June 20, 2016 |
As lawmakers demanded answers this spring about water contamination in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, Paul Lutz began chemotherapy. Lutz does not live in the area with the tainted drinking water, which came from chemicals used on naval air bases. But he worked at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station as a flight engineer. Now 44 and retired from the military, he has multiple myeloma. As water contamination near the base attracts scrutiny, Lutz and others who worked there wonder: What about us?
January 15, 2014 |
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.
August 12, 2012 |
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.
October 18, 2011 |
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.
July 15, 2010 |
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.
June 21, 2010 |
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.
June 15, 2009 |
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.
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.
August 30, 2005 |
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.
May 5, 2005 |
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.