Installation Overview --Naval Air Station, Meridian, Mississippi

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Overview

Front Gate of NAS Meridian, MS. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Naval Air Station Meridian (NAS Meridian) is a military airport located 11 miles northeast of Meridian, Mississippi in Lauderdale County and Kemper County, and is one of the Navy's two jet strike pilot training bases. NAS Meridian supports aviation and technical training, and other tenant activities by providing services and facilities in an environmentally safe, secure community.

Meridian is a very military-friendly town, and the local community has rallied around NAS Meridian through several rounds of BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure), to prevent the base being moved or shut down. NAS leadership maintains a healthy relationship with local community leaders, and organizations such as the Navy League work to support the local military personnel.

NAS Meridian is quite large, measuring approximately 8,000 acres of land with an additional 4,000 acres at Outlying Field (OFL) Joe Williams Field and the target facility SEARAY.

Official website of Naval Air Station Meridian

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Location/Driving Directions

Naval Air Station, Meridian Mississippi is approximately 15 miles northeast of the city of Meridian, in Lauderdale County, between State Highways 39 and 45.

Meridian's airport is located in Meridian, approximately 20 miles from NAS Meridian's main gate.

Greyhound has a terminal in Meridian, located at about the same distance from the base as the airport.

Amtrak provides service to Meridian with a terminal downtown.

There is no daily bus or shuttle service from the city of Meridian to the Naval Air Station, however, one does run on weekends. Taxis charge approximately $20 for the trip out to the base.

Arriving by personal vehicle on I-20/59 puts you right in the middle of Meridian. There are signs posted detailing which exit to take. You'll end up on State Highway 39 North out of Meridian. Posted signs will direct you off Highway 39 and down the Stennis Drive access road to the NAS Meridian main gate.

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Main Phone Numbers

Base Operator DSN: 637-2211 (601) 679-2211

Billeting/Quarters DSN: 637-2186 (601) 679-4019

Central Appointments 601-679-2682

Child Development Center (CDC) Building 601-679-2652 DSN: 637-2652

Child Development Homes 601-679-2652 DSN: 637-2652

Combined Bachelor Quarters (CBQ) 601-679-4018 DSN: 637-2186

Dental 601-679-2383

Family Housing 601-679-2520 /601-679-2555 /601-679-2304 DSN: 637-2520

Fleet & Family Support Center 601-679-2360/601-679-2358 /601-679-2183 DSN: 637-2360

Housing 601-679-2555

Medical

School Age Care (SAC) Program 601-679-2503 DSN: 637-2503 601-679-2633

Teen/Youth Center 601-679-2687

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Population/Major Units Assigned

Sailors, Marines, and civilian Department of Defense employees stand in formation while filming a television spot in front of the jet hanger for Training Air Wing One (TW-1) at Naval Air Station Meridian for broadcast during the Army-Navy football game. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy; photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Aramis X. Ramirez

The total population served is approximately 2,300. There are eight Major Commands, including Training Air Wing 1, Naval Technical Training Center, Marine Aviation Training Support Group as well as the Naval Operational Support Center (NOSC), and Regional Counterdrug Training Academy (RCTA).

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Temporary Lodging

Navy Gateway In and Suites, Meridian NAS. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Meridian NAS offers a Navy Gateway Inns & Suites (NGIS) and Combined Bachelor Housing (CBH) on base. You may call 601679-4019, 601-679-4018 or DSN 312-637-2186 to make reservations. There is a 24-hour central check-in service provided for all personnel at the Front Desk of the central complex at Building 218, the Ensign Jesse L. Brown Memorial Combined Bachelor Housing.

The Combined Bachelor Quarters operation consists of 23 buildings and is capable of housing close to 1500 personnel, including permanent party bachelors, geographical bachelors, students, transients, and family transients.

There are several types of rooms available at the CBQ, including VIP Suites (2 bedrooms, 2 baths, and sofa sleeper), 1 Bedroom Suites, Private Rooms, and 2 Bedroom Apartments. Rollaway beds and cribs are available free of charge. Children under 12 stay free.

There is a 24-hour central check-in service provided for all personnel at the Front Desk of the central complex at Building 218, the Ensign Jesse L. Brown Memorial Combined Bachelor Quarters. A-School MATSS-1 check-in is a 24-hour operation in Building 201. NTTC A-School students are registered at the CBQ Front Desk in Building 218.

Washers and dryers are located in all buildings at no cost to residents. Television lounges are provided in all buildings. Kitchen facilities are available to all officers, family transients, and permanent party residents. Weight rooms are available to residents residing in the 218 complex. Television lounges and a game room are also available to residents of the 218 complex, in addition to ping-pong and billiard tables.

Smoking and pets are NOT ALLOWED in any room throughout the Combined Bachelor Quarters. A service charge of $150.00 per day is assessed if a pet or smoking is found in a room.

Reservations are accepted up to 30 days in advance, but should be confirmed three days prior to arrival.

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Housing

View of Capehart Housing. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

The Family Housing Office is located in the Pine Crest Subdivision of Family Housing at 718 Gill Street. The hours of operation are 0700-1530, Monday through Friday. The telephone number is commercial (601) 679-2520, or DSN 637-2520.

