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Whidbey Crosswind The Puget Sound Veterans’ Monthly | MAY 2014

Coming home Returning from deployment z pg. 6



Navy wife dedicates life to relief By JANIS REID

Tessi Shafer said her involvement with the NavyMarine Corps Relief Society saved her life. After the death of her husband two years ago, retired Navy Chief Leslie Shafer, it was her work with the Relief Society that got her through, she said. “He was a good man,” Shafer said. “It keeps me busy. It kept me sane these last few years.” Tessi Shafer, a volunteer with the Relief Society’s Thrift Shop on Seaplane Base for 26 years now, recently became a recipient of the Mrs. Grace Glenwood Higginson Lifetime Achievement Award. The award, signed by retired Adm. Steve Abbot, the society’s president, is the highest volunteer honor. Only seven people have received this honor since the society’s founding in 1904.

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Shafer is one of only seven recipients in the history of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society to receive a lifetime achievement award.

“The most important thing you can give somebody is your time,” said Elton Grifford, director of local Relief Society, who praised Shafer for her “never-say-die” work ethic. Shafer held a wide variety of jobs in the thrift shop over the years from general worker to sorter, to administrative support and culminating in her long-serving role as thrift shop lead. She is uniquely qualified to

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Ret. Gen. Pete Collins, the vice president and chief administrative officer for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Socity, presents Tessi Shafer with the Mrs. Grace Glenwood Higginson Lifetime Achievement Award. mentor volunteers who speak English as a second language, and always makes an effort to help them adjust to a new culture, language and land. “Tessi is dedicated,” said Kirstin Perry, chair of volunteers. “She is just the sweetest, kindest lady and has a wicked sense of humor.” Her management expertise is reflected in the care shown to young parents looking to find affordable and essential items for their newborns, and in the unique partnership she encourages between the thrift

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MILITARY WIFE Tessi Shafer said her involvement with the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society saved her life.


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COUPLE AWARDED FOR CONSERVATION Navy couple Patricia and Mike Miller were recognized by Whidbey Island Conservation District for their green efforts at Pacific Wind Farm.


COMING HOME VAQ-130 was welcomed home by loved ones at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.


Oak Harbor grad achieves pararescueman status By JANIS REID

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE A survivor and an eyewitness share stories of the Holocaust.

Oak Harbor graduate Joshua Barton has earned the coveted maroon beret as a pararescueman. After graduating from high school in 2010, Barton began his military training in 2011.


STORY OF HEROISM A sailor from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station helped pull people from a burning Jeep.


Oak Harbor graduate Joshua Barton has earned the coveted maroon beret as a pararescueman.

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Barton completed more than three years of non-stop Air Force training, including basic training followed by the development course for the selection phase of the his career field. This was followed by a pararescue — or combat rescue — officer course. Of the more than 160 prospective candidates, only 19 successfully completed the course and continued on to the next phase of training. In the end, only 14 total applicants made it through the entire training cycle. Additional training included combat dive school, emergency medical training, paramedic training, army airborne school, and survival, evasion, resistance and escape training. He began his apprenticeship in September

2013, culminating what is known as the jack of all trades. Courses consisted of “dirt” medicine for practice of field paramedicine; high angle mountain rescue trainees learn how to rescue a stranded mountain climber, hiker or pilot; air operations, where both static line and freefall jumps were performed for proficiency in night and day/land and water; tactical weapons training; land navigation training; military tactics; and his final training exercise. Trainees are placed in highly stressful environments and are judged not only on their medical skills in treating critical patients, but their skills while operating as a team leader and team member. Barton said he learned that “a true great team is not great from good leadership, but excellent followership.” Barton added that he is married to his career field “till death do I part.” He will be joining his team, the 48th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, in Tucson, Arizona.

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Navy couple receives conservation award By JANIS REID and RON NEWBERRY

dled the old tradition with a new business name, Pacific Winds Farm.

Navy couple Patricia and Mike Miller were recognized by Whidbey Island Conservation District as cooperators and partners at an open house held in April for their green efforts at Pacific Wind Farm.

What drove them, they said, was a zest to learn and realize a dream to some day turn this farm into their living as they are heading into their retirement years.

