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Us: Navy Petty Officer Mark Thomas Mahmod of Naval Air Station Oceana

BY MARK THOMAS MAHMOD NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA — One important lesson I’ve learned through my short time of military service is to never quit. Occasionally, I find myself thinking, “I don’t know where I’d be today if it wasn’t for… Continue Reading

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Us: Capt. Chad Vincelette, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Oceana

BY CHAD VINCELETTE NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA — During a counseling session when I was a young naval officer, my commanding officer told me that in order to lead a successful organization you have to have a “servant’s mindset.”   At first… Continue Reading

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Us: Petty Officer Jacob Richardson of Naval Air Station Oceana

BY JACOB RICHARDSON Many thoughts, feelings and habits have stayed with me throughout my time in the Navy.  The most profound and impactful for me is the idea and importance of camaraderie found within the Navy and between service members. … Continue Reading

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The dignitaries, theme for Pungo Strawberry Festival held over Memorial Day weekend in rural village

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO – Memorial Day weekend will find Bob and Phoebe Braswell, the honorary mayor and first lady of Pungo, presiding over this year’s Pungo Strawberry Festival, with “Rise and Shine — It’s Strawberry Time” as this… Continue Reading

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Plans for Harvest Farms development near Pungo changing following concern from public, advisory bodies

Ed. — A version of this story originally appeared in print in August. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Harvest Farms, a mixed-use development proposed for two properties in the heart of Pungo, faces opposition regarding the amount of housing and commercial… Continue Reading

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Letter: Farmland preservation program should go away and Virginia Beach put tax dollars into flooding neighborhoods

Dear Editor: My opponent in the Princess Anne District, City Councilmember Barbara Henley, helped create and voted for the agriculture reserve program, or ARP, in 1995. Many years later in 2013, as a sitting member of the Virginia Beach City… Continue Reading

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Sea level rise meeting dealing with Back Bay, part of Virginia Beach series of talks, set for January

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – A public meeting about flooding issues and how sea level rise will be felt in the Back Bay area is scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22, at Kellam High School, part of a series… Continue Reading

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Military: NAS Oceana wants drone operators to quit unauthorized flying at and near installations

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS  VIRGINIA BEACH — One day this past month, service members at Naval Air Station Oceana spotted two different drones flying at the facility without authorization to do so. In addition to posing a hazard to U.S. Navy pilots… Continue Reading

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Column: Air show memories reflect upon a long relationship with Oceana

BY LINDA RUSSELL VIRGINIA BEACH — I expected the normal complaints about the Oceana Air Show and, sure enough, some weeks back in a local paper’s letters to the editor someone complained about the flyovers. The original solution to the noise and… Continue Reading

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Oceana: Schools, Navy partner again to bring fifth graders to air show

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA — Amid displays of military technology and aerial prowess, the entire fifth grade from Virginia Beach schools visited the Oceana Air Show on Friday, Sept. 15, where students learned about science, technology, engineering and… Continue Reading