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Yellow Jackets return home from Japan

The “Yellow Jackets” of Electronic Attack Squadron 138 returned home to Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, Wash., early February following a six-month deployment, according to a Navy press release. While on deployment, VAQ-138 protected the U.S. 7th Fleet’s area of responsibility, reassuring allies and partner nations of the United States’ commitment to their defense. Primarily [...]

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Base recycling stops taking some plastics

Due to cost and market demands, Navy Whidbey Recycle will no longer accept plastics 3-7 starting March 2. The change only applies to outside walk-in customers and there will be no change for on-base collections. Navy Whidbey Recycle, in Building 2555, provides recycling and composting services to base commands and departments through routine and call-in [...]

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Fundraising breathes new life into vet center

By JANIS REID   A successful fundraiser late last year is catapulting the Whidbey Veterans Resource Center into  being a “real nonprofit.” “We are gaining momentum,” said Greg Stone, president of the center’s board of directors. As the result of a showing of the documentary “Soldiers’ Sanctuary” in November and a generous matching offer from [...]

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Naval Ocean Processing Facility wins tenant Energy Efficiency competition.

By Installation Energy Manager The NAS Whidbey Island’s Tenant Energy Efficiency Competition pits major commands against one another to increase energy efficiency, reduce Navy utility bills, foster a culture of efficiency and make buildings work better. Winning the honors for first quarter of fiscal year 2015 is Naval Ocean Processing Facility (NOPF). Led by Energy [...]

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Governor recognizes NAS Whidbey Island personnel for actions at Oso

As part of Washington state’s annual Navy Day celebration, Gov. Jay Inslee took the opportunity to recognize seven Whidbey Island Naval Air Station personnel on Feb. 11, 2015, for their actions rescuing seven people from the Oso Mudslide last year. Inslee said it was an honor to recognize and pay respects to men he called [...]

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Senate adopts Navy Day resolution honoring local heroes

The Senate unanimously adopted SR 8614, Navy Appreciation Day, sponsored by Sen. Barbara Bailey, a tireless advocate for veterans and military issues in the state. The resolution recognizes the many contributions of the United States Navy to our state’s communities, economy and safety. Bailey was joined by members of the Navy on the Senate floor as members spoke [...]

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Former NAS Whidbey reservist to teach resilience in Clinton

Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell teaches practice of resiliency; the ability to promote positive emotional perceptions and manage stress-induced reactions. Ebalaroza-Tunnell is an instructor in an up-and-coming field of scientific observation and research revolving around the individual human heart and its connection to every other heart it encounters. A certified trainer of the Institute of HeartMath’s Resilience Advantage Program [...]

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Assistance dog group looks to veterans

Therapy dog trainer Joy Thompson and her dog Sailor graduated Jan. 18. Sailor is a therapy dog with Summit Assistance Dogs, a nonprofit organization that provides mobility, hearing and professional therapy dogs to people living with disabilities or those needing comfort. The organization used to be in Anacortes but is in the process of moving [...]

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Commissary to offer ‘Heart Month’ savings

The commissary on Seaplane Base will celebrate “Heart Healthy Month” in February. In addition to offering savings on Valentine’s Day sweets, the commissary also will have natural and organic food products throughout the store as well as a wide variety of bottled water, sports drinks and vitamins at huge savings. “It’s Your Choice, Make It [...]

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Lopez Island woman gets emergency help from NAS Whidbey Island SAR

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) late Friday night for a Lopez Island woman in possible cardiac arrest. The SAR crew of five took off at about 9:30 p.m. to airlift the 55-year-old woman from Lopez Island airport to Island Hospital, Anacortes, Wash. [...]

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Whidbey Pearl Harbor vet visits Hawaiian battleground

A lifelong Oak Harbor resident, Johnson is one of the last few survivors of Pearl Harbor still alive in the North Puget Sound area.     A founding member of the North Cascade Chapter of the Pearl Harbor’s Association, Johnson has seen a number of his fellow survivors pass just in the last year.     [...]

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Navy couple serves up Southern comfort food

There’s something about a smoky scent that appeals to Barbara Bennett’s senses and soul. Working in the barbecue business, Bennett finds the smell inescapable, sticking to her clothes, hands and hair. But to Bennett, the scent is a sweet reminder of her family’s livelihood, looks of customer satisfaction and her roots growing up in the [...]

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