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Naval Air Station, Cecil Field, Florida
Latest Activity: Aug 12
Started by James E. Ward II May 7.
Started by richard gregory ruyle. Last reply by John O. Donald Jul 4, 2011.
Started by Douglas Karr Apr 19, 2011.
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.
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.
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.
I was squadron corpsman for VA-174 from 1971 (or thereabouts) to late 1972. Worked in the dispensary with HMC Reese in Medical Records.
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.
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.
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 Field.it 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
I came aboard NAS Cecil Field October 1994 as a member of VFA-81 and then I went to AIMD Cecil Field and worked in Production Control and made Chief. I was the very last CDO of Cecil Field when we lowered her Flag and they raised Jax Port Flag.
Stationed with VS-22 1978 to 1980 Ordnanceman shop.
I just passed through Jacksonville yesterday and had to stop and what has happened Cecil Field. I was there from late 93 to middle of 94 with VFA-106 and it's C-school for the F404-GE-400/402's. I haven't set foot again until yesterday. For those who haven't been there lately. It is now a civil airfield/commerce area. It was quite disorienting to drive around until I got to the hangars then got my bearings straight. All the Hangars are still there on both ends, the Exchange mall area is still there and an active bank is where the Navy FCU was. The Tennis Courts are there and all the support buildings and where the schools were are still there. The base housing, the Chapel and the BOQ/BEQ are still there and going toward the golf course is now a gated golf community. The building where the McDonald's was is still there but run down and abandoned. The only thing I found disturbing was where the barracks were is all trees now. There a dirt trail off the road to give reference to the half-moon access to Barracks Row. I was a little saddened not to see the Ol' water tower.
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