I graduated from there in Dec 1984.
RTC Orlando is GONE. Seized by City of Orlando through a crooked Mayor. It was turned into an upscale development, Baldwin Park, named after that famous Baldwin Lake we had there.
Well the Units and Homes sold, now MANY of them are in Foreclosure or some other financial distress.
Upscale is right.
I was driving past one morning about 7am on the way to the VA clinic and saw a bunch of 30 sometings doing Tai-Chi in Bluejacket Park.
My first (blue collar) thought was, "why aren't these people getting ready for work?"
I was at NNPTC back in early 1996 and happen to be in Orlando this week. For those who are nerds like me, here's a trick for getting as close as you can to your old "stomping ground."
[Please note, these directions are pretty simple - don't mean to insult anyone's intelligence who are avid Google Earth users...for those who need additional instructions on these menus/tools, either use the Help menu or do a Google search for further directions].
Using Google Earth, look up Baldwin Park, Orlando, FL. Once there, activate Historical Imagery (under the View menu). You'll see a slide bar up top and the oldest image they have is 1994 (which is black and white but pretty clear). Slide to this and you'll see RTC/NTC in all her glory.
At this point, you can scroll over over a building (that's significant to you - if you can remember that far back...I had some trouble ), note the coordinate (at the bottom), and then enter it into a GPS as a destination - it'll take you as close as you can get (given the roads that are over there now).
If no GPS, then simply locate your building(s) and then select Roads in the layers menu on the left. You see a modern road overlay and can work out directions that way.
Also, in addition to the former Naval Hospital (now VA) and Bluejacket's Park, Building 310 still stands (located at coordinates 28° 34.269'N / 81° 19.790'W - right next to the new North Park Baptist Church). The windows are boarded and there's a fence around it but you can get pretty friggin' close. Looks like she's about to be torn down; for those in the area that are feeling sentimental, it's a relic that's worth the visit.
I'm sorry if any of this info repeats what's already been posted. I'm in Orlando on vacation this week and didn't have time to read through everyone's comments yet - hope this is helpful to some, though. Take care!
Mike !! Speaking of Bainbridge ,I went to NTC Bainbridge boot camp in April 28 1955 ,Co 186 ,42nd Batt ,4th Reg.!! A long 56 yrs ago ,And was it Cold !!! Its all Gone!
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I hear you on that Chief. The base was disappearing in front of our eyes when I went through A school. YN1 Mike went through there about six months earlier as an RM and may have seen some of the same things. While I was there, they were torching some of the unused barracks just to see how long it would take to burn. The buildings would be fully engulfed in 30 seconds and nothing left standing in 5 minutes. The EM club had been closed down and we used a temporary setup in the NEX building.
If you graduated on April 28 then I'm sure it was really cold for the February and March time. I arrived there in June and it was hot and muggy with big mosquitoes.
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Chief and Mike..I was there as an RM student July - November 1970. I thought the base remained open until 1976? Is that not true?
I was on my way to Willow Grove for my last tour in 1987 and I went by there. RCA owned the property and the Security Guard told me that no one could enter the premises. She did share with me that former Sailors were always stopping by.
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I was boot, Beep and IC A school in SD Summer - Fall of 75, and Nuke at Mare Island after that. Bainbridge had closed down by then.
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If you Go to my Profile on togetherweserved.com, Navy side I have a load of Bainbridge pictures, ADCFury, VictorOscar7
I was only a few months ahead of you - graduated in July 1994. Coming from the West Coast (in May), the humidity was a total shock!!
I am looking for BM1 E. O'Rourke who was stationed in NTC Orlando in 1993 and company commander of S076, S082, 91, S100, 111, 116, and 117. He was in Battalion 10, Drill Div. If anyone know him please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My name use to be Tegra Pace. I was with I045, Orlando, Florida.
Anyone have any old class photos from Orlando NTC 1984 grad class? Trying to track down info on a graduate named Mark from the B Class.
I was stationed at Cecil Field from 92-94. My wife, the kids, and I went to Orlando for vacation one year (must have been 94) and did a tour of NTC/RTC. I struck up a conversation with a Chief RDC and he said that the company we saw maching was the last one to go through before the base closed. It was surreal and kind of cool at the same time. I walked up to the door of my recruit compartment, let the kids play on the training ship, and pretty much had the run of the place. Not long after that Cecil Field showed up on the BRAC list. I've been back there since the closure as well.
I was a Corpsman there in 1984-87, and again from 89-91 By far the best duty station in my 20 yrs active duty. I really was sad to hear it was shut down when I was stationed in Pensacola. The "E" club on the weekend was a great place for a single person, and Orlando was never a boring city. I loved working at RTC branch clinic
Unsolved murder!! Any NTC Orlando pers from the 1984 era, there's an unsolved murder of 1984 recruit Pamela Cahanas, you can find out the info on the net - I thought they oughta put the info here, so if you remember her or were at NTC at that time you might want to look into this!
I gotta say, I was busboy/bartender at the old Mariner's Pub - the orig one by Lake baldwin & the Waves Barracks (!) - I remember serving up alot of 3.2 beer that y'all would have to drink gallons of to get alittle buzz & some of more popular mixed drinks were the Singapore Sling, Tequila Sunrise & the infamous 'Flaming Gator' (151 Rum served on fire in a liquor glass - that the guy would usually spill on himself!) I used to use as my 'tip jar' a gallon beer jug filled w/ water & y'all would cram your $ in it, at the end of the nite I'd go back in the kitchen , give them a big tip to dry them out & get a steak dinner! I especially like the local bands we got in there to play in that side dance floor addition - my fav was the local band 'East Coast Supply' w/ 2 drummers, 1 a chick, & they were the 1st Orlando group to play a cover of 'Smoke On The Water!" - I tried to record them 1 nite but someone stole my cass deck off the bar - wish I had that tape now, they could keep the deck!. I also remember the friendly Waves, who espec like us civilian guys, & the girls who would come from off base, sponsered on base by a Navy guy, who were looking to meet other Navy guys!! Once we got 'big time' entertainer Tiny Tim - y'all were saying 'big deal' but when he hit the stage y'all went crazy - I remember talking to him back by the beer locker about Miss Vicky! We also got a piece of history, prob thru the Rec Dept - it was the 1st ever video game 'Pong,' in a little arcade unit back by the kitchen hallway - I remember being able to beat everyone else who worked there! We also used to come back on base Sunday morns to play tackle football w/ you guys, us civilians vs you navy guys - you sure could hit - I ended up tearing up my knee there! Clarence Butts was our last boss, I can;t remember who was our 1st boss who was there longer - that tall skinny redhead guy at the front desk was Bruce Bonds who prob still lives in Orl - I saw him around 2000. I left before they shut down the base but went back there before they started demolishing - they crushed all the cement & made a 50' pile they called 'Mt Crushmore!' I went by the old Pub - I swear the place still reeked of beer - we could never get all of it out of the carpet!! Cheers!
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