branch or division chief petty officer. The branch or
division chief reports to the division officer. Normally,
all matters concerning you are handled at the division
level. Matters of extreme importance should go to your
department head. From the department head, the chain
goes to the executive officer, and finally to the
commanding officer. This chain of command could
change some from command to command, but
basically it will remain the same.
The chain of command serves many purposes in the
accomplishment of the Navy's mission. The chain of
command provides direction in the assignment of
duties. Communication is the key word in the chain of
directions, up and down the chain of command. A good
What is the purpose of the chain of command?
NAVAL AIR STATION (NAS)
organizational structure of a naval air station
and recognize the responsibilities within the
organizational structure of these activities.
There are several activities devoted to naval
equipping, supplying, repairing, and maintaining
aircraft. Others provide specialized training to flight
and ground personnel.
You have already had duty at the Recruit Training
Command. In this section, you will learn about the
basic organization of a naval air station that you will see
during your naval career. It should show you that there
are many duties to be performed. You can strike for any
one of the aviation ratings found on a naval air station.
The organization of a naval air station is similar to that
of a squadron or a carrier, but it is much more extensive.
The mission of a naval air station is to provide
service and support to the fleet. A naval air station
carries out its mission through several functions.
! It supports operating aircraft and squadrons
assigned to the naval air station.
! It also supports any transient aircraft that land
at the naval air station.
! It provides air traffic control to all aircraft
flying in its controlled air space.
Naval air station and squadron personnel perform
organizational-level maintenance on their assigned
aircraft. The naval air station also has the responsibility
for providing intermediate-level maintenance. This is a
higher level of maintenance work done on aircraft.
maintenance. This is the highest level of maintenance
for naval aircraft.
Providing training is another function of a naval air
station. Some naval air stations provide one or more
types of flight training. There are three types of flight
trainingpreflight, basic, and advanced flight training.
These three types of flight training apply to naval
officer aviators and to enlisted aircrew personnel.
Readiness/Replacement Aviation Maintenance Pro-
gram (FRAMP). FRAMP provides formal and on the
job (OJT) maintenance training for the type of aircraft
and the support equipment used on that aircraft.
Not all naval air stations do everything you will
read about here. Some can handle all phases of training.
Others may handle only the maintenance phase. The
size of naval air stations varies according to their
functions. However, all naval air stations provide
service and support to the fleet.
Figure 2-2 shows the organization of a typical naval
responsible for the safety, well-being, and efficiency of
The commanding officer and executive officer have
several special assistants. They are the legal officer, the
service information officer, the chaplain, the aviation
safety officer, the management engineer, and the
general safety officer.
The administration department is responsible for
providing administrative services for the station. These
services include mail distribution, communications,
and maintenance of personnel files. The divisions
within the administration department include the
administrative, communications, personnel administra-
tive support services (PASS), mess, special services,
and family services divisions.
The head of the comptroller department assists the
commanding officer and the executive officer. He/she
advises the station budget board, the department heads,