Military

Sgt. Randall A. Clinton / U.S. Marine Corps. via Wikimedia Commons

Clay County has a big day planned. It’s hosting its Second Annual Veterans Appreciation Day on Saturday, April 14, at the Thrasher-Horne Center.

U.S. Navy

Naval Station Mayport’s newest ship has arrived.

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The "Mad Foxes" of Patrol Squadron Five (VP-5) returned home to a big homecoming of famly and friends at Naval Air Station Jacksonville Wednesday, after completing a six-month P-8A Poseidon deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet and U.S. 6th Fleet.

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A Navy wife says Naval Hospital Jacksonville left a portion of a needle in her spine when she gave birth there over a decade ago.

Gov. Rick Scott
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Governor Rick Scott visited of K9s For Warriors in Ponte Vedra Beach Thursday to highlight $180 million in funding that has been earmarked in Florida’s recently passed budget to help military members and their families.

Staff Sgt. Kae Thornton / U.S. Air Force

While Jacksonville is not one of the two Air National Guard locations the Air Force would prefer as a home base for its new F-35-A fighter jet, it’s still among the five sites in the running.

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The final chapter of a 60-year-old mystery was written Monday at a Jacksonville Navy base.

Orange Park Navy Officer Dies From Helicopter Accident Injuries

Feb 26, 2018
U.S. Navy

A U.S. Navy officer from Orange Park died over the weekend from injuries he sustained when struck by a spinning helicopter blade in an accident at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Thomas Hart Benton / Via The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Friday’s upcoming exhibit at the Cummer Museum of Arts and Garden will have a focus on the Navy and its sailors’ activities during World War Two.

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Jaguars president Mark Lamping wrote a letter Oct. 6 to Bill Spann, director of military affairs and the veterans department for the city of Jacksonville, after a meeting Spann had with Lamping, Jaguars owner Shad Khan and Tom Coughlin, the team's executive vice president of football operations.

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Jacksonville's Navy bases are inviting any military member transitioning out of service, their family members and all veterans to a job fair Wednesday, featuring more than 100 companies.

Andre Roman / WJCT News

An injured Navy veteran from Jacksonville competed against other military veterans for $50,000 before a national audience.

North Florida Land Trust

The North Florida Land Trust is launching an ambitious project to conserve more land in North Florida.

The nonprofit is planning to create a 112,000 acre "Preservation Portfolio" of land they say is in critical need of preservation. This includes territory in Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Putnam, and St. Johns Counties.

The estimated cost of purchasing the acreage is $216 million.

Jim McCarthy, executive director of the North Florida Land Trust, joins us to discuss the project and how they are raising funds for it.

Duval's Venetia Elementary Recognizes Military Kids

Apr 14, 2016
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

 

It was Purple-Up day at Venetia Elementary School. Kids showed up at the school wearing the color Thursday to represent the military, and to recognize kids in military families.

 


The U.S. Attorney’s Office in this region has accepted more than $30 million from several Jacksonville compounding pharmacies, to settle allegations they engaged in kickbacks and fraud while selling unnecessary drugs to active military personnel. Jason Mehta, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, joins us with more.


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Navy sailors will have the opportunity to pitch ideas in front of military personnel and entrepreneurs at a Jacksonville event Thursday night.

The Navy hopes the sailors will help improve practices and technology.


JU Fine Arts Exhibit Highlights Motion, Military Life

Aug 4, 2015
Brandon Lettow

Fine art master’s students at Jacksonville University have a new gallery of work on display.

Some of the art might move viewers emotionally, while other pieces are literally moving.


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Jacksonville has received nearly half a million dollars in state grants to go toward military base projects.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said in a press release the grants will help toward the city’s goal of playing a larger role in the nation’s defense.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott  announced one grant will go toward an ongoing project to create a buffer at the Westside’s Whitehouse Naval Airfield.

A second grant will help with road improvements at Naval Station Mayport to help ease traffic congestion along State Road A1A.

NAS Jacksonville Hosts First-Ever Gay Pride Event

Jun 24, 2015
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Since the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was repealed a few years back, the military has had to find a way to integrate a newly outed community of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members.  

On Tuesday, Naval Air Station Jacksonville held its first-ever gay pride event. A Navy spokeswoman says the celebration is first on any Navy base in the southeastern United States.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott was in Jacksonville Monday to send off a Florida Air National Guard Wing on a deployment to Europe.

Two hundred airmen from the 125th Fighter Wing will spend the next six months training in Operation Atlantic Resolve alongside NATO allies.

The Florida National Guard has been deployed 100 times since Sept. 11, 2001. Scott said that’s because they are well-trained and ready to defend freedom.

"This is becoming normal for our National Guard," Scott said. "We are perceived to be the best National Guard in the United States."

The Blue Sky Foundation

A tennis clinic for Wounded Warriors, Veterans and their families is coming to Jacksonville University next month.

Thanking our Troops Through Tennis or T3, is a national non-profit organization that brings free tennis clinics to military bases. At the end of March it will be hosting it's first off-base event at Jacksonville University.

U.S. Navy

A First Coast native has just landed a prominent military post.

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The GI Bill, designed to help veterans live the American dream, is being gobbled up by for-profit colleges that spend lavishly on marketing but can leave veterans with worthless degrees.

U.S. Navy

The senior enlisted sailor of a Jacksonville-based U.S. Navy helicopter squadron currently supporting security operations in the Persian Gulf  has been relieved of his duties and reassigned due to poor performance.

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Controversy continues to swirl over the White House prisoner swap that exchanged long-missing U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay.

The move has unleashed a storm of criticism from lawmakers who’ve called President Barack Obama’s move reckless, and even lawless.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Mayor Alvin Brown, and chikungunya are in the headlines today.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

U.S. Navy Assistant Secretary Sean Stackley and Florida Congressman Ander Crenshaw were in Jacksonville Tuesday on a fact-finding mission.

On the day after a deadly shooting incident on the grounds of Fort Hood, Texas, in which a gunman killed at least three people, wounded 16 and then reportedly killed himself, there was this welcome news:

This post has news through 11:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday. For updates since then, click here.

A gunman opened fire on the military post of Fort Hood, Texas, on Wednesday, killing three and injuring 16, before putting the gun to his head and killing himself, Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley said at a televised news conference.

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U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert told sailors at Mayport Naval Station Tuesday he understands their anxiety over military pay, health care and future deployments.

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