Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC), Meridian, Mississippi was dedicated in April 1973 and commissioned April 17, 1974. However, the first aviation schools began arriving from Naval Aviation Technical Training Command, Memphis, Tennessee in August 1972.
The Aviation Maintenance Administration students enrolled and commenced training on Sept. 5, 1972 and graduated on October 22, 1972. Shortly after NTTC Meridian’s dedication, the Aviation Storekeeper School convened its first class, beginning the school’s transition from Memphis. In addition, two Marine clerical schools, the Marine Aviation Supply Mechanized School, and the Marine Aviation Operations Specialist School moved to Meridian from Memphis.
Upon commissioning, the Stennis Center (named for U.S. Senator John C. Stennis of Mississippi) was officially tasked with the mission of providing training to Navy and Marine Corps enlisted personnel in the technical phases of Naval Administration and other related subjects as directed by the Chief of Naval Operations.
On May 1, 1974, Marine Aviation Training Support Squadron-903 was commissioned. The primary mission of MATTS-903 was to provide administrative, logistic, and personnel support to the Marine Corps students at NTTC Meridian. The title for the Marine Aviation Training Support Squadron-903 was subsequently changed to the Marine Aviation Training Support Group (MATSG), and the squadron was officially renamed Marine Aviation Training Support Squadron One in August 1999.
In September 1974, the Storekeeper, Disbursing Clerk, Yeoman, and Personnelman schools were consolidated at NTTC Meridian from San Diego, California and Orlando, Florida. Construction of the 9 million dollar Stennis Center paralleled the schools’ consolidation and was completed in May 1975. The Stennis Center consists of two school buildings, an administrative building, and seven bachelor enlisted quarters, occupying approximately 50 acres on the naval air station and accommodating a maximum of 900 students.
In April 1988, the Religious Program Specialist Schools were transferred to NTTC Meridian from NTTC Treasure Island, San Francisco, California. The Yeoman Flag Writer Class “C1” Course (canceled October 1996, reinstated in the Fall of 1999) relocated from Memphis, and moved to Meridian in September 2001. In October 2002, the Aviation Storekeeper and Storekeeper schools were merged and taught as one course. In October 2009, the Storekeeper and Postal Clerk schools were merged into the Logistics Specialist school taught at NTTC. In January 2010, the last Religious Program Specialist student was transferred and the Religious Program Specialist School was relocated to Fort Jackson, South Carolina until 2019, when the training returned to NAS Meridian.