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NAS Whiting Field: 75 Years of Military Excellence

By Capt. Paul Bowdich, Commanding Officer, NAS Whiting Field During World War II, in the rural fields of Milton, Florida, a small outlying field named Naval Auxiliary Air Station Whiting Field began its primary mission—producing the military’s best-trained aviation warfighters.  The value of aviation to the war and to the …

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Ships named for U.S. Marines

  By Daniel Garas, Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division Since its creation in 1775, the United States Marines Corps has created its own unique history and culture that has garnered a world-wide reputation for the service as an elite fighting force. The Navy and Marine Corps …

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The National Naval Aviation Museum’s Must See List

By Hill Goodspeed, Historian, National Naval Aviation Museum In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established National Aviation Day, choosing August 19th as a fitting date since it was the birthday of Orville Wright.  On the occasion of this 78th National Aviation Day, here are some of the most interesting things …

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Train As You Will Fight

By Christopher B. Havern Sr., Historian, Naval History and Heritage Command History and Archives Division-Emergent Response “Wisdom comes alone through suffering.” ― Aeschylus On August 7, 1942, Allied amphibious forces landed units of the First Marine Division and surprised the Imperial Japanese forces occupying the islands of Guadalcanal and Tulagi in …

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