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Secretary of Navy: Jet noise issue ‘top priority’ Richard V. Spencer said he was committed to settling dispute out of court


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uring a September visit to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer called the conflict around jet noise impacts a “top priority,” but said he couldn’t discuss ideas for solutions because of recent lawsuits.

“This is front and center on the Navy’s radar,” he told reporters after the meeting.


Spencer met with a group of community leaders, including mayors from surrounding cities, congressional staff, state lawmakers and county commissioners, and representatives from chambers of commerce, Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, National Parks, school districts and

with the state. “I will do anything so we don’t have to end up in a court,” Spencer said. He added he is sympathetic to residents who say the noise from aircraft carrier landing practices at the outlying field is negatively impacting their lives.

He met with the groups for a little over an hour, but said that a recent lawsuit from the state attorney general and a class-action lawsuit had “hamstrung” his ability to discuss plans to resolve noise disputes. He said the Navy could be willing to do noise mitigation or implement other practices that had been used in places like Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia. In the mid 2000s, the Navy settled with thousands of homeowners in Virginia Beach who claimed the noise from the F/A-18 Hornets dropped the values of their

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Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer speaks to reporters outside the officer’s club at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. properties. Homeowners near Outlying Field Coupeville have filed a similar classaction lawsuit over the Navy’s planned 400 percent increase in aircraft carrier landing practice there. Spencer was scheduled to

meet with the state attorney general on Oct. 3 to discuss possible solutions, but no new announcements were made. In early July, Washington state’s top lawyer announced a lawsuit in which he argues the Navy violated laws by

not properly analyzing the impact the increased Growler training will have on human health, the environment and historic resources. Spencer said he’s been in talks with the governor’s office and is looking to settle

He said the same system is used by 14 major airports in North America and has been supported by governmental organizations. The divisive impact the jet noise was having on the community took him by surprise, Spencer said, but he had “great hope” that it could be resolved. “I think we can actually get there,” he said.

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Samar Arny focuses on supporting spouses By LAURA GUIDO


amar Arny carried her infant son while her older child clung to her leg. Both boys ran a high fever, she hadn’t had a chance to shower in days, her husband was deployed and she was in an unfamiliar community, far from her family and past career.

This was the moment Samar Arny, wife of Capt. Matthew Arny, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Whidbey Islad, committed to helping other military spouses who she knew must be experiencing similar challenges. Now living in Oak Harbor as the base commanding officer’s wife, she’s brought her zealous efforts to promote professional empowerment, education and wellness to the Officers’ Spouses’ Club of Whidbey Island. In October, she held an expansive Military Spouse Empowerment Summit, in which speakers from corporations such as Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks and Nordstrom gave workshops and presentations centered around career advancement, entrepreneurship, networking and utilizing resources for transitions. Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller, commander of the Naval Air Force Pacific Fleet, and his wife also spoke at the all-day event. Despite the name of the club, Samar Arny long ago began breaking down the traditional division between enlisted personnel and officers and has a habit of inviting everyone to her events.

role of “COW” (commanding officer’s wife), it wasn’t an easy transition.

much larger military spouse appreciation forum than the club had done in the past. It also included speakers who are military spouses, including state Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, state Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, and retired Navy captain and astronaut Heide StefanyshynPiper.

Samar Arny was born in Lebanon and studied advertising and marketing at Notre Dame University - Louaize in Beirut. She worked in marketing for a time, founded a nonprofit organization and then worked as project manager in a public-private partnership with the Abu Dhabi government. While in this position, she reluctantly went to a networking event hosted by a friend of hers after working long hours with children living at the border with Saudi Arabia. At event, she happened to exchange business cards with a U.S. embassy representative named Matt Arny. She had originally hoped the embassy could help her project to improve education in remote areas of the country. “Then we did not talk about that, we went a different route,” Samar Arny said with a laugh. She took another position with Dubai’s government, heading operations for the inspection and rating of more than 500 schools in the country. While in the United Arab Emirates, she and Matt Arny were engaged. They married in Cyprus; October marked the couple’s 10-year anniversary. The newlyweds then moved to Lemoore, Calif., where there was “cow smell everywhere,” Samar Arny said. She enjoyed the quiet, but the lifestyle was quite a dramatic shift from what she’d had as a self-described workaholic living in a high-rise in the cosmopolitan city of Dubai. Her husband became commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 154 and shortly afterward was deployed. As the “COW,” she was expected to take a leadership role in ensuring the families of the squadron were taken care of.

“For me, it does not matter who is married to who,” she said. “… I wanted them all to be united.”

She said she was so nervous that she had her husband write what she should say at the first meeting with the spouses, and, of course, what he wrote was filled with acronyms she didn’t know yet.

