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NAS Cecil Field

Naval Air Station, Cecil Field, Florida

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Comment by Ronald R Jenkins on July 21, 2015 at 2:04pm

Anyone assigned to VA-87 from '66 to '68. I was ATR3 and worked with the nuclear loading of the A-7B corsairs. Was APN-153 Doppler Radar and ARC-51 UHF radio tech. Sure missed the days at Cecil Field. Jacksonville beach was freat in the summer. And the Disco's ---need I say more.

Comment by Ronald R Jenkins on July 8, 2015 at 9:08am

Went to San Diego boot camp September 1965. Then transferred to Monterey Cal for a brief stay waiting to attend electronics school at Millington, Tn. Arrived at Cecil Field in December 1966 and was assigned to VA-87(Sidewinders). Really enjoyed my time in the Navy there. Lots of good memories.

Comment by William A. Whisenant, Jr on December 24, 2014 at 11:43pm

Merry Christmas to all you Navy Veteran's out there.

Comment by Jerry Blount on May 23, 2014 at 6:50pm

 Went to the Lakes in April 1964 and was assigned to Cecil Field out of Boot Camp. Arrived in July 1964 and assigned to Base Security until July 1966 when I was transferred to VA-36 (A4c) at Hanger 13.  Went to the Med with VA-36 aboard the USS America in 1967 and was discharged in 1968.  I stayed in Jacksonville and have spent 43 years with the Sheriff's Office. I have many fond memories of Cecil Field and the many friends I made there.  Several months ago I took my family to the Old Base and showed them where I worked and where the barracks used to be. It has changed so much and the Security Building and main gate are gone, only the broken down gate shack where I spent so much time my first two years was there. So sad.   I do have my old USNAS  Cecil Field Security Police Badge as one of my prized possessions.  Most likely the only one that exists.

Comment by stanley hatfield on October 24, 2013 at 9:34pm

i was stationed at cecil field from april 71 to january 75 with va-81 sunliners.made two med cruises on uss forrestal.i enjoyed my time at cecil,even my tad time at arresting gear with chief mogenburg,who was a great guy.

Comment by Donald Everett Crews on September 11, 2013 at 5:54pm

My wife and I travel to Jax occasionally.  We were married in Orange Park.  Each time, I try to make a visit to Cecil Field to reminisce.  I worked in the dispensary so was pleased that it is still there (or at least was last year).  I still have trouble remembering which route we corpsmen took to the runway when there was an emergency.  Guess one of these days that memory will come back.  Always enjoy going back and thinking about those good days. 

Comment by Donald Everett Crews on September 11, 2013 at 2:38pm

I was squadron corpsman for VA-174 from 1971 (or thereabouts) to late 1972.  Worked in the dispensary with HMC Reese in Medical Records.

Comment by William A. Whisenant, Jr on September 2, 2013 at 11:07pm

I arrived at NAS Cecil Field sometime in October 1961 from "A" school in Memphis.

I was assigned to VF-174 fro familiarization with the F8U Crusader.  Reassigned to VF-11 in November. I worked as a plane captain the rest of my tour with VF-11 although I was and Aviation Electronics Technician.   Made one Med cruise on the Franklin D Roosevelt CVA42 in the 1962-1963 time frame.  I enjoyed my time at Cecil Field and when I was discharged in 1963 I thought that I would never be there again.  However I wound up working at NAS JAX in 1971 and living in Orange Park.  I was able to take my family to a couple of air shows in the 70s and show them around the base and some of the hangers where I worked.  My boys were impressed.  One interesting thing happened while I was at Cecil.  A buddy and I were walking back to the barracks from the library one night when I lit up a cigarette.  He told me I was addicted to those things and bet me that I couldn't quit.  I asked how much and he began backing down.  We ended up betting a coke on whether I could quit or not until one of us left the squadron.  I lost the bet but I quit smoking.  Best bet I ever made.

Comment by Dan Perkins on August 20, 2013 at 1:10pm

I was drafted in 1972 but joined the Navy instead. After Great Lakes boot and A school in Brunswick, GA I arrived at Cecil Field as a clueless rookie at 2 AM in April 1973.  I spent a couple of nights in the half moon barracks complex and then moved over to the building 927/928/929 barracks where I spent the rest of my time which turned out to be 4 years. I did not know that I had enlisted under a very short lived program where your first duty station was where you stayed for your complete first enlistment.  It ticked off a lot of guys who came and went while I still stayed at Cecil !   With the invaluable help and counsel of two E9  WWII vets (MCPO Arlie Vickers and MCPO Lucile Haas), I slowly got over the growing pains of being a kid away from home who didn't want to be there and realized that it was the best thing that ever happened to me.  It probably still is today.  After some ups and downs, I went on to eventually become 2nd class and Control Tower Supervisor which was almost unheard of for a first term person.   When my tour was up I extended for another 3 months to think about re-enlisting.  My E9  (MCPO Ron Boike) was leaving to become detailer in Washington and he told me that he would give me ANY duty station I wanted if I would re-up.  I thought for a minute and told him  "OK, right here at Cecil".  He replied  "Anywhere but there, you have already been here too long" !!!!  I got out but even though I had good career and good life since then,  I have wished a thousand times that I had stayed in.  Many of the best times and best memories of my life were at Cecil Field and I would give almost anything if I could go back and re-live those 4 years again.  7 or 8 years ago I did go back and drive around the closed base and it felt like I had never left.

Comment by Ronald Johndro on August 20, 2013 at 12:14pm

I first came to Cecil Field Dec. 21 1965.I remember it well it was my birthday.I was assigned to VA 44 as a A.O.the hornets. From there I went to A.O. -A school in mid 66.On return to V.A. 44.I was sent T.A.D. to M.C.A.S. Yuma Arz. for two weeks..After that I would spend a total of 18 months there.Every three months I would go back to Cecil Field.With the cut back's in traveling I was sent to Rose Road  Puerto Rico for two month.After that time I came back to Cecil Field and got orders to report to the USS Independence (CVA 62) for the last 10 months of my hitch.The time I spent at Cecil Field was some of the best  time I had in  Navy.I have since gone back one time.The base was no longer there.I just try'd to get a ball Cap from Cecil has been a month and no ball cap yet.But the time I spent in the Navy and at Cecil Field I feel very lucky


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