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NAS Cecil Field

Naval Air Station, Cecil Field, Florida

Veterans: 76
Latest Activity: Nov 12

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Comment by Kenneth E. felipe on October 29, 2018 at 10:11am
I went there last Oct, the air field side is packed with new stuff and a lot of traffic. Sadly the part where the barracks were are all gone. Only thing you see where the barracks and galley was are the parking lots. Both the old one's by the field are gone and the new one 's that were by the clinic are also gone. The clinic is still there , the old mcdonalds is there just closed, the gym is suprisingly open, and the garage infront of thw tennis courta are there but closed.
Comment by Ronald R Jenkins on October 29, 2018 at 10:02am

Arrived at Cecil Field in May 1965 and was assigned to VA-87 attack squadron. Was ATR tech and also nuclear weapons loading team. Really enjoyed my tour in Jacksonville. Was discharged after serving 4 years with the Navy. Met a lot of good people from all over the U.S. Only been back once and the base was closed then. Glad to hear that it is thriving once more.

Comment by David De Rooy on October 28, 2018 at 9:07pm

I often wonder about Cecil Fields current state. Thanks for the update. I'm glad to hear it isn't a ghost town anymore. If you took any photos I'd love to see one

Comment by Dan Perkins on October 28, 2018 at 8:19pm

I visited NAS Cecil Field (aka Jacksonville Jet Port) today, 10/28/18.  The last time I did so about 10 years ago it was just an abandoned Navy base.  Today it is a thriving place with lots of major corporations and new highways built just for the facility.  There is also a huge presence of nostalgia with many of the original buildings still intact and being used.  The Air-Ops and control tower building where I worked has had lots of updates.  I am so glad I stopped and for 2 hours it felt like it was 1974 again !!!

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.

 

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