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Whidbey Crosswind The Puget Sound Veterans’ Monthly | July 2013

A journey to the Vietnam wall Veteran joins bikers in Run For The Wall z pg. 2 Serving WHIDBEY ISLAND’S VETERANS, retired military personnel and families


A HEALING A RIDE OF ADVENTURE REMEMBERANCE

BY JANIS REID

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t was more than just a ride for Bruno Bechthold. It was a chance to face his fear side by side with his brothers and sisters in arms.

That’s why last month Bechthold joined roughly 2,200 riders for Run For The Wall, a countrywide, 8,000-mile motorcycle ride that culminates in a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. Bechthold, an energetic Oak Harbor Navy veteran with kind blue eyes, had not visited the memorial because of the emotional toll he feared it would take.

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“I had avoided going to the Vietnam Wall because of how all those lost lives might hit me,” he said. Putting his reservations aside, Bechthold rode 10 days with hundreds of other veterans and family of servicemen and women, sharing their experiences, their pain and their healing.

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Ride to the wall It was more than just a ride for Bruno Bechthold. It was a chance to face his fear side by side with his brothers and sisters in arms.

Volunteering vet Jim Ramler, a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant, was selected by the Washington Health Care Association as Volunteer of the Year for assisted living for 2013.

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Reuniting USS UTah The USS Utah reunion went so well, Cecil Calavan thought it might never end.

The hookup The Navy will begin training for leadership and support to provide eligible benefits to same-sex domestic partners of service members and their children beginning Aug. 31.

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Fleet Readiness Center Northwest (FRCNW) received the Whidbey Green Seal in June for their efforts in recycling and energy conservation.

The buzz Starting in early July, construction of a new fuel pipeline will impact traffic on Seaplane Base. From July 1 - 3, drivers should expect intermittent delays along Torpedo Road from Pioneer to Torpedo Gate.

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Active duty After a six-month deployment to the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR), the Fighting Marlins of Patrol Squadron 40 (VP-40) returned home this month to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

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Vet honored for volunteerism

Jim Ramler, a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant, was selected by the Washington Health Care Association as Volunteer of the Year for assisted living for 2013. He was honored at the Tacoma Convention Center in May during a special luncheon and ceremony for the award winners. Winners are selected by a panel of judges based on skills and donated time. “I enjoy spending time with these folks,” Ramler said. “To me we are like family. It is a win-win situation, and I get way more than I give.” Jim has been volunteering at Harbor Tower Village since 2005, where he helps four days a week. He leads exercise, calls Bingo and assists with activities with the residents. In addition, Jim and friend Jean Matheny work with the Ti Me Together dance group at the Bayview Senior Center through Senior Services of Island County.

Yellowjackets deployed Amid changes with the national budget, Electronic Attack Squadron 138 (VAQ-138) maintained its readiness for deployment to go at a moment’s notice. That notice came at the end of April and the Yellow Jackets were in place by the first of May; expeditiously moving a squadron of 166 personnel, five aircraft and support equipment. The overseas deployment site provides VAQ-138 a regionally advantageous location, allowing them to integrate seamlessly with operations already in progress and provide the essential coverage that can only be brought by the EA-18G Growler. Without the range to make the trip on their own, the VAQ-138 jets were escorted by Air Force KC-135 refueling tankers. The Growlers had to plug into the tankers multiple times during each leg to ensure they would have enough fuel to reach a safe landing area in the event of

an emergency. Despite the inherent risk of the operation, the transit across the Atlantic was executed without any problems. Along with the KC-135s and VAQ-138 Growlers, a C-17 from Elmendorf AFB, Alaska made the trip to Southwest Asia. The C-17 was used to follow the Yellow Jacket jets to each stopover point; carrying spare parts, maintainers, and additional aircrew. During the trip Yellow Jacket personnel had the opportunity to visit some of the local sites in Washington D.C., Portugal and Sicily during one-to two-day stopovers. Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 3rd Class Ryan Grillier, currently on his first deployment, said that he was impressed by the old architecture in the city of Catania; a city in Sicily that he had the opportunity to visit on one stopover. While a small portion of the squadron was moving five jets around the world,

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Electronic Attack Squadron 138 stand at the ready to assist in whatever they are needed in. the rest were busy getting things set at the new site. Coordinating office and maintenance spaces, living quarters, security clearances, computer networks and transportation became their daily life. Thanks to the efforts of the Yellow Jackets already in place, the arrival of the squadron’s aircraft at the new deployment site didn’t

feel much different than returning from a flight out of Whidbey Island. After a brief period of base and local area familiarization, VAQ-138 is 100 percent dug in and ready to operate. Now, figuratively on the doorstep, the Yellow Jackets remain ready to execute wherever and whenever called upon.

