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NAS Cecil Field

Naval Air Station, Cecil Field, Florida

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Comment by David De Rooy on August 20, 2018 at 6:18pm

I was assigned to NAS Cecil field until the end of 1970 I was ABH and worked on crash crew at OLF Whitehouse. was this OLF still in use while you were there?

Comment by Rick Thom on August 20, 2018 at 6:08pm

I was stationed at NAS Cecil Field from 12/73-04/77. Attached to AIMD/GSE.

This was a great Base to be stationed at...and JAX was fun also. Frequently go back to Cecil to just visit old memories. Glad JAX is taking good care of her and utilizing the Runways and Hangars. Highly recommend to all of you to support the new "Cecil Field POW/MIA Memorial" at the Base Chapel.

Until then, Blue Skies.

Comment by Raymond K Smith on March 23, 2018 at 2:34pm

I was stationed at NAS Cecil Field from 4/67 until 4/69 at the Communications Center.  I arrived there as a SN(Radiioman Striker) and left as an RM2.  As I recall, the OIC of the commcenter was LCDR Jack Ropiak.  The base commander was Capt. Fretwell as I recall.  I left NAS Cecil Field and went to the Naval Support Facility, Communications Center, Cam Ranh Bay, RVN, from 6/69 until 6/70 at which time I returned home and discharged from the Navy.//

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.


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