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VAQ-132 holds change of command

Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-132 “Scorpions” held a change of command on July 14 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. During the ceremony, Cmdr. David F. Harris relieved Cmdr. Bob Holmes as the squadron’s commanding officer. Both are Anacortes residents. Rear Admiral Ross Myers of Carrier Strike Group Fifteen was the guest speaker. Holmes reported to [...]

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Army beats Navy in annual golf match

Army earned rare bragging rights — in golf — over its brothers in the Navy and Air Force by winning the 2016 Rainier Cup June 24-26. The Joint Base Lewis-McCord Army team, which held a two-point lead entering the final round, pulled away to win 90.5-77.5 over the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island squad. Air [...]

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SAR rescues elderly woman in Clallam County

A Search and Rescue team from NAS Whidbey Island’s SAR unit medically evacuated an 89-year-old woman from Clallam County Beach near Ozette on the western coast of Washington last night. The woman was reportedly suffering from exhaustion and hip leg pain that prevented her from being able to stand or walk. She was accompanied by [...]

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Change of command ceremony held for VP-46

Cmdr. Chad J. Livingston relieved Cmdr. Matthew T. Frauenzimmer as commanding officer of Patrol Squadron (VP) 46 during a ceremony at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island June 10. “Very few times in my life have I got my number one choice,” said Frauenzimmer. “Coming to 46 was one of those times.” Frauenzimmer, a native of [...]

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Search and Rescue conducts tricky mountain rescue

A Search and Rescue team of five from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island conducted a rescue mission on Mount Hood, Ore., on Sunday, June 12. The crew launched from NAS Whidbey Island at 7 p.m. in response to a call for two climbers stuck on Mount Hood.  After arriving on scene and doing several passes [...]

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Navy hospital commander advocates for telemedicine

By DEBRA VAUGHN Capt. Frederick McDonald envisions a time when a Navy wife worried about her sick baby at 2 a.m. could get help immediately on the Seaplane Base in Oak Harbor. She could enter a clinic “pod” staffed by a technician and visit face-to-face virtually with a doctor at a hospital elsewhere. We’re not [...]

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Sky’s the limit

By DEBRA VAUGHN Capt. Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper is one of the few humans on Earth to know what it’s like to view our planet from space, float weightless and feel the cold, vast immensity of the universe up close. The former astronaut and her husband, Glenn Piper, moved to North Whidbey last year. Their son, Michael, [...]

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Kayaking on Whidbey offers immersive experience

By KYLE JENSEN The water is tranquil in the Langley Marina at 8 a.m. The morning haze is still burning off and the air is crowded with the songs of a number of bird species. With each stroke of the paddle, the kayak distances itself from the shore as the senses are overloaded with the [...]

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Problems reported with oxygen system in Hornet, Growler: Navy to look at episodes affecting aircrews

By DEBRA VAUGHN Aviators who fly the F/A-18 Hornet and EA-18G Growler are reporting problems with air contamination as well as loss of oxygen and pressurization during flight, and at least one lawmaker wants the Navy to conduct an independent review of the problem. Rep. Niki Tsongas, a Democrat from Massachusetts who sits on the [...]

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There’s help for veterans entering civilian world

By KATE DANIEL Transitioning from military to civilian life can pose an array of challenges, not the least of which is securing a stable job. Veterans leaving after several years in the service may find that the job market has changed dramatically. But even for those separating after a shorter tenure, a feeling of disconnection [...]

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Veteran Voices: Oak Harbor researcher lines up subjects for National Geographic book

By Ron Newberry It’s still a little strange for Matthew VanGiesen to flip the pages of a hard cover book published by National Geographic and read a personal account of the most difficult day of his life. VanGiesen, a U.S. Navy veteran and volunteer with North Whidbey Fire & Rescue, was attending a Monday night [...]

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SR 99 to be renamed for Snohomish black Civil War soldier

By Jerry Cornfield Herald Writer OLYMPIA — The state Transportation Commission agreed Tuesday to rename Highway 99 in honor of black Civil War soldier William P. Stewart of Snohomish. Several of Stewart’s relatives stood and applauded the unanimous decision that ends a years-long effort by a Snohomish lawmaker to replace highway markers honoring Jefferson Davis, [...]

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