Installation Overview --Naval Air Station Corpus Christi,Texas

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Overview

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (Oct. 25, 2011) Personnel assigned to Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi transport an F/A-18 Hornet previously assigned to the Blue Angels to be put on static display.
U.S. Navy photo by Richard Stewart/Public Domain

Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi located in South Texas on the southeast side of the city. The mission of Naval Air Station Corpus Christi is to support the aviation training activities and the operations of tenants by operating and maintaining station facilities and providing all services and materials needed to maintain that support.

In the late 1930's, as the U.S. was becoming more involved with the war in Europe, more pilots were needed for what seemed an inevitable second world war. The Navy saw a need for a new and larger pilot training facility and its eyes fell on Corpus Christi. Commissioned on March 12, 1941, Naval Air Station Corpus Christi commenced flight operations. The city is now the largest city on the Texas coast and is the sixth largest port in the nation.

Official website for NAS Corpus Christi

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Location/Driving Directions

NAS Corpus Christi is in the Flour Bluff area, ten miles southeast of the city of Corpus Christi and twenty-five miles south of NAVSTA INGLESIDE across Corpus Christi Bay. Corpus Christi and the surrounding region is culturally rich and diverse, offers excellent educational opportunities, beautiful climate, land- and sea-based recreation, a strong economy, exceptional healthcare facilities, and affordable living that is "exceptionally friendly" to the military.

From the Corpus Christi Airport:
- Go towards the Airport Exit on International Blvd
- Turn right on service road
- Take the TX-44 ramp; merge on TX-44
- Take the TX-358 exit; merge on TX-358
- Take the SOUTH PADRE ISLAND DR/SPID exit
(Look for NASCC-CCAD sign)
- Continue on South Padre Island Drive/SPID approximately 15 miles
- Exit on NAS Dr; continue on NAS Dr to NASCC South Gate entrance

From Portland:
- On US 181 travel toward Corpus Christi
- Merge into IH 37
- Follow the IH 37 signs until you see signs for NAS-CCAD/286
- Continue on South Padre Island Drive/SPID approximately 15 miles
- Exit on NAS Dr; continue on NAS Dr to NASCC South Gate entrance

From San Antonio:
- On IH 37 merge onto TX-358
- Take the SOUTH PADRE ISLAND DR/SPID exit
(Look for NASCC-CCAD sign)
- Continue on South Padre Island Drive/SPID approximately 15 miles
- Exit on NAS Dr; continue on NAS Dr to NASCC South Gate entrance

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Main Phone Numbers

Base Operator DSN: 861-2811 (361) 961-2811

Billeting/Quarters (361) 939-6630

Fleet & Family Support Center l (361) 961-3722/2372 Fax: (361) 961-3797 DSN: 861-3722/2372 DSN Fax: 861-3797

Housing Welcome Center (361) 961-3336 DSN: 861-3336

JUST FOR KIDS (Child Development Center) 961-1165

Lodging Office (361) 961-2380 DSN: 861-2380

Medical (361) 961-3735/3829 DSN: 861-3735/3829

Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) (361) 961-2267/2655 DSN: 861-2267/2655

NAS Corpus Christi ID/CAC Card Processing / Personal Support Detachment (PSD): 361-961-3848 and DSN 312-861-3848

Naval Air Station Child Development Center (361) 961-1166 DSN: 861-1166

Naval Air Station Corpus Christi Youth Activities Center (361) 961-2355 DSN: 861-2355

NAVAL HOSPITAL CORPUS CHRISTI DSN: 861-2688 COMM: (361) 961-2688 Fax: (361) 961-6185 DSN: 861-2656 DSN Fax: 861-6185

Navy Lodge (361) 939-6630

TRICARE 361 961-2810 DSN: 861-2810

Youth Activities Program(361) 961-2355 Fax: (361) 961-2648 DSN: 861-2355 DSN Fax: 861-2648

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Population/Major Units Assigned

Chief Aviation Warfare Systems Operator Paul Hercl, left, Senior Chief Naval Aircrewman Charles Dhue and Master Gunnery Sgt. Wayne Williams raise the holiday flag at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy; photo by: Richard Stewart

Corpus Christi Army Depot is a major tenant on the Naval Air Station. Other tenants include Chief of Naval Air Training; U.S. Coast Guard/Air Station; Drug Enforcement Agency; Medical Naval Hospital; Mine Warfare Command; and Defense Distribution Depot (sub-organization to Defense Logistics Agency).

