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    Media Reference: Navigating to Ellington Airport and Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base



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    Ellington Field JRB Joint Information Group


    Ellington Airport is a governmental and commercial campus that is noted (though not exclusively) for both civilian and military aviation operations. It is located in Houston, Texas, generally just southeast of the intersection of the South Sam Houston Parkway (Beltway 8) and Interstate 45.

    More specifically, Ellington Airport is bordered on the east by Galveston Road (also signed as State Highway 3), and on the south by Clear Lake City Blvd. There are multiple entrances to the overall Ellington Airport complex, most of which are not access-controlled (members of the public can drive onto the overall airport grounds without presenting identification).

    The most visible entrance to the overall Ellington Airport complex is located at the intersection of Dixie Farm Road (which runs generally east-west, and is also signed as FM 1959) and Galveston Road (which runs generally north-south). Dixie Farm Road is the actual roadway that leads onto the airport grounds at this location, and upon crossing onto airport property, that east-west roadway has a different name -- Challenger 7 Parkway. An approximate GPS-friendly street address for this airport entrance is

    12221 Challenger 7 Parkway, Houston, TX 77034.

    A visual landmark at that intersection (as of 2013) is a combination Texaco gas station and Jack in the Box restaurant. The airport location is also marked by twin black marble monument signs that read “Ellington Airport” in large white letters. As you enter the airport, you are traveling east on Challenger 7 Parkway, and there is a row of palm trees along the center median.

    From that entrance, visitors can navigate to various entities on the complex, such as city-owned airport administration buildings, recycling facilities, commercial office buildings, and the various controlled-access sub-compounds (to include some NASA facilities, as well as Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base). Light blue Houston Airport System monument signs are located at various points, and include directional arrows to select entities on the airport complex.


    Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base (EFJRB) is a controlled-access military and homeland defense compound that is a subcomponent of the larger city-owned Ellington Airport facility.

    There is only one accessible entrance to the EFJRB compound, and it is located within the overall airport complex. Specifically, it is just north of the intersection of two of the streets on the airport grounds -- Aerospace Ave. and Popa St.

    Aerospace Ave. is the north-south running roadway that leads directly onto EFJRB. However, a GPS-friendly street address to help you navigate to this entrance is:

    14335 Popa St., Houston, TX 77034.

    If approaching from the main entrance (heading east on Challenger 7 Parkway from Galveston Road), turn left (north) onto Aerospace Ave. (a static display of a NASA jumbo jet is a visual landmark at this intersection). Follow Aerospace Ave. (generally north as it curves slightly) all the way to entrance to EFJRB. Some of the light blue monument signs also list “Military” with corresponding directional arrows. These generally guide you to the main EFJRB gate.

    Unless an open-to-the-public event is being held, entrance onto Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base is normally restricted to base employees as well as those holding government identification (current employees and service members, retirees, or dependents of service members and retirees). There is a small welcome facility at the intersection of Popa St. and Aerospace Ave., just outside of the base entrance. During limited hours, those eligible for military identification can obtain, replace or update their cards at the ID station located inside of the welcome center. Visitors not eligible for government identification must make arrangements to have the party they are visiting meet them at the gate, so that they can be escorted onto the base.

    Media must be escorted within the JRB, so media outlets are advised to make positive contact with the specific subject of their coverage in advance.



    Date Taken: 01.22.2013
    Date Posted: 01.22.2013 22:48
    Story ID: 100875
    Location: HOUSTON, TEXAS, US

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