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Military ties lead to opportunities

Military ties lead to opportunities

Kristi Beckman and Patti Green both served in the United States Air Force for 20 years. Beckman served 21. It was their military ties that sparked an interest in acting, including leading to recent roles as extras in the movie “I Still Believe.” The movie was released in March and is now available on Netflix.Both […]

Hurlburt Field restricts access to essential only

Hurlburt Field restricts access to essential only

1 SOW Public Affairs Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on March 31, 2020, access to Hurlburt Field will be restricted to mission essential personnel only and those individuals residing on, TDY to, or conducting official business on base.  This restriction is consistent with the elevation of the Health Protection Condition Level to Charlie and the Installation […]

Hurlburt Update: Moves to Health Protection Condition Charlie

Hurlburt Update: Moves to Health Protection Condition Charlie

 Hurlburt Field officials have elevated the Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Level to Charlie and have declared a public health emergency for the installation.  The elevation to Charlie is part of the ongoing response to COVID-19 concerns. “The COVID-19 situation is very dynamic,” said Col. Mike Conley, commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing. “Given the […]

UPDATE: Special Tactics airman identified

UPDATE: Special Tactics airman identified

The Special Tactics airman who died in the fatal swim training incident has been identified. Hurlburt Field’s 24 SOW officials say Airman First Class Keigan Baker, 24, was found unresponsive after he went missing during a surface training swim at Naval Suport Activity Panama City, Thursday. Baker was an Air Force Special Tactics Combat Contoller […]

Department of Defense orders military travel ban

Department of Defense orders military travel ban

A memorandum sent by the deputy secretary of defense March 13 orders all military members and civilian personnel and their families assiged to DoD installations, facilities and surrounding areas in the United States to stop travel while the order is in place beginning March 16. The order is in response to COVID-19, the memo says, […]

Conley named to leadership at Space Force

Conley named to leadership at Space Force

From special ops to space, Brig. Gen. (sel.) Michael Conley has been named vice commander of the Space Operations Command. Conley previously served as commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing at Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field. Read the full article in the Feb. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Fallen firefighter, DeMorgan, remembered at Hurlburt

Fallen firefighter, DeMorgan, remembered at Hurlburt

Fallen Spooky airman remembered with Hurlburt memorial By Bridget Donovan 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Hurlburt Field – Hundreds of Air Commandos, family and friends gathered to commemorate a fallen teammate, husband, father, brother, son and friend during a memorial service, Jan. 31, on Hurlburt Field. The service honored the life of U.S. Air […]

World War II veteran dedicated to Gold Star families

World War II veteran dedicated to Gold Star families

When Pearl Harbor was bombed by Japan in December 1941, catapulting the United States into World War II, Hershel “Woody” Williams was a teenager in Montana working with the Civil Conservation Corps. Like so many in his generation, Williams immediately wanted to join the war effort. “I had never heard of Pearl Harbor. I had […]

Local graduates advanced flight school top of class

Local graduates advanced flight school top of class

Lt. j.g. Kyle A. Camilli of Navarre graduated Navy flight school top of his class. Camilli graduated Navarre High School in 2011, and he graduated from Auburn University in 2015 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in business management (cum laude). He completed Primary Flight Training with Training Squadron Six aboard NAS Whiting Field and […]

Airman lost

Airman lost

“We will continue our recovery effort as long as circumstances and resources allow to bring our Airman home,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Matt Allen, commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing. The search for a missing special tactics airman lost somewhere over the Gulf of Mexico transitioned to a recovery effort, Air Force representatives […]

Coast Guard: Boating accidents, deaths decline

Coast Guard: Boating accidents, deaths decline

Boating fatalities, injuries and accidents all decreased slightly in 2018, according to statistics released by the United States Coast Guard last week. There were 633 boating fatalities in 2018, a 3.8 % decrease from 2017 when there were 658.   Read the full article in the Sept. 5 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Oil interests threaten test range mission

Oil interests threaten test range mission

This is part three in a series of articles on the impacts of the U.S. Air Force Eglin Gulf Test and Training Range, which consists of 123,000 square miles of overwater training and testing space. Delineated at longitude 86˚ 41’, the Military Mission Line effectively cuts the Gulf of Mexico in half. This imaginary line […]

Test range generates billions along Gulf coast

Test range generates billions along Gulf coast

This is part two in a series of articles on the impacts of the U.S. Air Force Eglin Gulf Test and Training Range, which consists of 123,000 square miles of overwater training and testing space. Billions of dollars and thousands of people move to the economic heartbeat of the Department of Defense in the Florida […]

What is the Gulf Test and Training Range?

What is the Gulf Test and Training Range?

