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Naval Air Station Jacksonville

Make sure you’ve got your face mask when you head to Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) patrols the Atlantic waters in July 2020.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Louis Staats / U.S. Navy Via Defense Visual Information Distribution Service

Naval Station Mayport is welcoming its latest arrival on Monday.

Aerographer's Mate 1st Class Keith E. Mitchell / U.S. Navy

Friends, family and crew are exercising some extra patience as the USS Wichita’s return home to Mayport is delayed by Tropical Storm Elsa.

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Outgoing Jacksonville City Council President Tommy Hazouri presented the U.S. Marine Corps with a resolution honoring the military branch Monday as their 6-month operation at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, located Downtown, comes to a close.

The Navy is continuing its investigation of drinking water wells on and around its bases. Environmental teams from the Navy are now focused on sampling at NAS Whiting Field in Santa Rosa County and its Outlying Landing Fields in Northwest Florida and South Alabama.

“The last several months, we have been sampling the community residents around Whiting Field, about a mile outside the property,” said Julie Ziegenhorn, Public Affairs Officer for NAS Whiting Field.

File photo of Gov. Ron DeSantis speaking at the Florida Capitol on April 30, 2021.
Wilfredo Lee / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Friday at the American Legion Palm Valley post in Ponte Vedra Beach that will create a program designed to help children with guardians in the military acclimate to changing schools.

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The city of Jacksonville will be hosting a virtual Memorial Day observance Monday to honor U.S. Armed Forces members who gave their lives in service to the U.S.

The Blue Angels are pictured flying over TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville last May.
Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Keep your eyes on the skies the next few days as the Blue Angels practice at Naval Air Station Jacksonville on the Westside.

Stephen Meyers (left) paused for a photo as he arrived in Downtown Jacksonville Tuesday.
Stephen Meyers' Facebook page

Stephen Meyers officially reached his goal Wednesday of walking through 20 states to meet with veterans, first responders and people interested in learning more about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as he stepped on the sand in Jacksonville Beach.

Darwin Lam / Naval Service Training Command

An officer candidate from Jacksonville has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for saving a shipmate’s life.

The University of West Florida is offering veterans an opportunity to train for a career in cybersecurity.

"We are honored to partner with the Regions foundation to make this program available at no cost to eligible veterans,” said Dr. Eman El-Sheikh, associate vice president with the UWF Center for Cybersecurity.

The program is called UWF CyberSuccess. It provides professional training, career development and industry certification to launch or advance a career in cybersecurity.

The Players Championship

Take a moment to head outside and look up, because the annual tradition of a flyover on Military Appreciation Day at The Players is today, March 9, featuring the 125th Fighter Wing/FLANG.

SARA D. DAVIS / AP IMAGES FOR U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOUNDATION

About 25 companies will be taking part in this year’s 10th annual Military Job Fair put together by The Players in partnership with the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition.

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The Players Championship will be kicking off its annual Military Appreciation Day this year with a $250,000 day-long fundraiser on March 9 that will be matched dollar-for-dollar by The Players on donations up to $250,000.

Developer, Architect Selected For North Jacksonville VA Clinic

Mar 2, 2021
A rendering of the Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in North Jacksonville.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Kansas City-based architect Hoefer Welker and Kansas City developer US Federal Properties have been selected to design and build the Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in North Jacksonville.

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) sails in the Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 26, 2020.
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Indra Beaufort / U.S. Navy photo

COVID-19 outbreaks have been reported aboard two Navy ships, including the Mayport-based USS Philippine Sea, which is at sea.

Mass Communication Specialist 3 rd Class Austin G. Collins / U.S. Navy

Sailors conducted a decommissioning ceremony Tuesday aboard the Cyclone-class patrol ship USS Shamal (PC 13) at Naval Station Mayport.

Former Guantanamo Prosecutor To Address FSU Classes

Feb 9, 2021

A major motion picture comes out later this month (February) about the United States and its long war on terror. The story includes the saga of one American who insisted no war can justify giving up the nation's principles.

Stuart Couch was a civilian lawyer when the 9/11 attacks came. That prompted his return to military service in hopes of evening the score. But even then, Couch held firm to some deep-seated convictions.

The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS TSennessee (SSBN 734) enters the Trident Refit Facility, Kings Bay, Georgia, dry dock Feb. 1, 2021, for an extended refit period (ERP).
Elaine Rilatt / U.S. Navy photo

The USS Tennessee submarine is getting a makeover at the Trident Refit Facility at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. (TRF-KB).

For veterans, mental health struggles aren’t unusual. But Sen. Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart) says for many, COVID-19 has made addressing those mental health concerns more difficult.

"Not only do they have the challenges from PTSD frequently, reintegrating back into our communities, but today with COVID the isolation that people feel and the difficulty that there is makes it even more difficult for them," Harrell says.

Florida Makes 'Very Strong Case' For Patrick Air Force Base As Space Force Headquarters

Dec 9, 2020

Space Florida leaders on Tuesday praised aerospace facilities and commercial operations in the state, as site selectors inspected Patrick Air Force Base as a finalist to be the permanent command headquarters of Space Force.

Space Florida President and CEO Frank DiBello told the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors that Florida has made a “very strong case” for the Brevard County military base south of Cape Canaveral, which is one of six finalists for U.S. Space Command headquarters.

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office lifts off from Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.
JOHN RAOUX / ASSOCIATED PRESS

New names for two Florida Air Force bases will reflect their involvement with the fledgling U.S. Space Force.

USS Sioux City Returns Home To NS Mayport

Dec 4, 2020
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The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Sioux City returned home from deployment on Friday morning. Part of the crew’s mission included counter illicit drug trafficking in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific.

U.S. Army veteran and program participant Ryan McGrath (left) gives a tour of the IFAS Gulf Coast Research And Education Center.
Veterans Florida

A Veterans Florida program is getting a $745,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to give veterans experience planning, planting and harvesting.

Over three years, the USDA grant will pay for intense six-month-long fellowships in Florida for about 30 military veterans transitioning to civilian life.

Joe Marino is with Veterans Florida and says the vets may work on a ranch or citrus research farm.  He says many are looking for purpose-driven work in their community. 

Mulberry Cove Marina photo
U.S. Navy MWR photo

Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 10 is training through Friday, Nov. 20 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sara D. Davis / AP Images for U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

At least 29 employers have signed up to take part in a virtual Jacksonville job air for transitioning military personnel, veterans, National Guard members, Reserve members and military spouses this Thursday, Nov. 19.

Aerial view of Naval Station Mayport
PH1 Slaugenhaupt, USN / Wikimedia Commons

A $16.5 million contract has been awarded to restore Naval Station Mayport’s destroyer slip south quay wall.

A scene from the 2018 Jacksonville Veterans Day Parade.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

The annual Jacksonville Veterans Day Parade will take place – despite the pandemic.

etty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Gordon / Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron

The Blue Angels marked their final scheduled flight Wednesday aboard the “legacy”  F/A-18 A/B/C/D Hornets, which are being retired as the elite flight team transitions to the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets.

This file photo shows a portion of Naval Air Station Jacksonville with the Downtown skyline in the background.
Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Lynn Friant / U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons

Don’t be alarmed if you hear the sound of explosions and gunfire coming from Naval Air Station Jacksonville over the next few days.

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