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POW/MIA to be honored Friday

National POW/MIA Recognition Day will be observed on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. This annual event honors prisoners of war and our missing and their families, and highlights the government’s commitment to account for them.

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Base rescue team saves two over two days in the Cascade Mountains

Search and Rescue team from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station rescued a 46-year-old woman off Mount Stuart in the Cascades Sunday afternoon, Sept. 7, according to a Navy press release. The woman fell about 300 feet while hiking in the snow, breaking her wrist and suffering numerous cuts and bruises. On the heels of that [...]

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Sailors visit island veterans

  Sailors from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station visited military veterans at Regency on Whidbey Retirement and Assisted Living in Oak Harbor on Sept. 3, 2014 for coffee and to exchange sea stories. On hand were Aviation Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Michael Melquist, Air Traffic Controller 2nd Class Amber McKinnis, Electronic’s Technician 1st Class James [...]

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Military Appreciation Picnic to be held Saturday

The annual community and military appreciation picnic will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor. The event features free food, games and entertainment. This event is open to the community at large and honors our military personnel. It is organized by the Oak Harbor Area Council [...]

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Navy christens new research vessel as Sally Ride

The Navy christened the auxiliary general purpose oceanographic research vessel Sally Ride at the Port of Anacortes Aug. 9. In keeping with tradition, Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy, the ship’s sponsor, broke a bottle of sparkling wine against the ship and christened her in the name of Sally Ride, physicist and astronaut. Sally Ride is the second [...]

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Radio controlled jets to fly at OLF Aug. 23-24

The Whidbey Island Radio Control Society will use the Navy’s Outlying Landing Field in Coupeville Aug. 23-24 for their annual Jets Over Whidbey event featuring jet powered remote control model aircraft. The public may attend this event as guests of The Whidbey Island Radio Control Society. Potential guests should check in at the booth set [...]

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NAS Whidbey team rescues hikers in the Olympics

A search and rescue team from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station rescued three hikers in the Olympic Mountain Range in Mason County Sunday morning. The hikers, all around 60 years of age, had been stranded atop the 4,848 foot cliff since Friday and were suffering from exhaustion. Lt. Cmdr. David Waner, the MH-60S Knighthawk co-pilot, said [...]

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VP-40 starts overseas deployment

The team of officers, chief petty officers and sailors of Patrol Squadron 40 recently left Whidbey Island Naval Air Station for deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet. Following an exceptional 13-month Inter-Deployment Readiness Cycle, VP-40’s P-3C Orion anti-submarine aircraft and squadron personnel embarked to Kadena Air Base on the island of Okinawa, and Misawa Air base [...]

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OLF flight operations Aug. 11-15

Field Carrier Landing Practice operations for aircraft stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station are scheduled at the Outlying Field Aug. 11-15.Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 11, 13 and 14, FCLP training at OLF Coupeville is scheduled late at night. On Tuesday, Aug. 12,FCLP training is scheduled to begin at OLF Coupeville in the afternoon [...]

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Gov. Inslee visits Whidbey Island Naval Air Station

Lt. Matt O’Donnell, a pilot assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 140, showed Washington State Governor Jay Inslee the cockpit of an EA-18G Growler during a visit to Whidbey Island Naval Air Station July 31. It was Inslee’s first visit to the Navy’s only air station in the Pacific Northwest. “Today’s visit was a good opportunity [...]

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Air Force pilot flies last time in Prowler

Following a time-honored tradition, Air Force Maj. Shalin Turner is drenched with water on July 10 after his final flight in the EA-6B Prowler at Whidbey Island  Naval Air Station. He becomes the last U.S. Air Force flyer to fly in a Prowler. Turner is assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 142, under the umbrella of [...]

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Commander comes home

An ecstatic Carrie Worra raises her hand in celebration as her husband Cmdr. Daniel C. Worra is piped over the side into retirement after 24 years of military service at a formal ceremony at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on July 18, 2014. Worra earned his Naval Flight Officer wings in October 1991 flying in [...]

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