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Adm. Lyle Bull of Oak Harbor dies at age 80, remembered for his leadership By JESSIE STENSLAND

grade and Dell was a midshipman when the “flight of the herd” occurred. The three of them flew together in A-6s off a carrier.


Lyle F. Bull was a rear admiral in the Navy, a recipient of the Navy Cross, a community leader, and a beloved husband and father.

It was something that may never have happened before or since.

Bull passed away at his North Whidbey home May 4. He was 80 years old.

“It was a pretty rare thing,” Bruce Dell said. “It was pretty special.”

Bull lived one of those lives that’s impossible to summarize.

Bull retired in 1993. He and his wife stayed on their beloved Whidbey. Bull was well known in the community and had many friends who had also served.

In the Navy, he unflinchingly faced danger, bore great responsibilities and earned the admiration of his crews. At home on Whidbey, Bull was an important and influential member of the community, a loyal friend to many and a family man. He and his wife Diana raised four sons — Ron, Vince, Bruce and Dell — on Whidbey Island. “He believed that you should live by the Golden Rule,” she said, “and he tried very hard to always do that.” Bull flew in the first A-6 Intruder to land at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. He famously earned the Navy Cross, the Navy’s highest honor, as a bombardier/navigator on an A-6 bomber during the Vietnam War. The text of the Navy Cross citation describes how he “assisted in the planning and execution of an extremely dangerous, single-plane, night, radar bombing attack on the strategically located and heavily defended Hanoi railroad ferry slip in North Vietnam.” He and his pilot accomplished their mission even as they were the target of a half dozen enemy missiles and intense anti-aircraft fire. During his three tours in Vietnam, approximately a third of the flight crew was lost each time. He flew 273 missions. “I’m sitting here with four little boys, hoping he would come back,” his wife recalled. Bull has a long list of commands in his 30-year career that includes a stint on the USS Constellation. Oak Harbor resident Dave Williams, former CO of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, served with and under Bull in Vietnam and beyond. He said Bull was “a legend in the A-6 community.” “One friend describes him

One of those friends is Dick Hopper, who also had a 30-year Navy career. “He was quite a gentleman,” Hopper said of his friend. “He was proud of his country and certainly proud of his family.” Photo courtesy of Bull family

Lyle and Diana Bull are pictured in their younger years. Lyle Bull passed away May 4. as the John Wayne of the era,” Williams said. “That’s how he was viewed.” Williams said Bull was an inspirational leader and a forceful personality. He was loved by his men. Williams said he tried to emulate his friend’s leadership style. “He’s one of those people you have to speak of with rever-

ence,” he said. His son Vince said his father would never ask his men to do something he wasn’t willing to do. He was the kind of leader who would pull up his sleeves and help out. “He was a born leader,” he said. “To me, the best word to describe dad is ‘tenacious,’” he added.

Bull’s legacy is his four sons, Williams said. Bruce and Dell Bull followed in their father’s footsteps and went into the Navy, flying in A-6s; Bruce was a pilot and Dell a bombardier/navigator like his father. Also like his father, Dell Bull is an admiral. In 1987, Adm. Bull was a battle group commander, Bruce was a lieutenant junior

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ing that he will miss Bull. “He was a good and true friend,” he said. “He loved the Navy and loved the people in the Navy.” Bull was a leader in the community. He was involved in the effort to keep NAS Whidbey open after it made the list of base closures in 1991. He was a very enthusiastic member of the Save NAS Whidbey Task Force for many years, former Mayor Al Koetje said. Bull was also instrumental in the successful effort to build a new stadium at the high school. He was a longtime member of the Oak Harbor Rotary Club and rallied other members to take up the cause. “He was a big part of the community for so long,” Koetje said.

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NAVMAG’s environmental staff is available to answer questions from the students about the wildlife populations and natural resources conservation programs which take place on the installation throughout the year.

At the beginning of the project, Gregg explained the Kilisut Harbor Restoration project to the students and described how to work a beach seine net and the various roles needed to make the experiment work. He also discusses the importance of fish diversity and helps the students work on standard deviation and measurements. The students also graphed the data as part of the final project.

