Very happy Captain Mike Nortier is starting to communicate to the public the needs of NAS Whidbey Island. As a proud OLFer — OLF Coupeville photographic supporter — I am happy NAS Whidbey Island has learned the need to educate the public about America’s Navy. Hope to see more outreach efforts to inform the public given less than ample news from newsrooms on shoestring budgets.
As an OLFer, however, I request that civilians get to recruit mobile training emitters to homes and aviation museums — accompanied by gracious use of afterburner. Furthermore, at the 2015 NAS Whidbey Island Open House, we should have both the U.S. Navy Tac Demo and an EA-18G Tac Demo, the latter training against a mobile training emitter.
As much as I should also request ample afterburner at OLF Coupeville for 2015, too, I would also encourage all holding a grudge against the U.S. Navy to watch “America’s Navy — The Shield” on YouTube. Perhaps my fellow Americans would comprehend why I returned the favor by sticking up for OLF Coupeville until the COER injunction threat was removed and OLF Coupeville reopened Jan. 6, 2014.
Finally, to the forces fighting to take noncompliance with Island County Noise Disclosure to a court of law, fight on. You deserve a trial date, not a settlement agreement as much as the U.S. Navy that fights terrorism needs OLF Coupeville for field carrier landing practice “due to its remote location and low ambient lighting.”
Let’s keep OLF Coupeville remote and de-escalate this crisis.
Joe A. Kunzler