Base newspaper for Nellis Force Base

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Published every other Friday, Desert Lightning News is distributed on Nellis AFB, as well as locations throughout Las Vegas, NV. Available online at www.nellisafbnews.com

Print Edition: 8500
Digital Edition – Facebook Subscribers: 4,362
Total: 12,862

Digital edition monthly average reach: 20,810
Digital edition annual average reach: 249,715

Mission: The “Home of the Fighter Pilot,” Nellis Air Force Base is home to the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, the largest and most demanding advanced air combat training mission in the world. At Nellis, we provide training for composite strike forces which include every type of aircraft in the Air Force inventory. Training is conducted in conjunction with air and ground units of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and air forces from our allied nations. The crews do not come to learn how to fly, but instead how to be the best combat aviators in the world.


  • Total: Approximately 13,271
  • Military: 8,932
  • Officer-Enlisted ratio: Approximately one officer to four enlisted
  • Dependents: 23,398
  • Contractor and Civilian: 3,022
  • Retired: 29,375
  • Reserves: 620
  • TDY: Approximately 414,000 per year
  • Veterans within market area: 212,000+

Payroll: Approx. $1.134 billion, combined Nellis and Creech AFBs

Contracts: $1.8 billion

Services purchased locally: $200 million

Total Economic Impact: $5.4 billion

Housing units: On-base family housing at Nellis consists of 1,278 two, three and four bedroom homes. Housing Privatization is in final stage. Housing is divided into two housing areas– Nellis Terrace and Manch Manor. Nellis Terrace is located on the main base. It has 685 single home and duplex-style units for junior enlisted. They range from 900 sq ft to 1425 sq ft.

Manch Manor is located across from the base, and is divided into three sections. Manch Manor I has all duplex-style units for officer and junior enlisted. There are 200 units ranging in size from 1017 sq ft to 1198 sq ft. Manch Manor II has single home and duplex-style units for officers and enlisted. There are 193 units ranging in size from 1495 sq ft to 1592 sq ft. Manch Manor III has 200 single home and duplex-style units for officers and enlisted. They are 1589 sq ft.

Assigned Units: USAF Warfare Center, 57th Wing, 926th Group (AF Reserve), USAF Air Warfare Battlelab, Joint Unmanned Aircraft Center of Excellence, USAF Thunderbirds.

Substantial interaction with other bases, services: Extensive interaction with all Air Force bases through Red Flag exercises. Substantial interaction with allied air forces.

Major facilities on base: Base Exchange, Commissary, Fitness Center, outdoor recreation center. Mike O’Callaghan Federal Hospital located off main base, less than one mile from main gate.

Extended education facilities on base: Community College of Southern Nevada, University of Nevada Las Vegas-On Base Campus, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-On Base Campus, University of Phoenix, University of Idaho Video Outreach Program

Projected increase/decrease in personnel: Data not available due to security concerns and mission of Nellis and Creech AFBs.

Zip codes within the market area:

89191       89032       89015   89115       89106       89074
89081       89101       89143   89086       89104       89149
89087       89110       89129   89156       89109       89102
89165       89120       89103   89084       89121       89030
89122       89031       89014

Website: www.nellisafbnews.com

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  • Includes PDF of the print edition

Related links: Nellis Air Force Base

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