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Pregnant woman at Lopez Island gets help from NAS Whidbey Island SAR

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) early this morning for a woman from Lopez Island with pregnancy complications. The SAR crew of five took off at about 4 a.m. to airlift the 29-year-old woman from Lopez [...]

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Navy makes way for P-8A simulator

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island kicked off the new year with the demolition of a building that makes way for the future $36.15 million P-8A Multi-Missioned Maritime Aircraft Training Facility. The Navy started razing Building 126, a World War II 1942 wooden structure, on Jan. 6. The 40,647 squadron foot structure was originally built as [...]

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Life after military is good for Coupeville woman

After enjoying the challenges of a full career and traveling the world, Wendy Amtmann Wasik is now able to settle down in the idyllic town of Coupeville and raise her family. Wasik is one of many retired military servicemen and women on Whidbey who’ve found a second life after leaving the armed services. At only [...]

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Whidbey honors vets with Wreaths Across America

On the morning of Saturday, Dec. 13, Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley quoted the 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” The Reagan quote fits with the theme of Wreaths Across America, which is “To remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach [...]

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Veterans & Community column

By PATTY HOUTS-HUSSEY John came to Whidbey Veterans Resource Center to gain assistance in receiving Veterans Affairs compensation for his service-related conditions as his illnesses are severely worsening. John and his family were in critical need of wood for their only source of heat, a wood stove. WVRC was able to connect them with resources [...]

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VA starts diabetes program

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced a national Hypoglycemic Safety Initiative to encourage diabetic veterans receiving VA care to seek support to lower the risk of hypoglycemia. The new initiative will enable veterans living with diabetes to work more closely with their VA clinicians to personalize health care goals and improve self-management of the [...]

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Special Dogs Brought to SAR

The Naval Air Station Whidbey Search and Rescue (SAR) unit hosted a contingency of Whidbey Search Dogs on Dec. 11, 2014.  The organization is a component command of the Island County Sheriff’s Department Volunteer Program. Both groups worked inside the SAR hangar when severe weather forced them to cancel the flight to the Survival Area, [...]

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Graber takes command of Yellow Jackets

  By Lt. John Hamilton VAQ-138 reporter Over the skies of Northern Japan, Electronic Attack Squadron 138 (VAQ-138) performed an in-flight change of command on October 31 with Cmdr. Douglas Graber relieving Cmdr. Matthew Cutter as the Yellow Jackets’ commanding officer. Capt. Darryl Walker, Commander, Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet, presided over the event. [...]

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NAS Whidbey Island SAR evacuates Orcas Island resident

A Search and Rescue team from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station medically evacuated a diabetic heart attack victim from Orcas Island to Bellingham International Airport for further follow on transportation to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham Tuesday, Nov. 25. The poor weather conditions over the hospital with clouds below 100 feet above ground level forced [...]

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Whidbey Marines celebrate Corps 239th birthday

By Naval Aircrewman Operator 1st Class Ted J Mansikka CNATTU reporter Every year on Nov. 10, the Marines pause to celebrate the anniversary of the Corps. With a small contingent of Marines working at the Center for Naval Technical Training Unit Whidbey Island, they upheld this tradition by celebrating the Marines’ 239th birthday with a [...]

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Navy, congressman announce locations for two additional EIS meetings

The Navy will hold two additional open-house meetings for the ongoing Environmental Impact Statement on the EA-18G Growler in Port Townsend and on Lopez Island. Meetings were held last month in Coupeville, Oak Harbor and Anacortes. The Navy said the move was made at the request of elected leaders, according to a Wednesday press release. [...]

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New energy program promotes competition, efficiency

By Chris Taylor NAS Installation Energy Manager The Tenant Energy Efficiency Program was recently developed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station to reduce energy costs at the command level. Its main goals are to decrease base utility costs by 10 percent, foster a “culture of efficiency” and leave each tenant’s facility better than before. The [...]

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