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Whidbey historian to examine Skagit airport’s role in WWII

The Burlington Historical Society in collaboration with the Heritage Flight Museum are co-hosting, “Wings Over the Skagit – Skagit Regional Airport’s Role in WWII.” The event commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII in June 1945. This public event takes place Tuesday, June 23, at the Heritage Flight Museum, 15043 Crosswind Drive, Skagit [...]

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Seaplane Base’s Maui Gate to be closed for Holland Happening parade

The Maui Ave gate on Seaplane Base will be closed from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 25 to allow for the safe staging of the Oak Harbor Holland Happening Parade line-up. The Torpedo Road gate on Crescent Harbor road will be open for access to the Seaplane Base during this time.

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Explosives to be detonated in Crescent Harbor

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment Northwest from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station will conduct explosive demolition operations in Crescent Harbor April 8-10. All demolition operations will occur during daylight. Water plumes and ground vibration may result from these operations. Safety precautions have been taken to ensure operations pose no threat to people or property. If [...]

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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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