Crosswind

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

 

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

 

Frank Thorton receives a quilt from Anita Smith.

‘Giving to the Givers’

Marines wrapped in quilts and gratitude

 

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

Former Search and Rescue members reunite

On Sunday, Sept. 10, around 90 brothers gathered to tell “sea stories,” joke about not fitting into old wetsuits and remember lost colleagues. These men… Continue reading

Going the distance to raise awareness of veteran suicide

Mike McCastle completes another “Herculean” task

Lt. Dan Band rocks NAS Whidbey

Before Capt. Geoffrey Moore welcomed a band playing in his backyard recently, he admitted he’d never heard their music. Still, the leader of Naval Air… Continue reading

Search and Rescue conducts two missions Monday in Whatcom County

Search and Rescue teams from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island conducted two rescues Monday in Whatcom County. The first rescue occurred late in the afternoon.… Continue reading

  • Jul 25, 2017

Golden Swordsmen return from successful deployment

The “Golden Swordsmen” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 returned to their new home at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on March 9 after a successful… Continue reading

  • Mar 29, 2017

VAQ 139 Flyers get surprise search and rescue training

By LTJG Brandon Hill-Rogers, VAQ-139 Public Affairs Officer On Feb. 28, Lt. Austin Howard and Lt. Ronald Novak thought they were going to be the… Continue reading

  • Mar 21, 2017

COMVAQWINGPAC holds change of command

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alex Van’tLeven Navy Public Affairs Support Element Det. Northwest Sailors, civilian personnel and family members gathered for a change… Continue reading

  • Mar 13, 2017

Retiring Northrop Grumman employee named 29th Honorary Naval Aviator

Story by TONY POPP NASWI Public Affairs Joseph Farina received a surprise retirement party at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Jan. 13. It was far… Continue reading

  • Feb 2, 2017

Navy veteran’s family scatter his ashes near base

HAT ISLAND — Alfred “Alfy” Hollenbeck’s family and friends celebrated his life during a cold, sunny afternoon on the water. A seagull called out and… Continue reading

  • Feb 1, 2017

Red Tails, Silver Wings exhibit soars at the Schack

The Tuskegee Airmen were the United States’ first African-American military pilots. Red Tails, Silver Wings — the current exhibition at the Schack Art Center in… Continue reading

  • Feb 1, 2017

Aussies amongst us

For now, Whidbey is home for members of the Royal Australian Air Force. To make the long-term guests feel at home on the island, “Welcome… Continue reading