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Info meeting planned for hunting on base

People interested in hunting on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island property during the 2016-17 season are invited to a “One-Stop-Shop” meeting this month. The meeting is 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Building 130, Gallery Golf Course. Informational handouts will cover on-base hunting permit requirements, hunting areas and base access procedures. Hunters may register, pay [...]

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NAS Whidbey Search and Rescue help hiker

A Search and Rescue team of five from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island conducted a rescue mission on Mount Stuart, Wash., on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. The SAR alert crew received a call on Saturday evening to rescue a severely injured 29-year-old female in Chelan County, expected to be at 8,800 feet.  The crew launched [...]

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New command taking over VAQ-136 Sept. 1

CDR Matthew “Fredo” Bogue relieved CDR Christopher “Smiley” Hunter as VAQ-136 Commanding Officer in a change of command ceremony on Sept. 1, 2016. Born in Keokuk, Iowa, and raised near Hannibal, Mo., CDR Bogue graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in botany and received his commission as an Ensign from [...]

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Wizards return home after seven months

On Aug. 10, the “Wizards” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 returned home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island after a seven-month deployment in the Western Pacific on board USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The Wizards departed Jan. 15 and conducted operations in the Pacific Ocean, Sea of Japan, Philippine Sea and South China [...]

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Base machinists raise $7,500 for food banks

Machinists Union members who work at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station raised more than $7,500 at their recent charity golf tournament. The tournament at Avalon Golf Links attracted 48 golfers and raised $7,654, which was a fundraising record for the fourth-annual tournament. The team of Rich Bach, Bill Herrmann, Robb Lindell and Stan Sawhill won [...]

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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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Navy vet helps others heal through stained glass art

DEANNA DUFF, Herald writer Ron Lacount is as colorful as his stained glass artwork. The 67-year-old helps teach art therapy at Everett’s Providence Regional Cancer Partnership. A cancer survivor himself, Lacount was diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer in 2013 and underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment. On his first hospital day, Lacount wore a flamboyant [...]

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WWII vets ride B-17 bomber at reunion

By Chris Winters Herald Writer SEATTLE — On a hot June day at Boeing Field south of Seattle, 13 men in their 90s gathered together to meet an old friend. The Aluminum Overcast is one of the few Boeing B-17 bombers still flying. The old gents were former crewmen who flew B-17s during World War [...]

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Museums collecting Pearl Harbor stories: They want to hear from ‘other than survivors’

By DEBRA VAUGHN Do you remember where you were on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor? If so, local people who care about history want to hear from you. The Oak Harbor PBY Naval Air Museum, in conjunction with other regional museums, is assembling a collection of “other than survivor” Pearl Harbor [...]

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Program helps finance Homes for Heroes

Craig McKenzie Team gives back 30 percent of profit from sales By CASSANDRA CALDERON To Craig McKenzie, heroes come in different forms in every community and their work is always centered around sacrifice and generosity. When a firefighter, a teacher or a naval officer commits his or her life to serving others, McKenzie believes they [...]

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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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