Participants in the 2018 NFL Football Procamp at Naval Air Station Jacksonville work on drills with New York Jets wide receiver Andre Roberts, left, who hosted the two-day event. To see more photos from this event, pick up this week's Jax Air News tomorrow or go to www.jaxairnews.com Photo by MC1(SW) Brian G. Reynolds
Tomorrow morning you spouses can share their ideas and feelings in a focus group. Register now by clicking below. Let your voice be heard!
Know beach safety and teach your children what the different colored flags mean!
CMDCM Donnie Henderson of Fleet Readiness Center Southeast retires after 30 years.
Check out the fun going on aboard the base with an NFL Football player from the NY Jets !! The camp goes on tomorrow.
VUP-19 conducts first MQ-4C Triton flights
By Lt. Matt Nemetz
VUP-19 Public Affairs Officer
Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19 recently successfully conducted its first flights as a squadron of the Navy’s newest unmanned aerial system (UAS), the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton.
The “Big Red” squadron, flew both of their MQ-4Cs, which had previously been delivered earlier this year for the first time out of Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu in California. Each aircraft was airborne for several hours to conduct functional check flights testing the operability of the aircrafts’ mechanics and systems. These flights served as both the culmination of the years of hard work to establish VUP-19 as flight-ready, and the beginning of the squadron’s next chapter as they prepare the aircraft for operational deployment.
The Tritons took off from California operated by pilots from both VUP-19 and the Navy’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1. Pilots worked from a forward operating base (FOB) as part of the squadron’s detachment positioned there to facilitate the launch, recovery, and maintenance of the MQ-4C. Following takeoff, control of the unmanned aircraft was passed to the main operating base (MOB) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, where VUP-19 and VX-1 pilots, flight officers and sensor operators conducted the operational portion of the event. Upon the conclusion of the flight, prior to landing, control of the Triton was returned to the FOB pilots in California who then brought the aircraft back in for a safe arrival.
“This is certainly an important milestone.” remarked VUP-19 Commanding Officer Cmdr. John LeVoy, “I’m extremely proud of what the combined Big Red and VX-1 teams have been able to accomplish, and am looking forward to how the squadron handles the upcoming challenges with the Triton platform.”
Moving forward, VUP-19 plans to continue operating Tritons out of Point Mugu as they gear up for the aircraft’s eventual move to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. It is from this permanent forward-deployed position that Triton will enter its early operational capability to fly missions in the Pacific region.
VUP-19 is the United States Navy’s first unmanned maritime patrol squadron, which was established in October 2013 and commissioned in October 2016. Homeported at NAS Jacksonville with a permanent detachment to Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu in California, VUP-19’s current mission is to operate the MQ-4C Triton in the baseline configuration supporting U.S Seventh Fleet operations.
4 more days until the start of Feds Feed Families! Stay tuned for more information on how you can help locally.
If you received a ticket aboard the base, you need to attend the AAA driver improvement course and they just announced a weekend date! Next Saturday, July 21 will be a class held in Bldg. 1. Additionally, a teen driver improvement course will be held Aug. 3. No license is needed for that class and there is no hands on driving. For questions or to register, call 542-3082.
Tomorrow and Friday will be an opportunity for youths of base patrons to attend a FREE football camp with an NFL football player! Sign up today - see below for more details.
With Hurricane Chris moving out of the area, there can be lingering effects. Use caution through Saturday and look for flooding around the river.
It was a beautiful morning at Naval Air Station Jacksonville! Check out the great photo from Fleet Readiness Center Southeast !!
Navy Exchange Gas Station reopens for business
Top: Capt. Michael Connor, Naval Air Station Jacksonville commanding officer, along with personnel from Navy Exchange (NEX), Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast and contractors from Sweat LLC and SPATCO Energy Solutions, cut the ribbon to officially reopen the NEX Gas Station July 10. The station had been closed for renovation since Jan. 8. (U.S. Navy Photo by Reggie Jarrett/Released)
Bottom: MA3 Justin Lawson of the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Security Department fills up his patrol vehicle at the new Navy Exchange gas pumps July 9. The new system was tested with government vehicles the day before the ribbon cutting. (U.S. Navy Photo by Julie M. Lucas/Released)
Throwback Tuesday! Pretty cool to see people playing sports aboard the station during their lunch. Anyone up for a quick game of touch?
ASIST Suicide Intervention Training for service members, DoD and military contractors July 11-12, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the NAS Jax chapel, education building 749. Participation in both days is required. E-4 and below need recommendation from an E-7 or above. To register or for questions call 542-3923.
The outdoor pool will be closed today!
This free event is taking place this week! There are limited spots, so call today to make your reservation! See the poster below for more info.
There are numerous ways to keep mosquitos off - from the types of clothing to your scent. Read below on how to keep yourself bite free!
Here are the closures and changed hours for operations aboard the base during the holiday tomorrow and as a reminder, NO FIREWORKS are authorized!
Lane changes for outbound traffic
The times have changed for lane changes on outbound traffic aboard the station.
Three lanes of outbound traffic on Yorktown Avenue are now from 1:50-5 p.m. This means only one lane for inbound traffic on Yorktown during this time.
Birmingham Avenue now has two lanes for outbound traffic from 1:30-5 p.m.
Morning travel will remain the same.
Overhead directional lane lights indicate which lanes are open for travel along both roads. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW THESE LIGHTS TO AVOID ACCIDENTS.