|Your Growler Joe in front of a Boeing EA-18G Growler|
It was a great honour for yours truly to tour NAS Whidbey Island last Tuesday the 26th. I have photos up on my Flickr page here.
|Your Growler Joe in front of a Boeing EA-18G Growler|
|EA-6B Prowler doing a touch & go at OLF Coupeville|
Johnston also worked on improving communication with Central Whidbey residents over noise concerns at Outlying Field Coupeville, though finding a solution is challenging.Despite claims that citizen complaints fell on deaf ears or that Navy officials don’t understand the severity of the issue, Johnston said that’s not the case.“I’ve been flying here since 1996; I get it,” Johnston said.The Navy has taken strides to be better neighbors, by printing flight schedules, meeting with elected officials and tailoring “operations to have the least impact,” but there isn’t much else that can be done, he said.Some voiced hopes that the Navy might purchase new land and train elsewhere, but the realities of military spending today might as well make that an impossibility, Johnston said.“There’s no money to develop additional training airspaces or runways … so it’s up to us to be the best stewards of what we have,” he said. “That means using Coupeville and getting along with Coupeville folks the best we can.”
|Sadly for Rear Admiral Rich, this Tomcat will not be back for him to fly :-(.|
|The Commander's Cockpit of the Space Shuttle - before the modern glass cockpit|
|Island County Commish Kelly Emerson With Our Favourite Kind of People... VAQ-135 Sailors|
Task Force Duty
I'm pleased to say that after two unsuccessful attempts, this year I have been welcomed to accompany the Save Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) Task Force on their annual advocacy trip to the other Washington.
This may seem meaningless to some of you who may see no fear of losing NASWI. Admittedly the base has gained in ranking over the years and may not be in such a precarious position today. It could also be said the task force efforts have some responsibility for that.
Regardless, Island County is dependent on the existence of NASWI for our survival and as someone who has lived in areas of the country where I have watched economies crumble, I will not sit back apathetically and take my chances here.
Also, I feel it's best the Navy leaders have the opportunity to know the boots-on-the-ground civilian leaders who are on the front lines of balancing the needs of the Navy/National Defense with the rights of the United States Citizens.
If the Judges and my colleagues decide this is not a worthwhile venture deserving reimbursement, then I will forgo my family's income in this matter for the sake of those I serve.
Your representatives need to be representing you everywhere there is an impact.
|GrowlerNoise.com PowerPoint Graphic "Apathy" for Public Domain Use|
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|A VAQ-135 Black Ravens' Boeing EA-18G Growler toting an AGM-88 HARM in the NAS Whidbey Island Pattern|
|Tail of an EA-18G Growler mere yards away|
|Boeing EA-18G Growler Entering the NAS Whidbey Island pattern|
|Boeing EA-18G Growler turning off of the active NAS Whidbey Island runway|
|VAQ-134 Garudas CAG Bird in the Pattern|
|Postprocessed photo aging back to the 1970s when EA-6Bs started to use OLF Coupeville|
I THINK A GREAT PLACE FOR YOU TO BE, MAY BE RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE, IN SEDRO-WOOLEY. UNLESS, OF COURSE, YOU WOULD RATHER BE RIGHT HERE AT THE END OF THE RUNWAY. OBVIOUSLY, FROM EVERYTHING, THAT YOU HAVE SAID, YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELTY NO IDEA, THAT OF WHICH YOU SPEAK. EVIDENTLY, ALONG WITH FRANK, LEW, AND TIM.
|Note the afterburner...|
|VAQ-134 Garudas CAG Bird|
|VAQ-138 Yellow Jackets taxiing back home after a good sortie|
|What we're here to keep flying: USN Boeing EA-18G Growler on final to OLF Coupeville|
|Boeing EA-18G Growler on Final to NAS Whidbey Island|
|Justin "Burner" Burnett of Whidbey News-Times|
The secretary also addressed the long-term viability of the airbase and that of Navy Region Northwest in general. The Western Pacific is currently one of the top three focuses of the Navy and assets located here are indicative that the region is on pretty solid ground."We're putting virtually every Growler we've got here," said Mabus, speaking specifically about Whidbey.He added that the Northwest has been a terrific community, calling it one of the Navy's great partners."He's always been very appreciative of the mission at Whidbey Island," said Jim Slowik, president of the Oak Harbor Navy League.Slowik is a former city mayor who has traveled to Washington D.C. and the Pentagon several times over the past few years with other city leaders to communicate support for the base.His last trip in 2011 coincidentally occurred during the heat of the Libya crisis involving former dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Despite the emergency, Mabus and other top Navy officials still took time out of their day to meet with the Oak Harbor contingent, Slowik said.Examples like that and the secretary's supportive comments make it clear that their efforts are not in vain, that military leaders recognize, appreciate and value the community's continued support.The Navy is the largest employer on Whidbey Island, employing 6,900 active duty personnel and 2,420 civilian workers – about 9,320 total – and is believed to contribute about $592 million to the economy.Mabus did acknowledge and appeared well briefed on encroachment issues
at Outlying Field in Coupeville and the growing unrest in Central Whidbey over jet noise at the practice air strip.
KEEP 'EM FLYINGHe emphasized the importance and value of the airfield for flight-carrier training, but also expressed optimism that a budding partnership among base and local elected officials will result in resolution."I think we can work through these issues," Mabus said.
|America's US Navy Blue Angels|
|An Island Transit 411W Bus Turning Into March Point|
|The Duane Berentson Bridge into Skagitonia|
|GO NAVY LEAGUE!|
|A Boeing EA-18G Growler Skirting the Cloud Deck in the OLF Coupeville Pattern|