Installation Info: Zip Code: 39309, Area Code: 601, DSN: 637
Meridian Naval Air Station is a jet training facility only 15 miles northeast of Meridian, Miss. Encompassing more than 8,000 acres, Meridian NAS is comparable in size to that of Pensacola NAS, about 160 miles to the southeast. Meridian NAS is about 70 miles east of Mississippi's capital, Jackson, and about 110 miles west of Alabama's capital, Montgomery. The first unit to relocate to the naval air station after it was commissioned in July 1961 was Training Squadron 7. The station underwent great expansion and development in the 1960s. 1968 established new building and housing units. The base expanded again in 1973 with the dedication of Naval Technical Training Center by President Nixon and Sen. John C. Stennis. By 1982, the base had been upgraded to a Major Shore Command, and in 1984 it was one of 15 installations chosen for the Department of Defense Model Installation Program.
The 8,000-acre main base is only one of three facilities under the command of Meridian NAS. William Field and the target facility SEARAY cover another 4,000 acres. For routine medical services, a branch medical and dental facility is on base. Local hospitals provide emergency services.
Recreation within the naval complex includes bowling, golf, swimming, and field sports such as football and soccer. There are also auto and woodworking hobby shops on base. Recreations options in the surrounding area include Okatibee Water Park, Dunns-Fall Park, Kemper County Lake and Lake Tom Bailey.