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Temporary Lodging

Navy Gateway Inn and Lodge NAS Corpus Christi. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

The Navy Lodge was built in 2005 and located at 9604 Ocean Drive on the base. For information or reservation call 361939-6630 or 1-800-NAVY-INN. The facility is open 24 hours a day.

The Navy Lodge has 10 suites that include one queen bed, a sofa sleeper and a private bath; 11 Single rooms with a queen bed and private bath. There are 2 (one suite and one single) handicapped units. 12 units are non-smoking. Active Duty can make reservations.

The Navy Lodge is "Pet Friendly" which requires a deposit. For specific guidelines and restrictions contact the Navy Lodge Central Reservation Center at 1-800-NAVY-INN (1-800-628-9466).

The Breezeway Inn is located in building 1281. Visiting Quarters consists of 197 rooms and suites for Military Personnel on Transient, Leisure and PCS Travel. They are supporting newly renovated and remodeled attractive rooms that are fully maintained with the most updated amenities available. The Breezeway Inn is located on the bay and a short drive to Padre Island where you can continue to enjoy the beaches and the water for walking, swimming and fishing. The reservation number is 361-961-2388/2389 or DSN 312-861-2388, front desk 361-961-2380. The Inn is open 24 hours a day.

Conference rooms available for rent, modern structure availability.

The Camping Reservations Office is located in Bldg 1757 and can be reached by calling 361- 961-1293. Hours of operation are: Summer 7:00 a.m.- 8:30 p.m., Fall 7:00 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. and Winter 7:00 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. Camping equipment is available for rent. Please call ahead to make reservations for camp sites.

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Housing

NAS Corpus Christi On Base PPV Housing. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Navy Housing Office is located in the Housing Welcome Center, Building 3600, Corner of Dimmit Dr and E Street. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Main phone number is 361-961-3336.

South Texas Military Housing office is located in the Housing Welcome Center, Building 3600, Corner of Dimmit Dr and E Street. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Main phone number is 361-937-0190.

Through a Public Private Venture (PPV), the Department of the Navy (DON) and a private company, Austin-based developer Landmark Organization, have formed a limited partnership to provide housing for Naval personnel in South Texas. The project includes the construction and management of new residences to serve personnel assigned to Naval Air Station Corpus Christi or the surrounding area.

 

The South Texas PPV project provided new homes for military personnel at two sites – off-base units at Windy Shores in Aransas Pass and on-base George H. W. Bush housing at NAS Corpus Christi.

Military personnel from NAS Corpus Christi are eligible for priority referrals from the local Navy Housing Office. Waiting lists for housing are maintained by the NASCC Housing Office, and referrals are made in order of precedence as vacancies occur.

 

The inventory of homes at NAS Corpus Christi includes 100 existing homes (previously built as MILCON) and 157 new-construction homes for personnel in paygrades E1 through O5. The inventory also includes 5 Senior Officer homes for O6 personnel, of which 3 are available for occupancy and 2 are vacant/inactive, pending renovation work planned to start sometime in 2010.

 

Application packages may be submitted to the Navy Housing Office anytime following receipt of PCS orders and should include the following:

o DD1746 Application for Assignment to Housing (completed/signed)
o Copy of original orders (to local area)
o Certification of dependents form (NAVPERS 1070/602; Dependency Application/Record of Emergency Data (i.e., Page 2); or DD 1172 Application for Uniformed Services Identification Card (DEERS enrollment)
o Sex Offender Policy Acknowledgement & Disclosure Form

Eligible personnel must apply for housing or confirm their advance application within 30 calendar days after reporting to their new PDS in order to receive the effective date of application (date of detachment from last permanent duty station).

NAS Corpus Christi is also committed to providing single Soldiers with a clean, healthy and safe living area that provides privacy and comfort. Our barracks are centrally managed and have recently undergone remodeling.

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Schools

In a recent policy change, children from active duty military families are automatically eligible to enroll in the public school pre-kindergarten programs in their districts. If the servicemember leaves the military, the child will be allowed to remain in the program until it is completed.

The largest public school district in the region is the Corpus Christi Independent School District. Other districts in the city include Flour Bluff, Calallen, Tuloso-Midway and West Oso. Together, Corpus Christi's five independent school districts have an enrollment of approximately 53,000 students. There are no schools on base.

