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Whidbey Crosswind The Puget Sound Veterans’ Monthly | APRIL 2014

A winning recipe NAS Whidbey sailor wins gold pg. 2


Whidbey Island sailor awarded culinary gold By JANIS REID


wo years ago, Andrew DiMarsico was a yeoman in the base commander’s office at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. His course changed one night while he was on a dinner date with his wife at Ciao in Coupeville. Owner Mark Laska immediately adopted the couple and soon DiMarsico was moonlighting off base in the kitchen of Ciao, learning ancient cooking techniques in their woodfired oven. “I grew up in New York and often complained about not having a good spot for pizza in Washington,” said DiMarsico. “Although Ciao wasn’t the big greasy New-

York-style slice of pizza I was looking for, it was by far the best I had anywhere since leaving home. I knew the minute I bit into the pie that the owner, Mark Laska, was using San Marzano tomatoes for the sauce and that’s something that an Italian like me can really appreciate.”

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For DiMarsico, the combination of these ultra-traditional cooking techniques and his Italian heritage stoked the fires of his culinary passions, inspiring him to request reassignment as a

After completing his training and becoming a certified Chef de Cuisine, DiMarsico was invited onto the Navy Culinary Team representing the Navy; he joined more than 300 chefs

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Andrew DiMarsico, at right, shows off his award and the dish that won him a gold medal at the 39th Armed Forces Culinary Competition.

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who converged in Fort Lee, Va., to compete in the 39th Armed Forces Culinary Competition. There, DiMarsico won Best in Show and the gold medal for Contemporary Hot Food. “I like to consider myself a well-rounded chef,” DiMarsico said. “I grew up in a large Italian family, so naturally Italian is my heart, but recently I have become captivated with French cooking. I really enjoy small portions that pack a rich flavorful punch with each bite.” While some practice for weeks and months for this prestigious competition, DiMarsico left his station on the USS Howard in the Pacific and only had 48 hours to prepare. For this presti-

gious competition, participants had one hour to create four plates for the judges. DiMarsico created a culinary masterpiece of chicken roulade with forced meat wrapped in prosciutto with seasonal spring vegetables, polenta, and a crimini mushroom Madeira cream reduction pan sauce. He scored 96 out of 100 possible points, which was the highest score given. The master chef judging the dishes commented, “If God himself ordered chicken, this is precisely how it would be prepared,” according to a news release. DiMarsico credits the mentoring he has received during his culinary training and remarked: “If it weren’t for the support of my fam-

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ily, the encouragement from my former command and the inspiration and dedication from the civilian community there, I couldn’t have achieved this great honor, and I share this gold medal with everyone at NAS Whidbey and my ‘family’ of chefs in Coupeville.” DiMarsico was based at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station 2006-2012, and is currently on deployment. Both his grandfathers served in the U.S. Army. He is currently an A merican Culinar y Federation Certified Sous Chef, and plans on going straight to Executive Chef once he returns from deployment. His goal is to work for one of the admirals.



COOKING UP SUCCESS A Whidbey Island sailor wins a gold medal in culinary competition.


END OF AN ERA VAQ-129 flies its last EA-6B Prowler.


RETIREES FACE TOUGH CHOICES A policy change at Oak Harbor Naval Hospital is forcing retirees to choose between changing their doctors or paying more for their insurance.


A SALUTE TO ST. PATRICK Veterans and active duty personnel both showed their support at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.


PBY MEMORIAL MOVES TO PIONEER WAY The museum has found a new home in the old Whidbey Furniture building.


FAMILY TOURS HISTORIC FARM HOUSES The descendants of Henry Riksen toured his 100-yearold farm near Ault Field.


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Wildcat Battalion wins second consecutive regional championship By JIM WALLER


Making history along the way, the host Oak Harbor High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps secured its second consecutive Northwest Drill and Rifle Conference championship at the regional finals Saturday, March 15. The back-to-back titles is a first in the regional competition in the past 14 years, according to Oak Harbor’s Chief William Thiel. “We are investigating to see if it has ever been repeated since the conference began in 1970,” Thiel said. The conference, which is divided into three divisions for the regular season, features 31 schools from Oregon City north. Twentyseven of the schools, totaling about 700 individuals, qualified participants for the regional championship. Air Force, Army, Marine and Navy JROTC units took part. Port Angeles finished second and Oregon City third behind Oak Harbor in the final standings. Wildcat Battalion monopolized the five team events, winning three: unarmed drill, armed drill (purple team) and rifle (blue team). Oak Harbor qualified two squads in four of the events. The second rifle team (gold) finished third and the second armed drill team (gold) placed

