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Rubio tours base, visits Sailors

NAS Jacksonville welcomed Sen. Marco Rubio, (R-FL) for a familiarization tour of the station Jan. 15. Rubio and his staff members were greeted by Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Jack Scorby Jr. and NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Bob Sanders at the main gate before beginning a base familiarization tour.  

During the tour, NAS Jax Public Works Officer Cmdr. Anant Patel discussed several military construction projects recently completed, including the new P-8A Poseidon Integrated Training Center, those currently underway such as the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training Facility and future projects.  

Rubio also met with NAS Jax and tenant command Sailors during lunch at the Flight Line Café where he thanked them for their service as he learned more about how military families deal with deployments, some of the different career paths the Navy offers and physical fitness requirements.   

“Anytime we have the chance to interact with our men and women in uniform, it’s always enlightening and it reminds us of the great sacrifices they are making,” said Rubio.  

“We also came to see this facility which is so important, not only to Florida, but to the critical role of our national defense.”  

“I really enjoyed meeting the senator today. He seems really approachable and made everyone feel at ease. I was impressed that he wanted to know so much about what we do every day,” said IT1 LaToya Brown of Naval Computers and Telecommunications Station Jacksonville.

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