military

Gold Star family receives house after tragic loss

Gold Star family receives house after tragic loss

The De Alencar family had been stationed in Navarre for only a couple of months when Army Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar of the 7th Special Forces Group–the Green Berets–received his orders to go to Afghanistan. At the time, he and his wife, Natasha, and their six children were looking to buy their first home. […]

Military appreciation picnic at Navarre Park

Military appreciation picnic at Navarre Park

The Military Affairs Committee of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (NBACOC) hosted a military appreciation picnic in Navarre Park Saturday, May 12. Featured in the full article in the May 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for 30 […]

Military appreciation picnic

The Navarre Chamber Military Affairs Committee (MAC) will host the 2nd Annual Military Affairs Picnic “Saluting Our Hometown Heroes” on Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Navarre Park, 8543 Navarre Parkway. The Military Appreciation Picnic will be dedicated to honor, remember, recognize and appreciate those who have served and those now […]

Wounded Warriors leave camp with renewed faith and confidence

Wounded Warriors leave camp with renewed faith and confidence

Athletes move around on wheelchairs up and down the basketball court on a Friday afternoon inside a gymnasium at Eglin Air Force Base. It’s a competitive game and there is fun involved as well. When the buzzer sounds at the end of this 12-minute hoops battle, it’s not the scoreboard that matters. Read the full […]

Semper Fi, Jay “Gunny” Degraw

Semper Fi, Jay “Gunny” Degraw

1924 – 2018 Jay “Gunny” Degraw was born in Spring Lakes Heights, New Jersey, Sept. 21, 1924. Navarre Press featured the life of Degraw in our “Here’s looking at you…” series in October 2011 and was honored to attend his 90th birthday party in 2014. Degraw, or Gunny as he was often referred to as […]

Raiders accept military academy nominations

Raiders accept military academy nominations

In his 15 years at Navarre High School, JROTC Master Chief Jim Ethridge had never seen a congressman come in to present certificates to students in the running for nomination to a military academy. That changed on Tuesday when five Navarre students accepted nominations in person from U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz at a ceremony in […]

Veteran Profile: Ryan Neville

Veteran Profile: Ryan Neville

They started as pen pals. Ryan and Alexa Neville began exchanging letters while Ryan was deployed to Iraq with Alexa’s brother-in-law Caleb. “We got to know each other a lot better by writing each other,” Ryan said of their pen pal courtship. “You can just be completely honest and actually get to know somebody.” Seven […]

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. […]

Veteran Profile: Tracy Bennett

Veteran Profile: Tracy Bennett

MSgt Tracy Bennett has had four jobs in her 21 year career in the Air Force. Beginning in medical administration, Bennett also worked in personnel and manpower. Her career has taken her all over the world including Texas, Korea, Florida and Hawaii. Now back in Florida, Bennett has completed her fourth mini-career in the Air […]

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 […]

Hunter, Spooky 43 crew members receive valorous medals

Hunter, Spooky 43 crew members receive valorous medals

Staff Sgt. Richard Hunter found himself in the midst of chaos in Afghanistan last November. He and the U.S. Army Special Forces team he was embedded with were ambushed by insurgents as they entered a village in Kunduz province. The team headed into an alley but hit a dead end at a locked metal gate. […]

Navarre cadets never stop raising the bar

Navarre cadets never stop raising the bar

If one is looking for a way to put the success of the Navarre Navy Junior ROTC program in perspective, perhaps comparing it to a great athletic program might very well be the best way to do it. Its achievements are impressive. Its dominance is as undeniable as a college football or basketball team that […]

Pride, doubts mix in vivid memories of Vietnam

Pride, doubts mix in vivid memories of Vietnam

It was the war he couldn’t wait to fight. Patrick McCrary wanted to be in Vietnam. “I dropped out of high school to join because I was afraid I was going to miss out on the war,” McCrary said. “I wanted to hurry up and get into the Marines.” But time shapes opinions. A new […]

State of business in Santa Rosa County

State of business in Santa Rosa County

As the population of Santa Rosa County grows, especially in communities south of I-10, the economy grows too. New residents come with new buying potential and offer a growing workforce. Santa Rosa’s Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree said the county is looking to capitalize on that growth by drawing in new industry. Read the full […]