The physical strength team No. 1 grabbed fourth and the No. 2 team 11th. In color guard, Oak Harbor No. 2 finished eighth and No. 1, 10th. Shooter Marjorie Rouse led the Wildcats in individual competition, placing third. As it has all season, Oak Harbor, coached by retired Lcdr. Dave Goodman, dominated the air rifle event as Rouse was followed by Colton Baumgardner (fourth), Darlene Salcedo (seventh), Troy McCool (eighth) and Nathan Wagner (14th) out of 50 participants. JJ Abides finished fourth in physical strength ironman, while Unarmed Team Commander Jozef Mendoza earned seventh and Armed Drill Commander Amanda Simpson ninth. “Overall, the drill meet went very well,” Thiel said. He and Cmdr. Mike Black, senior naval instructor and coordinator of the air rifle competition, received numerous positive comments on how well the meet was run and on the success of the Wildcat Battalion, Thiel added. Parents volunteered to help run the event and marines from CNATTU, sailors from FRC NW, airmen from the Air Force recruiting district and soldiers from the Army National Guard and Army recruiting district volunteered as judges.

Seaplane base sees bomb scare By JANIS REID

A teenager with a GoPro video camera was the cause of a false-alarm bomb scare on Seaplane Base Thursday, causing the gates to close for more than an hour. Someone observed the teenager with the device “looking suspicious” and reported the teen to authorities, according to Mike Welding, Whidbey Island Naval Air Station public affairs officer.

The event was treated as a bomb threat, Welding said, and the Navy’s bomb squad was called in. North Whidbey Fire and Rescue were also on alert. “It’s standard procedure… all emergency services are going to respond,” Welding said. The gates were closed at 5:45 p.m. as base authorities located the teenager, who was brought in for questioning.

The gates were reopened at 7:15 p.m., Welding said. The gate closures caused heavy traffic and long waits for people trying to get on and off base. The teenager is not facing any disciplinary measures, Welding said. The informant, who was also a teen, “did the right thing,” Welding said. “If you see something suspicious, let us know,” he said.

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across the globe. VAQ-129 now trains all Navy and Air Force pilots and Electronic Countermeasures Officers, or ECMOs, who train in the Growler and will ultimately move into one of the 13 Fleet or Expeditionary electronic attack squadrons attached to NAS Whidbey Island. The Marine Corps will continue to fly the Prowler for its electronic attacks requirements and will conduct their Prowler training at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, N.C. The Northrop-Grumman Prowler and the Boeing Growler are considered allweather, electronic attack aircraft with the primary role of suppressing enemy electronic capabilities through tactical jamming and the delivery of high-speed anti-radiation missiles. In the cockpit on this historic flight were pilot Marine Capt. Donald Bussell, and ECMO Lt. Cmdr. Drew


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VAQ-129’s last EA-6B Prowler is in the forefront and flanked by two EA-18G Growlers during a fly-over last month. Norman, Deputy Electronic Attack Wing Capt. Scott Farr and Lt. John Grisham. After the fly-over, Lt.j.g. Lee Allen was honored as the last Prowler ECMO graduate for his new duty with fleet squadron VAQ-134. (MC2 John Hetherington photos). -Courtesy of the NAS Whidbey Island public information office.

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Retirees face tough choices under new Tricare rule hospital physician Dan Fisher.


In addition, many have concerns about active-duty physicians who are constantly rotating out every three years as assignments change.

Frank Hardy says he probably will never go back to the Oak Harbor Naval Hospital for care.

“Many of the folks I see don’t want the constant turnover,” Fisher said. “They want the consistency of care. People want a good doctor they can keep. Not a doctor they are assigned. That’s my beef with military medicine. We promise people we will keep doctors there and eventually something comes up and they’re not.”

After what he said was a botched 2009 surgery at the naval hospital, he was sent to Skagit Valley Medical Center for post-op and follow-up care when he wouldn’t wake up. “I don’t know why they call that place a hospital,” said Hardy’s wife, Cherie. “It’s a clinic, if that.” A recent policy change at the naval hospital now requires all military retirees within a 30-minute drive to switch to a primary care physician on base if they want to stay on Tricare Prime insurance. If retirees choose to stay with their off-base doctors, they must downgrade to the less complete Tricare Standard plan. Hardy and his wife, Cherie, applied for a waiver to the new policy and were denied. They visited the naval hospital last month to talk to the commanding officer to appeal the decision and were again denied. Before he left the naval hospital, Hardy revisited the scene of his last visit. “It freaks me out to walk into that hospital,” Hardy said. “I went by the room I had laid in. It strikes terror into both of us.” Hardy’s choice is to downgrade to Tricare Standard and then subscribe to an additional insurance policy through his private sector employer. But not all retirees have that option, Hardy said. Capt. Edward Simmer, commanding officer of the naval hospital, is aware that some retirees have had “less than perfect” experiences at the hospital in the past, but remains adamant that the hospital can and will do better. Simmer faced more than one angry room of retirees last month when the policy change was announced. In addition to the Tricare change, Simmer has also rolled out a closure of the emergency room, an expan-

