Commissioned in 1943, Naval Station Roosevelt Roads has had a very turbulent history. From 1943 through 1957, Roosevelt Roads closed seven times and re-opened eight. Now, the station, in the city of Ceiba, Puerto Rico, employs more than 16,000 active-duty, retired, civilian and reserve personnel. On the eastern side of the island, Roosevelt Roads' mission is to "maintain and operate facilities that support the fleet" as a training facility for ships, aircraft and marine units of the US Atlantic Fleet and allied forces. It also provides support for 39 tenant commands. Children residing on base attend DoD schools, including an elementary and a junior/senior high school that serves grades 6-12. A childcare center accommodates 122 children.
The limited base housing includes only 177 units for officers and families. The waiting time averages six months. Enlisted housing consists of 645 units, with an average wait of three months. Facilities on the 29,000-acre complex include a commissary, exchange, two shoppettes, gas station, movie theater and a fast food franchise. A family and teen service center also operate.
A small 35-bed hospital provides general outpatient clinical and hospitalization services for active military personnel, retired military personnel, their family members and other authorized persons. The hospital makes appointments for dependents based on space availability. In addition, there are two branch medical clinics in Sabana Seca and Vieques. Puerto Rico offers exceptional opportunities for recreation, such as relaxing on the beach, paragliding under bright blue skies or windsurfing on the Caribbean's green waves.