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Museum of Flight adding a Prowler

A Grumman EA-6B Prowler jet will take its final flight at the end of May from Naval Air Station Whidbey to The Museum of Flight in Seattle, where it will be decommissioned and absorbed into the museum’s permanent collection. The public is invited to attend a talk on the history of the EA-6B Prowler set [...]

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VAQ-134 helps Habitat for Humanity

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NAS Whidbey hosts safety fair

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island hosted their annual safety fair at the base’s Fitness Dome, May 14. NASWI holds the event each year to raise awareness on safe decision making with volunteers, pamphlets and information covering many topics including boating, food, and hunting and fishing safety. “I think the more and more we preach safety [...]

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Cmdr. Steven Thomas new head of Electronic Attack Weapons School

Cmdr. Steven Thomas assumed command of the Electronic Attack Weapons School at a May 8 ceremony at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The school provides training for EA-18G Growler aircrew as well as extensive weapons related training to ordnance and maintenance personnel. The school is the center for all EA-18G tactical matters. “I’m very excited [...]

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Flight operations scheduled at OLF in Coupeville

 Field Carrier Landing Practice operations for aircraft stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station are scheduled for mid-to-late afternoon Thursday, May 21 at the outlying field in Coupeville. The FCLP tempo is driven by the Fleet Replacement Squadron student training curriculum and pre-deployment carrier EA-18G Growler squadron flight qualifications. It can also fluctuate due to [...]

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Teaching future aviators

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Teaching future aviators

U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler pilot Lt. Cmdr. Bryan Haney from Electronic Attack Squadron 138 “Yellow Jackets” volunteers to speak with teens at the annual Aviation Academy Career Night at Paine Field on May 6, 2015. Haney, who is the squadron’s Operations Officer, spoke with the students about his education background and aviation careers at this [...]

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Electronic Attack Squadron 139 holds airborne change of command

By Lt. Tara Palmer, Electronic Attack Squadron 139 Public Affairs Officer USS CARL VINSON (CVN70), At Sea (NNS) — The “Cougars” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 conducted an airborne change of command ceremony May 3 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Cmdr. Lewis Callaway from Austin, Texas, relieved Cmdr. William Fraser from Bozeman, Mont., [...]

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Medical evacuation training

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Whidbey Island base security heightened

The security at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station has been heighten to “Force Protection Bravo” in a nationwide response to “homegrown extremist threats,” according Lt. Cmdr. Grant Neeley with the U.S. Northern Command. Neeley said the upshift from “Alpha” military-wide is not in response to a specific threat but does demonstrate real concerns the U.S. [...]

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Lifesaving actions by Navy couple lead to recognition

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dylan and Nicki Rae Murphy received personal thanks from Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley and the City Council at their meeting at City Hall April 7 for saving the lives of an elderly couple. Late on the afternoon of March 18, 2015, they responded to an accident at the corner of [...]

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40 years later, DAV Chapter 47 still serving veterans

The work space for Steve DeAvilla and other volunteers dedicated to helping disabled veterans in Oak Harbor is a tiny office with wood paneling and a window that doesn’t open. It can get simmering during the summer months and chilly during the winter but nobody’s complaining. DeAvilla, commander of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 47, is [...]

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