, report cards, progress reports, current IEP, withdrawal documentation from previous school, and standardized test scores if possible.

Contact the school's administration office to confirm what documents are needed for registration. Students transferring from a non-accredited school, or from home-school into Public School must take the appropriate placement tests as determined by school officials.

Age requirements for Mississippi Public schools by State Law are: Kindergarten -Child must be 5 years old prior to 1 September and First Grade - Child must be 6 years old prior to 1 September.

Children's shot records must be transferred to a MISSISSIPPI FORM 5 before the child can begin school. This can be done at the base Medical Clinic's immunization clinic. Bring the child's current shot record and medical records with you to accomplish the Form 5.

State Law requires that if you move out of a school district and you elect to keep your children in the previous district, then you must pay tuition.

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Child Care

The Child Development Center. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Gulfport Child Development Care includes the Child Development Center (CDC), Home Program (CDH) and School Age Care Program (SAC). All programs are inspected by CNIC yearly and must maintain DoD certification to operate.

The CDC offers child care services for children aged 6 weeks through 5 years old, including full-time, hourly drop-in (based on available space) and a Pre-Kindergarten program. The Child Development Home program consists of certified providers who provide child care services for children in their own home. The care is offered to children aged 6 weeks through 12 years old. The School Age Care Program provides care before and after school, transportation to several schools and back to the center for children ages kindergarten through 12 years old. The Youth Activities Center has a complete schedule of summer, spring break and winter break programs for children attending kindergarten through age 12 years.

The CDC has a capacity for 285 children and CHD providers number from 12 to 20 on average. There is only one SAC program on the base.

The CDC is open 6 am until 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday, and offers Full Day, Part Day, Preschool Part Day, School Age Hourly Care and Special Needs Care. Proper information required about special needs and approval required for After/Before school programs on installation. All fees are according to total family income and a current Leave and Earning statement (LES) and payroll data must be provided.

Fees include lunch and programming. There is a $5 discount for more than one child. Also, there is a fee of $3 per hour per child for drop-ins (as space is available). Hourly care is strictly based on space available and parents can call up to a week in advance to seek space. Late fees are assessed at $25 per child for every 30 minutes you are late picking up your child.

First Priority Care is given to children of single parents and dual military.

Children must meet all eligibility requirements and have proof of military dependency. Registration for programs can be made locally or through the internet. There is a waiting list; however you can sign up online. Parents are expected to update their child monthly to remain active on the waiting list. All referrals for child care spaces are made from the waiting list.

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Medical Care

Branch Medical Clinic Gulfport, Mississippi. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

The Branch Medical clinic provides most routine services for Active Duty service members and their families. The Navy Branch Health Clinic is located at 5501 Marvin Shields Blvd. and can be reached by telephone at 228-871-2810 or 2811. Family practice provides continuing and comprehensive health care for active duty family members and retirees. Medical care in family practice is for ages 2 months through 64 years, both sexes and most medical conditions. Currently BMC, Gulfport does not provide services to Senior Prime and OB patients. The closest medical facility supporting Senior Prime and OB patients is Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi, Ms.

The CBC Gulfport Branch Dental Clinic is co-located with the Naval Hospital Branch Medical Clinic in Building 295 on Marvin Shields Boulevard. The clinic provides routine dental care for active duty personnel and extremely limited, space available, care for other eligible beneficiaries. The Branch Dental Clinic's hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, and the phone number is 871-2605/2606. Sick call and recall visits are conducted by appointment and on a walk-in basis from 6:45 to 9:30 a.m., Monday-Friday.