Naval Air Station Kingsville
Under the current US Navy organization, NAS Corpus Christi and NAS Kingsville are part of the Navy Region South Texas. Unlike some Navy facilities elsewhere in the country, the command relationship remains coherent, as the Region and Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) leadership structures are essentially identical. NAS Kingsville's operation is the natural complement of NAS Corpus Christi. NAS Kingsville operates higher performance single engine aircraft, generally over land (distance, rather than safety or capacity concerns, limits Kingsville use of overwater areas.
Naval Air Station Kingsville is one of the U.S. Navy's premier locations for jet aviation training. Located just east of Kingsville, TX, population 25,000, the Naval Air Station's primary mission is to train tactical jet pilots for the United States Navy and Marine Corps. To accomplish its mission, NAS Kingsville is home to Training Air Wing TWO and several tenant commands, military as well as civilian, with a total complement of approximately 300 officers, 200 enlisted, 350 civilian personnel, and 625 contract maintenance personnel.
The Operations Department operates the airfield and provides services to support operations of activity, tenant, and transiting aircraft; provides firefighting functions, both structural and fire and rescue; provides air traffic control; operates air terminal; schedules administrative and proficiency flights; repairs and maintains station ground electronics equipment; stores, maintains, and issues assigned ordnance and munitions; operates firing ranges; operates aerial targets, bombing ranges, and auxilliary landing fields.
Escondido Ranch is a hunting ranch located 90 miles from Kingsville, Texas and is managed by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department of Naval Air Station Kingsville. The ranch lodge has accommodations for over 50 guests, a cookhouse, and nearly 6,800 acres of prime Texas hunting land. : Escondido boasts a 17 room lodge with an adjacent cookhouse that contains 4 large barbecue pits, 2 electric stove and a electric grill. The lodge has a large lounge with sofas, tables, electronic dart game, a TV, VCR, pool table, and a microwave. Although, each room is furnished with beds, refrigerator, alarm clock, an air conditioner/heater, limited availability of water prevents the Ranch from providing linen service.
There are 192 active housing units in Texas Terrace and 2 Senior Officer units located on base at Kingsville. The units are broken down into categories of 51 Officer and 143 Enlisted Quarters. The officer units consist of 21 - 2 bedroom units, 20 - 3 bedroom units, and 10 - 4 bedroom units. The remaining 143 enlisted units are divided into 37 - 2 bedroom units, 86 - 3 bedroom units, 19 - 4 bedroom units, and 1 - 6 bedroom unit. In response to a test program for Public Private Venture Housing, The Department of Defense has selected NAS Kingsville as one of the sites for a PPV. The most recent apartment construction is a 128 unit apartment complex built in 1997 known as HAWKS LANDING. Housing Referral also maintains the listings for Community Housing. Most of the community housing is available in Kingsville, Bishop, Ricardo, and Riviera.
The famous King Ranch which sprawls across 825,000 acres of South Texas with land that varies from fertile black farmland to low lying coastal marshes to pastures with numerous mesquite trees that mark the beginning of the great Texas brush country. Covering more than 1,300 squares miles, it is larger than the entire state of Rhode Island, and it is the home of 60,000 Santa Gertrudis cattle and 300 registered Quarter Horses. Kingsville was founded in 1904 and occupies land that was once part of the Rincon de Santa Gertrudis Spanish land grant purchased by Captain Richard King in 1853. King, a steamboat operator on the Rio Grande, became interested in the area while riding horseback from Brownsville to Corpus Christi. Attracted by the lush, grassy coastal plains, King built his ranch on the Santa Gertrudis Creek. Mrs. King later deeded more than 40,000 acres for townsite and Kingsville was founded. King Ranch also gave land for the development of the railroad in South Texas.
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