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Remembering Midway Retired Commanders Harry Ferrier and Harvey Lasell were the guest speakers at the 71st Anniversary of the Battle of Midway on Seaplane Base June 4. The two shared their experiences as Battle of Midway survivors with a crowd of more than 50 military personnel and fellow veterans. Ferrier was a young 17-year-old radioman and gunner on the Grumman TBF-1 Avenger assigned to Torpedo Squadron 8 and was deployed to Midway Island on June 1, just three days before the battle began. On the morning of June 4, Harry and his crew manned their TBF-1 Avengers for flight checks when they received word the Imperial Japanese Force had been sighted. Out of the six Avengers that launched from Midway that day, his was the only one that

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Remembrance FROM PAGE 2 “I left my tears like everyone else, then smiled and patted myself on the back for having succeeded in something I had avoided,” Bechthold said, adding that he’s already planning on riding again next year. Having celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, the event has grown exponentially since its inception. Originally just a single central route starting in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., the ride in recent years has included an additional southern route,

effectively splitting the number of riders in half and easing logistics. Because of its increasing popularity, a third northern route will be introduced next year to allow the event to continue to grow and include additional riders. “This is that kind of event,” said Daryl “Top” Neil, chairman of RFTW’s board of directors. “They try it once, and they’re not sure if they’re going to enjoy it. Then they see how well organized we are and they see it’s not a sprint, we stop every couple of hours, and they get into the groove. It’s totally not what they expected and they want to do

it again.” According to their website, “RFTW’s mission is to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA), to honor the memory of those Killed in Action (KIA) from all wars, to promote healing for veterans and their families and to support our military personnel all over the world.” RFTW was started in 1989 by James Gregory and Bill Evans, a couple of Vietnam veterans who traveled across the heartland of America on motorcycles, talking to local radio, TV, and newspapers about the thousands of men and women still unaccounted

for. However, Neil said the ride has come to represent much more than that. “Our primary mission is healing, and being with people who were there and understand,” said Neil, who has participated for 10 years now. “That, to me, is more of a reason to participate and is the most important. The first time I went, I cried like a baby — but I go back every year for the next guy.” Participants are charged $30 to register, $40 during the event, and are responsible for their own expenses. However, VFW posts, churches and other support-

“The smaller the town, the more support we get,” Neil said. “They roll out the red carpet for us. You really see American patriotism come alive.” The trip takes 10 days to reach the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, ending on Sunday evening before Memorial Day. That day, participants are

invited to participate in the Rolling Thunder parade, an event that involves more than 350,000 motorcycles riding from the Pentagon to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The organizers’ goal, according the website, is to provide a safe, supportive and private atmosphere in which all participants can reflect and heal on their journey to the memorial. The event is open to anyone who has served, or have friends or loved ones who have served and owning a bike is not required. For more information, visit www.rftw.orgyears of hard math, hard engineering and hard work,” Johnston said.

Retired Navy veteran Bruno Bechthold of Oak Harbor participated this May in a 8,000-mile ride to the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington D.C. with 2,200 other bikers. The Run For The Wall’s (RFTW) mission is to bring awareness to POW/MIA and KIA servicemen and women who should not be forgotten. Bechthold shares his experiences of a ride that he plans to make a tradition.

What were your impressions of the ride along the way?

Describe your service in the U.S. Military.

​I have contacted those I spent most time with on the ride, most for the exchange of pictures and plans for the future rides.

I am a 20-year U.S. Navy veteran and retired as a data processing chief in 1980, with one tour in country. What type of bike is it that you ride and how did it handle on the trip?

My 1995 Honda Gold Wing Aspencade perform​ed flawless, riding with 450 riders in formation is more challenging on the driver then it is on the trike.

