Nellis Air Force Base

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Nellis Air Force Base is an Air Force installation located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nellis began in 1929 as a simple airfield, with nothing but a dirt runway and a small shack for operations. Now, Nellis Air Force Base spans over 11,300 acres, and is separated into 3 areas. Area I includes an airfield, housing, shopping and recreation. Area II includes a weapons storage complex as well as multiple training facilities, and Area III includes additional family housing, a hospital, and a munitions response area, which provided weapons storage during World War II. Nellis Air Force base also provides operational support for the nearby Creech Air Force Base, Tonopah Test Range, and the Nevada National Security Site.

In the early 1940's, it was renamed as the Las Vegas Army Airfield, and began offering both flying and gunnery training. Between the years of 1950-1954, Nellis Air Force Base began expanding, adding jet-capable runways, military service facilities, and on base housing. The base was named after William Harrell Nellis, a fighter pilot who flew over 70 missions in World War II in Europe and was fatally shot down over Luxembourg during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944.

Located approximately 8 miles north east of the Las Vegas Strip, Nellis Air Force base sits on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Centrally located, Nellis Air Force Base is only a one hour drive away from many local attractions, including Hoover Dam, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and Red Rock Canyon National Park.

Housing is offered on Nellis Air Force Base, both privatized housing and dormitories; there is also a large amount of off-base housing available in the area. Amenities offered on base include a hospital, commissary, and a 110,000 sf sports and fitness center. Additional resources, such as veteran's services, medical facilities, and shopping can be found nearby in Las Vegas.


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** Data based off of 2013 census data.

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School Name Grade Type
Imagine School In The Valle
KG - 6 Public
Bertha Ronzone Elementary School
PK - 5 Public
Bonanza High School
9 - 12 Public
C C Ronnow Elementary School
PK - 5 Public
Juvenile Detention
6 - 12 Public
Crestwood Elementary School
PK - 5 Public
Dell H Robison Middle School
6 - 8 Public
Doris Hancock Elementary School
PK - 5 Public
E W Griffith Elementary School
PK - 5 Public
Ed W Clark High School
9 - 12 Public
Elbert Edwards Elementary School
KG - 5 Public
Frank F Garside Junior High School
6 - 8 Public
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Military Banking Locations

We know your banking needs can specific, here are some of the military affiliated banks in your area!

Navy Federal Credit Union North Las Vegas

345 W Craig Rd Ste 128
North Las Vegas, NV 89032

Armed Forces Bank, National Association

4325 North Washington Boulevard
Nellis Air Force Base, NV 89110

Armed Forces Bank, National Association

4311 Carswell Avenue
Nellis A F B, NV 89191

Navy Federal Credit Union Henderson

671 Mall Ring Cir Suite 100
Henderson, NV 89014

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Cities Near Nellis Air Force Base

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City Distance Population Avg. Home Price Avg. Monthly Rent
North Las Vegas 10.4 miles 223,336 $141,300 $1,118
Nellis AFB 11.4 miles 3,620 $55,900 $1,424
Sunrise Manor 12.3 miles 187,647 $102,300 $884
Henderson 19.4 miles 266,245 $213,700 $1,156
Enterprise 14.7 miles 124,564 $206,000 $1,341
Spring Valley 9.0 miles 183,937 $168,400 $1,088
Paradise 12.3 miles 223,182 $151,200 $901
Whitney 15.3 miles 39,458 $109,400 $1,003
Summerlin South 8.3 miles 25,315 $342,300 $1,544
Winchester 9.7 miles 28,111 $107,000 $878

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