Crosswind

Golden Swordsmen reach halfway point in deployment

The Golden Swordsmen of Patrol Squadron Four Seven, based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, have reached the halfway point of their deployment. The Golden… Continue reading

  • Aug 11, 2020

 

Lt. Nick Woods, attached to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, controls a Mark II Talon remotely operated vehicle (ROV) during a Certification Exercise (CERTEX) on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., July 16. Elements of EODMU-1 and EODMU-5 qualified as ready for future operational deployments during the CERTEX, which centered on integrating the two units’ Sailors with a goal of building a cohesiveness that will help them counter undersea threats and contribute to winning the high-end fight once deployed in support of Navy and geographic combatant command mission priorities. U.S. Navy EOD is the world’s premier combat force for eliminating explosive threats so the Fleet and nation can fight and win wherever, whenever and however it chooses. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marc Cuenca/Released

Ordnance training held off Whidbey

U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit One from San Diego and Unit Five from Guam arrived in Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to conduct… Continue reading

 

Patriot Guard Riders and Wallin Funeral Homes Director Kelly Davidson were the Pallbearers for Roy Derrick’s funeral. Photo by Brandon Taylor

Navy veteran without family receives funeral with honors

Roy Derrick was not alone when he was laid to rest on Tuesday, July 21. The retired U.S. Navy senior chief ocean systems maintenance technician… Continue reading

 

New tenant command at NAS Whidbey

The Navy stood up its newest tenant command, Tactical Operations Control Squadron, or TOCRON 10 for short, at Naval Air Station Whidbey. Dubbed Kraken, the… Continue reading

  • Jul 24, 2020

VA surgical care better than or equal to non-VA hospitals, according to new study

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs today announced that VA hospitals outperform or match neighboring non-VA hospitals in surgical quality and overall patient safety satisfaction. The… Continue reading

  • Jul 24, 2020

Whidbey SAR conducts life-saving missions

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island conducted an early morning rescue for a sick hiker in the Olympic National… Continue reading

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
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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
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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.