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VOLUME 1, NO. 43 | 20 JANUARY 2012
Larsen: NASWI fits well into President’s defense strategy By KATHY REED Whidbey Crosswind
Plans to bring the P-8A Poseidon to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island fit perfectly into the defense strategy President Obama unveiled earlier this month, according to U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen. The Second District Democrat sent a letter to Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, on Jan. 11, which emphasized The A-3 Skywarrior rests on the tarmac at NAS Whidbey , destined for future placement as a static display on the corner of Ault Field road and Langley Blvd. MELANIE HAMMONS/WHIDBEY CROSSWIND
Restoring ‘Whale’ is labor of love Real-life warriors energize A-3 Skywarrior By MELANIE HAMMONS Whidbey Crosswind
group of real-life warriors is working to ensure the legacy of the A-3 Skywarrior aircraft lives on at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The aircraft already has a namesake in NAS Whidbey’s Skywarrior Theater, but some local veterans want to ensure that not only the plane itself, but the dedicated squadrons from NAS Whidbey who flew and maintained it, are honored by the proposed A-3 Skywarrior static display and memorial monument. Retired Aviation Electronics Technician Senior Chief Bill Burklow, director of publicity for the A-3 Skywarrior Whidbey Memorial Foundation, calls the ongoing restoration of the NRA-3B 144825 Skywarrior a labor of love. “This was the first plane I ever worked on in the Navy,” said Burklow, who first arrived at NAS Whidbey in 1965. Chairman Ralph Estes, a retired
Personnelman Senior Chief and retired Navy Capt. Barney O’Connell, the group’s president, also have fond memories of the plane. “It’s fascinating how people can become so emotionally attached to inanimate objects,” said Estes. “When we finally succeeded in having this plane flown from Van Nuys, Calif. to Whidbey, on April 29, 2011, many who witnessed the fly-in wept.” The group’s mission statement sets forth their desire to recognize those who flew the A-3, or worked on it. “That’s why the site plans we’ve drawn up (for the display) include the restored A-3, certainly, but just as importantly, a memorial wall with the squadron names inscribed on it,” said O’Connell. He called Estes, Burklow, and a third director, retired Navy Capt. Bill Young, the real leaders of the effort to bring an A-3 back to Whidbey. The foundation would also like to honor service members connected with the A-3 who died in the line of duty. One page of a promotional brochure for the A-3 terms that effort, “In memory of the 251 Heroes lost.” Originally designed to be long-range bombers, A-3’s served in a variety of capacities, from in-flight refueling to photo reconnaissance to heavy attack bomber, until being replaced by the EA6-B Intruder aircraft. Both Estes and O’Connell said the
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THIS EDITION Local NASWI unit shares its special tradition .....pg. 2 Marine Corps League banters on budget ..............pg. 3
Retired ATCS Bill Burklow, publicity director for the A-3 Skywarrior Whidbey Memorial Foundation, enjoys some time in the aircraft. MELANIE HAMMONS/WHIDBEY CROSSWINDT
Navy really got its money’s worth from the A-3, thanks to the plane’s versatility. “The best part of my 20 years was the time I spent in the ‘heavy fours,’” remembered Estes, referring to the heavy attack squadrons the A-3’s were generally assigned to. He said he even grew to have a special affection for the unique whine of the airplane’s Pratt & Whitney engines. O’Connell flew A-3’s during the Vietnam War, in the plane’s refueling and jamming capacities.
