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NAS Cecil Field

Naval Air Station, Cecil Field, Florida

Veterans: 74
Latest Activity: Feb 6

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Comment by David De Rooy on February 6, 2018 at 7:45pm

I remember one night in 1969 I went to the EM club with some "friends". I was young and couldn't hold my liquor. One guy suggested I get a triple VO and coke. On the way back to the barracks I staggered into a bush with thorns. then I took a swing at it and fell back into the thornbush. I made it to the barracks and passed out and threw up in my rack. What a stupid kid I was!

Comment by David De Rooy on February 3, 2018 at 4:54pm

I arrived at Cecil Field in Apr. 69 after ABH school in Lakehurst NJ.

I stayed until Nov. 70 I was assigned to the crash crew at OLF Whitehouse which is an "outlying field" about ten miles away. The runway was only 1/4 mile long. It was used to train pilots for carrier landings. Doing "touch and go" bounces off the runway. We sat In the MB5 crash trucks on the side of the runway during flight ops. In case of a mishap

It was a great job. we got to leave the main base for duty but we lived at Cecil field in the barracks we worked 24 on 24 off shift I loved the Jacksonville area especially Jacksonville Beach. It was good duty for a young sailor. I wanted to stay there but after 18 months I got orders to a ship in San Diego. The

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Comment by Susan Mulholland on August 15, 2017 at 1:48pm

I was at the clinic for the last few months I was in Florida in 83.  Really enjoyed it but definitely got hectic with a crash there.  S3 and A7 collided on runway.  Sad day there.

Comment by John W Sargent on June 16, 2016 at 8:59am

I did my A-7 training at VA- 174 in 1971 before going to VA-82. I take a memory drive when I go through Jacksonville. Past the hangers,to the F-18 that once was done in VA-82 motif now in some other squadron. You can still see the old main gate entrance. At the time most of us could not wait to get out now we wish we could relive life at NAS Cecil .

Comment by Jeff cain on January 4, 2016 at 2:28pm

Boot at Orlando then to NAS Cecilfield attached to VA-174 January 1973 to November 1975.

Started in the 1st Lt. Division where I painted the "Attack Country" on the runway side of the hangar. Then assigned to the Data Analysis Section then Maintenance Records, QA and the Pilot's Flight logs also did cover art for the CO, XO and Wing Admiral reports. Several TDYs to Yuma and other exotic locations.

Comment by Danny Gregory on January 2, 2016 at 8:00pm

Attached to VA-12 at Cecil from November 1982 to June 1986, started my career there and enjoyed every minute of it.

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.


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