Located in Belle Chase, Louisiana, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans is US Military base. It’s been in operation (under its current name and purpose) since April, 1958. It is home to the 159th Fighter Wing, as well as many other Navy units. The commanding officer of NAS Joint Reserve Base New Orleans is Captain William J. Snyder.
Before NAS JRB New Orleans was commissioned, the area was known as NAS New Orleans. NAS New Orleans was in use until 1957, and covered the area that the University of New Orleans currently covers. Before its switch to JRB, NAS New Orleans served as a major military base during World War 2.
The Naval Support Activity New Orleans spans both shores of the Mississippi River. The purpose of the facility is to support and meet the needs of military personnel, both in and out of battle. Today, the base plays home to the Naval Air Force Reserve, the Marine Forces Reserve, the 4th Marine Division, and the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing. There are around 3,900 active duty members stationed at Naval Support Activity New Orleans, and around 2,700 civilians who are personnel at the base.