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A different kind of tradition Reserve Unit takes pride in its “Nut Bowl” By ET1 JASON McDERMOTT NR Tactical Support Center 0389
he recent holidays are a good example of family traditions taking center stage. Whether it’s special dinners, time with family or goodwill to others, the holiday season brings out the best in us. The Navy also has many traditions, ranging from Change of Commands to crossing the international dateline to the uniforms sailors wear. Tactical Support Center 0389 (TSC0389), a Reserve unit of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, has its own family tradition that began back before any of our current members can remember. The “Nut Bowl,” which began as a joke gift, has become a staple of holiday joy for our unit. A brown ceramic squirrel bowl, along with a photo album, is passed each year within our TSC0389 family. The Nut Bowl lives the life of the lucky sailor who keeps it for a year, while taking photographs along the way. This ever-expanding album serves as documentation to prove the Nut Bowl continues to be TSC0389’s longest serving active member. The photo album holds pictures of the bowl’s previous adventures as well as the lives of some of TSC0389’s past members. The Nut Bowl has been dropped and smashed to pieces, only to be repaired. It has witnessed the birth of children, traveled on vacations, ridden a motorcycle, and served on deployment. The lucky winner of the bowl feels obligated to do more with it during the following year in order to top previous exploits already in the album. This cracked and damaged bowl and photo album are wrapped up like other white elephant gifts at our Command’s holiday party, waiting to be part of another Sailor’s life for the following year. Currently, the Nut Bowl is serving with our Executive Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Annette Washburn, who is overseas performing her Individual Augmentee tour
WDVA gets initial check from Washington’s Lottery Olympia, Washington — Washington’s Lottery on Tuesday announced its gift of $150,000 to the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) from sales amassed by the inaugural Hometown Heroes Raffle. Last September, Washington’s Lottery and the WDVA partnered to launch the first annual Hometown Heroes Raffle supporting veterans across the state. The $10 raffle tickets benefited the WDVA’s Veterans Innovations Program, which provides crisis and emergency relief, as well as education, training, and employment assistance for Washington veterans returning from post-9/11 conflicts. The Lottery successfully sold 98 percent of the 300,000 Hometown Heroes Raffle tickets, a big success for a first-time game. “The Hometown Heroes Raffle created a way for the Veterans Innovations Program to continue to assist Washington’s veterans where previously there was no future funding available,” said WDVA Director John Lee. “We’re very thankful to have the Lottery as a partner. With their help we can continue to serve the men and women in our state who have served us so bravely,” he continued. The Lottery plans to make a second contribution to the program later this year once unclaimed prizes and final costs are calculated. With any Washington’s Lottery prize, prizes expire after 180 days of the game’s drawing. This gives players until May 8,
Washington’s Lottery Director, Bill Hanson, right, gave John Lee, the Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs Director, left, a $150,000 check as from proceeds acquired by ticket sales from the Hometown Heroes Raffle. Also present for the ceremonial check giving was Sen. Steve Conway, middle, First Gentleman Mike Gregoire, left, Sen. Paull Shin, far left and Veterans Legislative Coalition Chairman Jim Sims, far right. PHOTO COURTESY OF WDVA 2012 to claim their Hometown Heroes Raffle prize. “These brave men and women have selflessly served here at home and abroad, we’re doing everything we can do ensure they receive the most funding as possible from the game’s ticket sales.” said Bill Hanson, director of Washington’s Lottery.
The Nut Bowl gets around, as evidenced by this photo taken of it resting on the hand of a statue in front of Naval Station Norfolk headquarters in Norfolk, Va. PHOTO BY ET1 SOUTHWICK OF NR TSC 0389
in Bahrain. Most recently, AWO1 Eugene Houtby passed the Nut Bowl to Lt. Cmdr. Washburn in an official Change of Command ceremony. The Nut Bowl now shares the watch with many of our brave service members overseas. As we put the holidays behind us and leap into the New Year, let us not forget the brave men and women serving overseas — along with the Nut Bowl!
Wizards at sea
An EA-6B Prowler from the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) on Jan. 14. John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS BENJAMIN CROSSLEY/ RELEASED
â€œIf there are any changes to the Record of Decision, that is a public process. â€? â€“ Rep. Rick Larsen
Rep. Rick Larsen, right, met with the Navyâ€™s Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Admiral Jonathan Greenert, in October. The men discussed a number of issues facing the Navy â€“ including the future of P-8As at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. PHOTO COURTESY OF REP. LARSEN
LARSEN | FROM PAGE 1 NASWIâ€™s strategic importance in the Obama administrationâ€™s shift toward the Asia-Pacific region. Larsenâ€™s letter was in response to a letter from
Greenert in December, which asserted the Navyâ€™s plans to follow the Record of Decision to bring the Poseidon to NAS Whidbey. Larsen said he had two main purposes in writing the letter. â€œOne, I want to keep
the P-8A at NASWI on the Navyâ€™s radar,â€? Larsen said last Friday. â€œAnd two, I wanted to use it to outline how I think the Navy ought to be thinking about using the P-8A.â€? In the letter, Larsen said the P-8Aâ€™s can help
in â€œidentifying antisubmarine warfare and maritime patrol capabilities in future conflict planning.â€? Larsen said NASWI will be a key home base for the Poseidons, as NAS Jacksonville cannot have a big impact on the EastAsia strategy because of its location and because NAS Keneohe Bay in Hawaii is at capacity. The letter urged the Department of Defense to remain committed to its 2008 Record of Decision. Larsen said he had just returned from visiting bases on the West Coast and Hawaii and came away convinced NAS Whidbey will play an important role in the Presidentâ€™s East Asia
Budget up for discussion at Marine Corps League
know about it if the Navy wants to change it. There are checks in place on that whole process.â€? Larsen also said heâ€™s not terribly concerned over the more than $450 billion in budget cuts facing the DoD, because they represent cuts in the expected growth of the defense budget. â€œThe end result is still an overall increase in spending,â€? he said. â€œThe August debt deal means tough decisions all over the federal budget. Can we do these and still maintain the national security investment the country expects? I think so far the answer is yes.â€?