Each district has its own special education programs, its own alternative schools, its own before- and after-school care programs, and its own preschool programs.

Another choice away from the traditional public school is home schooling. Locally, more than 3,000 families are home schooling, according to the Family Educators Alliance of South Texas. Each ISD has alternative education programs available.

There are a number of magnet schools in the area. Magnet schools are usually high schools who specialize in certain educational fields, such as health care, technology, business, communications arts, and more. The attendance arrangements are complex. For some, the student must be accepted in the freshman year. Others offer half-day classes, with the student attending a regular school and then traveling to the magnet school for the remainder of the day. Enrollment may be available only to district residents; others have open enrollment. Some offer college credit for class work.

Charter schools are also available. A charter school is a publicly funded school that is managed by a private contractor, with varying levels of success. Charter schools are accountable to the state and must meet the same standards as public schools.

Each ISD has a community education department. These departments offer classes that include GED classes as well as a variety of enrichment classes. Some districts also offer English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and citizenship classes.

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Child Care

Child Development Center located in the housing area. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

The Corpus Christi Child Development Center is located in Building 1782 and can be reached at 361-961-1167/1166 or DSN 312-861-1167/1166.

The program is available to infants and children up to five years of age. The center is open Monday through Friday, 6:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. to include full time care, and hourly/drop in care, when space is available.

The status of the sponsor determines eligibility of children to enroll in Navy Child Development Programs. Eligibility is based on the parent who has physical custody of the child. Eligible patrons include military personnel, DoD civilian personnel paid from appropriated or non-appropriated fund, reservists on active duty or inactive duty for training, DOD contractors and active Coast Guard.

Depending on age groups,waiting time can vary from a month to several months. The longest wait time is mostly infants/toddlers. To put a child on the waiting list the sponsor can come into the center fill out a request for care record or online at www.mwr.navy.mil open the child and youth page, then open the I need child care page select the duty station where care is needed and fill in the info on the request for care, CDC will reply within two working days.

The CDC offerers drop-in care if we have spaces available. $3 per hour which includes breakfast, lunch, and snack.

The Child Development Home Program is available for parents seeking an alternative child care program. Care is provided by military spouses and civilians living in government quarters or privately owned housing. All CDH Providers are certified through the Child Development Home Program. Anyone interested in becoming a CDH Provider may contact the CDH Director, Building 1754. Telephone: 361-961-1166 or DSN 312-861-1166.

School Age care offer Before and After School programming for children 5 to 12 years of age during the school year, as well as full-day holiday and summer camps. Teen programs are offered to children 13-18 years of age (18 if still in school) and a variety of Youth Sports. Navy Youth Programs have partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of America to provide core programs.

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Medical Care

Naval Health Clinic on NAS Corpus Christi. Photo courtesy U. S. Navy

The Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi is an outpatient facility with three Branch Medical Clinics located in Kingsville, Ingleside and Ft. Worth, Texas. The Naval Hospital Information Desk can be reached by calling DSN 312-861-2688 or 361-961-2688.

There are a variety of Primary Care, Specialty Care and Ancillary Services available at the Naval Health Clinic. Inpatient medical and surgical care is provided at a local inpatient facility through an external Resource Sharing agreement.

Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi provides comprehensive Family Based Care. They also provide and coordinate out-patient care relative to the examination, diagnosis, treatment, and referrals to consultative services for TRICARE prime active duty, retirees, and their family members.

All of the clinics offer routine primary and specialty care, each supported by laboratory, radiology, physical therapy and pharmaceutical services. They also have an extensive network of specialty providers.

Active duty and TRICARE Prime members are the first priority of medical and surgical services. All eligible beneficiaries are encouraged to enroll in TRICARE Prime to ensure availability of services. .

No walk-in appointments are available. TRICARE Prime enrollees have priority for all available appointments. Non-Prime retirees and their family members may be seen on a space available basis and may call to make appointments after 10 am every morning.

Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi does not have an Emergency Room. All emergencies are directed to the nearest civilian medical facility.

The dental clinic is located within the Naval Health Clinic. The primary mission of the clinic is to treat all active duty military personnel. Family members and retirees are encouraged to utilize the TRICARE Active Duty Family Member Dental Plan. In a case of dental emergency it maybe possible for retirees and family members to be seen.

Enrollment information and participating providers are listed in the local phone book. When making an appointment, family members should ensure that the dental provider is currently a participating provider in the dental plan.