Located approximately 5 miles away from the town of the same name, Naval Air Station Fallon is located in the high desert of Nevada in the Lahontan Valley. This military base is considered remote duty; NAS Fallon is roughly 70 miles from the nearest major airport (Reno-Tahoe International) and is six hours from Las Vegas. Nearby Reno is only an hour away.
Find information about Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada including the main commercial and DSN numbers for the base, information on basic services, base transportation, lodging for TDY and PSCing personnel, and inprocessing.
NAS Fallon Mission & Units
NAS Fallon is known for its’ ideal location as a tactical warfare training center. The Air Station is home to the VFC-13 “Fighting Saints”, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific. and the Naval Strike Air Warfare Center.
NAS Fallon is said to be the only Navy facility that can, according to the official site, permit “an entire carrier air wing” to train with “every element of the wing into realistic battle scenarios”
Approximately 300 days per year there are ideal flying conditions for troops to get experience at the four bombing ranges, electronic warfare range and a 14,000-foot runway (said to be the longest in the United States Navy).
This Navy installation is considered remote duty and all personnel and family members should be “screened” for suitability for the assignment. Medical services in the area may be limited and PCSing military and family members will need to make special preparations for relocating to NAS Fallon.
Some of the advice for relocating here include having between $3,500 and $5,000 saved for startup expenses here by planning to use relocation allowances, advance pay, travel per diem, etc.
Important missions and units at Fallon include:
- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, Public Works Department Fallon
- Branch Medical Clinic
- Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11
- Fighter Squadron Composite THIRTEEN
- Fleet Readiness Center West Side
- Fleet Weather Center Strike Detachment Fallon
- Naval Air Station, Fallon
- Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center
- Strike Fighter Wing Pacific Detachment
- Navy College
NAS Fallon History
NAS Fallon began as an airfield constructed during World War Two as a national defense position intended to repel a theoretical attack or invasion of the west coast. It was a Navy training facility in its’ earliest days except for a brief period from 1946 to 1951 when it was home to operations conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Before the 1970s, the facility as designated as a Naval Auxiliary Air Station. It saw heavy use during Vietnam as a stop-over point before heading to the theater of operations. It was also used as an ideal location for hot weather training.
In 1972 Fallon was re-designated as a Naval Air Station, but there was only a single permanent squadron assigned to NAS Fallon until that organization (Strike Fighter Squadron 127) was deactivated in 1996, the same year the Navy relocated the Navy Fighter Weapons School (aka TOPGUN) from NAS Miramar to NAS Fallon. A new command was also established- the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center.
Today, the mission of NAS Fallon includes supporting carrier air wings as they ready to deploy. NAS Fallon conducts joint military exercises and multinational training. The base’s remote location can make the assignment challenging for some, but for those who are suited for remote duty the assignment is a prestigious one.
NAS Fallon Contacts
Main Address And Phone Numbers
Naval Air Station Fallon
4755 Pasture Road
Fallon, NV 89496-5000
- DSN 890-3333
Important Contact numbers
- Barracks/Single Service Member Housing – (775) 428-3003
- Casualty Assistance Officer – (775) 240-7014
- Hospital/Medical Treatment Facility – (775) 426-3100
- Information and Referral Services – (775) 426-3333
- Law Enforcement – (775) 423-2111
- Emergency – 911
- Personnel Support Office – (775) 426-2647
- Base Operator – (775) 426-3000
- Suicide Prevention Hotline – (800) 273 8255
- Child Development Center – (775) 423-5808
- Child Development Homes – (775) 423-0220
- Customer Service Detachment – (775) 426-2808
- DEERS – (775) 426-2808
- Dental – (775) 426-2811
- Educational Services Office – (775) 426-2838
- Fleet and Family Support Center – (775) 426-3333
- Housing Gate – (775) 426-3989
- Main Gate – (775) 426-2469
- Housing, Lincoln Military – (775) 423-9569
- Housing Service Center – (775) 426-2809
- ID Cards – (775) 426-2808
- Legal Office – (775) 426-2711
- Naval Branch Health Clinic Fallon – (775) 426-3125
- Navy Gateway Inns & Suites – (775) 428-3003
- Navy Lodge – (775) 426-2818
- Pass and Decal – (775) 426-2399
- School Liaison – (775) 426-3333
- Transportation Office (Inbound) – (775) 426-2933
- Unaccompanied Housing – (775) 426-2788
- EFMP Enrollment, Naval Branch Health Clinic – (775) 426-3111
- Family Advocacy Coordinator – (775) 426-3333
- New Parent Support Program – (775) 426-3333
- Victim Advocate Services, Fleet and Family Support Services – (775) 426-3333
- BCAC Health Benefits Advisor – (775) 426-3792
- Government Housing and Referral – (775) 426-2809
- Billeting Office/Gateway Inn & Suites – (775) 428-3003
- ID/CAC Card Processing/DEERS Enrollment – (775) 426-2808
NAS Fallon Surrounding Area
Being in the high desert, NAS Fallon offers much to do for outdoors enthusiasts. Grimes Point is an archaeological site featuring plenty of Native American rock art and petroglyphs, and is only a short ride from Fallon.
Many will gravitate to Lake Tahoe, but a similar site, Lake Lahontan, is a great destination for boating, waterskiing, fishing. The fact that Lake Tahoe gets more attention is a good incentive to visit the less-crowded Lake Lahontan (which features a warmer body of water and nearly 70 miles of shoreline to explore.
Those interested in craft spirits will want to visit the Frey Distillery for a sampling of locally produced gin and vodka; plan ahead because the facility is open to the public on Saturdays only from noon to 4PM.