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Base holding open house Naval Air Station Whidbey Island will host its annual open house for the public 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Ault Field. The open house is an opportunity for the public to learn about past, current and future operations at the Navy’s only air station in the Pacific Northwest. Aircraft static displays will include the EA-18G Growler, P-8A Poseidon, P-3C Orion, MH-60 Knighthawk helicopter and a C-40 Clipper. Aerial demonstrations planned at this time include the EA-18G, P-3C and Search and Rescue helicopter. There will also be other visual displays, guided bus tours, K-9 Working Dog demonstrations, explosive ordnance detachment displays, bouncy toys for children and a climbing wall for those wishing to test their climbing acumen. Aviation memorabilia will also be available

for purchase as well as a variety of food and beverages. All visitors over the age of 18 will be required to have a state or government issued identification for access to the base. Visitors under the age of 18 who are not accompanied by an adult must have a state or government issued identification for access to the base. Because of security measures, the following items are not allowed on the base: alcohol, large bags, backpacks, weapons including pocket knives, coolers and pets. Drugs or drug paraphernalia, including marijuana products, are also prohibited from the base. Items permitted include strollers, diaper bags, small women’s purses, wheelchairs, ser vice dogs, bottled water, cameras and video recorders.

SAR finds and rescues pilot A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island rescued a civilian pilot in the Olympic Mountains, Wednesday, May 2. The SAR crew was notified of a private plane crash in the Olympic Mountains just after 8:15 a.m. Shortly thereafter the SAR crew lifted off from NAS Whidbey Island with a team of five and headed toward the suspected location of the downed aircraft. While enroute the SAR crew received the phone number of the pilot and was able to

contact him to get his exact location. The SAR crew arrived on scene just after 9 a.m. and immediately saw the crashed private plane on the side of a ridgeline and the pilot on top of a ridge approximately 175 yards above the wreckage. The crew hoisted the pilot aboard the SAR helicopter and transported him to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles for higher care. This was the second rescue of 2018 for NAS Whidbey Island SAR, which

has also conducted two searches and two medical evacuations this calendar year. The Navy SAR unit operates three MH-60S helicopters from NAS Whidbey Island as search and rescue/ medical evacuation (SAR/ MEDEVAC) platforms for the EA-18G aircraft as well as other squadrons and personnel assigned to the installation. Pursuant to the National SAR Plan of the United States, the unit may also be used for civil SAR/ MEDEVAC needs to the fullest extent practicable

on a non-interference basis with primary military duties according to applicable national directives, plans, guidelines and agreements; specifically, the unit may launch in response to tasking by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (based on a Washington State Memorandum of Understanding) for inland missions, and/or tasking by the United States Coast Guard for all other aeronautical and maritime regions, when other assets are unavailable.

Navy efforts save gas, help environment - Navy Region Northwest currently has 283 electric vehicles, nearly 12 percent of the region’s total fleet. The Navy uses electric and alternative fuel vehicles, which saves gasoline and protects the environment by reducing greenhouse gases. “When we first started leasing electric vehicles from the General Services Administration (GSA), people were unsure of how far they could go with an

electric car,” said Brian Coffee, Naval Facilities Engineering CommandNorthwest. “But now with the newer, more efficient vehicles being introduced into our fleet, many of which boast ranges over 100 miles on a full charge, users have nothing to worry about.” When comparing battery powered engines to gasoline costs, electric vehicles

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UFO group meets for out-of-this-world conversation By ANDREA BROWN The Everett Herald

It’s like Anonymous.



They meet weekly at Denny’s in Lynnwood, as hungry for paranormal conversation as pancakes. What’s up with that? Members of UFOiTeam tell of personal encounters of the nonhuman entity kind. In UFO-speak, they are “abductees,” “experiencers” and “contactees.” “They have amazing stories,” said group founder Michael W. Hall, an Edmonds attorney who is also an advocate of little green men and the people who’ve seen them. A plastic toy alien, Area 51 tag, telescope and compass adorn his field vest, emblazoned on the back with “UFOiTeam” in red letters. Hall, 65, claims weird stuff has happened to him. He said he got scoop marks, small roundish “punch biopsy” scars, from aliens on his legs in 1991 and an inflamed bump on his shoulder after he sighted a UFO over his house in 2012. He is not alone. Ten people showed up at a recent UFOiTeam meeting, live streamed on Facebook so non-present beings could watch.

