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Gulf Power solar program celebrates 1 year

Gulf Power solar program celebrates 1 year

In September 2017, Gulf Power and its partners flipped the switch on a 330-acre solar field on the retired Holley Outlying Field at Naval Air Station Whiting, ceremonially adding the renewable energy generated there to the power supplied to homes and businesses throughout the Panhandle. More than a year later, Gulf Power spokesperson Kimberly Lynn […]

Local military member pleads guilty in international cocaine importation conspiracy

Local military member pleads guilty in international cocaine importation conspiracy

Daniel J. Gould, 36, of Crestview, pleaded guilty to two drug trafficking conspiracy counts involving 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. The guilty plea was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Read the full article in the Jan. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

JROTC takes time to remember Pearl Harbor Day

JROTC takes time to remember Pearl Harbor Day

Navarre High School’s Navy Junior ROTC Commanding Officer continued reading off the names of those who lost their lives in Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor long after the remembrance ceremony ended here at Navarre High School on a crisp, sun-splashed Friday morning. The American Flag above her waved in the soft breeze, 77 years to […]

Substitute teaching a second calling for Miller

Substitute teaching a second calling for Miller

Jim Miller never planned on getting into substitute teaching, just as he never planned to make a career out of being in the military. Things just work out that way sometimes. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive […]

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 […]

Mack keeps memory of his MIA brother alive

Mack keeps memory of his MIA brother alive

Wind chimes sway back and forth in the breeze. Squirrels play in the yard, scampering along with pecans in their mouths. Inside the back room of his Navarre home, the screened windows providing a view of this playground for nature, Nat Mack sits back in a chair. Tears begin to well up in his eyes. […]

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 […]

Republicans Gaetz, Jordan, DeSantis rally in Navarre

Republicans Gaetz, Jordan, DeSantis rally in Navarre

Three Republican congressmen known for making national headlines delivered their stump speeches in Navarre Saturday during their Freedom Tour through Northwest Florida. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who represents Florida’s 1st Congressional District, was joined by fellow House members Jim Jordan and Ron DeSantis for a political rally at the Hampton Inn and Suites. Read the […]

Historic Medal of Honor

Historic Medal of Honor

For the first time since the Vietnam War, an airman received the Medal of Honor for his bravery and ultimate sacrifice. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Chapman was selected for the medal after he gave his life in the attempted rescue of a comrade while serving in Afghanistan. His family departed Fort Walton Beach […]

Williamson selected for Veterans and Military Services Committee

Williamson selected for Veterans and Military Services Committee

Santa Rosa County Commissioner Rob Williamson, District 4, has been selected to serve on the National Association of Counties (NACo) Veterans and Military Services Committee. “Our men and women in uniform are that special one percent of Americans – those heroes among us who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice every day to keep us […]

Whiting plays critical role in local economy

Whiting plays critical role in local economy

Federal, state and local government officials came together Monday for a comprehensive update of the impact NAS Whiting Field has on the area economy and a discussion of strategies to protect the base’s mission. The Congressional Field Hearing was hosted by U.S Rep. Matt Gaetz, who represents Florida’s 1st Congressional District. Read the full article […]

Food for Vets settles in new home in Navarre

Food for Vets settles in new home in Navarre

Navarre’s struggling military and veteran families have access to a new resource for food free of charge every third Friday and Saturday of the month in addition to the programs offered by local military bases. Food for Vets is a local nonprofit that provides free food to veterans, active duty and surviving spouses in need. […]

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 […]

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