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Welcome Aboard




Welcome Aboard

Welcome to the Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity (NOSTRA)! We are the premiere manufacturing facility for the Optical Fabrication Enterprise (OFE), setting the standard for military medicine and the optical community.

Our team consists of over 210 Military, Civilian and Contract personnel, and we take great pride in "PROVIDING THE SIGHT TO FIGHT".  
We manufacture quality eyewear for active duty service members, retirees, contractors and public service workers.
NOSTRA is home to the Tri-Service Optician School (TOPS) for the Navy, Army and Air Force. TOPS is an intensive six month course of instruction with successful students certifying as opticians.  The program is recognized by the National Academy of Opticianry; upon completion students will receive full credit toward an associate degree within the Virginia Community College System.  In 1991, the National Optician’s Accreditation Association conferred full accreditation for both the Laboratory Technician and the Dispensing Technician programs, the only Optician School in the nation to have both programs fully accredited.
Thank you for visiting our webpage, we encourage you to explore all of the links to learn more about us and our services.


Reporting for Duty


Tri-Service Optician School (TOPS) Students​
Navy Students
If you have confirmed your Optician school class seat with the "C" School Detailer, please contact the TOPS Duty Instructor at (757) 876-9363 as soon as possible to obtain reporting instructions. You will receive a "Welcome Aboard" package and a detailed letter of what to expect when you arrive for training.
Army Students
For reporting instructions, and any questions regarding this assignment, please contact the 68H Senior Instructor/Writer at (757) 887-7148 or DSN 953-7148.
If you would like to contact the TOPS Sponsor Coordinator click here to send them an email.
NOSTRA ​Military Staff
Congratulations on your orders to the largest and finest Optical Fabrication Enterprise laboratory in the United States armed forces, Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity (NOSTRA).
Each member of the command, military and civilian, is an essential partner on our team.
When NOSTRA receives confirmation of your assignment to us, we will forward you a "Welcome Aboard" package, which will include a letter from the Commanding Officer and your assigned sponsor.  The package will also include information from the Fleet and Family Services Center and material about the local area. For reporting Navy staff, if you have not received a welcome aboard package or would like to contact the Command Sponsor Coordinator click here to send them an email. To contact the Command Ombudsman, Beverly Griggs, click here to send an email.
When you arrive in the Hampton Roads area contact your sponsor. If you need transportation from the airport to NOSTRA call your sponsor or the Command Duty Officer at 757-870-4672 and transportation will be arranged for you. Upon arrival, report to the Admin Department or if arriving after working hours, report the next duty day to have your orders endorsed.
NOSTRA ​Civilian Staff
Civilian personnel should report to their respective supervisor at this command on their first morning of employment