Located in the immediate proximity of Bay County, Naval Support Activity Panama City was established close to Panama City, in the northwestern part of Florida. The facility is operated by the United States Navy, under the command of Jessica M. Pfefferkorn. The installation spreads over almost 2.7 square kilometers, without counting the waterways it has control over. The control over the water was achieved in order to establish a fast and effective connection with the Gulf of Mexico. There are more than 220 buildings on site, resulting in a very complete facility with plenty of centers and services. As for the economic part, the base is among the largest single employers in Bay County. It deals with more than $110 millions every year. There are close to 3,000 employees working on site, counting both the military personnel and the civilian contractors and workers.
While based on the honor and principles of the United States Navy, NSA Panama City guides its actions and fulfills its mission and objectives with hard work, dedication, communication, professional leadership and continuous improvements. The primary objective of the installation is to ensure the readiness of the warfighters hosted on site. Basically, the base aims to support the United States Navy and the Department of Defense in all of their operations. The units and tenants on site come as some of the main priorities too.
The officials didn’t forget about the inhabitants. In an attempt to make everyone enjoy a high quality of life, the authorities have built some of the finest and most modern facilities, including dining facilities, society clubs, community centers, snack bars and so on. The recreational and outdoor activities have not been forgotten either. The facilities are open to anyone hosted at NSA Panama City, starting with the military personnel and ending with the civilian families.
NSA Panama City was founded when a mine division from Solomons, Maryland was relocated on site and founded a new facility. The history dates back to the summer of 1945. The purpose and objectives of the base were not really clear for everyone. In an attempt to define the idea of the facility as good as possible, the officials renamed it two more times in 1955 and 1972. Its final name was given in 2007.
Although it skipped both world wars of the 20-th century, it doesn’t mean the facility played any major roles in the upcoming ones. In fact, its importance was not fully understood by everyone. Besides, its objectives are still not clear. It is a general installation dealing with a little of everything.
There are not too many tenants hosted at NSA Panama City. There are a few major ones and dozens of small, insignificant and temporary units. Some of the most important names count the training center for Diving Salvage, the center for Surface Warfare, the unit for Experimental Diving or the Coastal Operations Institute.
Some of the units also deal with research operations regarding a wide variety of fields to be later implemented into the United States Navy equipments and techniques.