NAS Whiting Field

County purchases Westgate property

County purchases Westgate property

Santa Rosa County commissioners voted Monday to purchase the Westgate Mobile Home property as part of a land purchase for conservation around NAS Whiting Field. In October, the Westgate Mobile Home Community was left without water when an aging septic tank cracked and began releasing sewage. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue […]

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 […]

Westgate families left without water

Westgate families left without water

Just outside NAS Whiting Field in Milton, a group of 12 families live in dated mobile homes clustered along a little dead-end street. Among the families are seniors and children as young as a year old. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as […]

Retired Navy commander hired as assistant county administrator

Retired Navy commander hired as assistant county administrator

Santa Rosa County has a new assistant county administrator. Mark Murray, a retired Navy commander, started work July 9 at an annual salary of $105,000. Read the full article in the July 19 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 […]

Agriculture makes millions in Santa Rosa

Agriculture makes millions in Santa Rosa

While data show that large drivers of Santa Rosa’s economy are the military bases and blooming tourism industry, there is another arm of the economy doing some heavy financial lifting, and it covers more than half of Santa Rosa County. Agriculture produced nearly $79 million in crops, timber and lumber in Santa Rosa County in […]

Fisher makes smooth transition to NJROTC program

Fisher makes smooth transition to NJROTC program

Captain Michael Fisher has been a Senior Naval science instructor for Navarre’s NJROTC program for nearly two months and noted the transition to the position has been a smooth one. “I’ve clicked pretty well with the students. No one has called me Captain Eubanks yet,” Fisher said with a laugh. Eubanks spent 16 years helping […]

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 […]

New athletic park planned for Navarre

New athletic park planned for Navarre

Santa Rosa County Commissioners moved forward with turning a piece of county owned land into new athletic fields in Navarre off East Bay Boulevard Thursday, Jan. 26. The 11-acre, L-shaped parcel is zoned for recreational park uses, but could not be used for that purpose due to being in a military airport zone. The parcel […]

Mass-produced solar energy comes to Navarre

Mass-produced solar energy comes to Navarre

Installation of Gulf Power’s 481,000 solar photovoltaic panels on NAS Whiting Field on East Bay Boulevard is underway. The project is a partnership between the base and Gulf Power to provide solar energy to Gulf Power customers throughout the area. The 4-foot-by-2-foot panels will soak up sun on 392 acres of land. 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 […]

Hard landing at Whiting Field

Hard landing at Whiting Field

Helicopter hard landing occurs at NOLF Santa Rosa A Training Air Wing FIVE helicopter, a TH-57, incurred a hard landing at around 4:25 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 at Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s Navy Outlying Landing Field Santa Rosa near Milton, Fla. Initial reports from the scene indicate that the helicopter experienced a mishap on […]

Navarre JROTC Cadet of the Month

Navarre JROTC Cadet of the Month

Navarre High’s Raider Battalion Cadets of the Month for November 2015 are Junior Cadet Callie May and Senior Cadet Lindsey Starks. They were nominated by their platoon leaders based on their leadership skills, NJROTC knowledge, and their dedication to the NJROTC Program. The presentation was conducted during the Raider Battalion’s Annual Military Inspection conducted by […]

Milton woman sentenced in fatal hit-and-run

Milton woman sentenced in fatal hit-and-run

The Florida Highway Patrol reported 26-year-old Brianna Strum of Milton was sentenced Feb. 20 to more than 11 years in prison on a charge of DUI manslaughter stemming from a fatal crash April 2013 on I-10 in Escambia County. Robert Michael Roy, 33, of Pace died from injuries sustained in the crash. Roy was a Chief […]