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Naval Station Great Lakes: Your Navy in the Midwest

Opened in 1911, Naval Station Great Lakes (NSGL) is the Navy’s largest training installation and the home of the Navy’s only Boot Camp. Located on over 1600 acres overlooking Lake Michigan, the installation includes 1,153 buildings with 39 on the National Register of Historic Places. NSGL supports over 50 tenant commands and elements as well as over 20,000 Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, and DoD civilians who live and work on the installation. NSGL operations, along with area military retirees and educational aid payments, increased Illinois' gross domestic product by $4.6 billion.

Naval Station Great Lakes’ mission is to enable and sustain Fleet, Family and Fighter by providing superior, integrated Base Operating Support for all tenant commands and elements on the installation.

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  •  In January 1944, 12 ensigns and one warrant officer were appointed and sent to Camp Robert Smalls for indoctrination and training. They were the first 13 Black Naval officers. (U.S. Navy photo)
  • Cmdr. John A. Carter, command chaplain for Naval Station Great Lakes, and Religious Program Specialist 1st Class Austin Sims, leading petty officer, religious ministries department at Naval Station Great Lakes, pose next to donated sports drinks at Naval Station Great Lakes, Aug. 13. Carter said that the religious ministries department at Naval Station Great Lakes receives regular donations, including food and other supplies, for distribution to eligible Sailors and Marines in the Chicago and Great Lakes area. Carter also stated that anyone interested in receiving some of the donations should contact the religious ministries department at Naval Station Great Lakes for more information. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nick Scott.
  • Bldg. 1 is the headquarters for Naval Station Great Lakes and Naval Service Training Command. (U.S. Navy photo)



WASHINGTON, D.C.— Lt. Cmdr. Eric Conrad, a native of Lancaster, Ohio and 1988 graduate of Lancaster High School, was promoted to the rank of commander in a ceremony at the Commander, Navy Installations Command Headquarters onboard Washington Navy Yard, Oct. 5.


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senior Chief Religious Program Specialist Jennifer Kitson, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan and 2005 graduate of Albertus Magnus College, was promoted to the rank of master chief petty officer in a ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard, Sept. 22.


For the 53,000 personnel that make up Commander, Navy Installations Command, today is no ordinary day – it’s their birthday. 


WASHINGTON – Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, over 200 military installations from around the world participated in the Department of Defense Morale, Welfare and Recreation Summer Reading Program this year. 


WASHINGTON – Being prepared is a hallmark of the Navy and the burgeoning rash of unpredictable events this past year has shown the tremendous value in maintaining readiness. 

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