On the table was a silver egg-timer in the shape of a classic UFO, a flying saucer made from a 3D printer, and a scanner wand that Hall said detects alien implants. A Bigfoot statue stood next to a ketchup bottle. Even so, it appeared to be a normal gathering of Earthlings enjoying drinks and a meal. Other diners didn’t look twice. The waitress hustled to fill orders and refill glasses. Hall started UFOiTeam a year ago. “Since my semi-retirement and divorce I’ve been able to concentrate on whatever I wanted to do,” he said. “I’m kind of the crazier one in the family.” He chose Denny’s because it’s his terrestrial haunt and it’s where America eats. “We have fun doing this,” Hall said. “We show people what we know. We ask them to tell us their story.” If aliens have interstellar travel, why do they pluck only a tiny portion of the population to study? “That’s the $64,000 question,” Hall said. “Many theories, but one is ‘they’ — whoever ‘they’ are — are interested in a genetic trait or line of people.” More people with tales of being abducted are coming forward, he

said. “People are not poo-pooing this anymore. Most people are saying, ‘You know what, I told you so.’ ” Stephen Hawking, for one, believed they were out there but thought it would be a disastrous first contact. In December, the Defense Department declassified two videos documenting encounters between U.S. Navy F-18 fighters and unidentified aircraft. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says the universe brims with mysteries but just because an object is unidentified doesn’t mean it’s aliens. “Call me when you have a dinner invite from an alien,” he said in a CNN interview. Instead, maybe deGrasse Tyson should go to Denny’s with this group.

The grassroots aspect of the UFOiTeam appeals to Mary Kennedy, 58, an Arlington graphic designer. “This is not some fringe thing, this is something that is going on. It comes from us, the average citizens,” Kennedy said. “I saw a UFO when I was in Idaho. And I have a memory of being taken from my room by small beings. The whole time I was protesting.” She insists it wasn’t a dream. “I was fully awake the whole time.” Reaction outside the group varies when she shares her cosmic encounters. “They politely listen. They don’t necessarily engage,” she said. “Some joke with you about being in the tinfoil-hat crew.”

of different sections. And a needle came down out of that. And then I had the most excruciating pain I’ve ever had as the needle went into my spine in the back of my neck. It was horrifying. The next day, my neck hurt. I had dried blood and clear mucus stuff on the back of my neck.” Terry Burris, 75, of Seattle said his abduction happened 40 years ago. “I and another person were camping when we were abducted and were gone for 5½ hours,” he said. Burris wouldn’t say what happened during his capture. “It’s kind of personal.” But he wants to spread the gospel. “It is happening, but people who are not interested don’t know that it’s happening to humanity.”

Lee Strauss, 43, of Normandy Park, said the UFOiTeam gives him validity.

He has no choice but to pursue the truth. “You cannot be an experiencer and not end up searching for what the hell everything is about.”

His sister, Betty Alexander, 50, a Seattle executive assistant, is also a UFOiTeam member.

“I can bounce stuff off them and they understand it … the feelings, the stress, the anguish and everything that goes along with it. In a lot of cases our stories have similar pieces,” said Strauss, who works in the construction industry.

“I’ve had paranormal experiences since I was a little girl,” she said. “I saw a large flying disc outside my childhood bedroom window, literally hovering over the alley.”

His story: “I was lying in bed and then I woke up and I was staring at my body that was on a table. I wasn’t in my body. There was this contraption that was coming down from the ceiling with a bunch

Barney Alexander, 47, a West Seattle longshoreman, said he was abducted by “something not human.” “It took me and made experiments on me in someplace strange,” Alexander said.

Andrea Brown: 425-339-3443; abrown@heraldnet. com. Twitter: @ reporterbrown. Hop aboard Join the UFOiTeam 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at the Lynnwood Denny’s, 4109 196th St. SW, or call 425-245-4671.

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June 5

LEGO in the Library, 4-5:30 p.m., June 5, Coupeville Library. Build your best with LEGO in this open session for creating by yourself or with a building buddy. We’ll also build with Architetrix this month. For ages 5 and up. www.sno-isle.org

Friday June 8

Gentle Chair Yoga, 2-3 p.m., June 8, Oak Harbor Library. Gentle chair yoga good for all ages! Simple movements designed to wake up both the small and large joints of the body. Come join us for a chair yoga class led by Kumi.