“At first we did it (used conservation methods) because it was cost effective,” Patricia Miller said. “But we found that we live in such a beautiful place, I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way. I wouldn’t want to damage anything here.” The Outstanding Cooperator award went to the Millers, who, over the last two years, have been restoring a former Christmas tree farm north of Oak Harbor, adding livestock, an orchard, a large garden, rainwater collection system for the dry months and using solar power panels for lights and electric fencing. “Theirs is an exemplary small-scale production farm working in concert with natural resource conservation,” according to the award documents. The home they bought in 2011 is surrounded by a forest of Christmas trees. For two years, they’ve been soaking up knowledge, moving earth, grooming land and initiating new and forward-thinking green practices. On Nov. 29, the Millers re-opened a tree farm that, since the mid-1980s, has been a place of fond holiday memories for many residents on North Whidbey. Known for nearly three decades as WoodBee Christmas Tree Farm, the Millers have rekin-

Both are 42 and in Oak Harbor because of the Navy. Mike, from Chicago, is active duty after 24 years and is a maintenance master chief at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. Patricia, who grew up on a farm in Kentucky, spent four years in the Navy. The Millers bought the property, and in a separate purchase a year later, purchased 10 additional acres adjacent to their land that included the bulk of the tree farm and the business. With that additional land came a forest of trees, a tree shaker, outbuildings and the same red sleigh in which his kids sat in when they were younger. As part of their creative green efforts, the Millers use the chickens to eat bugs around their fruit trees and use their cows to fertilize their tree fields before planting.

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“Everyone has a job here,” Patricia Miller said.

Navy couple Patricia and Mike Miller have received the Outstanding Cooperator award from the Whidbey Island Conservation District for their green efforts at Pacific Wind Farm.

She added that she really enjoys the creative ways they are learning to recycle and repurpose everything on the farm for efficiency. “I like the thought process of it,” Patricia Miller said. “One thing can help another thing… I really do like the green thing.”

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The significance of coming home from deployment By JANIS REID Staff reporter With the return of aircrew of Electronic Attack Squadron 130 Zappers in April, those affected by deployment now and in the past agree on the importance of those homecomings.

VAQ-130 returned after a nine-month deployment, which involved training in Europe, the Middle East and combat operations in Afghanistan. Navy League President Butch Bailey, who completed 13 9-month deployments in his career, said the deployments, frankly, “suck.” “But it depends on the type of deployment,” Bailey said. “There’s some good parts and some bad parts.” When he wasn’t near combat, Bailey’s wife, state Sen. Barbara Bailey, was able to join him and they were able to see parts of the world together.

On the other hand, when he was on the carrier “you’re sort of held hostage,” Bailey said, which can make it hard to pass the time. The homecoming can be an exiting and somewhat stressful time, Bailey said. “Unless you’ve done it, it’s really hard to understand the feelings that you’re going through,” Bailey said. “The anticipation, you don’t sleep well the night before, you can’t wait to get back and your mind is racing a mile a minute.” Bailey said reconnecting with children and wives can be a challenge after long deployments. “You think about how you haven’t been able to play with them, or take out my wife,” Bailey said. “How am I going to catch up?”

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Lt. Cmdr. Eli Burleson greets his three-year-old daughter, Isabella, after a nine-month deployment to CONTINUED PAGE 7 Europe and Afghanistan last month.








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VAQ130 FROM PAGE 6 However, Bailey said technological advances like email, Skype and cellular phones make deployments much easier to manage. Still, being home after such a long deployment means a lot to the squadron, according to Lt. Scott Brazelton, pilot and spokesman for VAQ-130. “It’s gonna mean everything,” Brazelton said shortly before the aircrew arrived last month. “This is one of the longer deployments VAQ has done. It’s a long time for sailors to be away from their families.” The pilots of VAQ-130 and their electronic warfare officers flew the squadron’s five EA-18G Growlers back to Whidbey Island Naval Air Station from the Harry S. Truman. VAQ-130 is the second carrier-based squadron to deploy using the Growler, the fourth aircraft in the squadron’s history.

leadership requires it. “The real heroes of this deployment are the families of VAQ-130 and our sailors,” Cmdr. Jeff Chism, VAQ130’s commanding officer, said in a news release. “They have endured over 400 days of separation since we began preparations for deployment back in September of 2012. I am humbled by their service to our nation and proud to serve alongside them.” The squadron originally deployed in July 2013, starting in Virginia, followed by continued training in the Azores in Portugal. They also trained off the coast of Spain, France, Italy and Greece, and were allowed a port call in Marseille, France. The Zappers went on to support forces on the ground in Afghanistan for approximately seven months, during which time they flew 226 combat missions and completed 1,596 combat hours over Afghanistan.

Squadron support and maintenance personnel were airlifted in the following day.

Chism said these lengthy missions, at times spanning eight hours in duration, were made possible by the hard work of the squadron.

