Military

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.

PHOTOGRAPHER'S MATE 2ND CLASS LYNN FRIANT / U.S. NAVY VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Naval Air Station Jacksonville is celebrating its 80th birthday this week.

VyStar To Provide $1M Credit Line To Help Bring USS Orleck To Jacksonville

Oct 8, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

VyStar Credit Union has agreed to provide the primary financing in the nonprofit Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association Inc.’s effort to bring a warship Downtown. 

PHOTOGRAPHER'S MATE 2ND CLASS LYNN FRIANT / U.S. NAVY VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Naval Air Station Jacksonville will be holding training exercises Tuesday, Oct. 6, through Thursday, Oct. 8.

VA Selects North Jacksonville Location For Outpatient Clinic

Sep 30, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

After evaluating several sites, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs chose a 28-acre North Jacksonville site for an outpatient clinic. 

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

Amentum, a federal contractor, has informed the state of Florida it may be forced to layoff 13 people who work at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in October as part of nationwide staff reductions.

Chief Petty Officer Joshua Karsten / U.S. Navy

A Jacksonville native has taken command of the USS Minnesota.

Florida WWII Vet Recognized At 75th Anniversary Ceremony

Sep 8, 2020

Throughout this month the nation is commemorating the 75th anniversary of World War II ending with official ceremonies that were mandated by Congress.

The United States' victory in Europe is the focus of events in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 25. And last week, a ceremony in Hawaii paid tribute to victory in the Pacific.

U.S. Coast Guard Photo

The Coast Guard rescued two men early Thursday morning after their fishing vessel ran aground in St Marys Inlet in St. Marys, Ga.

NS Mayport Welcomes New Ship, The USS St. Louis

Aug 10, 2020
Photo of USS St. Louis
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alana Langdon / U.S.

The U.S. Navy’s USS St. Louis was officially commissioned over the weekend at Naval Station Mayport, where it will be homeported.

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

Duval is one of three Florida counties where people caring for wounded, sick or injured military veterans can now apply for some time-off.

Photo of students in class wearing masks
LM Otero / Associated Press

Operation Homefront, in partnership with CSX, will distribute hundreds of backpacks and school supplies to the children of military families in the Jacksonville area on Tuesday, July 28, as part of Operation Homefront’s annual Back-to-School Brigade.

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.

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