VETERAN Q & A: Bruno Bechthold

ers provide many free meals, lodging and gas stops along the way. Along the way across the U.S. riders stop at memorials, veteran’s hospitals and schools, and enjoy parades, police escorts and welcomehome receptions from many of the towns where they stop.

How did your friends and family react when they heard you were going? ​I received encouragement from friends and family,

in fact some wondered why I had waited so long.​ All cheered me on because I was also testing my endurance on a motorcycle.

​The first day was brutal, it was 330 miles in the sun,

at the end of the day I passed on free dinner and just showered and went to bed. Day two was 400 miles but for some reason the drinks tasted better and the smiles picked up because of more recognition among the riders. After day three of 350 miles I knew I could do it. Smiles grew wider, names and road names started being exchanged and the group, including me, seem to look forward to the next day. ​ Did you connect with and are still in contact with any of the other riders?

Why you think this ride is important, both to you individually and to other veterans and their loved ones? ​The mission statement of Run For The Wall is for accounting of all POW/MIA’s. There are still 1,653 unaccounted for b ​ rothers and sisters in Southeast Asia, 7,925 from the Korean War and 73,677 from World War II. Each speaker on our stops thanked RFTW for standing up for the missing and to please continue. I really believe what Susie Stephens-Harvey penned: “Dying for freedom isn’t the worst that could happen… being forgotten is.”


THE HOOKUP Veterans admin offers online health tool

Navy triathletes take home gold

Veterans now have new tool to take charge of their health and health care: the Veterans Health Library (VHL) is an online library of health topics geared toward veterans.

Navy triathletes made history June 1, when both the men’s and women’s teams took home gold medals at the Armed Forces Triathlon Championship at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu.

Topics ranging from diseases, conditions and medications, to rehabilitation and “living with…” searches can be found in the library. “Our intent was to provide veterans with a website where they could go for reliable health information,” said Rose Mary Pries, the Veteran Administration’s health education and information program manager. “The VHL helps veterans, their families and their health care teams take a more active and informed approach to managing their health conditions and sharing health care decision making with information vetted or developed by VHA clinical experts that’s specific to veterans’ unique needs.” With more than 1,500 health information sheets and 150 videos in the VHL, veterans can learn about topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Agent Orange exposure, combat-related cold injury, traumatic brain injury and others. “We want to ensure that the VHL content is Veteran-focused—both in its content and design—to address the health issues that are most pressing to veterans, their family members, and VHA clinicians right now,” explains Pries. “Equally important to clinical staff is that the information has been vetted by VHA’s subject matter experts and can used in face-toface, telephone, and secure messaging clinical encounters.” In addition to the veteran-specific content, the Library contains information on many common health issues and treatments. Information at www.myhealth.va.gov

Navy prepares for same-sex benefit The Navy will begin training for leadership and support to provide eligible benefits to same-sex domestic partners of service members and their children beginning Aug. 31. “Extending these benefits reinforces the principle that all those who volunteer to serve are treated with dignity and respect and ensured fairness and equal treatment to the extent allowable under law,” said Rear Adm. Tony Kurta, director military plans and policy. The training will assist leadership in a knowledgeable and professional extension of benefits beginning Aug. 31 when service members will be able to submit a “Declaration of Domestic Partnership for DEERS Enrollment” and obtain a Department of Defense identification for their same-sex partners to access benefits detailed in a Feb. 11 memo by the secretary of defense. Earlier this year, the Department of Defense identified family member and dependent benefits that the services can lawfully provide to same-sex partners and their families through changes in Department of Defense policies and regulation.

The men’s team repeated last year’s gold medal victory, but this was the first time the women’s team finished in first place, said coach Jim Felty. “We’ve never won!” he said. “We’ve never been above third! This is a deep, deep team.” The Armed Forces Triathlon Championship consists of a 1,500-meter ocean swim, 40-kilometer draft-legal bike ride, and 10-kilometer run. Teams from the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps compete for points; a team made up of members of the Canadian armed forces participates but does not compete for points.

