Goliad Industrial Airpark

Janelle Bludau

jbludau@newscenter25.com

Updated: 5/03/2013 5:58 pm

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Goliad Airport and Disgruntled Residents


The future of a piece Goliad County's past is at the center of a heated debate between county leaders and the U.S. Navy. The Goliad Industrial Airpark served as a training base for Navy pilots until the property was closed and condemned by the government but the Navy's takeover a second time has some people flying off the handle with anger.
 
In a News Center 25’s special report Janelle Bludau takes a look at why people wanted to ground the navy's plans to take over the park once again.

People in Goliad County have spent countless hours and thousands of their own dollars trying to keep navy planes off the runway but they said even after all of their time and effort, the pilots have taken flight leaving landowners off their radar.

But while some residents say the having the Navy back in town is not a good thing, others say it's an honor. Many local residents say they feel safer having the Navy so close.
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Texas Twig - 5/4/2013 12:32 PM
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To all for or against the NAVY taking back the airpark, I know there was a lot of work done by several landowners from Goliad County and especially from the Berclair area fighting for the cause. In this time of turmoil in the world, I am glad the NAVY is training pilots to be able to protect us. I believe that the hijacks and bombings that have already happened is just the beginning. I am all for our military. My father, husband and father-in-law all served in the Navy, two brothers in the Army, and one in the Marines. Remember to thank a veteran and our members of all of the branches of the service! Goliad County businesses miss out on revenue from Goliad Naval Landing Field because they lack in the items needed such as tools, tractor parts and supplies, tires, etc. Goliad has grown in the size of the schools, but a lot less of other businesses. People learned it was worth the drive to Victoria or Beeville to shop because of more selections and better prices. Goliad will always have it's beautiful historic charm no matter how many people move in or out of the county.

Texas Twig - 5/4/2013 11:23 AM
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I have lived in the Berclair community since 1959, then in 1992 moved to property to the southeast side of NAS Chase Field. Planes flew around and right over our homes. I never had dishes rattle in the cabinets, never lost sleep over planes flying over. My father worked for the company that built NALF Goliad. My mother and father worked for the Navy at NAS Chase while I was still in high school. The Navy brought my wonderful husband to Beeville in the Navy whom I met before I graduated from high school in Goliad. After graduation, I went to work for the Navy where I worked for almost 11 years. Later in our married life, my husband went to work for a contractor at Chase Field until the closing of it. The people complaining about the NAVY taking back the landing field, did not live around here when it all started, when A4 and T2 jets flew day and night. These little mosquito planes are nothing compared to those jets. It was a noise that you got used to. It did not scare the cattle, deer, horses, etc. They were used to it too. We never had any animals abort from the noise of the jets. I am thankful for the Navy for providing for my family growing up and a lot of years after being married. Concerning jobs - the people that worked at NALF Goliad during those years were either in the NAVY or were civil service employees. If you were not tied to NAS Chase Field, you did not work at NALF Goliad. I understand the feelings of these complainers that lost their battle with the NAVY, but get real, how many jobs did think would there be. Maybe if they would have sold the land to DCP, then there would have been jobs temporarily, but they would eventually be gone too. I don't think those landowners would want the 24/7 traffic that the oil boom has created on Highway 59 that never stops. In all my 50+ years of living around here, there has been very few crashes in this area. There has not been any residents killed by crashes. LIVED HERE LONGER IN BERCLAIR

Farmer - 5/3/2013 7:53 PM
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Or maybe you liked having the drug runners instead?

Farmer - 5/3/2013 7:47 PM
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No jobs? Really? Hmmm that's interesting cause I know of five people for certain who collect a paycheck from being employed there. AND they are Goliad/Bee county residents. I also know of many businesses in Bee County who are reaping the rewards of doing business out there, someone needs to do THEIR research.

