Welcome to Naval Air Station Pensacola

Welcome to Naval Air Station Pensacola located on the Gulf Coast in Pensacola, Florida. We are committed to fully support the operational and training missions of tenants assigned; enhancing the readiness of the U.S. Navy, its sister armed services and other customers.

Installation Information

Pensacola, situated in Escambia County, employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel. This includes major tenant commands Naval Air Schools Command, Naval Air Technical Training, Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21, the Blue Angels Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, and the headquarters site for NETC, a command which combines direction and control of all Navy education and training.


NAS Pensacola wins Installation  Excellence Award

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) has announced the Navy's 2015 Installation Excellence Award Winners with Naval Air Station Pensacola placing first in the large installation category. The annual installation excellence award recognizes the top three large and small installations world-wide and rewards installation performance consistent with Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) strategic criteria for the DoD-wide Commander in Chief Installation Excellence Awards. "I am proud to congratulate all of our Navy Installation Command winners," said Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, CNIC. "Competition this year was very tight and each of the nomination packages was impressive." As a first place winner, NAS Pensacola automatically goes on to represent the Navy for the DoD-wide 2015 Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence, which will be announced in the spring. "I am delighted to announce that Naval Air Station Pensacola is the Navy's nominee for the Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence," said Smith. "Congratulations to Capt. (Keith) Hoskins (NASP commanding officer) and the men and women of NAS Pensacola who worked diligently to make their installation the best in the Navy, and hopefully in all of DoD." Capt. Hoskins passed on to NAS Pensacola personnel his feelings on winning the award: “It is with great pleasure that I congratulate you all on our selection as CNIC Large Installation Excellence Award. This prestigious recognition is a direct reflection of (our) team's professionalism and loyal dedication to our mission.” Established in 1985 by President Ronald Reagan, the Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence recognizes outstanding efforts in the operations and maintenance of U.S. military installations. Each branch of the military submits its nomination and an award is presented to the installation whose command has made best use of available resources to accomplish its assigned mission over the course of the preceding fiscal year. Smith also praised the other awardees and said that all 19 nomination packages detailed the hard work and outstanding accomplishments for the submitting installations, which is indicative of their commitment to supporting the Fleet, the Fighters and their Families.

NASP plans for readiness exercise

By Bethany Chestnut


Emergency officials at Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) are preparing for Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2015, an annual exercise focused on training and readiness.

“We are not immune to what happens every day out in the world. We need to be prepared,” said Chris Steinnecker , N7 Training and Readiness coordinator at NASP.

NASP, NASP Corry Station and Saufley Field will participate in the anti-terrorism force protection (ATFP) exercises that will be conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) on all continental United States naval installations from Feb. 2 through Feb. 13.

According to CNIC  and USFF Public Affairs, the exercise will consist of about 130 simultaneous field training exercise attacks across the country, each designed to test different regional ATFP operations.

This annual exercise was developed to enhance the training and readiness of the Navy security personnel while establishing a learning environment to execute functional plans and operational capabilities.  Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield is an annual scheduled event and is not a result of any specific threat, officials said.

Burt Fenters, emergency manager at NASP, said that repeating these exercises annually makes NASP a little better prepared for emergencies. “We use these (exercises) to measure how well we are prepared. We always find something we can improve on.”

Steinnecker said the planning process for the 2015 exercises started in August 2014. USFF directs the U.S. naval bases  through these exercises and NASP tracks completion during the exercises and develops a plan to fix what went wrong. Even though the USFF has control over the exercises, NASP has some leeway to cater to the specificities of the base. However, this year’s drill, which will involve an active shooter, is a requirement that must take place.

The Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield is not the only exercises that take place at NASP; throughout the year there are four integrated exercises, each for different types of emergencies, Steinnecker said.

Every year, NASP tries to improve on areas that were identified as needing improvement the year before. One of Steinnecker’s goals for this year is to improve coordination between security, fire and EMS personnel and the emergency operations center.