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The Air Force men’s and women’s teams both came in a close second this year, with only two points separating the women’s teams and one point separating the men’s. -Navy News

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Left: The Fleet Readiness Center Northwest’s Green Team, lead by Aviation Administrationman 2nd Class Stephen Anderson (left, front), earned the Whidbey Green Seal June 19 for their sustainability programs. Below: Members of the FRCNW Green Team dumster dive on base for recyclable or compostable items. The command’s state-of-the-art facilities allows participating buildings and commands to recycle up to 90 persent of all waste. Green Team members also conduct cleanups of some of the commands’ natural habitat areas.

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leet Readiness Center Northwest (FRCNW) received the Whidbey Green Seal in June for their efforts in recycling and energy conservation.

“This is the first military facility to earn a Whidbey Green Seal and we are very excited,” said Melody Kuschnereit, coordinator for the Sustainable Whidbey Coalition (SWC), which manages the program. The efforts to “green up” the command were spearheaded about a

NAS Whidbey’s largest command goes green with large strides in sustainability

year ago by Aviation Administrationman 2rd Class Stephen Anderson who made it his personal mission to get his fellow sailors to recycle, earning him the moniker “Captain Planet” at FRCNW. “Anderson and his Green Team have done a lot of work to make this happen,” Kuschnereit said. Noticing that command’s state-of-the-art recycling facilities were underutilized, Anderson was able to form a Green Team that now routinely meets to improve sustainability processes, completes cleanups on base and dumpster dives for recyclables. Anderson said his team is very proud of the achievement. “It’s a moral booster for us here,” he said. “And it shows the community we’re trying to be responsible community members with regard to the environment.” In addition, Anderson

said the Whidbey Green Seal brings much-needed attention to an issue that he is passionate about. It is his hope to create policies and programs for the FRCN that can then be adapted to other buildings and commands on base. “Being environmentally responsible helps us fiscally as well,” he said, adding that the hope is that the program will go base wide by the end of the year. Chief William Yates, the senior-most enlisted sailor at FRCNW, was in charge of facilities during the genesis of the Green Team and the Office Composting and Recycling Program that exists today. “I was his heavy,” said Yates, who “served as the muscle to get people to comply” with the new programs. “The passion that he has for this program… he gets people involved and he’s very charismatic,” Yates said. “I felt honored to help

him.” “But the story is not just about him. It’s about his ability to communicate so effectively that it’s grown past him now and will live on.” Mea nwhi le, t he Department of Defense (DOD) itself has been in the process of exploring ways they can improve their environmental standards military wide. Due to Green Team’s efforts and the topnotch recycling and composting facilities on base, FRCNW was selected for a visit last month from several DOD agencies who are working to develop sustainability programs. This attention from the

higher echelons of the DOD highlights and reinforces the importance of FRCN’s environmental efforts, Anderson said. “It’s the right thing to do and it’s a passion of mine,” Anderson said. “I’m an outdoors person, and it’s one of the easiest things a person can do to be environmentally responsible.” The Whidbey Green Seal is a certificate program that publicly recognizes organizations (business, non-profit and tax-supported entities) that actively implement resource conservation measures, demonstrate a culture of environmental awareness in their operational activities and practice social responsibility in their com-

munity The SWC is a network of leaders who foster sustainability on Whidbey Island. The Coalition was formed in the fall of 2007 in response to global climate change and local environmental concerns. Since then, SWC meets regularly as a think tank for collaborative sustainability efforts, and to act as a hub for resources and education. FRCNW is one of the Navy’s eight Fleet Readiness Centers, with locations on the U.S. east and west coasts and in Japan. For more information, visit www.sustainablewhidbey.org


