NAS Pensacola

  As Hurricane Joaquin churns in the Atlantic, plans were put into place in northwest Florida to help, but there are changes in those plans.

Joaquin had appeared ready to move towards the East Coast, but the latest from the National Hurricane Center has the Category-4 storm and its 130 mph sustained winds jogging more to the northeast and further out into the Atlantic.


More than 1,000 family members, friends and teammates from around the
country gathered here Sept. 14 to honor and remember two Special Tactics
Airmen who were killed in action last month in an insider attack.

As the procession of family members departed the memorial, nearly 2,000 Air
Commandos lined the roads and saluted to honor Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 23rd
Special Tactics Squadron, and Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 21st Special
Tactics Squadron. Both were killed Aug. 26 at a vehicle checkpoint near Camp
Antonik, Afghanistan.

Lindsay Myers

Moments of silence, prayers, hymns and remembrances were held Friday, observing the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. One of them was held aboard NAS Pensacola.

The 40-minute observance in the Naval Aviation Museum’s atrium was attended by a number of civilians and uniformed military personnel representing all five service branches. Base commander, Capt. Keith Hoskins, bid them welcome.

NAS Pensacola observed the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Midway Atoll on Thursday morning, in a ceremony at the Museum of Naval Aviation.

Fought just six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Midway is often referred to as the turning point in the Pacific Theater.

“Our Navy and Marine Corps’ defense posture transitioned into an insurmountable offensive weapon that inflicted irreparable damage to the Imperial Japanese Navy on 4 June 1942,” said the event’s narrator. “Modern naval warfare was changed.”

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The Blue Angels announced the commanding officer for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Monday. And he’s coming to the team from both the cockpit and the classroom.

“I’m still very overwhelmed and humbled by the news I just received, and I’m absolutely thrilled by this opportunity,” said Commander Ryan Bernacchi.

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Gulf Power Company is moving ahead with plans to build solar energy farms at three military bases in northwest Florida. The green light was provided this week by the state’s Public Service Commission.

The PSC gave unanimous approval to all three projects, aboard Naval Air Stations Pensacola and Whiting Field, and at Eglin Air Force Base. Natalie Smith at the utility says the approval process was somewhat lengthy.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

April is "SAAM" -- Sexual Assault Awareness Month,  and a host of Pensacola-area officials drove that home on Thursday in downtown Pensacola.

They gathered in front of the fountain at the marina near Plaza de Luna. The water dyed teal green – the color of sexual assault awareness. Patrick Nichols from NAS Pensacola read the proclamation, prior to signing.

“Every year, too many women and too many men are sexually assaulted and abused,” read Nichols. “This is an affront to our basic decency and humanity, and it must end.”

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Congressman Jeff Miller and Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jon Greenert spoke to the media aboard NAS Pensacola Tuesday. But the star of the show was moored nearby at Pier Charlie.

The USS Independence is the test ship for the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mine countermeasure mission package. The testing has been underway in the Gulf of Mexico since late February. She’s 418 ft. long and carries a 40-member crew. Admiral Greenert says her strengths are high speed, great volume, and being modular.

NAS Pensacola

Naval Air Station Pensacola spent 2014 celebrating its centennial, as the Navy’s oldest such installation. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody looks back.

The events kicked off in January, as the base honored one of the Navy pioneers who helped put the installation on the map.  Walter Leroy Richardson was a photo enthusiast and began capturing aviation activities on film.

The Blue Angels will celebrate homecoming and the end of the 2014 performance season this weekend, with a first-ever three-day event at Sherman Field aboard NAS Pensacola.

This is the first homecoming in two years, thanks to sequester – the across-the-board federal budget cuts that grounded the Navy flight squadron. Blue Angels commander, Capt. Tom Frosch says the biggest challenge was how to keep the team intact for 2014.