Saturday June 9

Sons of the American Legion Breakfast, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., June 9, 690 SE Barrington Dr., Oak Harbor. $9. All-You-CanEat breakfast, which supports veterans and their families.

Monday June 11

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2013, 2-3:30 p.m., June 11, Oak Harbor Library. Develop your digital literacy skills by learning the basics of Microsoft Word. Learn to create and save a document print and utilize other useful commands. Register online at https:// sno-isle.libnet.info/ event/498600 by phone at 360-675-5115, or at the library.

Monday June 18

Microsoft Word. In this hands-on class you’ll learn to create and save a document print and utilize other useful commands. Register by phone at 360-675-5115, online at www.sno-isle.libnet.info/ event/498600 or at the library.

of experience. If you have a collectible or antique that you think may be valuable, bring it with you. Funded by Friends of the Coupeville Library. No registration necessary. Limit one item.


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Camp Casey open house, 12-4 p.m., June 19, Camp Casey Conference Center. Seattle Pacific University invites the public to visit the Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island, a historic military fort built at the turn of the 20th century. Free admission to the Sea Lab, a marine biology teaching facility. Free admission to the swimming pool during the open house. Tours of the barracks, mess hall and more. For more information, and to inquire about reserving Camp Casey Conference Center, visit spu.edu/casey or call 360-648-5050.

Thursday, June 21

Gansango African Showcase, 3-4 p.m., June 21, Oak Harbor Library. Travel to Africa for the day. Gansango Music & Dance Company celebrates music and dances from West Africa, blending contemporary and traditional dance with drumming, song and audience participation. Learn basic rhythms with hands-on use of drums, bells, shakers and clapping in this interactive workshop. For ages 5+ and caregivers.

Saturday June 23

Whidbey Island Earthquakes: What to Expect How to Prepare, 1:30-2:30 p.m., June 18, Coupeville Library. Find out about local earthquakes in this documentary produced by Whidbey Island’s 4-HD Video Editing Club for the local American Red Cross. Followed by a question and answer session with Robert Elphick. For adults.

Historic Ferry House Tours, at Ebey’s Landing, June 23. Tour the Historic Ferry House at Ebey’s Landing. Learn about the history of this iconic building and its importance to Central Whidbey. Tours twice a day at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., with a maximum of 20 people per tour. Reservations required and accepted starting May 1. Call 360-678-6084. www. nps.gov/ebla

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2013, 2-3:30 p.m., June 18, Oak Harbor Library. Develop your digital literacy skills by learning the basics of

Antiques: A Valuable Collection or Accumulation? 12-2 p.m., June 23, Coupeville Library. Bette is an expert appraiser with 29 years

Tuesday, Zing! Bang! Moo! Let’s Get Noisy! 1-2 p.m., June 26, Oak Harbor Library, Can you make sound effects for a story? Do you know what a duck says in France? (It’s not quack? Come play with sound as we add some noise to our storytelling. For children ages 5-11 and caregivers.

Thursday, June 28

Teen Talent Contest, 7-9 p.m., June 28, Oak Harbor Library. Are you ready to perform? Do you love to sing? Do you have a group or band that would like a spot on the big stage? You are invited to enter the teen talent contest to win the chance to perform live at the Oak Harbor Music Festival on Sunday, Sept. 2. For contest rules and submission guidelines visit www. oakharborfestival.com Family Storytime, 9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. June 28, Oak Harbor Library. Funny stories and action songs will make you giggle and move while getting your little ones ready to read. Playtime or craft may follow. For children and caregivers. Mystery Lovers Book Group, 3-4 p.m., June 28, Oak Harbor Library. Share your love of mysteries. Join the discussion of books by your favorite authors, and discover some new ones, too. Free Crabbing 101 Seminar, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., June 30, Oak Harbor Yacht Club, 1301 Catalina Dr. Learn about crabbing in local area. Equipment, bait, License requirements, regulations, best locations, best times and tides, crab lore and life cycles. Demonstrations, slides, and free coffee. A $5 donation to the power squadron education fund is suggested. https:// www.usps.org/index.php/ sss-home

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