- August 6, 2014
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The Florida Defense Support Task Force came aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville last month to tour the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast and a maritime patrol squadron as part of its duties to promote the state’s military installations. According to consultants interviewed by the Florida Times-Union, the air station is well positioned to survive future base closings and, possibly, grow. “As for the future, I can confidently say that NAS Jacksonville will not close. The base may lose some military billets due to sequestration — which may also reduce base operating funds,” said Charlie Battaglia with the Principi Group. James Hinkle of the Spectrum Group praised the readiness center’s extensive capabilities to work on multiple aircraft, including the F/A-18 and P-3. “And don’t forget the base’s growing support for unmanned aerial vehicles. You can see that people take good care of this base and that it’s ready for more growth,” he said.