Brazelton said the squadron is guaranteed a couple weeks of post-deployment leave, but that it’s possible they could be deployed again shortly if Navy

In addition to supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, the Zappers conducted joint flight operations with the French aircraft car-

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Navy families and active-duty servicemembers wait to show their support of VAQ-130 as they came home last month. rier, Charles de Gaulle, in January of 2014. Although VAQ-130 spent most of their time working aboard the Harry S. Truman, they did make three Middle Eastern port calls in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Manama, Bahrain. A final port call was allowed in Palma, Spain. “This is my fourth com-

bat deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom since it began back in 2001,” said Cmdr. Eric Illston, VAQ130’s executive officer. “I am proud to serve our troops on the ground. I know many of them will come home safe because of the support given by the Zappers and we wish them a quick return to their families at home.”



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Stories of the Holocaust recited on Whidbey By CELESTE ERICKSON and JANIS REID

Those who experienced the holocaust will never forgot what they saw. And for soldier Leo Hymas and concentration camp survivor Noemi Ban, it is important to tell their stories so that future generations will not forget either. Holocaust Remembrance Day was April 28. Born and raised in Idaho and Utah, Langley resident Leo Hymas wasn’t prepared for what he would see during his six months of combat at the end of World War II. But at age 19, he liberated Buchenwald, one of the largest concentration camps in Germany. In June 1944, he was drafted into the United States Army and found himself sailing to Europe. In 1945, Hymas landed in France, where he boarded a troop train headed for the front. He said he looked out the train door near Cologne, Germany and saw a young girl, scared and starving. “I noticed a small young girl shivering on the platform, her face sunken and her feet wrapped in rags, the little girl was starving,” Hymas said. “I handed her a chocolate bar, and suddenly, I understood that the most vulnerable, the most innocent, pay the highest price in wartime.” They fought their way east across Germany until, on April 9, 1945, they reached the town of Weimar. Not far from the city, in thick woods, a fence stood half-hidden in the trees, he said. Suspecting a prisoner-ofwar camp, Hymas’ commanding officer ordered him to investigate. He advanced until he reached a towering, electrified fence. After using explosives to enter the camp, Hymas and his group confronted SS guards and saw some of the 18,000 emaciated prisoners, including children, in unspeakably filthy conditions, crematoria, cramped barracks

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Above: World War II veteran Leo Hymas shares his story of liberating Buchanwald concentration camp. Right: Noemi Ban tells her story of surviving Auschwitz and Buchanwald. Below: Noémi Ban is shown at age 16 with her younger sister Erzsébet. and piles of bodies. “What I saw that morning, in Buchenwald, has never faded,” Hymas said. Hymas now tells his story in classrooms, houses of worship and community centers.

Her father was sent to a labor camp, while she, her mother, grandmother and two siblings were all sent to Auschwitz, perhaps one of the most famous concentration camps of WWII.

He said he carries the weight of the past so that those who were not there will glimpse what he saw, and understand that we must prevent such horror from happening again.

At Auschwitz, her family members were killed, but Ban survived after being transferred to the Buchenwald concentration camp four months after she arrived. At Buchenwald, Ban worked in a bomb factory.

Hymas retired from the Boeing Corporation in 1998, but continues to work as hard as ever, with frequent speaking engagements at locations all over the region on behalf of the Washington Holocaust Center. He and Amy, his childhood sweetheart, have been married for 61 years.

In April 1945, she was forced to march to another concentration camp, BergenBelsen. While en route, Ban and 11 other women escaped, a tactic she would use again later. The group was found by the U.S. Army who had just liberated the camp.

Noémi Ban, of Bellingham, lived through some of the darkest moments of this past century, from surviving Nazi genocide to life in post-war Soviet occupation. Ban visited Whidbey Island earlier this year to tell her war-torn life story. At 91, her life in Bellingham is now dedicated to sharing her experiences in the hopes that such atrocities will never, ever, be repeated. “If you see that person who it happened to, it makes a lot of difference,” Ban said. Ban was born in Hungary as the oldest of three children. After the Germans invaded in 1944, Ban, 21 at the time, and her family were split up.

She was able to return to Hungary in September 1945, and was reunited with her father. She married Earnest Ban and became a schoolteacher. Her family settled in Budapest, but after the Soviets came into power in 1948, Ban and her family tried to escape, fearing the growing antiSemitism. On their second try, they successfully entered Austria; she later immigrated to the United States. Ban has since become an award-winning teacher and speaker, most recently receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Western Washington University in 2013. Ban also has written a book about her life titled “Sharing is Healing:

A Holocaust Survivor’s Story,” and in 2007, a film was made about her, titled “My Name is Noémi.”

Ban said terrible things are still happening around the world, and many people ask her what should be done.

“I always say in your own community give one smile,” she said. “That is the very first step to make sure it shouldn’t happen.”