The naval hospital saw 141,275 outpatients last fiscal year and employs 12 family medicine physicians and four pediatricians. Of those 16 doctors, 12 are active duty. In addition, more than half the support staff of physician assistants, nurses and administrative employees are active duty as well. Janis Reid photo

Frank Hardy is one of many retirees opting to pay extra to keep their private-sector physician off base. sion of the birthing center and extended hours for urgent care. The naval hospital has also signed agreements with Whidbey General and North Island Medical to allow Navy physicians and surgeons to perform procedures off base. Hardy said Simmer’s hardline approach to the Tricare Prime policy has turned into a “black eye” for the Navy. “I regret they feel that way,” Simmer said in response. Of the 750 letters that were sent out to retirees, roughly 70 have applied for waivers and around 25 have been approved so far. When asked why he is holding firm for less than 50 patients, Simmer said he tries to apply the same criteria to each case and be “fair” about his choices. Hardy is not alone in his concern that the naval hospital is making changes without considering the needs of their patients. “I feel like they are playing with people’s lives and they have that cavalier attitude about it,” Hardy said. “It’s the

retirees that are getting the shaft.” Over the years, retirees have a history of being pulled on and off base for care, based on the naval hospital’s capacity to care for them, according to retiree and former naval

Simmer said “in most cases, it’s probably true” that some retirees will be subject to turnover of Navy doctors, but insists that under the “teambased” model, they can offer more consistent care than before. “That’s what spooks me about going back, you never know what you’re going to get,” Hardy said. Retiree Ron Hewitt has

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only been to the naval hospital once for care on referral since he left active service in 2003. Hewitt was diagnosed with a chronic illness in 2005 and has seen the same off-base primary care physician for 10 years. Hewitt said his wife, Mary, has had some “very bad experiences” with care at the naval hospital in the past and is also seeing off-base physician.

Wanting to keep their doctors under the recent Tricare changes, Hewitt and his wife applied for a waiver last month and were denied both the waiver and the appeal. “The guy had no interest in listening to what we had to say,” Hewitt said. Hewitt’s biggest concern is

that he’s had the same physician for nearly 10 years, and that going on base will likely mean a revolving door of active-duty physicians. “Every time I go, I’m going to see someone different,” Hewitt said. “My whole thing is continuity of care. I’m going to be reduced to numbers and words on a piece of paper.” Hewitt said it is unclear whether he and his wife will seek additional coverage, remain with the naval hospital on Tricare Prime, or downgrade to Tricare Standard and pay higher premiums to keep their doctors. “My wife wants to give it a couple of months,” Hewitt said.

SALUTING ST. PATRICK Bright sunshine and a strong military presence greeted parade watchers during the St. Patrick’s Day parade through downtown Oak Harbor March 17. Capt. Mike Nortier, commanding officer of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, kissed the Blarney Stone and shared a limerick at a ceremony held at Hal Ramaley Memorial Park. Color guard members of Oak Harbor High School’s NJROTC program led the parade. Photos by Ron Newberry

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PBY Memorial relocating to Whidbey Furniture building By RON NEWBERRY

They’ll worry about the PBY Catalina later. For now, leaders of the PBY Memorial Foundation PBY-Naval Air Museum are relieved to have a new home for their naval history museum, which they believe will provide easier access to attract more visitors and lead to bigger things in the future. The museum will be moving off the Seaplane Base at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station to the old Whidbey Furniture building on Pioneer Way in historic downtown Oak Harbor. After months of negotiations, the PBY Memorial Foundation secured a five-year lease this month, giving the museum a new home that is expected to be open to the public in June. The museum will remain open at its current location on the Seaplane Base until about mid April then will shut down until the transition is complete. “This will be much more accessible, especially for tourist traffic,” said Wil Shellenberger, president of the PBY Memorial Foundation. “One thing I’ve always preached is there’s no one attraction on Whidbey Island that is the reason people come here. They come here for the overall Whidbey experience. We want to enhance that. We want to give them something to learn and to come and see part of Whidbey history while they’re here.” The foundation chose the site on Pioneer Way after learning that a spot it had hoped to relocate to on Highway 20 wouldn’t be available for at least two years, Shellenberger said. The foundation needed to act quickly because its five-year lease with NAS Whidbey expired at the end of April. Shellenberger said the foundation enjoyed a good relationship with NAS Whidbey and would have remained at that site for the time being, however, Department of Defense guidelines prevented a contract renewal. Ultimately, the PBY Memorial Foundation’s long-range plan is to build a hangar-style museum on an off-base site more accessible to the public. The site on Pioneer Way is a temporary home

