VAQ-132 holds change of command

Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-132 “Scorpions” held a change of command on July 14 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

During the ceremony, Cmdr. David F. Harris relieved Cmdr. Bob Holmes as the squadron’s commanding officer. Both are Anacortes residents.

Rear Admiral Ross Myers of Carrier Strike Group Fifteen was the guest speaker. Holmes reported to VAQ-132 as the executive officer in February of 2014 and assumed command of the Scorpions in May 2015. During Holmes’ tenure, the Scorpions deployed twice to the Western Pacific and earned the back-to-back Commander, Naval Air Forces Battle Efficiency “E,” Chief of Naval Operations Safety “S,” Retention Excellence and Medical Blue “M” awards.

Regarding the successful turn of the helm, Harris said, “I am humbled at the opportunity to serve the Scorpions of VAQ-132 as their commanding officer. It is an incredible group of patriotic men and women.”

Holmes said, “It was an awesome privilege to return to the Scorpions as the commanding officer after having previously served as a junior officer between 1999-2002. The Scorpions set the standard back then and have carried that tradition through. Our people are our most important asset and we have excelled at every task. Outstanding excellence, professionalism, adherence to standards, motivation and off-duty conduct is evident in everything we’ve accomplished. This is America’s “A-Team” and the one you want to be a part of.  I’m very proud to have had this opportunity to lead the Scorps and will fondly remember our time together.”

He also said that he’s grateful for the Anacortes community’s hospitality, outstanding school district support, the friendships he and his family have built and for the local business hospitality to VAQ-132 officers and sailors.

More in Crosswind

Vet services coordinator is here to help

Cynthia Besaw left the Air Force after seven years of service with… 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
Model citizens: Oak Harbor group toys with radio-controlled planes

Something other than military jets are taking to the skies at the… 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

Frank Thorton receives a quilt from Anita Smith.
‘Giving to the Givers’

Marines wrapped in quilts and gratitude

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… Continue reading

Patrol Squadron 46 returns home

By Lt. J.G. Layne Morrison The men and women of Patrol Squadron… Continue reading

PBY Naval Air Museum still flying strong after nearly 20 years

But lack of volunteers limits its activities with visitors

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… Continue reading

Former Search and Rescue members reunite

On Sunday, Sept. 10, around 90 brothers gathered to tell “sea stories,”… Continue reading

Search and Rescue conducts two missions Monday in Whatcom County

Search and Rescue teams from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island conducted two… Continue reading

Lt. Dan Band rocks NAS Whidbey

Before Capt. Geoffrey Moore welcomed a band playing in his backyard recently,… Continue reading