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Samar Arny’s experiences spurred her to help other spouses. news both that she was pregnant with her first child and that her father’s health was failing. She traveled back to Lebanon to see him and led the spouses’ club meetings through Skype. Her time spent in Lebanon was exceedingly difficult, made worse by being put on bed rest during her pregnancy. When her son was born and she returned to the U.S., she reaffirmed for herself that she didn’t only marry Matt Arny but also the Navy and its mission.

member and has maintained her top-secret clearance. The job might not have paid as well as her senior position in Dubai, but she said she enjoyed her time there. “I felt like I was achieving something as well as making a difference,” she said. A year ago, the family moved again to Whidbey Island. They visited for a week in January, during which she experienced Whidbey’s typical winter weather — cold, dark, windy and rainy.

“I decided to create a mindset of empowerment,” Samar Arny said.

“I feel in love with Oak Harbor in five days in January,” she said with a laugh.

In addition to her work with military families, she continued to receive additional credentials and seek higher education. When the family moved to Sweden, her husband served as Naval attaché to the country, and she became a community liaison coordinator at the American Embassy. She’s still a foreign service family resource corps

She thought it was beautiful, and she did didn’t miss Sweden’s snow and subzero temperatures. Since arriving and becoming honorary president of the Officers’ Spouses’ Club of Whidbey Island, her impact has been immediate and tangible. In May, she organized a


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Slowing down isn’t really in her nature, either. In December, she’s helping organize the second consecutive holiday bazaar, which will sell items made exclusively by veterans or military spouses.

“Samar really dug in,” former OSCWI President Teresa Leisenring said in a May interview.

Arny said she doesn’t think she necessarily has to be so involved and that no one would think less of her if she didn’t show up as often as she does. She doesn’t consider it a “duty” so much as just something she enjoys, she said.

“Samar just wants to do anything that lifts our spouses up,” she later added.

“I’m serving in a different way,” she said. “We’re serving together.”

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Last active-duty P-3C flies into Naval aviation history after 57 years in use By LAURA GUIDO


n era of Naval aircraft history came to an end this month at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. “This is a big deal,” said Capt. Kevin Long, commodore of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10. He stood near the tarmac at Ault Field, where a crowd had gathered to welcome home the last activeduty P-3C Orion from its final deployment Oct. 1. The aircraft, which first came into use during the Cuban Missile Crisis, carried Patrol Squadron (VP) 40 from a split detachment overseas. As the prop plane taxied toward the crowd, it was ceremoniously doused by two Navy Northwest fire engines. The Navy began using the P-3C in 1962, and it has continued to play a role in every major conflict since.

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The last active-duty P-3C Orion taxies to a crowd gathered at Ault Field. Cmdr. Joe Parsons, executive officer of VP-40 said the Orion’s durability and endurance are why it has stood the test of time. The four turbo propellers allow it to remain operational even if one of its engines malfunctions, and because the Orion isn’t able to refuel in the air, it’s designed to be able to fly for 10 or 12 hours at a time, he said. However, it become clear that it’s time for a change. He said many of the parts used on the Orion are not available anymore, and it reached its capacity for modern upgrades. In 2012, the Navy received its first P-8A Poseidon, the P-3C’s replacement. VP-40 is the last squadron to make the transition to the newer aircraft, which is built by Boeing. Coincidentally, VP-40s return

to Whidbey was delayed because its Orion had engine problems, according to Navy officials. Because there aren’t many spare parts left for the aircraft, a Poseidon had to fly the necessary equipment to the squadron so the P-3C could finish its journey. “The reliability of the P-8 is magnificent,” Parsons said. Its mechanical problems aside, Parsons said he felt grateful to be a part of the Orion’s legacy, which includes antisubmarine warfare, maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The aircraft participated in the blockade of Cuba in 1962 and later was used to track Soviet ballistic missiles and submarines during the Cold War. For modern overseas conflicts, the Orion was adapted

Petty Officer 1st Class Jessie Ewing of VP-40 is greeted by his family. to perform counter-narcotic operations and overland surveillance. The first Orion arrived at NAS Whidbey in July 1969. Patrol Squadron One was the first local squadron to make the transition from the P-2 Neptune to the P-3. The aircraft was lauded at the time for its added floor space and having air conditioning, according to a 1969 Prop Wash article. The Naval Reserves will continue to use the Orion; a variant used for intelligence, the EP-3E, is also

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iconic staple of that time. Muscular, with a rivet gun on her lap, a sandwich in hand and a boot stomping on a copy of “Mein Kampf” — and timed perfectly to coincide with the release of a song called “Rosie the Riveter” by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb — Rosie became a household name. But another Rosie image actually predates Rockwell’s Post cover.

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Norman Rockwell’s poster of Rosie the Riveter became iconic. were defending America by working on the homefront. Rosie was a successful morale-booster, and some may be surprised to learn that Rosie has various incarna-

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New 2019 Ford F-150 XL 4X4 SuperCab Short Bed

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Whidbey Crosswind, October 25, 2019  

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