Installation Info: Zip Code: 30069, Area Code: 678, DSN: 625
Atlanta Naval Air Station began in the 1940s as the Naval Reserve Aviation Base at Fort Gordon, near Chamblee, Ga. Its primary mission was to train Navy and Marine Corps aviators. The naval reserve base changed its name in January 1943 to Atlanta Naval Air Station. In 1955, Congress gave more than $4 million to begin construction on a new facility to accommodate longer runways. The site chosen was jointly owned by Dobbins Air Force Base and the Lockheed-Georgia Co. Completed in April 1959, it has received awards, such as the Edwin F. Conway Trophy, the Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Secretary of the Navy Energy Conservation Award. Located in suburban Marietta , the base is part of the Metro Atlanta area, which has more than 3 million people and is Georgia's capital.
The local public schools are in Cobb County. Medical facilities servicing routine needs include a branch medical and dental clinic. Patients needing specialist care are referred to the military hospital at Fort Gordon, in Augusta, three hours east of Atlanta.
Atlanta is home to the baseball Braves, football Falcons, basketball Hawks and the Thrashers, a National Hockey League expansion team. Mountains are only a few hours away in North Georgia. In Dahlonega, Ga., two hours from Atlanta, visitors mine for gold in the same sites that provided the gild to the Capitol dome. The city also has a wide variety of museums, galleries, outdoor festivals, parks and concerts.