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 […]
Grant Gallagher was making a decent living working sheet metal, but he began to wonder where it might lead over a lifetime. Then one of his coworkers told him about his son who had joined the Air Force and was a remote pilot. That’s when the light bulb went off for Gallagher. “I wanted to […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Everyone has a story to tell, including Richard Bathurst, who is a member of the Purple Heart Chapter in Milton. He enlisted in the military after three of his friends from back home were killed in Vietnam. He did it to avenge their deaths. Bathurst started out in basic training and soon made the leap […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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’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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
When a military family gets deployed out of the country, it can be scary. These families are dropping everything they know and sometimes moving entire continents away from everyone they know. Often they are leaving family far away. Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for […]
Navarre’s Navy JROTC unit traveled to Louisiana for a chance to qualify for the Navy Drill Nationals. Read the full article in the March 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.
When Nancy Bullock-Prevot retired from the military in 2015, she was appalled to see the challenges female veterans faced. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.