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December 29, 1988 | By Reginald Stuart, Daily News Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, one of the city's largest employers, was spared, but the nearby Naval Hospital would close under sweeping cutbacks in the number and size of military installations across the country recommended today by a federal commission. The panel also recommended that the huge Fort Dix Army Base in Burlington County, N.J., be reduced to "semi-active" status. Basic training at the base would be shifted to other bases, its military strength cut to 7,781 from the current 10,921 and civilian jobs cut to 1,516 from 2,143.
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January 30, 1986 | By Kurt Pfitzer, Special to The Inquirer
Forty people who climbed over a fence at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Willow Grove in September to protest U.S. military involvement in Central America were ordered yesterday to pay fines of $25 to $50 each. Montgomery County District Justice Gloria Morgan of Willow Grove also ordered the protesters, who belong to a group called Pledge of Resistance, to perform 10 to 15 hours each of community service and to pay court costs of $48.50 each. More than 200 protesters marched Sept.
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September 13, 1993 | by Valerie M. Russ, Daily News Staff Writer
Rear Admiral Louise C. Wilmot has a laugh that comes from somewhere deep inside and erupts like a friendly volcano. It is a laugh that announces to the world: I am without fear. I don't sit back quietly. I can take charge. And, in fact, she has. In July, Wilmot became the latest and perhaps the last commander of the U.S. Naval Base in Philadelphia. She is also the first woman in the Navy's history to command a naval base. She is tall, with light-coppery red hair and a personality as lively as her laugh.
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May 10, 1996 | By Pam Louwagie, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Township officials got their first official sign of approval to use more than 125 acres of Naval Air Warfare Center land for a park and possibly a school. Now they have to wait for a salute from the Navy. The Federal Lands Reuse Authority voted unanimously Wednesday night in favor of letting the township use the land as long as the township takes into consideration the needs of the Council Rock School District to build a new school. The move confirmed the preliminary approval the authority gave the township on March 13 and will be passed along to the Department of the Interior and the Navy, which will make the final decision on the township's plan.
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April 2, 1995 | By Jennifer Van Doren, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Last fall, Nancy Bauer was looking forward to $1.5 million from Washington for her organization to help contractors at the Naval base stay in the area and move into new careers when the base moves to new digs in Maryland. Later, some suggested that instead of going to Bauer's Solutions Now, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization, the money should go to the county's Economic Adjustment Committee (EAC), now called the Economic Adjustment Authority, which was formed to oversee the Naval Air Warfare Center's transition from military to civilian use. Now, neither group will get the money.
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October 6, 1999 | By Stephanie Doster, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
When a new Bucks County health clinic opened yesterday on the former military base in Warminster, Nicole Woxland was there with her 3-year-old twins. Woxland and her sons arrived at the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) clinic at her scheduled time and picked up vouchers that she and other low-income mothers can exchange in area grocery stores for food and infant formula. Now, instead of driving the 30-minute trip to the nearest clinic in Doylestown every two months, Woxland, 28, can make the trip in about three minutes from her Warminster home.
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August 19, 1994 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / SHARON J. WOHLMUTH
The Navy saluted a pioneer yesterday when Rear Adm. Louise Wilmot was relieved as commander of the Philadelphia Navy Base. Wilmot, the first woman to command a naval base, is retiring after 30 years in the Navy. Yesterday's ceremony included five of the Navy's nine female rear admirals. Here, Wilmot is escorted to the podium by her nieces Danielle (left) and Jessica Weaver and her nephew John Valent.
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July 15, 2010 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
After working for a year at a South Jersey Wal-Mart, Giovani Cruz wanted to show everybody he could make it big. He decided to join the Marines. "Why go soft when you can go hard?" Lance Cpl. Cruz told his family when he signed up. He entered the Marine Corps in March 2009. Lance Cpl. Cruz, 22, drowned Sunday, July 4, while swimming off the naval base at Guantánamo Bay, where he had been since May as part of the Marine Corps Security Force Company on a three-month detail.
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October 18, 2011 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com
A local Marine allegedly stole aluminum helicopter landing pads and other metal objects from the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Willow Grove and then sold the goods to a local scrap metal dealer, a federal grand jury charged Tuesday. Authorities said Christopher M. Cook, 28, of Lakehurst, N.J., a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, stole approximately 60,000 pounds of the landing pads and other materials worth about $760,000 between August 2010 and February of this year.
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April 11, 1997 | Daily News wire services
HONG KONG For British naval base, the sun is setting The long goodbye to Empire will undergo one of its most poignant moments today when Britain shuts its naval base in Hong Kong, ending the Royal Navy's shore presence in the Far East. The 156-year colonial chapter that began with Queen Victoria's navy landing troops on the sparsely inhabited island of Hong Kong will end against a backdrop of skyscrapers and a crowded harbor - testimony to Hong Kong as the most successful British colony of all. "It is very sad indeed . . . but that is a fact of life," the British navy chief, Adm. Sir Jock Slater, told Hong Kong radio yesterday.
