Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans

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Naval Air Station
Joint Reserve Base New Orleans

Alvin Callender Field
New Orleans Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base logo.gif
Insignia for NAS/JRB New Orleans
Airport type Military: Naval Air Station
Operator United States Navy
Location Belle Chasse, Louisiana (current location)
Built August 1954 – December 13, 1957 (current facility)
In use April 26, 1958 – present
Commander CAPT Anthony Scarpino
Occupants United States Navy
Elevation AMSL 3 ft / 1 m
Coordinates 29°49′31″N 090°02′06″W / 29.82528°N 90.03500°W / 29.82528; -90.03500Coordinates: 29°49′31″N 090°02′06″W / 29.82528°N 90.03500°W / 29.82528; -90.03500
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 9,999 3,048 PEM
14/32 6,000 1,829 PEM

Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) New Orleans is one of only two joint air reserve military bases in the United States. It comprises about 5,200 acres in Plaquemines Parish and is composed of more than 7,000 personnel in 33 tenant commands. The installation’s airfield supports Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and the Louisiana Air National Guard. Two operational runways are maintained, with the larger offering 10,000 feet of usable space as well as a full complement of approaches for both instrument and visual landings. Multiple training detachments from the Navy, Air Force, Air National Guard, state, federal and joint service organizations are frequently supported through base operations. The base also serves as an interim support base for disaster relief operations and actively participated in operations from Hurricane Katrina through Hurricane Isaac as well as national-interest events. Medical care, child care, a charter school, the Navy Exchange and commissary services complement the quality of life offered aboard NAS JRB New Orleans. The primary mission of NAS JRB New Orleans is to provide superior operational and training environments for active-duty and reserve components from all branches of the armed services while sustaining the full spectrum of combat, peacetime and humanitarian operations. The base also serves as a platform for assistance with Homeland Security air defense through the Louisiana Air National Guard as well as search-and-rescue efforts for much of the Gulf Coast by Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans. In 2017 alone, air field operations facilitated 18,743 mishap free flight operations and also hosted numerous diverse detachments, to include the 160th Special Operation Air Rescue and United States Army Special Operations Command; a P-8 Detachment from NAS Jacksonville and several fixed and rotary wing Coast Guard assets in direct support of Hurricane Irma relief and reconnaissance efforts. During the year, the transient line recovered, fueled and launched 486 transient aircraft with zero mishaps, transferred over 4.1 million pounds of fuel, expediently loaded and off loaded 375,000 lbs of cargo and manifested 3,010 passengers. It contains a military air field known as Alvin Callender Field (IATA: NBG, ICAO: KNBG, FAA LID: NBG) which is located three nautical miles (6 km) south of the central business district of New Orleans.[1] The base's predecessor, NAS New Orleans, occupied the current location of the University of New Orleans's principal campus until 1957.


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NAS New Orleans in the 1940s, located on the present-day main campus of the University of New Orleans


NAS JRB New Orleans (Alvin Callender Field) has two runways with PEM surfaces: 4/22 is 9,999 by 200 feet (3,048 × 61 m) and 14/32 is 6,000 by 200 feet (1,829 × 61 m).[1]

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