Florida’s First Naval Air Station Celebrates 75th Anniversary

June 9, 2016 | By kgabel
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Capt. Rè Bynum, commanding officer Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville with the Naval Air Station Jacksonville 75th anniversary time capsule. Florida’s first naval air station celebrated its 75th anniversary on October 15, 2015. In 1939, Jacksonville’s voters approved a bond that provided the necessary land need for the base and on October 15, 1940, Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville was commissioned. Today, NAS Jacksonville is the largest naval air station in the Southeast Region and third largest naval air station in the nation, evolving as one of the fastest growing installations in the United States Navy. [caption id="attachment_4336" align="alignleft" width="300"]
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Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville operated Fuel Tank depicting Naval Air Station Jacksonville’s logo and replica logo designed by Mr. Walt Disney. Entering NAS Jacksonville, you will see a duck painted on one of the fuel storage tanks operated by Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville. In the 1940’s Mr. Walt Disney regularly designed logos for the military and the commander of the aviation school at NAS Jacksonville wrote to Mr. Disney requesting a logo. That new logo featured Disney’s Dewey Duck as a hatchling flight student ready to fly. A replica of Disney’s logo and the NAS Jacksonville insignia are still depicted on the fuel tank, along with NAS Jacksonville’s establishment date. As part of the 75th Anniversary celebration, NAS Jacksonville Safety Officer and Historian Mr. Ronald Williams arranged a time capsule commemoration using military ammunition boxes. Base representatives, tenant commands, and local community leaders were encouraged to add tokens representing their command to the time capsule. NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville contributed a written history of supply and logistics support to NAS Jacksonville along with their commemorative coin. Years from now, when the time capsule is opened, it will provide insight to the past accomplishments of all the commands at NAS Jacksonville. The commemorative coins, plaques, and other memorabilia will provide a nostalgic glimpse back to 2015. January/February 2016