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NAS Whidbey to hold open house and 5K Saturday

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station is holding an open house and 5K run for the public 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Ault Field.

A 5K run along the base’s flight line begins at 9 a.m., with registration starting at 7:30 a.m.

Aircraft displays include the EA-18G Growler, EA-6B Prowler, P-3C Orion and MH-60 Knighthawk helicopter, and two unmanned aerial vehicles, the Scan Eagle and an Integrator.

There will also be other visual displays, guided bus tours, a K-9 Working Dog demonstration, bouncy toys for children and a climbing wall for those wishing to test their climbing acumen.

Aviation memorabilia will also be available for purchase as well as a variety of food and beverages.

There are no cash machines on the flight line so base officials advise attendees to plan accordingly.

All guests will enter the naval station at Ault Field via Charles Porter Gate, located just west of the Ault Field and Goldie roads intersection. All visitors 18 and older will be required to present state- or government-issued identification for access to the base.

For security reasons, the following items are not allowed on the base: large bags, backpacks, weapons, coolers, pets, drugs or drug paraphernalia, including all marijuana products.

Other medically prescribed drugs are allowed only if they are in labeled medical containers.

Visitors are limited to the following items, which will be subject to search by security: strollers and wagons for toddlers, diaper bags for guests with small children, small women’s purses, wheel chairs and walkers, official service dogs, two bottles of water per person (free water-refill stations will be available), hydration packs, sunscreen, cameras, video recorders and binoculars.

Visitors will be required to show that electronic items work.

Items must be small enough to carry by hand.

More information can be found at www.facebook.com/naswhidbeyisland

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