Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth

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Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base
Carswell Field
Near Fort Worth, Texas
NASJRB Fort Worth overhead shot.jpg
Oblique photo of Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base
Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base is located in Texas
Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base
Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base
Location of NAS Fort Worth JRB
Coordinates 32°46′09″N 097°26′30″W / 32.76917°N 97.44167°W / 32.76917; -97.44167
Site information
Condition Joint Reserve Base (USA/USN/USAF/TX ANG)
Site history
Built 1942 (1942)
In use 1942-1945
Battles/wars World War II
Garrison information
Garrison United States Navy Reserve
United States Marine Corps Reserve
United States Air Force Reserve
United States Army Reserve
Texas Air National Guard
Airfield information
Direction Length and surface
17/35 12,000' x 150' Concrete

Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base (or NAS Fort Worth JRB) (IATA: FWHICAO: KNFWFAA LID: NFW) includes Carswell Field, a military airbase located 5 nautical miles (9 km; 6 mi) west of the central business district of Fort Worth, in Tarrant County, Texas, United States. This military airfield is operated by the United States Navy Reserve.[1] It is located in the cities of Fort Worth, Westworth Village, and White Settlement in the western part of the Fort Worth urban area.[2][3]


Several United States Navy headquarters and operational units are based at NAS Fort Worth JRB, including aviation squadrons, intelligence commands and Seabees. The Air Force Reserve Command's Tenth Air Force headquarters and 301st Fighter Wing continue to be based at the installation, as well as the 136th Airlift Wing of the Texas Air National Guard. A number of United States Marine Corps aviation and ground units are also co-located at NAS Fort Worth JRB.

Aircraft types initially based at NAS Fort Worth JRB were the F-14 Tomcat, F/A-18 Hornet and C-9B Skytrain II. Current based Navy aircraft are the C-40 Clipper and C-9B Skytrain II. The only Air Force aircraft is the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The Texas Air National Guard flies the C-130 Hercules. Currently based Marine Corps aircraft are the F/A-18 Hornet and KC-130 Hercules. Recently, the Army based a squadron of RC-12 aircraft at NAS Fort Worth JRB.


Carswell Air Force Base[edit]

see: Carswell Air Force Base for an expanded history of the facility
Horace S. Carswell, Jr.'s Medal of Honor on display at Texas A&M University [4]

The base was named after Medal of Honor recipient Major Horace S. Carswell, Jr. (1916–1944). Major Carswell was returning from an attack on Japanese shipping in the South China Sea on 26 October 1944. He attempted to save a crewmember whose parachute had been destroyed by flak. He remained at the controls of his crippled bomber and died while crashlanding the B-24 Liberator near Tungchen, China. The base was renamed in his honor on 29 January 1948. Previous base names were:

  • Army Air Force Combat Crew School, Tarrant Field
    (aka Tarrant Field and Tarrant Field Airdrome), 1 July 1942 – 29 July 1942
  • Fort Worth Army Air Field, 29 July 1942 – 13 January 1948.
  • Griffiss Air Force Base, 13 – 29 January 1948

Carswell AFB was selected for closure under the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 during Round II Base Closure Commission deliberations (BRAC 91). As part of BRAC 91, the decision was made to relocate the 7th Bomb Wing from Carswell AFB to Dyess AFB. The base was re-designated as Carswell Air Reserve Station on 1 October 1993 until its closure on 1 October 1994.

With the end of the Cold War, the 1991 Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommended that Carswell AFB be closed by 1994. This decision was later modified so that most of the installation would be converted into a Joint Reserve Base, retaining the Air Force Reserve presence that had historically been located at Carswell AFB and relocating Navy Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Air National Guard flying units from nearby Naval Air Station Dallas, that was also identified for closure.

Naval Air Station Fort Worth[edit]

NAS Fort Worth JRB insignia
Map of NAS Fort Worth JRB

The base retained the name Carswell Air Force Base until 1993. At that time, the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission decided to relocate assets from Naval Air Station Dallas to Carswell Air Force Base. Recommissioned on 1 October 1994 as Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth (but also retaining the name Carswell Field) Two Marine Corps squadrons and a small contingent of Navy personnel had permanently relocated at that time and all moves were completed by 1998.[citation needed]

On September 20, 2009, the airport was used as a refueling stop for the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) piggybacking the Space Shuttle Discovery back to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) from Amarillo after STS-128. The short hops between refueling the SCA were due to the heavy payload still inside the orbiter, specifically the Leonardo (ISS module) that carried wastes from the International Space Station. After refueling, the tandem flew to Barksdale Air Force Base, using most of the runway.[citation needed] This was the last flight of a Space Shuttle between Edwards Air Force Base and Kennedy Space Center; all of the remaining landings of the Shuttle were at KSC.

Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, part of Navy Installation Command's Navy Region Southeast, is a joint defense facility which plays a pivotal role in training and equipping air crews and aviation ground support personnel. The Navy Fort Worth "team" ensures reservists receive quality training in preparation for mobilization readiness; here to serve the reservists, tenants, and surrounding communities while accomplishing its primary purpose of defense readiness for the United States.[citation needed]

Current operations[edit]

General Dynamics F-16C Block 30 AF Serial No. 85-1412 of the 301st Fighter Wing (AFRC), NAS Fort Worth JRB, Carswell Field, Texas
Lockheed C-130H-LM Hercules AF Serial No. 85-1362 from the Texas Air National Guard's 136th Airlift Wing based at NAS Fort Worth JRB, Carswell Field on the ramp at Bagram AB, Afghanistan on Wednesday, 31 May 2006.

The base, now part of Navy Installations Command (CNIC), is under the oversight of Commander, Navy Region Southeast. It hosts a variety of fighter/attack and airlift units from the reserve components of Navy, Marine Corps and United States Air Force. Airfield operating procedures and equipment (e.g., PAR and ILS) reflect a combination of service requirements, although as the operators of the local air traffic control (ATC) system, the United States Department of the Navy imposes Navy procedures as the operations standard.

As of June 2011, there were 11,300 employees on NAS Fort Worth JRB (including active duty, reserve, national guard, and civilians).[5]

NAS Fort Worth JRB units schedule a variety of airspace. The key area for fighter operations is the Brownwood Military Operations Area (MOA). This area, originally developed to serve Commander, Naval Air Force Reserve (COMNAVAIRRESFOR) and 4th Marine Aircraft Wing fighter and fighter/attack squadrons stationed at the former Naval Air Station Dallas, now serves as the primary airspace resource for all fighter/attack units assigned to NAS Fort Worth JRB. It is scheduled by the NAS Operations Department; consolidated scheduling was evaluated for a period of time and the decision made to return this area to the Navy for scheduling. Nevertheless, user comments indicate that access to the area is allocated to its several users on a fair and equitable basis.

The recent decision to join the Brady and Brownwood MOAs will provide additional maneuver airspace for AIC/ACM training. When scheduled concurrently, these areas enable numerous aircraft from several units to participate in joint fighter/bomber training exercises. Brownwood MOA is the subject of an innovative test to improve the dissemination of SUA status information to non-participating aircraft. This test, conducted to address action items in meeting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Free Flight planning commitments, will use a combination of recently deployed airspace scheduling and reporting systems, including the FAA Special-use Airspace Management System (SAMS) and United States Department of Defense Military Airspace Management System (MAMS). The intent of the trial is to provide more accurate "near real-time" area status via the internet to civilian users, especially to regional air carriers particularly affected by required rerouting around Brownwood MOA. Should the test and the technology prove successful and cost-effective, the result could address long-standing civilian dissatisfaction with the quality and timeliness of FAA-distributed special use airspace status information. In particular, such functionality may be appropriate for incorporation into the next generation of Automated Flight Service Station modernization equipment.

The base's runway is also used by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, as their large Fort Worth assembly facility (where the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F-35 Lightning II are built) is located adjacent to the base.

The Commanding Officer of NAS Fort Worth JRB is Captain Robert A. Bennett.

Federal Medical Center, Carswell, a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility, is located in the northeast corner of NAS Fort Worth JRB.[6] Its address is Building 3000 along J Street.[7]

Tenant commands[edit]

United States Navy Reserve[edit]

United States Marine Corps Reserve[edit]

United States Air Force Reserve[edit]

United States Army Reserve[edit]

Texas Air National Guard[edit]

Popular culture[edit]

  • On the NBC series The West Wing, Democratic Presidential nominee Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits) reported for Marine Corps Reserve duty at Fort Worth for F/A-18 Hornet flight operations. The show incorrectly referred to the base as "National Guard Training Center Fort Worth", and the squadron shown was VMFA-134 "Smokes". In reality, the "Smokes" were stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar prior to their 2007 transition to cadre status. The Marine Corps Reserve F/A-18 squadron actually based at NAS Fort Worth JRB is VMFA-112 "Cowboys".

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