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No BRAC expected in near future

No BRAC expected in near future

Santa Rosa County’s military liaison, Pete Gandy, gave commissioners good news during the board’s April 23 meeting – no Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) proceedings are expected until at least 2017, “if” then. Commissioners April 20 selected Gandy to continue in the part-time military affairs position he has held since 2009, and last Thursday the […]

Sports play role in healing process for Wounded Warriors

Sports play role in healing process for Wounded Warriors

Tim McDonough doesn’t like to talk about the explosion that changed his life. It was 2005 and McDonough was in Afghanistan. The price he paid for defending his country was severe. It consisted of nine surgeries, post-traumatic stress disorder and a brain injury. Once on top of the world as a flight crew chief in […]

Congregation unites in time of tragedy

Congregation unites in time of tragedy

Hours after learning about the March 10 fatal Black Hawk helicopter crash, which took the lives of 11 servicemen, Navarre First Assembly of God on U.S. 98 announced it would host a candlelight ceremony open to the public. Nearly 70 people attended the service, which included worship and a message from Senior Pastor Jon Skipper. “Living […]

Ruck Marchers headed to Hurlburt

Ruck Marchers headed to Hurlburt

The Air Commando Ruck Marchers and their support crew left MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa Sunday and are slated to arrive at Hurlburt Field tomorrow at 3 p.m. Eleven Air Commandos from Hurlburt Field will complete a 450-mile ruck march, an event to honor their “brothers and sisters in arms.” The Air Commando Association is the United […]

Flight crew killed in Black Hawk training crash identified

Flight crew killed in Black Hawk training crash identified

Four Louisiana National Guardsmen from the 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 244th Aviation Regiment who died in a training accident, March 10, have been identified. Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Wayne Griffin Jr, 37; Chief Warrant Officer 4 George David Strother, 44; Staff Sgt. Lance Bergeron, 40; and Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich, 26; died when a […]

Witness heard trouble with helicopter rotor

Witness heard trouble with helicopter rotor

Minutes before the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed into the Sound Tuesday night, Mike Morrison’s wife stepped outside of their garage and said she could see the wheels on the helicopter. “She could see the bottom of the helicopter,” Morrison said. “That’s how low it was over the house.” Morrison, a former pilot who lives on the Sound right […]

Hundreds turn out for vigil at Navarre Beach Pier

Hundreds turn out for vigil at Navarre Beach Pier

More than 500 people attended a vigil at 8 p.m. March 11 at the Navarre Beach Pier to remember those lost the day before in a helicopter crash over Navarre Sound. Navarre resident James Blackwood organized the event over Facebook. He said he was blown away as hundreds of people filed through the pier’s gates from what started […]

Official: High-ranking instructor pilots involved in crash

Official: High-ranking instructor pilots involved in crash

Two Black Hawk helicopters were involved in a training mission Tuesday night, but one pilot turned around due to weather conditions, Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis said at a press conference at the National Guard post in Hammond, La. The second helicopter crashed over Navarre Sound at around 8:30 p.m., and recovery efforts are still […]

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