Installation Info: Zip Code: 23460, Area Code: 757, DSN: 433
Oceana Naval Air Station, once known as a swampy wasteland too far from Norfolk to be considered useful, is now a "Master Jet Base." The government purchased in November 1940 the land that is now Oceana NAS. Known as the Naval Auxiliary Air Station, the name was changed in 1952 to Oceana Naval Air Station. The purpose of the Naval Air Auxiliary Station was to construct a small airfield and house 32 officers and 172 enlisted personnel. Over the years, Oceana NAS has become home to some of the world's most advanced naval aircraft and also the Navy's Search and Rescue unit.
Local schools within the Virginia Beach area are provided for children residing on base. For medical attention a medical clinic is available for active duty and dependants.
Recreation opportunities on base include bowling, swimming, golf, stables, gym, handball, tennis, racquetball and basketball. A sports center with a sauna is also on base. Virginia Beach offers a variety of recreation for the entire family. Within the city limits are 51 miles of bike path and six community recreation centers. Virginia Beach also offers 210 tennis courts, 54 public marinas, nine golf courses and 15 historic sites. There are also three National Wildlife Refuges open to the public for viewing of animals in natural habitats.