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Whidbey Island’s Admiral Nimitz Hall wins food service award

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s Admiral Nimitz Hall galley won the Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award in food service excellence in the small galley ashore category, March 19. Cmdr. Danny King, food service director assigned to Naval Supply Systems Command, inspected the galley, Dec. 12, covering many categories including sanitation and inventory. “The customer [...]

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Orcas Island man gets emergency help from NAS Whidbey Island SAR

A search and rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island conducted a medical evacuation late Sunday night for an Orcas Island man suffering from severe abdominal blockage. The SAR crew of five took off at about 9:15 p.m. to airlift the 58-year-old man from East Sound Airport to St. Joseph Medical Center, Bellingham. Due [...]

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NAS Whidbey aircrewman named Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet 2014 Enlisted Aircrewman of the Year

Naval Aircrewman Helicopter 1st Class (NAC/AW/SW) Jesse T. Peterson of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s Search and Rescue was named Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet 2014 Enlisted Aircrewman of the Year. He demonstrates how a rescue strop is connected to a hoist on the MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter. (U.S. Navy photo)

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Final Prowler to fly over at base open house

In recognition of the retirement of the EA-6B Prowler, Whidbey Island Naval Air Station will stage a final flyover at an open house this summer. The base hosts the Prowler Sundown event to highlight the naval history of this iconic aircraft. The open house is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 27, [...]

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Military personnel sought for impaired driving panels

Impaired Driving Impact Panel of Island County, or IDIPIC, is looking for military personnel to attend and speak at their DUI/Underage Drinking prevention panels. The panels are for all military personnel, spouses and Department of Defense personnel as year-round education and awareness. Included during the panels are videos, demonstrations, audience participation, question-and-answer sessions and more. [...]

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Retired chief petty officer awarded for bringing firearm training to Whidbey Island gun enthusiasts

For the second time, retired Navy Chief Petty Officer John Hellmann was given the Sportsman of the Year award for “doing what I like to do.” Issued by the North Whidbey Sportsmen Association, Hellman was awarded for helping educate people on gun safety and how to use firearms. Dating back to the 1980s, Hellman started [...]

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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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