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Obama thanks Whidbey SAR for help with OSO landslide

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End of an era for Prowler J52 engine, ceremony planned

End of an era for Prowler J52 engine, ceremony planned

On Friday, May 2, 2014, Fleet Readiness Center Northwest (FRCNW) at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station sent the last Pratt & Whitney J52 engine across the test cell for ready-for-issue. For over 56 years the J52 engine has been a part of the Electronic Attack community, and for over 55 years FRCNW has provided exceptional Intermediate [...]

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NAS Whidbey Island Saving Energy with new LED lights

Night time drivers on Whidbey Island Naval Air Station’s Ault Field and the Seaplane Base will see changes to the look of streets and parking lots during April and May. Old high pressure sodium lights, which produce a distinctive orange glow, will be replaced by energy efficient light emitting diode or LED lights. The $300,000 [...]

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VA announces to new national cemeteries

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the names of two new national cemeteries planned in Florida – the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Scottsmoor and the Tallahassee National Cemetery in Tallahassee. The Cape Canaveral National Cemetery is planned for a 318-acre parcel located in close proximity to U. S. Route 1 in northern Brevard [...]

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Veterans Affairs rolls out secure veteran health identification cards

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the phased roll out of newly designed, more secure Veteran Health Identification Cards. The new cards are distinguished by additional security features and will have a different look and feel. In addition to being more secure, the card has been transformed into a Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC). [...]

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Navy extends public comment period for Northwest training and testing EIS to April 15

The U.S. Navy is extending the public comment period for the Northwest Training and Testing Draft Environmental Impact Statement until April 15 to allow the public more time to submit comments. The draft EIS evaluates the environmental impacts of military training and testing throughout the Northwest in designated areas. The Navy’s proposed plan includes the [...]

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Stennis Chiefs clean Kitsap-Bremerton base

by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jose Holguin Chief and first class petty officers assigned to Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) participated in a base clean-up on Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, March 14. The event, organized by Stennis’ chief’s mess, focused on removing debris and maintaining exceptional base cleanliness. According to Chief Cryptologic [...]

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SAR saves woman after cardiac event

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station’s Search and Rescue evacuated an 88-year-old woman from Lopez Island Feb. 23 after she went into cardiac distress. NAS Whidbey Island’s SAR unit received an alert about the medical emergency late Sunday evening when commercial medical airlift were unable to conduct the medical evacuation due to commercial flight restrictions from [...]

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Whidbey SAR evacuates woman from Lopez Island

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station’s Search and Rescue (SAR) evacuated an 88-year-old woman from Lopez Island Feb. 23, 2014, after she went into cardiac distress. The SAR unit received an alert about the medical emergency late Sunday evening when commercial medical airlift were unable to conduct the medical evacuation due to commercial flight restrictions from [...]

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Senate passes education bill allowing military training credit

Wednesday, Washington legislators unanimously passed Senate Bill 5969 that requires public higher education institutions to adopt policies that will give academic credit for applicable military training. This bill will give support to veterans in accomplishing their post-secondary goals and increase employment opportunities. Currently veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 have a 21.4 percent [...]

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Congress may lift 1 percent retiree benefit cap

Working age military retirees are facing an annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, 1 percent below annual inflation until they reach the age of 62. The provision, part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, means that while the full cost of living increase would be restored at age 62, impacted retirees will never get back [...]

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Whidbey search and rescue crew rescues man on Mount Baker

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s Search and Rescue (SAR) flew their first rescue of 2014 on Saturday, Jan. 25 after a 24-year-old man hiking on Mount Baker fell a hundred feet and suffered chest injuries. When NAS Whidbey Island’s operations department received notification of a potential accident on Saturday, low visibility prevented SAR from launching [...]

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