Residents of Navarre affectionately refer to the sounds of air traffic and booms of our military neighbors as “the sound of freedom.” The nightly booms are a sign of a much bigger set of missions going on. Missions that are unique to Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field. This is part one in a […]

Lease finally on the table for effluent disposal at Eglin

Lease finally on the table for effluent disposal at Eglin

Santa Rosa County’s elusive deal for moving treated effluent out of Santa Rosa Sound and onto Eglin Air Force Base property took a huge step forward Monday. County Engineer Roger Blaylock presented the Board of County Commissioners with Eglin’s proposed lease agreement for roughly 200 acres to build a Rapid Infiltration Basin System for treatment […]

Off-base bomb training valuable to military

Off-base bomb training valuable to military

A robot maneuvers its way through a hallway in the Pregnancy Resource Center in Navarre last week. It’s objective: obtain the pipe bomb that has been thrown into a room in the center.   Read the full article in the May 23 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click […]

Ruck March remembers Special Tactics’ fallen

Ruck March remembers Special Tactics’ fallen

A trio of Air Force Special Tactics operators marched along U.S. Highway 98 through Navarre Monday morning along an 830-mile ruck march route from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas to Hurlburt Field. They marched in honor of Special Tactics members that have been killed in action. Read the full article in the March 7 issue […]

Navy aircraft maintenance contract in play

Navy aircraft maintenance contract in play

Concerns among about 400 civilian aircraft maintenance workers at Whiting Field and Pensacola Naval Air Station have prompted renegotiation of their health insurance contract starting Dec. 10. “We’ve got to assess the situation…We don’t want to make it sound as though a strike is looming because we aren’t at that point,” said Tony Wirth, a […]

1 SOW commander looking at transportation issues

1 SOW commander looking at transportation issues

During a media roundtable Friday morning, Col. Michael Conley, the new commander of 1 SOW (Special Operations Wing), sat down to discuss local issues impacting his airmen and the community. Highway 98 traffic and keeping his airmen mentally and physically ready led the way. His social media skills – not so much. Read the full […]

Miller rumored for Veteran Affairs Secretary spot

Miller rumored for Veteran Affairs Secretary spot

The name of former Florida Congressman for District 1 Jeff Miller is being bandied about for the position of Secretary of Veterans Affairs since David Shulkins left the post and White House physician Ronny Jackson withdrew his nomination. In 2016, Miller said in an USA TODAY interview that, “If asked, I would seriously consider serving […]

Hurlburt soil remediation removes decades-old pesticide

Hurlburt soil remediation removes decades-old pesticide

Driving along U.S. Highway 98 near Hurlburt Field, it is hard not to notice the large machinery erected along the roadside, especially when massive white plumes are billowing from it. But there is nothing to fear, said Ciara Travis, community engagement public affairs specialist for the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt. In fact, the […]

Red tape commandos fight for vets’ benefits

Red tape commandos fight for vets’ benefits

The daunting hodgepodge of forms and documents required to obtain some financial and medical benefits for military veterans has driven up requests for help in Santa Rosa by double digits in the past five years. But even if they lack the precious scraps of evidence to qualify for pensions, insurance and medical care, Karen Haworth […]

Air Force Cross honors dual bravery

Air Force Cross honors dual bravery

Throughout its history the Air Force Cross has been a symbol to honor those in service who went above and beyond in the face of deadly danger. It honors those that took the motto “first there… that others may live” to heart. Never before have two crosses been awarded in the same ceremony, but Thursday […]

Nature alive and well in the classroom

Nature alive and well in the classroom

Tabitha Gorse walks around the Nature Explore Classroom at Hurlburt Field on a sun-splashed Monday morning and points to some of its most interesting features. Read the full article in the Feb. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Navarre grad helps carry on Seabee tradition

Navarre grad helps carry on Seabee tradition

Navarre High graduate Tyler Brown is part of the United States Navy’s construction force known as the Seabees. An intelligence specialist, Brown is part of a construction force that serves in all-American conflicts and supports humanitarian efforts by using construction skills to help communities after natural disasters such as earthquakes or hurricanes. Read the full […]

Stronger IRS security to delay millions of tax returns

Stronger IRS security to delay millions of tax returns

New Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations could delay tax returns to millions of middle- and low-income tax payers until at least mid-February regardless of early filing. Last year, Congress passed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act. The law which went into effect Jan. 1 requires any tax return filed claiming Earned Income Tax Credit […]

Fleet Fly In showcases helicopters from all over the U.S.

Fleet Fly In showcases helicopters from all over the U.S.

Navy, Marine and Coast Guard helicopters from throughout the U.S. descended on NAS Whiting Field Monday, Oct. 24, for a week of training and knowledge sharing at the base’s annual Fleet Fly In. “The goal of the event is to expose helicopter student aviators to new helicopters in addition to the TH-57s they are used […]

Memorial Day Ceremony May 30

Memorial Day Ceremony May 30

Dating all the way back to 1868, May 30 has been a day to honor and remember those who have lost their lives in service to our country.  In 1868 it was called Decoration Day because the tradition involved decorating grave sites of the Civil War soldiers with flowers, flags and wreaths. At the first […]

Outreach, involvement key to suicide prevention

Outreach, involvement key to suicide prevention

The 22 veteran suicides per day epidemic is more realistically 25 says Fort Walton Beach physician Dr. Eddie Zant Jr., who treats many TBI-injured soldiers with hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help heal their concussed brains. Despite studies showing the efficacy of this treatment, the Department of Veterans Affairs  does not use HBOT therapy.  On Oct. […]