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 Guantanamo Bay Lighthouse.

Location: Located in the Oriente Province on the southeast corner of Cuba, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) is about 400 air miles from Miami, Fla. The base is in the Caribbean and has an excellent climate, a relatively short rainy season, and beaches with swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, and boating opportunities. The waters of the bay flow between the two sides of the base. Visit the installation website.

Cost of Living: The general cost of living reflects conditions in the states.

Base Operator: 757-458-2998 ext 2000 DSN 312-660-2000

Population: GTMO serves Joint Services personnel, DoD Civilians, family members, contract personnel, and local national employees. Major Commands include: Naval Station, Naval Hospital, Marine Corps Security Force Company, Joint Task Force-GTMO, Naval Atlantic Meteorology and Oceanography Detachment, Personnel Support Activity Detachment, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic Detachment, Navy Broadcast Service and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion.

Area Population: 5,800

Child Care: Child and Youth Programs provide Child Development and recreational services for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age. The Child Development Center provides full and part day care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. If your child care needs extend to evenings and/or weekends, it may be best to enroll your child(ren) with a Child Development Homes (CDH) provider. CDH providers offer care in their homes for infants to young school aged children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years. The School Age Center provides before and after school care and Day Camp experiences for children 5 -12 years of age. Call the Youth Programs Center at 757-458-2998 ext. 74658, DSN 312-660- 4658.

Schools: W. T. Sampson School is a unit school facility, providing educational experiences for approximately 350 students in grades K - 12 of civilian and military families who are stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Youth Services: Youth activities offer a range of programs for children that provide opportunity for development of leisure skills, increased social awareness and physical fitness while having fun in a safe, structured atmosphere. For more information contact the Youth Programs Center at 757-458-2998 ext. 74658, DSN 312-660- 4658.

Fleet and Family Support Center: FFSC 757-458-4141, DSN 312-660-4141

Housing: Guantanamo Bay has 759 family housing units. You can visit the Navy Housing website for housing floor plans and photographs. The waiting period for quarters varies depending on the time of year and the member's housing entitlement. Call the Housing Office, 757-458-4172 / 011-53-99-757-458-4063, DSN 312-660-4063 for availability.

Employment: Employment on base is advertised through the Human Resource Office, NEX, MWR, and a limited number of contractors. Job listings are available in the Fleet and Family Support Center, Human Resource Office, MWR Personnel Office, base television station, and the base paper.

Base Services:

Medical Services: Naval Hospital Information Desk 757-458-2998 1 ext-72028 . The Naval Hospital includes medical/surgical/obstetrics wards, dental, operating and delivery room suites, pharmacy, X-ray, laboratory and other ancillary services. TRICARE Latin America/ Canada, region 15, services Guantanamo Bay. A representative can be reached at 757-458-2998 option 1 ext 72017 or DSN 312-660-2998 option 1 ext.72017.

Special Messages from this Installation:

Required Documents

All non active duty personnel must have a current passport to get on GTMO and to travel to Jamaica. You must obtain passports (for the entire family), before arriving. Visitors will need an "Area Clearance" before they can be granted entry to GTMO. This must be completed, signed, and approved at GTMO before you can board the plane.

Vehicles Car repair and maintenance is available, but parts are very limited. Also, repair facilities are limited and lack the proper equipment for models 1999 and newer. Only unleaded 87-octane gas and diesel fuel is sold here. Be sure to check with your leasing or vehicle financing company before travel, as some do not allow leased vehicles or those for which they hold the lien to be shipped.

Financial Planning Ahead. There is a branch office of the Navy Federal Credit Union on base but it is a non-cash facility. The office handles checking accounts and can sell drafts but does not cash checks or issue cash for withdrawals. Members may obtain cash using bank checks at the NEX Customer Service. There is also a branch of Community Bank Overseas (cash banking facility) and ATM services available.

Mail: Mail takes 10-14 days to arrive and should be considered when paying bills. Receiving mail averages 2- 2 1/2 weeks. Mailing fragile items is risky, but FedEx and UPS shipments can be arranged through a contracted airline, but both shipment options cost extra.

Transportation All Permanent Change of Station (PCS) transportation for military and dependents is via military aircraft from Norfolk, VA or Jacksonville, FL, with flights on Fridays and alternating Tuesdays. The Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) at your current command will request reservations for you. You should receive either a message or letter which will contain specific reporting instructions for your flight. This message/letter will be your "port call." Your lodging reservations should be taken care of by PSD as well. If you have family traveling concurrently, you may wish to make reservations at the Navy Lodge at your departure port.


All addresses at NAVSTA, Guantanamo Bay are listed by PSC 1005 and each activity is listed under a specific box number for mailing purposes. There are no physical street addresses used or available due to the security aboard the station. All maps that are sent with local Welcome Aboard Packages reflect a reproduction of a hand drawn base map identifying the most popular support activities by name and general location.

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The DSN operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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