Air Force

Human remains found on Eglin Reservation

Human remains found on Eglin Reservation

The Okaloosa County Sherriff’s Office is investigating found skeletal remains on the Air Force’s Eglin Reservation in west Okaloosa County. They were discovered by a hiker Tuesday evening. According to a press release from OSCO, the hiker was walking north of Highway 98 near the Okaloosa and Santa Rosa County border before spotting the scattered […]

Noise warning for Hurlburt Field and surrounding area

Noise warning for Hurlburt Field and surrounding area

Residents near Hurlburt Field should expect some noise today. The Special Tactics Training Squadron will detonate 20 pounds of explosives during training on Wednesday, March 6 from 12 – 1 p.m. The training, which will take place on the Hurlburt Explosive Ordnance Device Range, is expected to produce three separate booms that may be heard […]

An American hero close to home

An American hero close to home

So often the heroes of history feel distant. Their struggles and endeavors, while often impressive, seem not to have any real connection to our daily lives here. But sometimes those heroes grew up in our own backyard. Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. (1920-1978) was the nation’s first African-American four-star general, and he was born right […]

Piech sets priorities for new job as commissioner

Piech sets priorities for new job as commissioner

District 4 will have a new county commissioner as of Nov. 20, when Dave Piech takes the oath of office for the seat he won in the August election. Giving a preview of what he plans to prioritize, Piech addressed the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) Oct. 20. Read the full article in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Veteran Profile: Kamyla Felder

Veteran Profile: Kamyla Felder

Staff Sgt. Kamyla Felder took a roundabout path to get to where she is now. After spending two years at Emory University in Atlanta studying international relations and Arabic, she decided she wanted something else. “I ended up enlisting. Even though it wasn’t something I always planned on doing, I absolutely love it,” Felder said. […]

Piech wants to bring experience, planning to commission

Piech wants to bring experience, planning to commission

When David Piech threw his hat into the ring for District 4 County Commissioner early this month, he did not think of it as a career move. He said he honestly does not think of it as a job at all. “To me it is not a job, it is a service,” he said. Piech […]

New candidate announced for District 4 County Commissioner

New candidate announced for District 4 County Commissioner

Until Friday, current District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson was unchallenged for re-election to that seat in 2018. However, a new candidate has thrown his hat in the ring. David Piech, who resides on Admiral Street in Holley by the Sea, announced his candidacy with the Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections office. Raised in Chicago, […]

Dad manages household as spouse launches Air Force career

Dad manages household as spouse launches Air Force career

On the eight-hour drive home from Anchorage to Fairbanks, Alaska, Julie and Kelly Kessler made a decision. They would become farmers in Tennessee. They were going to move there and raise cows after Kelly retired from the military in 2016. That’s when Julie received a phone call that changed their trajectory completely. After 10 years […]

Nelson withdraws from beach ownership bill

Nelson withdraws from beach ownership bill

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson has withdrawn his support for legislation that would give Navarre Beach residents fee simple title ownership of their property. Nelson initially agreed to cosponsor the bill with senator Marco Rubio earlier this year, but formally withdrew that support Oct. 23 amid criticism of possible development of the beach. In a statement […]

Carter making a difference in his role as a football coach

Carter making a difference in his role as a football coach

Christmas is in the rear-view mirror and New Year’s Eve is around the corner. The sun is shining, but it’s cold, at least by Florida standards, and the wind is adding a hint of chill to the air. Yet, here is Tony Carter, one of the most recognizable and most respected football coaches in Navarre, […]

Wounded vets find purpose in preparing for competition

Wounded vets find purpose in preparing for competition

Scars on the arms and legs of Brian Williams make you want to cringe at first glance, the injuries telling a story no words ever will. Williams is a single amputee who is at Eglin this week training for the Warrior Games and he can still recall the moment he was injured. A K-9 handler […]

Mi Familia club mixes volleyball with life lessons

Mi Familia club mixes volleyball with life lessons

Jason Rangel and his wife Carolina both love volleyball and have always thought of starting a club of their own. When they moved to Navarre from Japan, where Jason was stationed with the Air Force for five years, they saw an opportunity to do it after a short time coaching at another volleyball club. “We […]

Military career sparked by early love of planes

Military career sparked by early love of planes

Growing up in South Carolina, retired Master Sgt. Ronald Adams always wanted to fly airplanes. He joined the military hoping for a chance to experience the thrill so few people ever do. Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Will economy take a hit from jobs freeze?

Will economy take a hit from jobs freeze?

In a presidential memorandum released Jan. 23, President Trump ordered a freeze on the hiring of Federal civilian employees. The order said no vacant positions existing at noon Jan. 22 may be filled and no new positions could be created, except in limited circumstances. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre […]

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.

Wolfe leads her pack to learning success

Wolfe leads her pack to learning success

For teacher Debbie Wolfe, success is defined by whether her students, affectionately referred to as Wolfe’s wolf pups, believe in themselves. She said for her, it is all about making them feel their worth. “If the kids believe in themselves, then it is a successful day for me,” she said. “It’s all about how they […]

Hurlburt airman pleads no contest

Hurlburt airman pleads no contest

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that Christopher Ryan Mullins, 23 years old, has entered a plea of No Contest to 25 counts of Possession of Child Pornography. Each count carries a possible maximum of 15 years state prison.  Mullins faces up to life in prison and will be designated a sexual offender based upon […]

Airman’s training thwarts woman’s abduction

Airman’s training thwarts woman’s abduction

Jeremy Davey was enjoying a simple Saturday afternoon on Navarre Beach with his family when he happened to notice a situation that seemed a little off. Instinctively, something in the Air Force Tech. Sergeant’s gut just told him to find out more as he watched a man in his mid-20s carry a young woman toward […]

May is Military Appreciation Month

May is Military Appreciation Month

In 1999, the United States Congress designated the month of May as Military Appreciation Month to give communities across the nation the opportunity to show their thanks to the men and women who serve in all branches of the United States military. Navarre Press takes this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all who have […]

Overcoming the odds

Overcoming the odds

As she sat aboard a plane destined for Las Vegas in late February, Sebastiana Lopez-Arellano did everything she could to evict the doubt living in her mind. She was crazy, at least in her opinion, for wanting to attempt to compete in the Warrior Games trials at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Sure, it […]

Senior Airman Huhman declared deceased

Senior Airman Huhman declared deceased

Senior Airman Keifer Huhman, a 2012 Navarre High School graduate, went missing on Superbowl Sunday Feb. 7. After weeks of searching the Dover area, his father Kenneth issued a statement on the Facebook page dedicated to finding his son. Part of the statement reads, “Based off of all the collected evidence, this leads us to […]

NJROTC cadets put miles on ‘cheese wagon’

NJROTC cadets put miles on ‘cheese wagon’

Members of the Navarre High School NJROTC have ranked different services’ “chow halls” in terms of quality of food. “It definitely goes Navy, Air Force then Army. I’ve never eaten on a Marine Corps base,” said battalion administrative officer Austin Reeves. Read more in the Aug. 21 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

Hurlburt escapes heavy job cuts

Hurlburt escapes heavy job cuts

The Air Force announced Monday a personnel reduction plan that amounts to 3,500 jobs being cut over the next five years. The good news locally is that only 22 positions are expected to be lost at Hurlburt Field. In contrast, 742 positions are being cut at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia. The Air Force released its plans to save $1.6 […]