Installation Info: Zip Code: 89496, Area Code: 775, DSN: 890
Fallon Naval Air Station, 60 miles southeast of Reno, Nev., began its history in 1942 with construction of four airfields in a remote desert. It was designed as part of the Western Defense Program to ward off possible Japanese attacks. The Navy assumed control of two 5,200-foot runways as the war in the Pacific developed. By June 10, 1944, Fallon Naval Auxiliary Air Station was officially commissioned. Used primarily as combat training grounds, Fallon NAAS reached its heaviest usage in the summer of 1945. Japan surrendered soon after completion of the airfield, housing units, gym and commissary, so Fallon NAAS was reduced to "caretaker" status. Re-established in 1953 because of the Korean conflict, the base has since grown to become one of the top training sites for Navy and Marine pilots and ground crews.
Fallon Naval Air Station was commissioned with its new name on Jan.1, 1972. In 1995, the relocation of Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School (TOP DOME) brought life to the NAS with construction of a new hanger, ramp and academic building.
Only one hour away is Reno, which bills itself as the "biggest little city in the world" and offers 24-hour nightlife. Within the local area are many points of interest to visit, such as Grimes Point and Hidden Cave archaeological sites, Stillwater Wildlife Refuge, Cold Springs Pony Express Station.