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NAS Cecil Field

Naval Air Station, Cecil Field, Florida

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VS-31 NAS Cecil Fld.

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Comment by Tom Lewis on April 19, 2012 at 1:28pm

I was with VA-34 at Cecil Field  from 1961-1963.  A4Ds. 

Comment by Bill Fihlman on February 6, 2012 at 10:09am

I went to Cecil Field after "A" school at NAS Jax. I served as an AE with VA-174 from Feb. 1966 to Oct 1969 and made 2nd class before being discharged. I worked on the new A-7 A's and B's and did three carrier quals on the Independence, America, and the Lexington. Some of the guys in the electric shop were Seligman, Pruitt, Chief Bramblett and the LCPO was Master Chief Andy Cavar. I was friends with a lot of AE's in VA-44 next door, Dick Couch, Gerry Kelleher, Hank Latham, Wayne Thomsen. Wayne and I married two sisters from New Orleans and we are both still married, 42 years later. I recently found Dick Couch on facebook and he and his family live in Oklahoma. One of our sons recently left the Navy, flew the SH-60B out of HSL-45 and was an instructor pilot at Pensacola Whiting field. Our other son is a special agent with a federal agency. I recently met Sen. John McCain who was in A-4 pilot training with VA-44 at the same time I was there. After POW release, he became CO of VA-174 and flew the A-7. Had some great times at Cecil and was sad to see it close. After the Navy I joined the Mass Air National Guard as an AE. Worked on the F-84, F-100, F-106, and the F-15. I retired in 2001 as master sgt. in charge of the electric shop. I recently retired as a full time police officer in Wareham, Mass. The Navy was the start of my entire career and the veteran's status helped every step of the way. There were hard times in the Navy, but there were more good times that you always remember. I wouldn't trade it for anything. 

Comment by Les Gongre on November 15, 2011 at 10:46am

I was stationed at Cecil Field with VA-15 (Ordnance shop) from 1976 through 1978. I would like to hear from my old Navy buddies. My email address is:

Comment by donald wayne nichols on November 5, 2011 at 4:26pm
Visited Cecil Field a few days ago while coming back from Ft. Lauderdale.It's still there.It was on a Sunday so it was very quiet.Lake Newman didn't have much water in it.The old guard shack still standing.The hangers are still there also the chapel.A few old buildings i remember.I still say they made a big mistake closing Cecil.It did me good to see it again.Last time i was there was 1988 and the time before that was 1973.
Comment by James r Fugate on November 5, 2011 at 9:46am

VA-44 68to decom 5-1-70 anybody else?


Comment by Ronald Earl Bereman II on September 20, 2011 at 11:51am
I hear you Chief, I lived in Jacksonville from 63 to 95 then moved to South Florida.  I went back to Jacksonville in 2003 and couldn't believe it.  Try double the traffic.  I lived in an apartment on Firestone Rd near the base for many years but never went back to the base except to take the kids to an air show.
Comment by Peter C. Ward on September 20, 2011 at 8:03am

My main complaint about Jax was the traffic.  Awful.  Haven't been there since 1990, but I bet it hasn't gotten any better.  Staying on the West side wasn't too bad, unless you drove to Orange Park during the holidays.  Nothing but a moving parking lot.  I liked NAS Cecil Field.  It was just everything outside the gate!

Comment by Ronald Earl Bereman II on September 20, 2011 at 7:59am

Chief Ward:  When I got to Jacksonville in 63 it was a Navy town.  Shore Patrol Headquarters downtown, SP's walking two by two, slop shoot bars, pool halls and tattoo parlors.  Shops that sold custom made blues and "seafarer jeans",

I loved it so much I stayed after I got out, bought a house in Riverside had four kids lived there for 30 years and retired from the City.  I guess a city is what you make of it.

Comment by Peter C. Ward on September 19, 2011 at 6:34am

I was at NAS Cecil Field from 1981 to 1990.

VA-15 (81-84)

VFA-106 (84-87)

VA,VFA-83 (87-90)

I liked NAS Cecil Field a lot.  Made CPO in 87, and loved the CPO club.  It's all gone now.  So sad.  I hated Jacksonville itself though.  Wouldn't live there if you GAVE me a house.  Awful city.


AMEC(AW) Peter C. Ward, USN, (Ret.)

Comment by Ed Murray on August 15, 2011 at 6:14pm
I was stationed at Cecil with VS-31 from May 78 - Jun 80 ..I was one of those idiot Beacon Club Wild Bunch guys ,,,ha. Whats really strange is that I went back to Cecil 15 yrs later as a DoD contractor and of course it was pretty vacant by then...but I did get a chance to stop into the Beacon Club again god empty except for me and the bartender...but the most astonishing thing was that the bartender used to be my favorite waitress in my stay there...what a blast from the past.

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