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NAS Whidbey Search and Rescue team assists two injured loggers

A Search and Rescue team from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station were called early morning July 17 to get two injured loggers out of Hamilton, Wash., one with leg injuries and the other with a broken arm and possible broken ribs. A Navy corpsman and Helicopter Inland Rescue Aircrewman on the MH-60S Knighthawk rappelled down [...]

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Whidbey Island Naval Air Station hosts open house, 5K

Whidbey Island Naval Air station will host an open house and 5K for the public on 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Ault Field. A 5K run along the base’s flight line will begin at 9 a.m. with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. Aircraft displays include the EA-18G Growler, EA-6B Prowler, P-3C [...]

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Ittston takes command of VAQ 130

Electronic Attack Squadron 130 held a change of command ceremony on June 26 as Cmdr. Eric P. Illston of Woodinville, Wash., relieved Cmdr. Jeffery E. Chism of Tigard, Ore., at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. Capt. George M. Wikoff, commander of Carrier Air Wing Three was the guest speaker as well as the guest of [...]

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Maui gate to be closed for 4th of July Parade

Maui gate at the end of Pioneer Way on Seaplane Base will be closed from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Friday, July 4 to allow for the safe staging of the Oak Harbor 4th of July parade line-up. Torpedo Road gate off Crescent Harbor Road will be open for access to the Seaplane Base [...]

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Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award goes to Whidbey captain

Jeff Miller, NAS Whidbey’s Facilities Management Division Director for Public Works Department, received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award on June 12, 2014 from Capt. Chris Laplatney, Commanding Officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest. Miller played a key role in the successful planning of $342 million of work in four years affecting nearly every [...]

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OLF training for the week of June 15

Field Carrier Landing Practice (FLCP) operations for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island are scheduled at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., on June 17, 19 and 20, 2014. Tuesday and Thursday, June 17 and 19, FCLP training is scheduled at OLF Coupeville in the early evening. FCLP training at OLF Coupeville is also [...]

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Whidbey remembers the Battle of Midway

The Battle of Midway, fought over and near the tiny U.S. mid-Pacific base at Midway atoll, represents the strategic high water mark of Japan’s Pacific Ocean war. Prior to this action, Japan possessed general naval superiority over the United States and could usually choose where and when to attack. After Midway, the two opposing fleets [...]

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Navy to stage aerial demonstrations June 13

Several Navy aircraft will participate in aerial demonstrations off the Navy aircraft carrier U.S.S. Nimitz in the Strait of Juan de Fuca around noon, on Friday, June 13, during a friends and family day cruise that will culminate in a weekend port visit to Victoria, B.C. The Nimitz aerial demonstration will occur approximately 18 miles [...]

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Whidbey reserve squadron completes EA-18G transition

Lt. Cmdr. Jake Miller, assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 209, front, and Cmdr. Matthew Ross, executive officer of VAQ 209, board an EA-18G Growler during VAQ 209′s first mission after being certified safe for flight operations in the Growler. This certification states that all of VAQ 209′s safety, training and operating programs are on [...]

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Island County honors its fallen in Memorial Day events | Slideshow

Residents from all over Whidbey and Camano islands gathered in Coupeville Saturday, May 24 to celebrate and honor those who have served and those who died for their country. The town’s annual Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance Ceremony participants from clubs, organizations and individuals with and without military affiliation. The parade, which lasted roughly one [...]

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After service, Navy captain follows new dream

On an overcast afternoon, just hours after having a crown put on at the dentist, retired Navy captain JR Russell was all smiles, performing an impromptu magic show in his Oak Harbor backyard. He had made the innocent mistake of stepping out front holding a white bunny puppet stuffed in a black top hat. He’s [...]

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Inspector General confirms “serious issues” with VA patient scheduling

Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson announced June 5 actions taken to address the recommendations outlined in the recent interim Office of Inspector General report. “No Veteran should ever have to wait to receive the care they have earned through their service and sacrifice,” Sloan said in a news release. “As the President [...]

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