Navy regulations require all personnel to contact the Housing Referral Office before negotiating any agreement for off-base housing.

All permanent party military personnel, pay grade E-1 and above, with accompanying dependents are eligible for family housing. You are encouraged to contact the Housing Office as soon as you possibly can.

Service members will continue to come to the Navy Family Housing Office to complete a housing application package. The Navy Family Housing personnel will review your eligibility and determine your entitlement and then refer you to BBC for actual assignment. To apply for PPV housing, you must supply the following documents: A completed DD Form 1746 (Housing Application), a copy of your orders to NAS Meridian, and a copy of your Page 2 or RED (Record of Emergency Data).

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Schools

There are no DoD Schools in the area at NAS Meridian.

The Meridian area has 2 public school systems: Meridian Public Schools and Lauderdale County Public Schools. Meridian Public School System has 7 elementary, 2 middle, 2 junior high, 1 high school, and 1 career/vocational center.

Lauderdale County Public School System has 4 elementary, 3 middle, 1 junior high, and 4 high schools. Residence of student determines the specific school to be attended. Students who live on-base will attend the Northeast Lauderdale Schools.

You can obtain information about which school your child will attend in the Meridian Public School District by calling 601-483-6271. You may register your child by completing the forms available in that school's office. There are no registration fees. However, there may be fees associated with athletics, clubs, yearbooks, etc. To register a student for kindergarten, a child must be five years old on or before August 31. Two proofs of residency, a copy of your child's birth certificate, social security card, and proof of immunization is required. See Meridian Public School's web site for immunization requirements.

To enroll other students, the school will request records from the former school. However, for students new to the district, two proofs of residency, a copy of your child's birth certificate, social security card, and proof of immunization are required.

If you are moving into the Lauderdale County Public School District, you can obtain information about which school your child will attend by calling 601-693-1683. You may register your child by completing the forms available in that school's office. There are no registration fees. However, there may be fees associated with athletics, clubs, yearbooks, etc.

To register a student for kindergarten, first grade, and other grades: A student who is five years of age on or before September 1 may enter kindergarten. State law requires that a child must be six years of age on or before September 1 of this school year to be able to enter first grade. The following forms are required upon registration:

Certified Birth Certificate
Social Security Card
Immunization Form (May be obtained from a physician, County Health Department, or NAS Medical Facility)
Residency Verification (filed homestead exemption application or automobile registration and 2 other documents)

There are several area private schools covering pre-K through 12th grades.

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Child Care

View of the mdc at NAS Meridian, MS. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

The Meridian Child Development Center (CDC) offers child care programs for children from age one through age five. The CDC is an accredited program through the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Child Development Homes (CDH) Program offers an opportunity for children to be cared for in a family situation, as well as a way for military spouses in NAS housing to start a career of their own. Navy Child Development Home providers can enjoy the satisfaction of self-employment, the convenience of working at home and the enjoyment of caring for children. After completing training in CPR, first aid, record keeping and child development, CDH providers can care for up to six children in their homes.

The School Age Care Program (SAC) offers before and after school care for children who are 5 through 12 years of age. SAC provides a safe environment where parents who work can drop their children off before work and pick them up afterward. The school bus picks the children up from SAC in the morning, takes them to school and brings them back in the afternoon. Hours of operation accommodate the local school calendar. During summer months and holidays, SAC offers day camps with a variety of activities including learning, games, swimming and field trips.

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Medical Care

Branch Medical Clinic, NAS Meridian, is part of the Naval Hospital Pensacola, Florida, branch medical system. The clinic offers a limited number of services, however, for its size, they are diverse. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7 am until 4 pm. For an appointment, please call Central Appointment at 1-877-879-1621 Monday through Friday between 0600 and 2000; and Saturday and Sunday between 0700 and 1200.

The following is a list of medical services available at the clinic: * Ambulance service * acute minor illness clinic * military sick call * optometry * obstetrics/gynecology care * psychology * physical examinations * laboratory * pharmacy * radiology * preventative medicine * medical care for family members * pediatrics .

Appointments for all clinics are made through the Central Appointments clerk at 1-877-879-1621. For TRICARE Prime enrollees, expect to be offered a same day appointment if you call prior to 1030. Calls between 1030 and 1530 will either be seen that day or forwarded for triage by a registered nurse at the clinic.

The local TRICARE Service Center (TSC) for this area is located within Branch Medical Clinic Meridian. The TSC hours of operation are 0700-1600 Monday through Friday except normal federal holidays. All active duty personnel stationed in Meridian are enrolled into TRICARE Prime by completing an application form at the Meridian TSC. Active duty personnel also need to check in at Clinic Records. Prime enrollment for all other TRICARE eligible beneficiaries is available by visiting the Meridian TSC.

The Branch Dental Clinic, a modern facility within the Naval Branch Medical Clinic, provides general dental care and specialty services in oral surgery, prosthodontics, restorative dentistry, endodontics and periodontics for active duty military personnel.

Dental treatment for family members of active duty military personnel is limited to emergency care. Family members of active duty personnel are highly encouraged to enroll in the Family Member Dental Plan.

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