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UPDATE: Hurlburt Field airman found dead off-base identified

UPDATE: Hurlburt Field airman found dead off-base identified

The Hurlburt Field airman found dead outside the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center the morning of Jan. 28 has been identified as Senior Airman Luis Navajas, 30, a member of the 505th Communications Squadron . Navajas’ death is under investigation. “There is no greater loss than that of a valued Airman and teammate,” said Col. Sean […]

Sandler chosen to join BentProp Project

Sandler chosen to join BentProp Project

About 400,000 American servicemen died in WWII and of that number, 73,000 are yet to be accounted for. Many lost their lives over the Republic of Palau in the Pacific Ocean between Australia and China where fierce battles were fought 71 years ago between the Japanese and allied military forces near the end of WWII. […]

11 for 11: Airmen honor fallen in ruck march

11 for 11: Airmen honor fallen in ruck march

Eleven airmen from Hurlburt Field began a five-day, 450-mile ruck march from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa to Hurlburt Field on March 15. Organizer Joe Scobey planned on 16 airmen, but people started dropping out, making the final number 11. The symbolism wasn’t lost on Scobey. He said marchers were “11 for 11” referring […]

Active recovery operations conclude tomorrow

Active recovery operations conclude tomorrow

Eglin officials will conclude active recovery efforts tomorrow related to the March 10 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash. The Safety Investigation Board from the Army Combat Readiness Center, Fort Rucker, Ala., has convened and Eglin will transfer responsibility of the accident site to the investigation board Saturday. All recovered human remains have been transferred to […]

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 […]

Second Black Hawk landed at Hurlburt

Second Black Hawk landed at Hurlburt

The second Black Hawk helicopter involved in Tuesday night’s training mission landed at Hurlburt Field instead of returning to Destin Executive Airport, where both crews took off, according to Louisiana Army National Guard spokesman Col. Pete Schneider. Okaloosa County Airports Director Sunil Harman said Destin Executive Airport was unmanned when the helicopters took off, but staff had […]

Recovery operations still underway

Recovery operations still underway

Recovery operations continue in the Santa Rosa Sound, according to a press release from Team Eglin Public Affairs Office. Responders and divers continue to focus on collecting human remains and debris from the helicopter along the shoreline and in the debris fields around the accident site. Once these actions are completed, recovery operations will transition to […]

Recovery expected to conclude this evening

Recovery expected to conclude this evening

Recovery operations have been underway since this morning, and responders are focused on collecting human remains and debris from the helicopter along the shoreline and in the debris fields around the accident site, according to a release from Eglin Air Force Base. “We will continue our recovery efforts as needed to ensure we collect as many […]

Fallen Marine awarded Silver Star days before deadly crash

Fallen Marine awarded Silver Star days before deadly crash

Just four days before he was killed in a helicopter crash, Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif was awarded one of the military’s highest honors for heroism, a commendation he earned for his efforts to save a mortally wounded friend in heavy gunfire in Afghanistan. Seif, 26, was given the Silver Star in a room full of […]

Names of 7 Marines killed in helicopter crash released

Names of 7 Marines killed in helicopter crash released

Military officials have released the names of seven special forces Marines who were killed when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed into the waters off Florida during a routine training mission in dense fog. Those killed were all stationed at from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. They were identified Friday as: Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III of […]

Barge expected to recover helicopter today

Barge expected to recover helicopter today

A salvage barge from Resolve Marine Group, Mobile, Ala., is expected to arrive today to recover the Black Hawk helicopter from Santa Rosa Sound. The operation is expected to take eight hours, weather pending, according to a release from Eglin Air Force Base. An Army and Coast Guard dive team will be on site to […]

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 […]

Crews searching Navarre Sound for 11 presumed dead in military crash

Crews searching Navarre Sound for 11 presumed dead in military crash

Search and rescue crews are combing heavy fog in the Navarre Beach area for 11 military personnel presumed dead after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed nearby overnight. Eglin officials said the crash took place during a regular training mission at area A-17, located just east of Navarre, around 8:30 p.m. Eglin officials said two copters were assigned to […]

Prison program helps veterans re-enter community

Prison program helps veterans re-enter community

Photo by Romi White Dave Murzin, left, legislative assistant for Florida Senator Greg Evers, discusses courses offered for veterans with inmate Robert Dawson, who teaches a business class for fellow inmates.   By Romi White romiwhite@navarrepress.com Santa Rosa Correctional Institute in East Milton functions as its own community. Behind the prison’s electrified fences, one dormitory […]