Around 2 miles on the eastern part of Kingsville, in the southern gulf coastal plain, the Naval Air Station Navy Base Kingsville is located. This air station falls in the Kleberg County. The primary mission of this air station is to train tactical jet pilots. The famous and magnificent air show Wings Over South Texas is also organized by NAS Kingsville.

Cost Of Living: Overall the cost of living in Kingsville is 30.40% lower than the overall cost of living in the rest of the United States.

Automated Telephone Attendant Numbers: 361-516-6482

Base Population: There are 25,000 retirees, 924 civilians and 486 active military personnel on this base.

City/Area Population: There are 32,093 citizens in the county of Kleberg.

Child Development Centers: There are several interesting learning activities provided for children in the child care centers.  Dependents of military personnel contractors and department of defense are eligible to use the services of the childcare center. There are, however, no Department of Defense schools available on base. The schools attended by the dependents are Santa Gertrudis Independent School District, Kingsville Independent School District, Riviera Independent School District and a few more. Naval Air Station Kingsville Child Development Center:  361-516-6176 & (DSN) 312-876-6176.

Youth Programs: Some of these services provided by the on-base youth centre include events for youth, school age care, holiday youth program and summer day camp. The youth services are provided for children between 5 years of age up to 12 years of age. Naval Air Station Kingsville Youth Center: 361-516-6718 & (DSN) 312-876-6718

Airman and Family Readiness Center: DSN 312-876-6333 & 361-516-6333

Employment: There are several available Federal Civil Service positions. The largest on-base employer in fact is the Civil Service. Civil service is currently providing jobs to 377 people. The average household income in the area is US$ 35,228 and the average rate of unemployment in the area is 7%

Base Services: There is a commissary on base and there are also MWR facilities available.  

Medical Services: There are several screening health clinics that provide medical services to family members, military personnel and retirees on appointment basis. There is also the Branch Health clinic on base (361-516-6313). NAS Kingsville does not provide services for after hours care and emergencies.


This Naval Air Station originally opened as a training station for bomber and fighter tactics on the 4th of July 1942. From the years 1946 up until 1951 this station was given the status of caretaker.  In the year 1960, this base became a training base for jets. Finally in the year 1968, this base was designated as a Naval Air Station.


·         370th Transportation Company (PLS) Detachment 1, US Army Reserves

·         Training Squadron Twenty-One (VT-21) "Fighting Redhawks"

·         Foxtrot Co, 7-158th Aviation Regiment (MEDEVAC), US Army Reserves

·         Training Squadron Twenty-Two (VT-22) "Golden Eagles"

·         Training Air Wing Two

·         Naval Branch Clinic Kingsville

·         NAVAIR Orlando Training Systems Division In-Service Engineering Office (ISEO) Detachment


Military personnel, who have been stationed at Kingsville, have to report to the Housing Service Center, which is situated on the base. This center helps the officer determine what housing requirement he has. Either permanent housing will be provided to the officer and his family at Kingsville, or alternatively, temporary housing may be provided to the officer and his family within the local community.

There is no government-housing unit available; the only available housing option is the Public-Private Ventures, which are Hunter’s Cove and Hawks Land. The public-private venture complexes reside both civilians as well as military personnel. Hunter’s Cove provides housing unit with either 3 or 4 bedrooms, whereas Hawk’s Land provides housing units with either 2 or 3 bedrooms.

All military personnel and their families are eligible to avail housing facilities on base. There is a huge demand on this base for housing units, which creates a wait list situation. The time period of the waiting list varies. However while military personnel and their family wait to be allotted with a housing unit, the Housing Service Center provides them with a list of temporary housing accommodations.


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