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Welcome Aboard

Welcome Aboard
Congratulations on your orders to VFA-125 and we look forward to having you join our command!
On this page, you'll find some helpful information, contacts, and links that will hopefully make your transfer a seamless one.
If you are unfamiliar with the area, Naval Air Station Lemoore is located in the middle of California's San Joaquin Valley, which itself is bounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the  East and the coastal foothills to the West.  The San Joaquin Valley is roughly divided into a North, Central, and South Valley, with Lemoore resting in the section referred to as the "Central Valley".   The San Joaquin Valley is a vast agricultural area in the center of the state. The local community consists of several small towns (Lemoore, Hanford, and Visalia are the closest).  Although the area is sparsely populated, the towns and their people are friendly and very accommodating to Navy personnel.  The largest cities in the area are Fresno and Visalia, each approximately a 30-45 minute drive away. 
    For more information, check out the NAS Lemoore Welcome Page.


The majority of NAS Lemoore personnel live in one of three places: Hanford, the town of Lemoore, and Base Housing.  The Fleet and Family Support Center maintains a more thorough list of helpful links regarding temporary and permanent housing in and around NAS Lemoore.

The Fresno Air Terminal is the closest major airport and it is located 40 miles north of NAS Lemoore.    As a general guide, a taxi from Fresno Airport will cost approximately $75 (not including a gratuity) and is reimbursable when you file your travel claim.  A Navy van makes limited runs to the terminal, contact the NAS Lemoore JOOD at (559) 998-3300 or the VFA-125 ASDO at (559) 998-3548 for more information.
If you are driving, NAS Lemoore is located on Highway 198, 19 miles east of Interstate 5 or 30 miles west of Highway 99.
VIA BAKERSFIELD: Take 99 North to Visalia, then West on 198.
VIA SAN FRANCISCO/SACRAMENTO: Take Interstate 5 South, then East on 198.
VIA LOS ANGELES: Take Interstate 5 North, then East on 198.
As part of the detailing process, you should be assigned a sponsor to ensure your transfer is a smooth one.  If you have orders in hand and have not yet heard from your sponsor, please contact our Sponsor Coordinator at (559) 998-3331 and you will be assigned a sponsor. You can expect to receive a sponsor message/letter and a Welcome Aboard Package soon after receiving orders. Having a sponsor is the single most important factor in making your move to NAS Lemoore a painless one.
Again, the NAS Lemoore FFSC website provides a wealth of information useful to transferring personnel.