Mon, Nov 08, 2004
Just Two Months After Hurricane Ivan
The pilot and technician trainees are back. The process of
rebuilding is underway. If it wasn't for the absence of buildings
that stood on the grounds of NAS Pensacola (FL) just two months
ago, you'd never know that the base was devastated by a
"We feel very confident that the base is going to be rebuilt,"
said retired Navy Capt. Vann Goodloe, military consultant to the
Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. "It's going to be bigger
and stronger and better than ever."
That statement was backed up by a pledge from Navy Secretary
Gordon England who pledged some $600 million in funding for the
base after it was heavily damaged by Hurricane Ivan in
Pensacola is where the Navy trains its pilots. It's also home to
the Museum of Naval Aviation and the Blue Angels. And, as England
put it, what's good for NAS Pensacola is good for Pensacola at
"That's got to be a good sign for the area," he said, "that
we're actually rebuilding the base."
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