Other Fallon-area attractions include the Oats Park Art Center featuring both art and performances, and the Churchill County Museum which features exhibits about Nevada settlers, Native American history, and geological features of the area.
NAS Fallon Inprocessing and Check-In
Sailors PCSing to NAS Fallon are ordered to check-in at the Navy Quarterdeck on arrival. Arrivals after 11PM will check in at Central Billeting, Bldg. 354. Front desk staff are authorized to endorse orders, log the arrival, etc. In processing starts at the Customer Service Desk, located in Building 309. All new arrivals will need the following for check-in and inprocessing:
- Orders with detaching and reporting endorsements;
- Receipts for lodging, travel, and related expenses;
- Completed travel voucher;
- Current address/phone number;
- Spouse next-of-kin name, address and zip code.
All other non-Navy personnel should contact their gaining unit to learn current check-in procedures and in-processing requirements.
NAS Fallon Services
There are no emergency room or inpatient services available at NAS Fallon. The military community’s outpatient care needs are served by Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Fallon, which is described as a branch clinic of Naval Health Clinic Lemoore, California.
Services here are limited and family members with special medical needs are urged to research their options prior to accepting an assignment at the Naval Air Station.
Outpatient services at NBHC include:
- Family Medicine
- Aviation Medicine
- Laboratory Services
- Radiology Services: Basic X-rays
- Immunizations (for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries only)
- Pharmacy (for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries only
- Mental Health
Contact the clinic at (775) 426-3125. This facility is closed weekends and holidays.
NAS Fallon operates a Child Development Center for children ages six weeks to five years old. Space is often limited and there may be a waiting list for new arrivals. Full-time child care is offered for pre-toddler through school age children, with part-time care open to pre-school children only.
Those between the ages of three and pre-K are offered part-time care. Drop-in services are limited but available for infants through pre-K. Contact the Child Development Center at 775-423-5808.
There is an alternative available via the NAS Fallon Child Development Homes (CDH) program. Care is offered by registered and certified providers in private homes on-base in family housing. The NAS Fallon Child Development Home program features child care for those 6 weeks to 12 years old with full-time, part-time, nights, weekends, and drop-in care options. Call 775-423-0220 to learn more or to get on a waiting list.
All personnel PCSing to NAS Fallon are required to track and schedule household goods shipments via the Defense Personal Property System at Move.mil. You may also contact the NAS Fallon Personal Property Shipping Office for assistance at 775-426-3470 or DSN 890-3470.
Dependent And Retiree ID Card Renewal, Replacement, New Issue
NAS Fallon ID card and Common Access Card services are provide by the Personnel Support Detachment. Appointments for all ID card services should be scheduled online via the RAPIDS system. 20 minutes are allocated for each scheduled appointment, and multiple ID cards will require multiple appointments. Walk-ins are discouraged and there may be long wait times for services without an appointment.
Call (775) 426-2808 for questions or assistance in booking your appointment.
NAS Fallon Schools
There are no DoD schools on board NAS Fallon. Churchill County has only a single school district but features seven public schools. To register a child in one of these schools, parents will need to provide proof of residency, age, and provide immunization records. Required immunizations include:
- Hepatitis B
- Pertussis (children ages six and under)
- Mumps(children ages six and under)
Nevada state law requires a child to be five years of age on or before December 2nd to start kindergarten. To begin first grade, Nevada requires the child to be six years of age at the beginning of the school year.
Parents are required to provide birth certificates for any child who has never attended school before, and transfer reports and report cards are required to transfer in from another school. For assistance, contact the NAS Fallon School Liaison Officer at (775) 426-3333
NAS Fallon Housing
The Naval Air Station is conducting a major housing renovation project scheduled for completion in 2020; until then on-base housing is limited.
All permanent party military members assigned to NAS Fallon will in-process through the Housing Office as part of their new arrival orientation, but it is crucial that all who seek housing on the Naval Air Station contact the Housing Office as soon as the new assignment is known.
Incoming personnel are allowed to apply for housing or get on the waiting list as soon as PCS orders are available; an application package must be submitted by mail, e-mail, fax, etc.
Apply for quarters within 30 days of checking in to NAS Fallon in order to qualify for any backdated waiting lists.
PCS and TDY Lodging
NAS Fallon is served by Navy Gateway Inns & Suites. Space is limited and those coming to the base on TDY or PCS orders should make reservations as far in advance as possible. Space available lodging facilities may not be available.
In the event that you cannot secure on-base temporary housing, be sure to get a letter of non-availability from the lodging office or your temporary lodging expenses on the economy may not be reimbursed. Local hotels in the city of Fallon are approximately six miles away from the Naval Air Station.
Make reservations at the Navy Gateway Inn & Suites by calling 1-877-628-9233 or DSN 312-890-3199.
There is no military shuttle service to NAS Fallon; new arrivals are directed to contact their sponsor for transportation or help locating a ride from the airport to the base.
Commercial taxis, shuttle buses, or other on-the-economy transport is available but the cost of getting from the airport to the base may approach $100; be sure to document any such expenses and save all receipts for filing in a travel voucher.
Vehicle Registration And Driver’s License
Nevada state law requires all vehicles to be state-registered within a specific amount of time after relocating to the state. Contact the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles to learn where to register and service hours. The State of Nevada does not, unlike some other states, automatically renew or extend expiration dates on licenses for military drivers.
New arrivals to NAS Fallon are required to register their vehicles on base and must furnish proof of current registration, minimum required liability insurance, and a valid driver’s license.