He said to make these exercises as lifelike as possible; they may include acoustic effects, smoke effects, actors playing the opposing side, scripts and timelines for the actors, simulated injuries, and more. These special effects are included in the exercises to make them as realistic as possible and to better prepare and train personnel.

One of the most significant reasons for doing these exercises is, “To keep everyone who works/lives on the complex safe from harm and to keep bad folks away,” said Steinnecker. Another important reason for the Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield exercises is that all tenants of NASP work together during emergency-type times that these exercises portray.

This year, there will be a concentration on active-shooter exercises, as it is so prevalent in today’s society. The exercises will include gate events, shooter responses and increased force protection.

Emergency officials said it is important to take emergency exercises seriously every time, because if you don’t keep your skills sharp you will forget how to respond quickly.

Fenters said these exercises are not something you can just read in a book or watch in a movie to fully grasp the whole scenario.

“By acting them out, we can learn how we would deal with them in real-time and it will become muscle memory if we were to ever be in a real emergency,” Fenters said.

Fenters also said these exercises serve as a deterrent to future emergencies.

“Doing these exercises shows the community that we are prepared for emergencies,” he said. “We will be doing new and different stuff at the gates. All of that is called random antiterrorism measures (RAM). We do these (exercises) and other stuff to let the adversaries know we are working and training; you can try if you want to, but you’re probably not going to succeed.”

During Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield, base employees and residents should expect and plan for longer delays at the entry gates. It is recommended that people leave for work earlier and be aware that the commute home might take a little longer than usual.

Steinnecker stressed, however, the base will still be accessible; the airfield will continue its normal operations and will not be shut down during exercises.



NAS Pensacola security personnel enter a building during a sweep for an "active shooter" during a previous Solid Curtain exercise. Photo by Mike O’Connor


PENSACOLA, Fla. (Feb. 5, 2015) NAS Pensacola Security Department personnel move in at the scene of an active-shooter drill, part of Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2015, an annual exercise focused on training and readiness. The drill involved an active shooter attacking NAS Pensacola’s base operations center at the airfield. Under “Single Officer Response” doctrine, these officers – first at the scene – moved in at once. (U.S. Navy photo by Mike O’Connor/Released)


PENSACOLA, Fla. (Feb. 5, 2015) NAS Pensacola Security Department personnel clear rooms at the scene of an active-shooter drill, part of Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2015, an annual exercise focused on training and readiness. The scenario involved a gunman attacking NAS Pensacola’s base operations center at the airfield. (U.S. Navy photo by Mike O’Connor/Released)


PENSACOLA, Fla. (Feb. 5, 2015) NAS Pensacola Security Department personnel clear rooms at the scene of an active-shooter drill, part of Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2015, an annual exercise focused on training and readiness. The scenario involved a gunman attacking NAS Pensacola’s base operations center at the airfield. (U.S. Navy photo by Mike O’Connor/Released)

PENSACOLA, Fla. (Nov. 21, 2014). At a ceremony marking the highlight of a year of centennial celebrations for the 1914 establishment of NAS Pensacola, a statue of Adm. John Henry Towers is unveiled Nov. 21 by NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins and sculptor retired Navy Capt. Robert L. “Bob” Rasmussen. The statue, created as a tribute to Naval Aviator No. 3 Towers, is one of several by Rasmussen that are on display at the National Naval Aviation Museum. Vice Adm. Scott Swift, director, Navy Staff, was guest speaker at the event. Photo by Mike O’Connor/released

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News Talk 1370 WCOA broadcaster Don Parker (back seat, right) took a ride in the Blue Angels No. 7 jet with Lt. Ryan Chamberlain Nov. 4. “I’m looking forward to it,” Parker said. “I’m hoping for a nice, smooth flight and I’m hoping for my number of takeoffs to equal my number of landings,” he said. (Above) With final preparations for the flight complete, AE2 Cyrille Sandusky shakes hands with Chamberlain. Photo by Mike O’Connor

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