until funding can be raised to purchase property. A site on Highway 20 is still the target. “It’s going to take some time, and we need to build support in the community for what we want to do in the long run,” Shellenberger said. “Our strategic plan is to operate a self-sustaining museum on Pioneer Way and to build resources and build a credit track record so we can be credit worthy and buy property. We have the design and vision for a hangar-style museum where we would put our plane inside. We would like to have a couple buildings for exhibits and room to expand to obtain additional aircraft that flew out of Whidbey Island.” The building at 720 S.E. Pioneer Way will not be converted to house aircraft, however, remodeling will take place to make room for exhibits, some that couldn’t be displayed on the Seaplane Base due to space limitations. The Pioneer Way site will encompass 4,500 square feet of room compared to 2,800 at the old museum site. There are several other benefits to the off-base site, Shellenberger said. The museum may now charge admission, accept donations and operate a much larger gift shop. That couldn’t be done on base, Shellenberger said. Admission will be $5 with $1 discounts for seniors, military and groups of 10 or more. “Off base, we can run a much more robust gift shop,” Shellenberger said. “It will be set up where people can visit the gift shop without going into the museum. We’re hoping to generate revenue from the gift shop.” The PBY Memorial Foundation, established in 1998, is dedicated to the preservation of the PBY Catalina and Seaplane Base artifacts, as well as items throughout American military history. In 2010, the foundation acquired the PBY Catalina that currently rests near the Naval Heritage building. The foundation is working on different possible plans to relocate the aircraft closer to the new museum site, Shellenberger said. “Right now, the focus is on getting the first major move done,” he said.

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The PBY Memorial museum, presently located on Seaplane Base, is moving to the former location of Whidbey Furniture on Pioneer Way in downtown Oak Harbor.


Navy weighs the fate of historic Clover Valley farms Riksen descendents invited to tour 114-year-old home of Henry Riksen By RON NEWBERRY

The fate of historic farmhouses on federal property is up in the air as the Navy considers what to do with the century-old structures. Among the structures that have garnered the most interest is the home built by Henry Riksen in 1900. Kathy Lunsford, a Riksen descendent, is hoping to preserve the Riksen farm and perhaps turn it into a museum. Lundsford and about 30 other Riksen descendants, their spouses and others, were invited by the Navy to tour the home and barn in March. Remodeled and used for decades as base housing, the aging structures have gradually been phased out, leaving their future up in the air. Kendall Campbell, cultural resource program manager for Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, is working with Forest City Enterprises and the Washington State Historic Preservation Office to determine the fate of the farmhouses. She’s done extensive research on the properties in the past year, including speaking to relatives and others to better understand their importance to the community. The review includes consulting with the state to deter-

mine if the eight farmhouses being looked at are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, Campbell said. So far, the Riksen farm has emerged as the property with the most community interest in it being saved. Greg Raap, vice president for Forest City’s Northwest Region, said a review of the properties could take up to a year. Forest City Enterprises owns the buildings and leases the land from the federal government.

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The Riksen farmhouse was one of several built in Clover Valley by Dutch immigrants around the turn of the century. The properties were purchased by the Navy in the early 1940s to make way for Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. These measures are sometimes difficult to determine. “When you look at what makes a building significant, it’s feeling, characteristic, integrity,” Campbell said. “So what’s feeling?

“We have no intention to use them as housing,” Raap said. “We just have to figure out what the right thing to do is. We want to do the right thing.”

“When I drive into Oak Harbor and I see something on the Seaplane Base, does it evoke a feeling, a memory? That’s hard to do.”

Many of the other seven farmhouses are no longer at their original sites.

The Riksen farm visit stirred up plenty of memories and served as somewhat of a family reunion for those who attended.

Another farmhouse was restored and is being used for military housing, Raap said. “We wanted to keep one representative example of the farmhouses operating,” Raap said. “The big question is, ‘What is appropriate for those remaining eight houses?’ I don’t know what the answer is.” So far, much of the preservation efforts have focused on the Riksen farm, which includes a farmhouse and massive barn, among other structures.

