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Pre-planning is essential for newcomers moving to the Corpus Christi area, whether for a permanent change of station, or student assignment to the Training Wing.
Military families are encouraged to contact the Housing Welcome Center at (361) 961-3336 or DSN 861-3336 as soon as orders are received. The Housing staff will help you locate suitable and affordable housing in the local area.
Temporary quarters can be arranged by contacting either the Navy Lodge or the Combined Bachelor Housing Office which also arranges permanent on-base quarters for single military personnel. Reservations can be made at the Navy Lodge by calling 1-800-NAVY-INN; or (361) 939-6630. The Combined Bachelor Housing office can be reached at (361) 961-2380, or DSN 861-2380.
Newcomers are also encouraged to contact their local Personal Property office as soon as possible after receiving orders to arrange for shipment of household goods. Once shipment dates are known, newcomers should contact the Personal Property office at NAS Corpus Christi to arrange storage or delivery of household goods.
All new personnel should hear from a gaining-command sponsor shortly after receiving orders. If not, contact your gaining unit and ask for your sponsor’s name and phone number. Your gaining command should also provide you a mailing address where letters can be forwarded until a permanent address can be established.
The Naval Air Station is located on the south side of Corpus Christi Bay, just before the causeway that crosses over to Padre Island. Drivers should follow Texas Highway 358/South Padre Island Drive to the NAS Drive exit (clearly marked with NAS-CCAD exit signs). The Main Gate is located one mile from the causeway bridge and is open 24 hours a day. (Ocean Drive provides a beautiful coastline ride from Corpus Christi to the base’s North Gate, but that gate is only open weekdays from 5:30 a.m. until 8 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
Limousine and taxi transportation, as well as city bus service, is available from the Corpus Christi International Airport to Naval Air Station
Upon arriving on station, all Navy personnel assigned to the base (including student aviators) must sign in with the NAS Officer-of-the-Day office. This office is located in Building 2 and is manned 24 hours per day. All newcomers should then report to their duty sections on the first work day after arrival to receive in-processing instructions.
Everyone driving privately-owned automobiles aboard the station should proceed to the Security Department Pass and Tag Office, Building 198 (adjacent to South Gate), to register their vehicle within five days after reporting aboard. Drivers must have a valid driver’s license, current automobile registration, and automobile liability insurance to file for registration.
All vehicles must also have an annual state inspection, if the state where the car is registered requires an inspection. All vehicles manufactured after 1967 must be equipped with seat belts. Persons may register their vehicles from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Vehicle Registration Office.
Operating a private motor vehicle aboard the station is a privilege extended by the Commanding Officer and is not a right. Every driver operating a vehicle on station must observe all traffic regulations. Seat belt use is mandatory at all times while operating vehicles aboard the station. Speed limits are enforced by radar, and DWI laws are enforced.
Motorcyclists must attend the Department of Defense motorcycle safety course before being granted an on-base decal. Persons operating a vehicle that belongs to someone else must have written, notarized permission from the owner stating the operator may use the vehicle.
In addition to providing vehicle registration, the Pass and Tag Office, Building 198, furnishes identification for civilian employees. Identification cards for both military personnel and their family members are issued by the Personnel Support Activity Detachment, Building 1730.
Everyone living on base must register all firearms with the Security Police Investigative Division. Boats, campers, and bicycles must be registered with the Pass and Tag office. All pets must have an annual rabies vaccintion and be registered with the base Vet Clinic.
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