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Gulf Power Company and the U.S. Navy are weighing anchor on a new partnership, aimed at developing and distributing solar power.

Under a 37-year lease, Gulf Power will use almost 600 acres of property aboard NAS Pensacola, Whiting Field, and two outlying landing fields, Holly and Saufley. Natalie Smith at the utility says plans are to build two large generating facilities.

Fresh off their season-ending performance over NAS Pensacola, the Blue Angels welcomed a new boss on Sunday at the National Museum of Naval Aviation.

The hour-long ceremony, filled with Navy traditions, said goodbye to Captain Tom Frosch and greeted Commander Ryan Bernacchi, who takes over for the next two seasons. Rear Admiral Michael White told the packed atrium that these days, there are a number of debates over the Blues’ return on investment, especially if recruiting is up after a show.

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  Thousands of Blue Angels fans will crowd aboard NAS Pensacola on Friday and Saturday, for the flight demonstration team’s homecoming, and season-ending, performance.

2015 took the Blues across the United States, beginning in March above their winter home in El Centro, California; 68 performances at 38 venues later, the season closes at home.

Capt. Tom Frosch is also wrapping up his time as team commander. But his thoughts this weekend will be the same, as they were during his first show in 2013.

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To honor the United States Navy’s 240th birthday, an “Eight Bell” ceremony was held Tuesday at all land stations and aboard all ships.

Article I of the United States Constitution directs Congress to raise an army as needed – but to maintain and provide for a navy. On October 13, 1775 the Continental Congress voted to outfit two sailing vessels – the Andrew Doria and the Cabot. Their mission: intercept transports of munitions and stores meant for the British army in the Colonies.

  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.

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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.

Gulf Power

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.