Safety concern leads to investigation at NAS Whiting Field

Safety concern leads to investigation at NAS Whiting Field

Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is conducting an ongoing investigation at NAS Whiting Field in Milton, commencing this week, according to Navy public affairs officer Lt. Elizabeth Feaster. The investigation coincides with a maintenance inspection of all TH-57 Sea Ranger helicopters belonging to Training Air Wing FIVE, a unit that conducts advanced flight training to […]

Camp gives cadet candidates taste of life in ROTC

Camp gives cadet candidates taste of life in ROTC

Inside the high school gymnasium on a rainy Monday morning, 80 potential cadets in the Navarre Navy Junior ROTC program run through a series of exercises for nearly two hours. This is the first day of orientation camp, which gives the students here a chance to feel what life in ROTC is like and to […]

Former airman gets probation for apartment arson

Former airman gets probation for apartment arson

The man who set the Reserve Apartments ablaze while residents slept in their beds in neighboring units will not be going to prison. In the early morning hours of Aug. 5, Midway Fire Department responded to a structure fire in unit 78 of the building. The blaze was extinguished before it spread to other units, […]

Andy Velo cast Navarre beach, residents in national music video

Andy Velo cast Navarre beach, residents in national music video

Andy Velo created quite a stir recently as he and his crew filmed music videos to be aired across multiple national platforms later this year. Boats, video cameras and concerts crashed Juana’s as Velo, country music artist based out of Nashville, filmed the video for his song “Wake Up, Boat, Drink, Repeat.” Read the full […]

Retiring captain leaves lasting impact on Navarre cadets

Retiring captain leaves lasting impact on Navarre cadets

The passage of time hasn’t lessened the impact Capt. Mark Eubanks has had on the life of Sarah Pena and so many others like her who have gone through the Navy Junior ROTC program at Navarre. Pena, now a kindergarten teacher at West Navarre Primary, recalls a moment that provides a great glimpse of Eubanks […]

What will you be when you grow up?

What will you be when you grow up?

High school graduation is a time of professional possibility for most students. It is at this phase that many students will make the decisions that will shape their future careers and their quality of life. It is a step into adulthood and for many, into the fulltime work force. Navarre High School will be releasing […]

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 […]

Beach festival celebrates God, family and military

Beach festival celebrates God, family and military

According to the Bible, God separated the land from the sea on the second day of creation, forming the first beaches. It only seems fitting that folks would return to the beach, one of the first creations, for worship. That is exactly what the Pensacola chapter of the Christian Surfers intends to do. Family Beach […]

Picnic honors military members, sacrifice

Picnic honors military members, sacrifice

Under the slogan “We love our military,” the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee celebrated Military Appreciation month with a community picnic in Navarre Park. Volunteers from the Military Affairs Committee manned the grill and others worked the food tent, providing free meals for military families. Read the full article in the […]

Military Appreciation Picnic

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce MAC will be hosting a Military Appreciation Picnic on May 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Navarre Park for those serving and those who have served our country. Hamburgers & hot dogs will be served.  For more information, contact the Navarre Chamber at 850-939-3267.

Fallen Warrior Ride

Join the Navarre American Legion Riders as they honor fallen warriors. Price is $10 a bike and driver and $5 for additional rider. Purchase food for $5 before ride. $7 after and for all non-riders. All vehicles are welcome. Stops will include Eagles Talon in Pensacola, Up the Creek Store in Milton, and more. The […]

Navarre JROTC Unit hosts awards night

Navarre JROTC Unit hosts awards night

Navarre’s Navy Junior ROTC unit honored its cadets Wednesday at its annual awards ceremony. The night was also highlighted by the announcement that Captain Mark Eubanks will be retiring from the program after 16 years as an instructor. Read the full article in the May 11 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for […]

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 […]

May is Military Appreciation Month

May is Military Appreciation Month

In 1999, congress declared May would be National Military Appreciation Month so the citizens of our country could publicly thank everyone who puts on the uniform of their branch of service. Navarre Press would like to thank each of you who serves our country. You do so quietly, humbly and with great integrity. Those who […]

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