“This is a piece of our history,” Van Dam said. “It would be so neat if we could preserve it.”

Van Dam and Lunsford both would like to see consideration made to turn the farmhouse into a museum to honor both the early pioneers who farmed the land there and naval history. The property is on federal land but is located outside of the Langley gate with the sights and sounds of aircraft nearby.

Feedback from the tour is part of the process to measure the property’s local historic importance.

“It would be great for people to have a chance to see part of naval history and pioneer history,” Van Dam said.

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Riksen descendents, their spouses and others were invited to tour the century-old home built by Henry Riksen. Riksen’s property covered 135 acres. He sold the property to the Navy for $25,000. Henry Riksen was among the first group of immigrants of Dutch descent who came to Whidbey Island from Michigan in the late 1800s, attracted to the fertile farm lands. He settled in Clover Valley, built the farmhouse around 1900 and had a mas-

sive round top barn constructed using timber from the property. Among those who visited the property was Oak Harbor’s Karen Van Dam, whose great-great-aunt Jane married Henry Riksen.


VFW Riders honor dead by helping the living By JANIS REID

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Motorcycle Riders are looking to help veterans who have fallen on hard times. Through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, some funds are available to assist local veterans with rental and deposit assistance, minor car repairs and utilities. In order to supplement this program, the VFW Riders are taking on the task of providing funding and items that are not provided otherwise. “The overall goal is to prevent homelessness or rapidly re-house and stabilize those who are homeless,” said Myron Brundage, senior vice commander of Oak Harbor Post 7392. The group presented a check for $500 to the Opportunity Council and several bags and boxes full of personal hygiene items, socks, T-shirts and Ziploc bags. With several fundraisers completed and with the assistance of fellow post members and the general public, the

Riders will continue to support local veterans in need and hope to make this the first of many donations. Organizers say there will be more fundraisers in the future. The program’s objective is to help veterans and their families in crisis situations and continue to work with them by giving them the tools, resources and education through case management. In this way, the Riders hope to help them to stabilize and become self-sufficient. “While there are funding sources to assist our veterans with some of the major costs such as rent, too often smaller needs that cannot be fulfilled with this funding can become very big challenges for these veterans in crisis,” Brundage said. “Some of our veterans must drive to other counties for prospective job interviews and VA clinic appointments. In a crisis situation when food and shelter are the main focus, figuring out how to get a tank of gas for a job interview, specialized work clothing and shoes to start their job, fees to renew a drivers

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To assist with the special occasion, the Wing invited local Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and Oak Harbor community representatives to help recognize the superior performance of individuals, aircrews and commands under Wing 10.

The members of the crew were: Lt. Cmdr. Seth Stegmaier, Lt. Andrew Wilhelm, Lt. David Long, Lt. Brian Boland, Lt.j.g. Brian Bullen, Lt.j.g. Alexi Staton, AWOC Joseph Overmann, AWVC Michael Rumbaugh, AWV1 Drew Ledbetter, AWF1 Rex Kendall, AWO2 Kyle Olson, AWO2 Devnee Patterson, AWO2 Daniel Johnson, AWF2 Erik Willison, AWF2 Jack Thomas and AWO3 John Dohoney.


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Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10 held their 19th annual awards ceremony to recognize the accomplishments and hard work of their sailors at the Skywarrior Theater in March.

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Also taking the spotlight were: AWF1 Edward King, Aircrewman of the Year; Lt. Katherine Jensen, Junior Officer Leadership Excellence; Cmdr. Matthew Brosnan, Navy/ Marine Corps Leadership (CAT IV), Lt. Cmdr. Chris Brown, Navy/Marine Corps Leadership; Lt. Jeff Graham, Navy/ Marine Corps Leadership; AECS Timothy Jones, Navy/ Marine Corps Leadership; and CTT1 Christopher Dirth, CPRG Senior Shore Sailor of the Year. The list of top performers also included: AME1 Tyrone Presto, CPRW-10 Senior Sea Sailor of the Year; AME1 Evan Marshall, Reserve Senior Sailor of the Year; IT1 Allison Loeffler, CPRW-10 Junior Shore Sailor of the Year; and PS2 JyKeith Babins, CPRW-10 Junior Sea Sailor of the Year. Several squadrons were recognized for their accomplishments. VQ-1 and VP-69 both earned the 2013 Battle “E”. VP-69 also won the prestigious David McCampbell Trophy. This award recognizes the Commander Naval Air Forces Squadron of the Year. While each Battle “E” winning squadron can be justifiably proud of their accomplishments, the Totems were the clear stand out amongst this incredible group.

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March 28, 2014 edition of the Whidbey Crosswind