WE OWE YOU ALL A DEBT OF GRATITUDE
The wonderful men and women of our military must endure many hardships in their service to our country, including short notice moves to places never seen. My late father was career Air Force and my husband is retired Navy. As a child, teen and adult, I have lived a life of moves on orders. I know the special needs, the unique pressures. My passion is assisting military members and their families, turning difficult moves into smooth transitions.
The beauty and low cost-of-living of the greater Jacksonville area is one of the best kept secrets in the Navy. We came here on orders in 1989, never having lived here before. Navy retirement followed three years later; we are still here. The city of Jacksonville (and surrounds) is definitely a “military town”: NAS Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, Blount Island Command (USMC), Camp Blanding and the former NAS Cecil Field. Even though Cecil was recently decommissioned due to BRAC closures there are still many military/industrial activities there not to mention the huge jet-base runways. In this area there is no shortage of support for our brave men and women in uniform.
Naval Air Station Jacksonville
Originally commissioned in 1917 as Camp Joseph E. Johnson, an Army post, the base did not become a Naval Air Station until 1940. Located on the St. John’s River, the station was host to seaplane (PBY) squadrons during World War II. By the end of the war, NAS Jax was the largest Naval Air Station on the east coast. NAS Jax is the original home of the Navy’s Blue Angels. The demonstration team flew their first show in Jacksonville in June 1946. During the 1970’s the station transitioned to a primary mission of anti-submarine warfare. Today NAS Jax is home to all Atlantic Fleet patrol squdrons (VP) including VP-30 the P-3C Orion Fleet Replacement Squadron, which is the largest aviation squadron in the Navy. NAS is also the home of the area’s Naval Hospital.
NAS Jacksonville is approximately 2 miles north of homes for sale in Orange Park, 10 miles north of homes for sale in Fleming Island and 17 miles north of Green Cove Springs and many wonderful communities between. This area is a very popular choice for military families transferring into the Jacksonville area. The surrounding communities are loaded with shopping, dining, schools, theaters, medical and general businesses. Click to view homes for sale in Oakleaf Plantation and NW Orange Park, homes for sale in Orange Park, homes for sale in Eagle Harbor, homes for sale in Fleming Island Plantation, homes for sale in Magnolia Point Golf & Country Club or search by other Communities.
Naval Station Mayport
Situated at the mouth of the St. John’s River, NS Mayport enjoys a shore line with the river and the Atlantic Ocean. Commissioned in 1942, Mayport is host to a variety of cruisers, destroyers and frigates of the Atlantic Fleet. NS Mayport has been homeport to five different aircraft carriers through the years, most recently the USS John F. Kennedy, which was decommissioned in 2007. During this decade, Mayport is destined to become home port to a nuclear powered carrier to be transferred from Norfolk. NS Mayport also enjoys an 8,000 foot runway and is home to six anti-submarine helicopter light (HSL) squadrons. Mayport is also the home of the recently re-established Fourth Fleet.
Cecil Field Commerce Center
NAS Cecil Field was decommissioned in 1999 as a result of BRAC (base closure and realignment committee) action. Today’s commerce center has many faces (including a college with aviation courses and training aircraft) and remains heavily tied to aviation. Cecil is home to the Florida National Guard’s Aviation Support Facility and the U.S. Coast Guard’s Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron. Boeing and Northrop Grumman provide major maintenance and overhaul facilities.
Blount Island Command
Established by the U.S. Marine Corps in 1986, the command’s mission is to optimize combat readiness by loading the Corp’s Maritime Prepositioning Ships (MPS). During the first Gulf War, more materials were shipped to the Middle East from Jacksonville than from any other U.S. port.
Established in 1940, Camp Blanding is the primary military reservation and training base for the Florida National Guard, both the Florida Army National Guard and the Florida Air National Guard. It also hosts other Reserve, Army National Guard, Air National Guard and active duty components.