NAS leads way on sexual assault prevention Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) along with Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) have introduced the Combatting Military Sexual Assault Act which would expand a successful Air Force program to all service branches of the military. The aim of the act is to provide sexual assault victims with special victims’ counsel, a trained and certified military lawyer to assist in the victim throughout the process. Public Affairs Officer for Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Mike Welding said the Navy already has some programs in place to combat sexual assault. NAS Whidbey Island in particular has found a sexual assault prevention champion in Kathleen Schofield, the base’s sexual assault response coordinator (SARC) for the last three years. In fact, Schofield won national honors this past April when the Department of Defense named her the Navy Exceptional SARC of the Year. A SARC serves as the single point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim care, from the initial report of sexual assault through disposition and resolution of issues related to the victim’s health and well-being, Welding said. The SARC is responsible for ensuring a victim support system is in place that provides around-the-clock sexual assault response capabilities for all victims within their designated area of responsibility. The base has a volunteer network of sexual assault advocates and recently hired two SAPR victim advocates from that group of volunteers. All of the volunteers have undergone 40 hours of core training needed to assist sexual assault victims. Ayotte stressed the need to ensure that victims of sexual assault are able to report incidents without fear of retribution and urged the Joint Chiefs of Staff and General Martin Dempsey to provide special victims counsel to victims in all military services. The Combatting Military Sexual Assault Act would: n Provide victims of sexual assault with special victims counsel (SVC). n Enhance the authority of the DOD’s Sexual Assault Prevention Program and Response Office. n Refer cases to the general court martial or superior level when sexual assault charges are filed when there is a conflict of interest. n Bar sexual contact between instructors and trainees during and within 30 days of basic training. n Ensure response coordinators are available to members of the National Guard and Reserve.

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Breakfast will be served at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7392 10 a.m. to noon July 30. The breakfast features pancakes, eggs, hash browns, breakfast meats and biscuits and gravy. The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for seniors (62 and over), $4 for kids (under 12). A chicken-fried steak breakfast is available for $9. For more information about this event, contact VFW Post 7392 at (360) 675-4048 or visit VFWPost7392.org

vfw scholarship golf tournament July 20 The Annual VFW Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held at 8 a.m. July 20. Registration deadline is July 10. Cost is $50 for military personnel and $60 for civilians, which includes green fees and lunch at the V-Dome. Additional lunches available for $5. Modified Peoria scoring with blind draws for two-person teams. Come one, come all. No USGA handicap necessary.

Resource center hosts “Veterans stand down” The Veteran’s Resource Center (VRC) will be hosting it’s third annual “Veteran’s Stand Down. Designed to demonstrate support and provide assistance to our magnificent veterans, the event will begin 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 in the Community Activities Center at American Legion Post 141 in Bayview. BBQ and live music will be available while representatives from the Seattle Veteran’s Affairs office staff register service members who have not previously enrolled. Vendors will also supply items and services, and informational booths on health, housing, education, finance and employment will also be present.

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ryan’s house benefit run slated for Aug. 24 The 6th Annual Benefit Run to raise funds for Ryan’s House for Youth will be Aug. 24. Post-run BBQ, music and activities will be hosted by the Oak Harbor WhiteheadMuzzall VFW Post 7392. Event details TBA. For more information, call 360-632-1513.

Fourth of July parade Fourth of July parade, 11 a.m., July 4, downtown, Oak Harbor. Part of all-day celebration, including carnival, fireworks, booths and vendors. Oak Harbor’s Ron Wallin is this year’s grand marshall.

OBITUARY

James Lavon Hughes, Jr.

James Lavon Hughes, Jr., age 51, of Oak Harbor, passed away on June 2, 2013, after a tragic accident. He was born on August 3, 1961 in Atlanta, Georgia to James and Helen (Willoughby) Hughes. Soon after graduating from high school Jim enlisted in the US Navy. He was stationed in Guam, Japan, Tennessee, California, Hawaii and Oak Harbor. His naval career lasted 30 years and two months. He served in conflicts and wars in the Persian Gulf War and Iraqi Enduring Freedom. After retiring as a Lieutenant, Jim worked for the Department of DefenseNavair. Jim was a member of the St Augustine’s Catholic Church in Oak Harbor. He enjoyed his membership in the VFW (Life Member), American Legion, Fleet Reserves, Retired Officer’s Association, and Star Touring , Chapter 14. He also enjoyed being a “Sous Chef” riding his motorcycle, sailing, boating and helping others. Jim is preceded in death by his father James Lavon, Sr., and grandmother Floy Hughes. Jim is survived by his

James Lavon Hughes Jr. wife Pamela Hughes and four children: Jessica Ann Hughes of Alabama, James Brandon Hughes of Hawaii, James Christopher Hughes of California and James Dustin Hughes of Washington, his brother James Reginald Mathis and grandpuppy Eva. A visitation for Jim was held at Burley Funeral Chapel on June 6, and a Funeral Mass was celebrated at St Augustine’s Catholic Church on June 7. Memorials may be made to the Help House, 1091 SE Hathaway, Oak Harbor, WA 98277.

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