Naval Station Great Lakes
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.
Naval Station Great Lakes hosts ship reunions as well as tours for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Navy Junior ROTC, and Sea Cadets. NSGL hosts the Navy’s annual SeaPerch (STEM) competition as well as an annual two-day 4th of July Celebration bringing over 20,000 visitors to the installation each day. Since 2016, more than 400 Sailors from across NSGL have contributed over 15,500 hours at 300 events in local schools and have participated in a Partnership in Education program directly supporting North Chicago schools.
Selected as the Installation Excellence Award winner for Navy Region Mid-Atlantic for 2016 and 2017. Honored as the Chicago Federal Executive Board Agency of the Year for 2015 and 2017. Earned Retention Excellence Award for 2015, 2016 and 2017.
To contact Fire & Emergency Services: 847-688-2135.
Doing Business with the Navy... information on government contracts, jobs, etc.
Visiting Great Lakes... ships reunions, youth groups and others interested in touring the Quarterdeck of the Navy
Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, the United States Navy's only bootcamp. Attending a graduation? The address for your GPS is 11025 Downey Rd., North Chicago IL 60064.
Training Support Center Great Lakes, providing 24-hour supervision, training and mentorship to over 4,500 18- to 25-year-old new apprentice-level Sailors.
The National Museum of the American Sailor, the U.S. Navy's only museum dedicated to the enlisted Sailor
In the event of an emergency, Naval Station Great Lakes provides real-time alerts to the Navy community throughout the lifecycle of the incident or crisis through: Giant Voice, a voice announcing system using exterior speakers; Computer Desktop Network System (CDNS), an administrative broadcast across Navy computer networks that overrides current applications, thereby reaching all Navy users almost instantly; AtHoc - dissemination via text message and email; Great Lakes Hotline: 847-688-2459; Facebook, www.facebook.com/NavalStationGreatLakes; and Twitter, @navstaglakes.
We will be testing our mass communications on the first Tuesday of each month—9:45 a.m., all messages; 10 a.m. for Giant Voice siren. That will be the only time we'll be testing. All other times that you hear the Giant Voice system siren or voice, please take cover immediately. We ask that you then check your cellphone for the AtHoc message, which will give you the information that you need. AtHoc messages will generally be sent three different ways: text message, and personal and work emails. Messages provide official updates on base delays and early departures, as well as other notifications that may affect the base. Anyone, including government contractors, can sign up to receive messages.
Registering for AtHoc is easy using your NMCI computer. Click on the Purple Globe to register.
1.NMCI users-Right-click on the Purple Globe icon (bottom right corner on desktop).
2.Select "Access Self Service."
3.Select the "My Info" tab and update your Last Name, First Name, and Display Name and save.
4.Select the "Devices" tab and enter your work and personal contact information in the appropriate mandatory and optional device fields. Fill in as many fields as possible. Many times text messages to personal cell phones and personal email addresses are the quickest to receive notifications. (Note: Your ability to receive alerts on home phones, cellular phones, pagers, and email addresses, depend upon information entered into the mandatory and optional device fields.)
6.Update your profile any time you have a change.
The base Twitter feed can be used by anyone with Internet access, and will have the same information as AtHoc. Simply go to twitter.com/navstaglakes. If you have a Twitter account, click the "Follow" button. If not, bookmark the page and return to it in case of emergency. The base Facebook page will have the same information as Twitter, and can also be found by anyone with Internet access at www.facebook.com/NavalStationGreatLakes. Click on the "Like" button if you have a Facebook account.
Base personnel are also encouraged to visit Lake County Passage during weather-related situations for updated traffic information.
Questions? Concerns? Call the base public affairs office at 847-688-2430.