Sailor pulls man from burning jeep Trip home includes detour for heroics By JANIS REID

Nickolas Kingston, an avionics electronics technician at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, helped an offduty deputy pull people from a burning vehicle in Oregon last month. Kingston was returning from a visit to family in his hometown of Forest Grove when he spotted the burning Jeep and pulled over. Just after he pulled over onto a gravel turnout, he heard a scream for help from off-duty Washington County deputy Corporal Cheryl Crecelius, he said. Crecelius had removed one unconscious person from the car and a second person had escaped on his own. Both were laying in a near-

“I hadn’t really thought about anything other than getting him out. If we didn’t get him out, he was going to die.” Nickolas Kingston, avionics electronics technician, NAS Whidbey Island

by driveway when Kingston arrived. The third victim was unconscious and his legs were pinned under the steering wheel, Kingston said. Both front doors would not open due to the impact. Kingston said he climbed into the back of the Jeep, grabbed the man by the waist and gave him a “good tug” to get him free. Kingston said he pulled the man out through

the back seat and then dragged him to the others. Kingston said it was hot inside the vehicle, which was filled with “toxic smoke” from the burning plastics and upholstery, he said. “I hadn’t really thought about anything other than getting him out,” Kingston said. “If we didn’t get him out, he was going to die.” Prior to joining the Navy, Kingston volunteered for Oregon fire departments for nine months. The three men in the accident, Mark Vanvleck, Jason Eaton and Christian Bandmann are expected to recover, according to KATU news reports.

Kingston said he hoped the accident was a “wake up call” for Vanvleck. Vanvleck reached out to Kingston on Facebook and thanked him for saving his life. “I was happy to hear he was going to be okay,” Kingston said. Kingston is stationed at NAS Whidbey and provides avionics support for the EP-3 aircraft as part of VQ-1.

Whidbey sailor Nickolas King-ston pulled a man from a burning Jeep.

Vanvleck, as the driver of the Jeep, was cited for DUI, Reckless Driving and Assault.

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n independent customer service survey ranks the Department of Veterans Affairs customer satisfaction among veteran patients among the best in the nation. The study, conducted by the American Customer Satisfaction Index, also said VA service ratings are equal to or better than those for private sector hospitals. “Every day, our dedicated VA employees, many of whom are Veterans themselves, strive to provide millions of Veterans with the excellent care they have earned and deserve,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki in a news release. “Our Nation’s Veterans deserve the best care, and the ACSI survey results help us better understand how Veterans feel about their overall health care experience at VA. There is always more work to do, and we are focused on continuous improvement to the care

we provide.” The 2013 report assessed satisfaction among veterans who have recently been patients of VA’s Veterans Health Administration inpatient and outpatient services. In 2013, the overall satisfaction index for VA was 84 for inpatient care and 82 for outpatient care, which compares favorably with the U.S. hospital industry with scores of 80 and 83, respectively. These overall scores are based on specific feedback on customer expectations, perceived value and quality, responsiveness to customer complaints and customer loyalty. One signature finding for 2013 was the continuing high degree of loyalty to VA among veterans, with a score of 93 percent favorable. This score has remained high - above 90 percent - for the past ten years. When asked if they would use a VA medical center the next time they need inpatient care or outpatient care, roughly 95 percent of veterans overwhelmingly indicated they would, according to the study. Veterans also responded positively to questions related to customer service for both VA inpatient care, 92 percent favorable, and outpatient care, 91 percent.

Medical providers and appointment personnel were considered highly courteous with scores of 92 and 91, respectively. Additionally, VA medical providers ranked high in professionalism at 90 percent positive. “VA’s strategy of providing a personalized, proactive, patient-driven approach to health care is positively impacting veterans’ experiences at our 1700 sites of care nationwide,” said Dr. Robert A. Petzel, VA’s under secretary for health. “We are transitioning to a health service focused on Veterans’ personal health care goals, and this is reflected in the ACSI score.” With over eight million Veterans enrolled, VA operates the largest integrated health care delivery system in the United States. Our mission is to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.” VA provides a broad range of primary care, specialized care, and related medical and social support services. VA provided 89.7 million outpatient visits last fiscal year and has 236,000 health care appointments per day, according to a VA news release. * Courtesty of the Department of Veterans Affairs

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More than 25 sailors and civilians assigned to the base and tenant commands participated in the event. “It was enjoyable just from the camaraderie perspective, seeing a lot of people out raising awareness for Earth Day and the recycling program,” said Lt. Josh Perry, from Spokane, Wash., assigned to Naval Facilities Engineering Command. “That’s worthwhile.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs today hosted the first national forum for law schools and legal organizations that provide free legal help to veterans.


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