Military

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 […]

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. […]

TBI injuries, PTSD treatable with new therapies

TBI injuries, PTSD treatable with new therapies

Don’t let anyone tell you nothing can be done for the migraines, brain fog, depression, vertigo, fatigue, insomnia and other symptoms after a TBI injury.  Armed with facts, you or a loved one who has been injured can bust through the naysayers and obstructive agencies who tell you just to live with it or not […]

A Servant’s Heart for Veterans

A Servant’s Heart for Veterans

The word “team” perfectly describes the essence of retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Frank Dailey II’s being. That team concept was ingrained in Dailey throughout his relentless military training and deployments from his first combat support mission in Panama in 1989, through Operation Desert Storm, Bosnia, Africa (Liberia/Sierra Leone/ Gabon Central Africa), Afghanistan and […]

Veterans intervene to fill the gap

Veterans intervene to fill the gap

Investigator James O’Keefe’s video on veteran suicides for Project Veritas asks why an increasing number of military graveyards are being filled with people who died at their own hands rather than in combat. He asserts that VA is unable to treat the underlying causes of veterans’ emotional problems, depending on drug therapies which can mask the problems or […]

22 veterans committing suicide every day

22 veterans committing suicide every day

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs in 2013 released a study addressing suicides from 1999-2010 which reflected that roughly 22 veterans were committing suicide per day, or one every 65 minutes. Thirty-one percent of these suicides were by veterans 49 and younger while 69 percent were by veterans age 50 and older. Read the […]

National Naval Aviation Museum earns national recognition as top-ranked museum

National Naval Aviation Museum earns national recognition as top-ranked museum

The National Naval Aviation Museum, located aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station once again has earned national recognition. The museum, the world’s largest naval aviation museum, was ranked a “Top 20 Museum in the USA” by Yelp in December, confirming its place among the best museums in the country to visit. The museum came in at […]

Herrera family gets holiday surprise

Herrera family gets holiday surprise

When the Herrera family pulled into the driveway of their Navarre home late Monday afternoon, they were greeted by a surprise that brightened their holiday spirits. Thanks to Christmas Décor franchisee Venus Parton, the Herrera’s home was decorated with lights, garland and bows. “It’s amazing. We’ve never had anyone do this for us before,” Naomi […]

TRICARE: Switch pharmacies or pay full price

TRICARE: Switch pharmacies or pay full price

The health care program for more than 9.5 million world-wide beneficiaries is changing the pharmacy benefit portion of its coverage. According to a TRICARE announcement, beginning Oct. 1, TRICARE beneficiaries using select name-brand maintenance drugs will be forced to switch their prescription to a military pharmacy or the program’s home delivery service known as Express […]

Black Hawk memorial ceremony planned

Black Hawk memorial ceremony planned

  “When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” and that is exactly what Nathan Harris did when he learned of the tragic death of seven Marines, all of whom he knew, on March 10 off the shores of Navarre. Two months after the accident, Harris traveled from North Carolina to Navarre, taking time […]

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 […]