Installation Info: Zip Code: 78419, Area Code: 361, DSN: 861
Corpus Christi Naval Air Station was commissioned in March 1941 because the Navy saw the need for a new and larger pilot training facility as WWII edged closer. Before the war, the station was primarily an aviator training school, graduating more than 300 pilots a year. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the number of aviators graduating doubled as the war effort grew more intense. In 1961, the Army Aeronautical Depot Maintenance Center was established. Today, it is known as the Corpus Christi Army Depot and is the largest tenant command of Corpus Christi NAS. The Army depot, on 140 acres leased from the naval station, is the largest industrial employer in South Texas. What was originally established as a small maintenance facility has grown into the Army's largest helicopter repair, overhaul and maintenance center. By 1972, the naval Air Training Command Headquarters relocated to Corpus Christi from Pensacola and established Training Air Wing 4.
Schools within the Flour Bluff Independent School District are provided for children living on base. For medical attention Corpus Christi Naval Hospital is available providing 65 beds for inpatient care.
Recreation in the Corpus Christi area may include visits to the International Kite Museum, USS Lexington Museum, the local beach, the greyhound racetrack, or the botanical gardens. Avid golfers can play on one of ten courses scattered throughout town. Fishermen and water sport activists visit Lake Corpus Christi, only 35 miles northwest of town. Activities on base include a library, bowling center, gym and club. Corpus Christi is 144 miles from San Antonio, 215 miles from Houston and 218 miles from Austin.