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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.

For up-to-date information on the installation, visit our Facebook page at

For news updates, visit our DVIDS page at

To contact Fire & Emergency Services: 847-688-2135. 

Quick Links

Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, providing medical care for military and veterans.

Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, the United States Navy's only bootcamp. For updated information on recruits, visit this page.  

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.

MWR, FFSC, CDC COVID-19 Updates. What's open? What's closed? Updated daily.

State of Illinois COVID-19 Response

Lake County, Illinois Health Department COVID-19 Response


LIMITED ID CARD PROCESSING. Appointments can be made at

Telephonic updates to your DEERS record may be accomplished by contacting Defense Manpower Data Center by calling 1-800-538-9552.


Military Crisis Line. 24/7 confidential and toll-free support for service members and veterans in crisis. Call 1-800-273-TALK (option 1), text 838255 or visit

Military OneSource. Confidential non-medical counseling available to service members and families. Call 1-800-342-9647 or visit

Navy Chaplain Care. Communications are 100 percent confidential unless the service member decides otherwise. Call 1-855-NAVY-311 to request chaplain support or visit

Psychological Health Resource Center. Free and confidential professional health resource for service members, families and clinicians. Call 1-866-966-1020 or visit to speak with a consultant 24/7.

Psychological Health Outreach Program (PHOP). Provides Navy Reservists and their families’ full access to appropriate psychological health care services. Contact your local PHOP region for assistance at 1-866-578-PHOP(7467).

Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center. Committed to supporting Fleet and Marine Corps readiness and enhancing public health outcomes through products and services.

Navy Marine Corps Relief Society. Sailors and family members who experience financial hardship due to COVID-19, which the entitlements and GOVCC initiatives don’t relieve, are highly encouraged to seek assistance from their local Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society office. A list of locations, points of contacts and amplifying information can be found at:


Mass Communications Plan

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,; 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 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 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.

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