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NAS Pensacola Seven-day Public Access Beginning May 17

   Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola is scheduled to allow seven-day access to areas of public interest on the installation beginning May 17, 2023. While on the installation, the public will be able to visit the Pensacola Lighthouse, Fort Barrancas and the National Naval Aviation Museum (NNAM). Public access to NAS Pensacola will be available from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. through the West Gate only on Blue Angel Parkway.
All U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals 18 and older must have a REAL ID or passport. The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Navy require any identification card used for base access to be compliant with the REAL ID Act of 2005. Real ID-compliant identification cards are marked by a star on the upper right of the card. If you do not have a REAL ID-compliant identification, you must present an original or certified true copy of a birth certificate bearing a raised seal, social security card, and driver’s license issued by a state, territory, possession or District of Columbia that is not REAL ID-compliant. All three documents must bear the same name, or a former name as documented on acceptable name change documentation such as a court order, marriage certificate or divorce decree.
   Air station access will be dependent on available parking at the National Naval Aviation Museum (NNAM) and Pensacola Lighthouse. Once parking is full, public access will be halted until more parking becomes available. Temporary traffic control points will be located on base to prevent public access to other areas of the installation.
   Foreign Nationals are authorized access but must be escorted by a U.S. citizen. The U.S. citizen will have a background check conducted upon arrival. Foreign National visitors who have not been processed through the Foreign Visits System Confirmation Module (FVSCM) must be in possession and present a permanent Resident Card, Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form 1-551) or a foreign passport which contains a temporary 1-551 stamp or a temporary 1-551 printed notification on a Machine-Readable Immigrant Visa (MRIV).
The following restrictions will apply to visitors during public access:

No weapons (firearms/knives) allowed (to include Concealed Weapon Permit holders)

No backpacks/coolers allowed (diaper bags or medically required bags are acceptable and subject to search)

No alcoholic beverages allowed

No drones allowed (countermeasures will be taken)

Persons with felony convictions are not authorized base access

No visitors with boats and boat trailers

All vehicles and personnel are subject to security searches and background check

***NAS Pensacola Protective Mask Guidance Update***
Personnel are no longer required to wear a protective mask onboard NAS Pensacola. All personnel must continue to follow mask use guidelines posted in select facilities (such as the medical clinic) on the installation.

***Health Protection Condition Alpha***
NAS Pensacola is currently at Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Alpha. The installation's Health Protection Condition is subject to change when community COVID-19 transmission rates increase. Active duty personnel and base employees should consult their command for additional information concerning HPCON Alpha. Base access guidelines will remain the same.
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Welcome to Naval Air Station Pensacola

Welcome to Naval Air Station Pensacola located on the Florida Gulf Coast. We are committed to fully supporting the operational and training missions of tenants assigned; enhancing the readiness of the U.S. Navy, its sister armed services and other customers.

NAS Pensacola, situated in Escambia County, employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel. This includes major tenant commands: Naval Aviation Schools Command, Naval Air Technical Training Center, Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21 and 23, the Blue Angels, and the headquarters for Naval Education Training Command, a command which combines direction and control of all Navy education and training.

NAS Pensacola Access Procedures

In accordance with Department of Defense (DoD) guidance, NAS Pensacola follows the Trusted Traveler Program that allows DoD ID current holders to escort guests onto the installation.

Naval Security Forces (NSF) may perform 100 percent ID checks of all adults entering the installation. Please ensure all personnel have an acceptable form of ID ready when entering to present to the NSF Sentry. All guests without a DoD ID card must be escorted by a person with a current DoD ID card that allows them "escort" privileges (CAC, dependent, military retirees, etc.). DoD ID card holders may escort up to 15 guests (limited to one vehicle with the DoD ID card holder). All non-DoD ID card holder adults must have at least one of the following and remain escorted while aboard the installation:

  • Non-CAC Local or Regional DoD Credential issued by the local installation or region
  • REAL ID-compliant driver's license, enhanced driver's license, or non-driver's identification card issued by a State, territory, possession, or the District of Columbia
  • U.S. or Foreign Passport or Passport Card
  • Travel Workers Identification Card (TWIC)
  • Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC)
  • Federal PIV

For additional questions on access, please contact the Visitor Control Center at (850) 452-4153.

Guidelines for Veteran visitors who possess a valid VA Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC)

Commissary, Navy Exchange (NEX) and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) retail facility privileges are extended to eligible veterans and their caregivers. Veterans who have a VHIC that states they are a Medal of Honor or Purple Heart recipient, a former Prisoner of War (POW), or indicates they have a service-connected disability are permitted to use these facilities on the installation. All eligible VHIC cardholders MUST stop at the NAS Pensacola Visitor Control Center (VCC) to enroll in the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) before entering the installation the first time. Primary family caregivers can also present their letter of eligibility from the VA at the VCC and enroll in DBIDS for installation access. VHIC cardholders will need to bring their VHIC card, and a picture ID (i.e., driver’s license, U.S. Passport or any other REAL ID).

***Veterans with VHIC cannot escort other guests on NAS Pensacola***

For more information on Veterans access to Exchange, Commissary or MWR facilities, please click here.

Visiting Barrancas National Cemetery
Visitors to the Barrancas National Cemetery may obtain a visitor's pass from the Visitors Control Center (VCC), Bldg. 777 at the Main Gate. The NAS Pensacola VCC hours of operation are 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. M–F, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sat–Sun.  For additional questions on access, please contact the VCC at (850) 452-4153.

In accordance with the REAL ID Act of 2005:
Visitors requesting installation access who are not in possession of an approved government issued credential or state driver's license compliant with the Real ID Act of 2005 must present an additional form of ID, e.g., passport, school ID, voter registration card, Native American Tribal Document, Federal, state or local issued ID card. State driver's licenses from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Washington and identification cards from American Samoa are non-compliant with the Real ID Act. For additional information and guidance regarding NAS Pensacola access, please contact the Visitor's Control Center at (850) 452-4153. To print a request for base access, click here.

***WEST GATE HOURS: The NAS Pensacola West Gate is open from 4:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.***

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