Situated in the Central Valley of California, is the Navy’s prime Naval Air Station for the west coast. This base is at a distance of approximately 7 miles from Lemoore in Kings County. Lemoore is an extremely supportive and friendly base in terms of its services towards the military. The ultimate mission of this air station is to provide support to the Pacific Fleet of the US.

Cost Of Living: Overall the cost of living in California is a whopping 51% higher than the rest of the United States. The cost of grocery in California is 13.9% higher than the overall cost of the United States. The cost of utilities in California is 10% higher than the overall cost of the United States and the cost of housing in California is an unbelievable 137% higher than the overall cost of the United States.

Automated Telephone Attendant Numbers: (DSN) 312-949-4042 & 559-998-4042

Base Population: The total population on base is 51,938 people. This figure includes 825 reservists, 6500 active military personnel, 23,000 students, 2000 civilians, 10,900 dependents and 8713 retirees.

City/Area Population: Lemoore has a total of 25000 citizens.

Child Development Centers: The on base child care centre here serves children under 6 years of age, and organizes routine events to offer recreational as well as development opportunities to kids. Parents desirous of availing facilities of the CDC can reach out at Naval Air Station Lemoore Child Development Center: 559-998-4918 & (DSN) 312-949-4918

Youth Programs: The available youth program on base is provided by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department. The MWR department provides a variety of services for military children, for more information contact 559-998-4343.

Airman and Family Readiness Center: DSN 312-949-4042 & 559-998-4042.

Employment: The employment situation at Lemoore can be a challenging one, particularly for family members of Military personnel. One-on-one assistance is provided to job seekers by the fleet and family support center. The average rate of unemployment in the area is quite high at 11.9%

Base Services: The base services on post include 1 commissary, 1 navy exchange system, MWR facilities and a Navy Federal Credit Union.

Medical Services: Located in the heart of Central California, Naval Hospital Lemoore is a nationally recognized medical center for patients. This center provides medical services for military personnel, their families and retirees. For more information contact: (DSN) 312-949-4481/4228 & 559-998-4481/4228

History

Due to Lemoore’s excellent locate on, affordable pricing, fantastic weather for the purpose of flying and close by accommodations, this location was chosen to build a master jet air station in the year 1954. This NAS was eventually commissioned in the year 1961.

Units

·         Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW-17, assigned to USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

·         Carrier Air Wing 2 (CVW-2), assigned to: USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)

·         Carrier Air Wing 11 (CVW-11), assigned to: USS Nimitz (CVN-68)

·         Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9), assigned to: USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)

·         VFA-2 Bounty Hunters (F)

·         VFA-195 Dambusters (E) Forward deployed to NAF Atsugi,CVW-5

·         VFA-14 Tophatters (E)

·         VFA-102 Diamondbacks (F) Forward deployed to NAF Atsugi,CVW-5

·         VFA-22 Fighting Redcocks (F)

·         VFA-27 Royal Maces (E) Forward deployed to NAF Atsugi,CVW-5

·         VFA-25 Fist of the Fleet (E)

·         VFA-192 Golden Dragons (E)

·         VFA-86 Sidewinders (E)

·         VFA-147 Argonauts (E)

·         VFA-154 Black Knights (F)

Housing

The Lemoore area is an abode for over 4100 military personnel and their families. Government housing is available on base and there are more than 1590 government-housing units available on base. 154 of the housing units are officer units and the remainder 1436 units are enlisted units. Currently there is a wait list of approximately 193 applicants. The waiting period can be anywhere between 0-12 months. Military personnel with family who have been stationed at this base need to contact the Housing Office within a maximum period of 30 days from arrival.

There are 2 and 3 bedroom units available at Reagan Park and there are 2 to 4 bedroom units available at Stone Parks, Coral Sea, Midway and Constellation. Single military personnel have the option of residing in a Bachelor’s Quarters. One can even choose to live in community housing. Several landlords demand an application fee in order to process the rent application. However the landlord cannot demand a security fee that is above the total cost of 2 months rent.

 

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