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January 15, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dozens of Horsham residents turned out Monday to comment on the Navy's environmental impact study for redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station at Willow Grove. Most residents were concerned with traffic, noise, and other impacts during and after construction. Activists also submitted comments and distributed leaflets opposing the drone command center at the Horsham Air Guard Base, which is adjacent but unrelated to the naval base redevelopment. Troops at the Air Guard base are training to remotely operate MQ-9 Reaper drones to conduct strikes and surveillance overseas as part of the U.S. counterterrorism program.
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August 12, 2012 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
LONDON - The medal with the right color is proudly displayed in Doug Collins' home. The wrong-colored one remains unclaimed somewhere in Switzerland. Forty years later, Collins and his 11 teammates from the 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball team are as resolute as ever. Even when they get together in two weeks for their first ever reunion, he said, there is no chance they will change their minds. The silver medals they refused in 1972 will not be accepted. "No," Collins said the other day, "that will never happen.
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October 18, 2011 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com
A local Marine allegedly stole aluminum helicopter landing pads and other metal objects from the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Willow Grove and then sold the goods to a local scrap metal dealer, a federal grand jury charged Tuesday. Authorities said Christopher M. Cook, 28, of Lakehurst, N.J., a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, stole approximately 60,000 pounds of the landing pads and other materials worth about $760,000 between August 2010 and February of this year.
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July 15, 2010 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
After working for a year at a South Jersey Wal-Mart, Giovani Cruz wanted to show everybody he could make it big. He decided to join the Marines. "Why go soft when you can go hard?" Lance Cpl. Cruz told his family when he signed up. He entered the Marine Corps in March 2009. Lance Cpl. Cruz, 22, drowned Sunday, July 4, while swimming off the naval base at Guantánamo Bay, where he had been since May as part of the Marine Corps Security Force Company on a three-month detail.
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June 21, 2010 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Incidents at separate gates caused officials to lockdown at the Lakehurst Navy base in Ocean County for about an hour Monday. The Lakehurst gates were closed from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., said Airman Bryan Swink, a spokesman for the Naval Air Engineering Center of the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Swink said the 87th Security Forces Squadron reported simultaneous "incidents" on the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Security detained a delivery driver at one gate after he told them that he had a gun for personal protection.
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June 15, 2009 | By MICHAEL EICHERT
IT'S understandable that President Obama wants to remove the stain of Guantanamo from his administration and the U.S. What was once a place of hope has become associated with the ignominy that characterizes the Bush administration throughout the world. But I think the president's decision to close the prison there was hastily made and misguided. So I was relieved when the Senate turned down the $81 million sought by the White House May 21, 90-6. A little background Guantanamo is a 12-by-six-mile bay, with inner and outer harbors, 400 miles southeast of Miami on the south side of Cuba near its eastern coast, facing Haiti.
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September 21, 2006
Pope's apology Pope Benedict's apology for reading a statement critical of the prophet Muhammad is a rather lame one. He did not really say that he was sorry for what he said but rather was sorry that it was misinterpreted by others. If apologies are in order, the pope ought to apologize to those Catholics worldwide who will suffer retaliation for his indiscreet comments. If there is anything our troubled world doesn't need, it's a religious war. History tells us of the disaster of the 30 Years' War several centuries ago. People of Pope Benedict's stature need to be more responsible in their public utterances.
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August 30, 2005 | By Marc Schogol INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gov. Rendell vowed yesterday to fight to keep the Air National Guard's 15 attack jets flying out of the Willow Grove air base, even though the military says the A-10 "Warthogs" will be moved elsewhere. Rendell described a plan to turn what has been a naval air station and reserve base into a smaller installation largely composed of state National Guard units. At a news conference outside the base in Horsham, Rendell repeatedly said that Willow Grove will continue to be a military facility, even though the federal Base Closure and Realignment Commission said Friday that the air base would be closed and voted to relocate the A-10s and other existing Navy and Marine units.
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May 5, 2005 | By Henry J. Holcomb INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The region is bracing for another BRAC attack. The Pentagon's fifth "base realignment and closure," or BRAC, process is under way, and the list of targets for closure is expected to be made public next week. Those who have studied the Defense Department's complex criteria believe that the prime closure risks here are the Willow Grove Naval Air Station and the Defense Supply Center, a 135-acre logistics campus at 700 Robbins St. in Northeast Philadelphia. The Willow Grove complex employs 7,779 people, including contractors.
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May 2, 2003 | By Dawn Fallik INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A sign at the edge of the former Warminster Naval Air Base reads "Ann's Choice: Worry-Free Retirement Living. " But nearby residents say there's nothing worry-free about the continuing construction. The 750-acre Naval warfare center was once a federal Superfund site, contaminated with metals and potentially cancer-causing chemicals. The Navy completed all cleanup activities at the site in 1999, opening the way for private development. But nearby residents say they are getting sick from the dust coming from the site, and one worker says "thick black liquid" oozed from the soil while a trench was being dug. Officials from a local labor union, which lost a $23 million bid to do the cleanup work, took soil samples of some of the dirt piles and found high levels of petroleum.
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