Crosswind

VAQ-130 holds change of command

The “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron 130 held a change of command ceremony July 3 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Cmdr. Jack “Farva” Curtis… Continue reading

  • Jul 12, 2019

 

Cascade Falcon XXIV held at Camp Casey

Civil Air Patrol members from around Washington state and beyond arrived at Camp Casey for the Cascade Falcon XXIV summer encampment. It’s the fourth year… Continue reading

  • Jul 12, 2019

 

New Leaf employee helps keep base looking good

‘The guy we can count on’

 

Orrin Gorman McClellan’s words of war resonate beyond his death

‘A Soldier’s Journal, Last Supper to No Goodbye’ chronicles combat’s invisible wounds

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                                Sailors and their families familiarize themselves with the reconstructed playground area at Costen-Turner Memorial Park located on Ault Field at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

NAS Whidbey Island commemorates reopening of Costen-Turner playground

By Petty Officer Marc Cuenca Navy Public Affairs Capt. Matt Arny and other officials from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island officially opened a remodeled playground… Continue reading

  • Jun 3, 2019
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                                Sailors and their families familiarize themselves with the reconstructed playground area at Costen-Turner Memorial Park located on Ault Field at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
Photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Gary Ward
                                Bechard

Whidbey native serves aboard ‘Floating Airport at Sea,’ half a world away

By Mass Communication Specialist Robert Zahn, Navy Office of Community Outreach Petty Officer 3rd Class Erica Bechard, a native of Coupeville, wanted to join the… Continue reading

  • Jun 3, 2019
Photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Gary Ward
                                Bechard

Sailors, vets pitch in to build trail

Veterans and current service members make some of the best volunteers, according to Roy Zipp, superintendent for National Park Service Operations for Ebey’s Landing National… Continue reading

Family of famous WWII aviator visits airfield named in his honor 75 years ago

A heroic moment in World War II left a lasting legacy but also marked a family tragedy. In 1942, Cmdr. William Bowen Ault led the… Continue reading

VP-4 Skinny Dragons return home

“Skinny Dragons” of Patrol Squadron Four returned to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on Oct. 11 , following a seven-month deployment to the 7th Fleet… Continue reading

  • Oct 24, 2018

Veterans Day Parade will march downtown

The Oak Harbor Veterans Day Parade is returning to Pioneer Way. “We’re going to take it downtown, because that’s where we’re at,” said Matthew Williams,… Continue reading

  • Oct 24, 2018

New van for veterans helps with health care

It’s not an ambulance, fire truck or other rescue vehicle. But to its new occupants, the plain white eight-passenger van is a “life saver.” Tuesday,… Continue reading

Photos by Patricia Guthrie
                                Roy Schlicht works on assembling a small-scale plastic model kit during a recent Friday evening gathering of Whidbey Island veterans who are known as “modelers.”

Model vets pursue miniature hobby

Big passion for small-scale replicas

Photos by Patricia Guthrie
                                Roy Schlicht works on assembling a small-scale plastic model kit during a recent Friday evening gathering of Whidbey Island veterans who are known as “modelers.”
Whidbey Island Radio Control society members come out to Naval Outlying Field on most Saturday mornings to fly class model airplanes and other aircraft, such as these. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Model citizens: Oak Harbor group toys with radio-controlled planes

Something other than military jets are taking to the skies at the Navy’s Outlying Field Coupeville. Something very similar, but much smaller and a bit… Continue reading

Whidbey Island Radio Control society members come out to Naval Outlying Field on most Saturday mornings to fly class model airplanes and other aircraft, such as these. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Frank Thorton receives a quilt from Anita Smith.

‘Giving to the Givers’

Marines wrapped in quilts and gratitude

Frank Thorton receives a quilt from Anita Smith.

Vet services coordinator is here to help

Cynthia Besaw left the Air Force after seven years of service with a broken back, shattered foot and two young children. When she first moved… Continue reading

Oak Harbor renovation remembers veterans

Soldiers’ tribute locked in sentiment and steel

Whidbey sailors’ clothing, toiletry drive exceeds all expectations

On Thursday afternoon, the county Housing Support Center was overrun with clothes in folded piles and boxes all over the front room. Petty Officer First… Continue reading

PBY Naval Air Museum still flying strong after nearly 20 years

But lack of volunteers limits its activities with visitors

Evan Thompson / The Record
                                Joe Simon, a 68-year-old Useless Bay resident, holds up a picture of himself taken during his tour in Vietnam from January-December 1969.

Remembering Vietnam: Useless Bay veteran recounts a year at war

When Marine Joe Simon came home after seeing nearly a year of combat in Vietnam, he bottled up his experiences and hid them away. It… Continue reading

Evan Thompson / The Record
                                Joe Simon, a 68-year-old Useless Bay resident, holds up a picture of himself taken during his tour in Vietnam from January-December 1969.

Patrol Squadron 46 returns home

By Lt. J.G. Layne Morrison The men and women of Patrol Squadron 46 returned to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island after a six-month deployment to… Continue reading

  • Dec 6, 2017