El Centro Naval Air Facility - On and Off Base Information

El Centro Naval Air Facility Housing Information

El Centro Naval Air Facility Housing and Information:

Location: Naval Air Facility El Centro is located in the heart of Southern California's Imperial Valley. It is a two hour drive from San Diego and Palm Springs, one hour from Yuma, AZ, and fifteen minutes from the Mexican border. NAF is the "winter home" of the world-famous Blue Angels, the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron.

Although small, NAF El Centro has a full array of support facilities: Commissary, Navy Exchange, Medical and Dental Clinics, Consolidated Officer/Chief Petty Officer and Enlisted Club, and a wide variety of recreational activities.

Temporary Housing: Navy Gateway Inns & Suites: Located in Building 401. Amenities include Cable TV, A/C, Clock Radio, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave, Refrigerator, Coffee Pot, Hair Dryer. For reservations, call 760-339-2266/2269.

Navy Lodge El Centro: Call 760-339-2342 for reservations. Accommodations include five, two-bedroom modular family units with air conditioning and private baths. Smoking or non-smoking may be requested but cannot be guaranteed. Amenities include free local telephone calls, hairdryer, free daily in-room coffee, ice, fully equipped kitchenette (dishes, pans, etc.), cable TV(HBO), picnic grounds, playground, barbecue grills/tools, air conditioning, microwave, radio/clock, cribs, dining table, irons/ironing boards.

Driving Directions

From Los Angeles: I-10 East to CA-86 South. CA-86 becomes Imperial Avenue. Turn right on Adams, Adams becomes Evan Hewes Highway. Turn right on Bennet Road to NAF El Centro main gate.

From San Diego: I-8 East, exit on Drew Road toward Seeley. Turn left onto Drew Road, turn right onto Evan Hewes Highway. Turn left onto Bennet Road to NAF El Centro main gate.

From Yuma Arizona: I-8 West to Forrester Road. Turn right onto Forrester Road. Turn left onto Evan Hewes Highway. Turn right onto Bennet Road to NAF El Centro main gate.

The most convenient mode of transportation to get here is your POV, however, you may fly commercial air on United Express from Los Angeles to the Imperial County Airport. Also, Greyhound Bus Lines has several scheduled stops in El Centro throughout the day and evening. Transportation from El Centro to the base can be arranged through your sponsor or the Duty Office, so please keep your sponsor advised of your plans.

Housing: The Housing Program at Naval Air Facility El Centro is focused on ensuring that Service members stationed at NAF El Centro, both single and those with families, receive adequate and affordable housing whether provided by the local private community or under government sponsorship. NAF El Centro has 172 housing units for all pay grades available on base plus newly renovated barracks for single Sailors.

Family Housing  -- Housing options for married, officer and enlisted personnel with dependents vary from 2-4 bedroom duplexes or houses. Contact the Housing Referral Office at 760-339-2923 prior to obtaining off-base housing. 

Combined Bachelor Housing -- NAF El Centro has various bachelor quarters for officer and enlisted permanent party and transient personnel. All accommodations have maid service available. The newly constructed transient barracks is equipped with kitchens, laundry, BBQ areas and tennis courts with plenty of covered parking. In addition, a few of the family housing areas have been converted to temporary Bachelor Quarters to accommodate excess operational detachment personnel. 

Base Location

1605 3rd Street
El Centro, CA 92243