Military

US Space Force Headquarters In Jacksonville? Curry, DeSantis Back The Idea

Jul 2, 2020
Alex Brandon / Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis has endorsed six Florida counties and three cities that hope to land the command headquarters of the U.S. Space Force.

The USS Jacksonville
U.S. Navy

The USS Jacksonville has a new commander to lead the sub on what is expected to be its final chapter with the Navy.

Photo of the VA COVID-19 screening tool.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Veterans and their caregivers in North Florida and South Georgia are being urged to use a new smartphone-friendly COVID-19 screening tool before showing up at a Veterans Administration hospital or outpatient clinic.

Boeing

Boeing has delivered the first F/A-18 Super Hornet test aircraft for the Navy’s Blue Angels demonstration squadron.

The USS Philippine Sea is pictured in this U.S. Navy file photo.
U.S. Navy

The captain of a guided missile cruiser based at Naval Station Mayport was relieved of command this week. 

Navy Ship docked on a pier, sky in the background
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

With hurricane season beginning June 1, Naval Station Mayport is planning for its annual training exercise on how to respond to natural disasters and how to evacuate the base if a storm heads to Northeast Florida. 

Called HURREX 20, the training will run from May 11 to May 15, and involve a simulated storm system that will develop and intensify to hurricane strength.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

More than 50 organizations have signed up to recruit employees at a veterans and military spouses job fair that will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, at TIAA Bank Field.

VA Considering Jacksonville Sites For Outpatient Clinic

Feb 19, 2020
The Jacksonville VA University Clinic at 3901 Memorial Health Plaza is pictured.
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking at sites in Jacksonville to construct and lease a new outpatient clinic.

John Nettleton is pictured outside the U.S. District Courthouse in Jacksonville.
WJXT

A federal jury in Jacksonville on Friday convicted the former commander of the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba of interfering with an investigation into the 2015 death of a civilian contractor.

MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa was placed on lockdown early Friday morning amid concerns of an armed suspect on or near the base. Authorities eventually learned there was no threat, but the incident had some residents fearing the worst.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

A Jacksonville-based U.S. Customs and Border Protection crew has intercepted 3,670 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $48 million.

JUSTIN ROWLAND

As the next legislative session looms on the horizon, lawmakers are trying to squeeze in their personal projects into the 2020-2021 fiscal year budget. However, not all proposals will make it.

Florida's Old Capitol Goes Blue After Pensacola Shooting

Dec 12, 2019
Gov. Ron DeSantis' Twitter page

Florida’s Old Capitol is going blue to support the Pensacola community after the fatal shooting last week at Naval Air Station Pensacola. 

Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press

Saturday, Dec. 14, volunteers around the country will lay tens of thousands of wreaths on the graves of men and women who served in the military.

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid

Military veterans who need legal help now have a place to turn that’s geared to their specific needs.

HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT NEWS

North Florida Congressman Al Lawson (D-FL 5th District) wants veterans to know he’s still pushing for a Veterans Administration hospital in Jacksonville, even though the project, he said, is currently on hold.

Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nikita Custer / U.S. Navy

A piece of Jacksonville’s military history has completed its final mission.

Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen/U.S. Air Force

Two U.S. government agencies are seeking public input on a couple of projects.

U.S. Navy

The Fighting Tigers of Patrol Squadron 8 are returning home to Naval Air Station Jacksonville Tuesday following a six-month deployment.

This rendering shows a portion of the POW/MIA Memorial & Museum that is under construction at Jacksonville's Cecil Field.
powmiamemorial.org

An under-construction memorial and museum in Jacksonville to honor all former prisoners of war and those still missing in action is moving closer to receiving a national designation.

WJCT Presents: Camp Blanding Documentary

Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced the award of grants totaling $725,000 to projects intended to assist several military installations in the state.

U.S. Army Operations in Vietnam R.W. Trewyn, Ph.D. , APC Defoliation National Archives / Via Wikimedia Commons

Local veterans can learn if they have a potential claim when it comes to the carcinogenic effects of Agent Orange.

Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

The Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer will arrive at Naval Station Mayport Wednesday after being commissioned over the weekend.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

A new study points to Jacksonville's appeal among millennial military veterans and service members.

More Than 300 USS Fort McHenry Sailors Return Home To Mayport

Jul 18, 2019
Sailors aboard the USS Fort McHenry arrived at Naval Station Mayport Thursday.
News4Jax

After seven months away from home, the USS Fort McHenry returned from deployment Thursday.

Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

The Florida Department of Transportation has started construction on a new access road leading to the Jacksonville National Cemetery on the city’s Northside.

Wounded Warrior Project

More than 40 disabled veterans from Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and South Florida got to enjoy the ocean and some surfing Sunday thanks to volunteers.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville
Naval Hospital Jacksonville

The hospital at Naval Air Station Jacksonville is adding an eight bed in-patient behavioral health unit to better help service men and women suffering from acute mental illness.

Ships That Collided During Refueling Will Be Assessed At NS Mayport

Feb 6, 2019
News4Jax

Two United States Navy ships collided on Tuesday during refueling and will receive a full assessment at Naval Station Mayport, according to the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 46.

Lt. Kyle "Chet" Turco. / U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons

It’s going to get noisier than usual this weekend for folks in the Whitehouse area.

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