Claire B - 5/3/2013 5:24 PM
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Good interview - I hope there will be a follow up, and perhaps interviews with others who want to discuss the pros and cons of the Navy takeover. However, these folks need to do their research first. Do any of you who commented know the facts of this argument? Have any of you read the Navy's Environmental Assessment? If you really care about your land and this beautiful historic county you'll know the Navy specifically states there WILL BE NO JOBS associated with this project. None. The Navy says so in their report. Heck, the Mayor of Corpus Christi told us the tax base of Corpus was on the line here... that Goliad ought to be a good partner and allow the Navy to expand northward - after all, they'd run out of land, and developers couldn't tolerate the Navy's taking their valuable plots. That's what this is about folks. Corpus' needs vs. rural America's needs. Get out your Goliad bloody arm flag and salute IT. Another quick comment. Do those of you who commented know that the former Mayor of Corpus Christi was quoted as saying that it would be good of Goliad citizens to support the Navy's using this airbase out here because Corpus needed to grow.... and we would be good neighbors to allow them their growth. Thus prompting our reply "Not in our Backyard". The Navy had 5 alternative sites, yet they chose Goliad. We suspect they knew they'd have less of a fight on their hands in aiming for a rural base such as Goliad. After all, we're just rural hicks trying to eeek out a living out here in the country.

wanalkocurek - 5/3/2013 9:20 AM
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Wana Lynn Fromme Kocurek - Appears to me this media needs to revisit this story and get facts straight and give a fair and biased opinion of what the surrounding neighbors feel. We need our military and if we who have property surrounding the Navy Base training our finest cannot withstand a little inconvenience then mayhaps we need remember our fathers who served in the military to protect this Country. And by God we need it now. My daddy, Archie L. Fromme, Sr. served along with many others to protect us. When the base was first there years ago he and my mother tolerated the planes flying over the same home in which Serena Edwards lives now. He would say thank God they are there and we would stop talking until the plane passed and then continue what we were doing, knowing they were there to protect us. There has been many years passed since those days and planes and these new planes are a lot quieter and tolerable. I have a small camphouse right at the entrance to the base and it is not that bad. I suggest this report and this station do some further reporting. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!

patriotism - 5/3/2013 9:16 AM
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Whether people like it or not this country is at war and it falls to our military to protect us and what this country stands for. What kind of patriotic Americans are not willing to deal with a few overhead flights to ensure a well trained military? I am more upset over the lives lost by good Americans due to lack of training and govt cutbacks. We should support the enhancement of our military regardless of our views on the war. They risk their lives for each and everyone of us and complaints about their need to train are a slap in the face to the sacrifices they make for us. Shame on all you disgruntled residents for being so selfish.

LauraV - 5/2/2013 10:59 PM
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So if your going to report a story you need to tell the whole story and not leave your listeners in fear thinking a unexperienced pilot is flying over their house and family. SHAME ON YOU FOR NOT REPORTING OUR MILITARY BETTER THAN THAT

LauraV - 5/2/2013 10:57 PM
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in Kingsville, Texas, to learn how to fly one of two turboprop planes that operate from aircraft carriers: either the E-2C Hawkeye or the C-2A Greyhound. The actual flight time required varies depending on the aircraft, but is more than 100 hours in all cases.

LauraV - 5/2/2013 10:51 PM
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to become a pilot. You can’t be colorblind or have problems with depth perception. The Navy does accept applicants who have had laser eye surgery, however. Unless you hold a recreational or private pilot certificate (or higher) or have completed a solo cross-country flight in a civilian aircraft, you must undergo introductory flight screening. As part of this screening, you are required to take 25 hours of instruction at a certified flight school, completing at least three solo flights, one of them cross-country. Once you’ve accomplished this, you can enroll in the Navy’s program for aviators, initially in Florida. Aviation pre-indoctrination: For six weeks, you’ll study aerodynamics, aviation physiology, engines and navigation in a classroom setting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. You’ll proceed to training that includes learning how to use special devices to cope and survive if an aircraft mishap casts you into the water. Primary flight training: At Whiting Field in the Florida Panhandle, you’ll start your hands-on instruction with a T-34C, a turboprop painted orange and white that is the Navy’s main trainer. By the end, you’ll have spent more than 100 hours aloft in the T-34 or in flight simulators, learning night flying, flying in formation, aerobatics and basic flight skills. At the end of primary flight training, you’ll specialize in a particular aircraft. If you’re selected to fly helicopters, you’ll stay at Whiting for six months of training in the Bell TH-57 Sea Ranger. If you’re chosen to fly tactical jet aircraft, you’ll go either to the Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Texas, or Meridian, Miss. Training begins with ground school, including meteorology and more aerodynamics. Then, you’ll progress to the T-45 Goshawk for hands-on training. If you’re assigned to fly the P-3C Orion four-engine maritime patrol aircraft, you’ll train on the T-44A or the TC-12B at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas. Or you’ll go the Naval Air Station
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