Tag Archives: Camp Blanding Joint Training Center

USS Klakring family_US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marcus L. Stanley

Finding Home: Military Relocation and Retirement on the First Coast

It’s moving season. Each summer, approximately 200,000 military families relocate from their current duty station to their next set of orders. May 15-August 31 is peak PCS (Permanent Change of Station) season, with 65% of military moves occurring during this timeframe. The local impact is huge. Northeast Florida’s military presence is the third largest in the country, with area military installations like Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Naval Aviation Depot Jacksonville, Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island, and Camp Blanding Joint Training Center. Each year, thousands of military families relocate to our area. …

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U.S. NAVY Sailors depart on USS Simpson decommissioning, US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy Schumaker

Honor & Duty: A Look at the History of the Military in Jacksonville, Florida

Heading south in a 1972 Monte Carlo bought with his last $500, Bill Spann caught a glimpse of the Jacksonville skyline as he made his way down I-95 to his new home at Naval Station Mayport. “I thought, ‘How did I never know about this before?’ I fell in love with the city that day,” says Spann. When Spann received his duty orders, people asked if he had an admiral in his family or someone to pull the strings for such a desirable station. “I just got lucky. Jacksonville has long been the most requested duty station in the Navy,” …

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