Nellis Air Force Base

Updated: August 23, 2023
Nellis Air Force Base
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    Located eight miles northeast of downtown Las Vegas, Nellis Air Force Base is a significant U.S. Air Force installation renowned for advanced combat aviation training. The base proudly carries the title “Home of the Fighter Pilot” and specializes in advanced air combat exercises like Red Flag and Green Flag-West. The Combined Air and Space Operations Center-Nellis, USAF Warfare Center, and the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team also call this base home.

    Base Operator:

    4625 Fitzgerald Blvd
    Nellis AFB, NV 89191

    Nellis Air Force Base History

    Established in the Tonopah area of southern Nevada, Nellis AFB’s roots date back to 1940 when the location was identified as a potential military range. By 1941, the Las Vegas Army Airfield was activated, later evolving with significant units and training initiatives. In 1950, the base adopted its current name in honor of WWII P-47 Thunderbolt pilot Lieutenant William Harrell Nellis.


    Nellis Air Force Base Housing

    Offering both on-base and off-base accommodations, Nellis AFB ensures quality living for its roughly 11,628 military personnel and over 22,728 family members. On-base housing comes with no security deposit and includes essential utilities. Residents receive an allowance for Electric/Gas, with overages billed separately. To apply for housing, contact the Military Housing Office at 702-652-3327.

    Off-base housing options are also available in the surrounding areas of Las Vegas.

    PCS and TDY Lodging

    Whether relocating or on temporary duty, lodging at Nellis AFB caters to diverse needs. For reservations, reach out to the Lodging Office at 702-652-2711. If you have pets, inquire about pet-friendly room availability

    What is the BAH for Nellis Air Force Base?

    Check to see what the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is in Nevada.



    Military Housing Area: NV212

    Grade With Dependents Without Dependents
    E01 $1,881 $1,485
    E02 $1,881 $1,485
    E03 $1,881 $1,485
    E04 $1,881 $1,485
    E05 $2,019 $1,647
    E06 $2,106 $1,752
    E07 $2,184 $1,884
    E08 $2,277 $2,043
    E09 $2,394 $2,055
    W01 $2,121 $1,845
    W02 $2,226 $2,040
    W03 $2,337 $2,061
    W04 $2,418 $2,118
    W05 $2,520 $2,205
    O01E $2,199 $2,016
    O02E $2,319 $2,052
    O03E $2,430 $2,094
    O01 $2,037 $1,740
    O02 $2,103 $1,974
    O03 $2,334 $2,067
    O04 $2,550 $2,184
    O05 $2,706 $2,235
    O06 $2,724 $2,313
    O07 $2,745 $2,352

    For more information, look at BAH rates by state or calculate your exact BAH rate.


    Nellis Air Force Base Surrounding Area

    Nellis Air Force Base is about 8 miles northeast of downtown Las Vegas. Service members stationed at Nellis AFB will get access to world-class entertainment options along the Las Vegas Strip. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy fishing, water sports, and exploring the nearby canyons and mountains.


    Nellis AFB offers comprehensive on-post medical services, with the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System available for specialized care. The emergency room remains open 24/7, even on holidays.


    Nellis AFB provides diverse childcare programs through its three Child Development Centers (CDCs), operating weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    • Child Development Center I: 5085 John Chapman Pkwy, (702)-652-4241
    • Child Development Center II: 5089 John Chapman Pkwy, (702)-652-1114
    • Child Development Center III: 4207 Duffer Drive, Building 600, (702)-652-5885


    Nellis AFB hosts the Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas, serving Kindergarten through 8th grade. Families can apply via a lottery process. Alternative options include the vast Clark County School District. For assistance with school registration and documentation, reach out to the School Liaison Program at the base.

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