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Naval Air Station Pensacola Wednesday morning marked the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Midway in World War II, in a ceremony at the base’s Five Flags Pavilion.

Fought just six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Midway is considered the turning point for the United States in Pacific Theater. In his opening remarks, base Executive Officer Dave Jasso said the battle shifted the momentum, transforming the U.S. Navy from a defensive force to an offensive one.

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There was a familiar sight in the air over El Centro, California on Saturday as the Blue Angels, the Navy's flight demonstration team began the 2014 season before a crowd of over 30,000. After spending most of 2013 on the ground, the Blue Angels made it back in the air this past weekend to start the 2014 show schedule. 

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The Naval Education and Training Command is under new management. A change of command ceremony was held Friday at the Museum of Naval Aviation aboard NAS Pensacola.

After two years on the job, Rear Adm. Donald Quinn stepped down at NET-C commander in a traditional Navy ceremony. He was succeeded by Rear Adm. Michael White. Quinn is also retiring after a 35-year naval career.

If you thought the ceremony would be one of solemn talk and sad faces, then you would have had another think coming. And it was led by Quinn, whose nickname is “DQ.”

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Naval Air Station Pensacola Friday morning kicked off its 100th anniversary celebration, by honoring one of the many Navy pioneers who helped put the installation on the map.

In his narration, Commander Dave Jasso said when Lt. Commander Henry Mustin anchored the USS Massachusetts in Pensacola Bay one of his crewmen, Ships Cook 4th Class Walter Leroy Richardson, was a photo enthusiast and began capturing aviation activities on film.

Naval Air Station Pensacola kicks off its Centennial Celebration on Friday, with the dedication of the base’s Command Headquarters.

This is actually the second 100-year observance aboard the base. The first was in 2011 – one of a series of branch-wide events commemorating naval aviation.

Harry White, the Public Information Officer at NAS, says when Lt. Commander Henry Mustin came down to begin the Navy’s aviation program, he brought with him Ship’s Cook 4th Class Walter Leroy Richardson – whose hobby, it turned out -- was photography.

2013 In Review: Change Of Command At NAS Pensacola

Jan 2, 2014
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Naval Air Station Pensacola named its 56th commanding officer in 2013. The changeover came at a traditional Navy ceremony in March at the Museum of Naval Aviation.

Captain Keith Hoskins is the first African-American and first former Blue Angel to command the base known as “The Cradle of Naval Aviation.” He succeeded Captain Christopher Plummer, who had been NAS Pensacola since April, 2010.

2013 In Review: Saying Goodbye To Fr. Jack Gray

Jan 2, 2014

In February, the Pensacola area lost one of its most high-profile clergymen. Father Jack Gray, the man called “Father Jack” and “The Roaming Catholic", passed away at Baptist Hospital from complications following heart surgery. He was 68 years old.

Gray was ordained a Catholic priest at the age of 42 after careers in business, politics and broadcasting. He served parishes and schools in the Florida Panhandle, including 16 years as pastor of St. Ann’s in Pensacola.

After retiring from St. Ann’s in 2009, Gray became the Catholic chaplain aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola.

2013 In Review: Blue Angels

Dec 22, 2013
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As we get WUWF’s look back at the major news stories of 2013 off the ground, we start with the Blue Angels – who spent most of the year on it.

The cancelation was announced in the wake of sequestration – mandated across-the-board cuts that trimmed 85 billion dollars from the federal budget. The squadron flew its kickoff show over Key West, before their first in-season grounding since the Korean Conflict.

NWF USO Gears Up For Thanksgiving

Nov 22, 2013
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Northwest Florida’s United Service Organization is preparing for its annual Thanksgiving feast at its facility aboard NAS Pensacola.

Director Heidi Blair says the celebration will kick off Thanksgiving Day with a traditional holiday meal at the USO center aboard NAS Pensacola.

The holiday events are the latest chapters in the long history of the USO, which has 160 locations in 27 states and 14 countries. Its history dates back to the start of World War II, when it was created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The Blue Angels will be in the sky at NAS Pensacola this weekend.  Saturday afternoon the Blue Angels will perform a flyover marking the official end of the 2013 season.  Lt. Katie Kelly, the public affairs officer for the Blue Angels says that the public is welcome to watch the maneuver from the parking lot of the museum, but there will be no seating provided.

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