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TheNBVC Spring VolleyballTournament takesplace in the WarfieldGym, Port Hueneme. Games startat 9 a.m. Prizes awarded to first-,second- and third-place winners.Information: 989-8098.
PAY UNCLE SAM:
It’sTax Day. Not prepared?The local VITA officemight still be able tohelp. Information: Page 1.
IN THE RING:
The NavyBox-Off will be at 5p.m. in the Bee HiveGym, Port Hueneme.The All-Navy Team Boxingcandidates will be fighting for aspot in the Armed Forces BoxingChampionships later this month.Fifteen bouts are on the card. Freeto all hands with base access.Information: Page 9.
Denny’sRestaurant, cornerof Ventura Road andChannel IslandsBoulevard in Oxnard, will donatea portion of their profits madefrom 3 to 8 p.m. today to theChannel Islands Council, U.S. NavyLeague. The donation will be usedto offset costs for the League’sannual Military Recognition Dinner,scheduled for May 20. At thedinner, the Navy League honors 13local Navy enlisted personnel.
Theschoolattendedbyeightstu-dents who visited Naval Base Ven-tura County on Feb. 25 as part of a job-shadowing program was in-correctly identified in the March18 edition of The Lighthouse. Thestudents attend Frontier HighSchool.
It took six months, but an E-2C Hawk-eye finally went up on display at Navalase Ventura County (NBVC) PointMugu on Aug. 18, 2005.Seabees and the NBVC Public Worksepartmentbeganworkingontheprojectin January of 2005, but they encounteredelays due to bad weather and environ-ental issues, according to the Sept. 8,005, issue of The Lighthouse.The E-2C is on four landing gear con-retepedestalswithasidewalkcirclingtheisplay.Theteamalsoconstructeda4-footidewalk and handicap access ramp, 11bollards with built-in lights and fourfloodlights to shine on the plane.
None of this could have been donewithout Public Works and the Seabees,”Capt.HarryRobinson,commodore,Com-mander, Airborne Early Warning WingU.S. Pacific Fleet, said at the ribbon-cut-ting.
I am ever so grateful to them. It isa wonderful display where people canlearn about the E-2.”Capt.PaulGrossgold,commandingof-ficer of NBVC, explained that the E-2sarrived at Point Mugu in the late 1990swhen Miramar closed.
The Seabee branch has turned thiscorner of the base into a really nicearea,”he said.
It shows that the natureof the base has changed.”The E-2C Hawkeye, considered theeyes and ears of the Navy fleet, isequipped with a long-range surveillanceradar and has significant communica-tion capabilities.The E-2C on display features a logoon the fuselage that represents each of the four squadrons at NBVC PointMugu.
2005: E-2C Hawkeye installed at Point Mugu
Oct.1,2010,marks the10-year anniver-ary of the establishment of Naval Baseentura County, the official date that Na-val Air Station Point Mugu and Construc-tion Battalion Center Port Hueneme com-bined under a single commander.In recognition of the anniversary, TheLighthouse is publishing these
Lookingback” items that detail the history of thetwo bases leading up to their unified com-mand and that recall the major news of thelast 10 years.
•The Military Expo, Business and Com-unity Exposition that took place in Ca-arillo on March 25 highlighted the eco-omic impact Naval Base VenturaCounty has on the county itself. Not onlyis the base the county’s largest employer,overall it has a $1.7 billion impact on thelocal economy.That’s a long way from 1958, when thecounty’smilitarypayrollfinallytopped$1illionaweek—andthat’swhentheOx-ard Air Force Base was still in commis-sion.Here is a reprint from the VenturaCounty Star-Free Press, dated Dec. 31,1958, and headlined:
County MilitaryPayrollNowTops$1MillionEveryWeek:Point Mugu Takes U.S. Spotlight.” Thestory mentions a $5 million, 315-unitCapehart housing area soon to be com-leted for Oxnard Air Force Base service-en; that area was demolished last yearand is now Catalina Heights in Camaril-lo.The Star-Free Press story is reprintedasitappeared,withdifferentcapitalizationthan what is used today.•Morethan 12,000 servicemen and civil-ians stationed in Ventura county during1958tookhomeweeklypaycheckstotalingmore than $1 million.Bytheendof thisyear,payrollsforper-sonnelatPointMugu,PortHuenemeandOxnard air force base had climbed pastthe $58 million mark.Point Mugu, where men and missilesbroke into national prominence in 1958,accountedforpayrollstotalingmorethan$36 million. Civilians earned $22 million;servicemen took home $14 million.Mugu payrolls last year (1957) werelittlemorethanhalf thisyear’stally.TotaldisbursementsatPointMugureachedonly$45 million in 1957 as compared with1958’s $80 million.
Military payroll $1 million a week in ’58
PHOTO COURTESY COMMAND HISTORICAL ARCHIVES CENTER
A Regulus II is fired from a submarine in this 1958 photo. That year, the military payroll inVentura County topped $1 million a week for the first time.
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