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NAS Pensacola Turns 100 Years Old

  • August 19, 2014
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� � � Updated: Tuesday, August 19 2014, 03:56 PM CDT NAS Pensacola is turning 100. In honor of the Centennial anniversary, the Pensacola Chamber Foundation and several other regional partners will be hosting the NAS Pensacola 100-year Reunion Weekend. NAS Pensacola is the nation's oldest Naval Air Station. It's also one of the largest training operations in the Navy and graduates nearly 60,000 students from its training programs each year. With an approximate $60 million economic impact on the region annually, the military base employs more than 23,000 personnel throughout Greater Pensacola. This celebration not only recognizes the important economic role that NAS Pensacola has played within Northwest Florida, but also the countless number of men and women who have volunteered to serve our nation and protect the freedom that many have sacrificed for, said Pensacola Chamber Foundation Executive Director Jerry Maygarden. The three-day reunion will kick off on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 12:30 pm with a golf tournament at Marcus Pointe Golf Club. Active and retired military members will be paired with local community leaders for a festive event, which will include lunch, social activities and cash prizes. On Friday, Aug. 22, Seville Quarter will host the NAS Pensacola 100-year Reunion Celebration from 6 to 10 pm. There will be nine decorated rooms, each showcasing a theme of NAS Pensacola's history. During the event, members from all branches of the military will have the opportunity to share their stories and contributions from their time at NAS Pensacola, providing a first-hand historical look at the bases history. The celebration will conclude with a baseball game at 6:30 pm on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, featuring the Pensacola Blue Wahoos playing rivals Montgomery Biscuits. �
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