Meridian Star


November 17, 2013

Letters: Sunday, November 17, 2013


MERIDIAN —     Dr. Richard Wallace, Vimville

Noise from jets

small sacrifice

    Lately, there has been newspaper articles concerning the noise produced by the trainer jets of NAS Meridian and the surrounding residential communities. I can understand the landowner's complaints and concerns. But, can they understand the military needs of our country?

    Times have changed. Prop planes are out. Jets are in. Someone might suggest that all the Naval and Marine Corps trainees and the jets should move to Key Field. That would be an impossible request. Key Field is designated for commercial airlines and the Mississippi Air Guard. The additional air traffic from NAS Meridian would overload the Key Field facilities.

    And, we can't close NAS Meridian. Why? Because, our military has been cut too far as it is. And, we can't move it. Why? We would just be submitting other citizens to our problems.

    If, I may, why don't we learn to embrace those problems as sacrifices for our country. On  Jan. 13, 1975, I went to Orlando, Fla., for Navy Basic Training. The rate, or job, that I chose was personnel man, a paper pusher.

    Upon completion of Basic Training, I was next sent to NTTC, Navy Technical Training Center, NAS Meridian. Upon completion of this training, I was transferred to the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, CVA-42.

    I spent a little over 22 months onboard an aircraft carrier. And to be honest, I not only got used to, but enjoyed, hearing Navy and Marine Corps jets. The big difference, most of the time, I was either working in the Personnel Office or in the area of the ship that housed the Administrative Division.

    But, there are many times, by choice, I went to a safe place and watched the jets, day or night. Even today, I can tell you when a military jet goes over or close by my location. And, at present, I would rather hear our military jets than another country's jets. I voluntarily sacrificed six years of my life.

    Can't our communities sacrifice a little for our Naval Air Station? And, besides, all of the citizens living in the "Noise Zone" choose to build and live, or if you rent, in this area.

    Thank you, This is my opinion.

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