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he 2012 budget occupied much of the discussion among members of the Maj. Megan McClung Marine Corps League Detachment 1210 during the groupâ€™s January meeting last Thursday at San Remoâ€™s Mediterranean Grill in Oak Harbor. â€œThis is just a draft budget,â€? said Detachment 1210 Commandant Mike McClung to members. â€œWe need to decide how much weâ€™re going to be involved with and what weâ€™re going to do.â€? The group has funded annual scholarships of $500 for both Oak Harbor High School and South Whidbey High School in Langley, and plans to add another scholarship for Coupeville High School this year. Traditionally, the groupâ€™s rose sales have covered those costs, but as anyone with a checkbook knows, more expenses mean more necessary income. In order to generate more income, the group is looking at how it can expand its current fundraisers. One idea is to offer barbecue salmon for sale at public events on both ends of the island. Members are currently researching the idea and will present their findings at a future meeting. In other business, McClung went over the results of the 2011 Toys for Tots toy drive. He said the group did very well at its fundraising drive at the Clinton ferry dock in December. â€œHaving the young ladies from the FRC (Fleet Readiness Center) and the (Marine) Staff Sgt. there in his dress blues certainly helped,â€? McClung said. In the end, 4,689 toys were distributed to 1,852 children on Whidbey Island. Six local agencies handled the distribution: Holiday House of South and Central Whidbey Island, Tree of Hope, Fostering Together, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and a childrenâ€™s protective custody group. McClung said normally the Toys for Tots coordinator handles the distribution each year, but thatâ€™s not the case on Whidbey Island. â€œWith so many agencies already involved here, there doesnâ€™t seem to be any reason to duplicate the effort,â€? he said.
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The next meeting of the Maj. Megan McClung Marine Corps League Detachment 1210 will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10 at the Holmes Harbor Rod and Gun Club, 3334 E. Brooks Hill Rd, Langley. More information on the Marine Corps League is available online a www.mcleague.com. Those interested in becoming part of the local detachment are invited to drop by a local meeting. Toys donated to the program after last monthâ€™s collection deadline will be used for this yearâ€™s toy drive. Other business included the announcement that the March meeting of the Marine Corps League will be held at a new location â€” the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post on Goldie Road in Oak Harbor. The change gives members a chance to check out a new venue, but thereâ€™s another reason for trying the VFW. â€œI think weâ€™d rather do our meetings in a place that also honors veterans,â€? McClung said.
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ver the course of a red-green color blind. So that bag of month I receive at least a pet food with all of the colorful dyes in OR ETS dozen veterinary mediit is probably more visually appealing cal journals, magazines, and online to you than to your pet. Of course the AKE newsletters. pet food manufacturers know that you A lot of the studies are interestare the one buying the food, not your ing because they provide me with pets. IEL evidence that shows just how amaz10-year-olds may understand dogs DVM ing animals are. Others remind best: me that I should do a better job of A study, published in the journal helping people separate fact from Applied Animal Behavior Science, sugfiction when it comes to animals. Here are just a gests that our ability to understand dogs may peak few tidbits that came across my desk over the past at around 10 years of age, with preadolescents posfew months: sessing a natural talent to decipher the meaning of Color Vision: dog barks better than adults. Recent studies suggest that dogs, and to a lesser The study also helped to reinforce the theory that extent cats, have and use color vision, although they there is a universal animal “language,” and that all have fewer color sensitive receptors than humans mammals have an ability to understand the basic do. meaning of many animal calls. Dogs are probably similar to humans who are SEE PETS | PAGE 8
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VRC names board for 2012 The Veterans Resource Center, formally located in Freeland, is making plans for the new year â€” not the least of which include finding a new home. The nonprofit organization held its annual meeting Monday at its temporary office near Langley. The new board of directors, including officers, is: Judith Gorman, president; Chris Thorsen, secretary; John McFarland, treasurer; Bill Hughes and Kord RoosenRunge. The VRC made news in November, when the group decided to close its community center in Freeland. The organization has been available by phone for information and referral services, but has been unable to offer the drop-in services veterans in the area had become accustomed to. Since the community center closed, cofounder Judith Gorman said they have received a lot of community support. â€œThe House of Prayer has offered us the use of a building they donâ€™t use,â€? Gorman said last Friday. â€œWeâ€™re considering that and weâ€™re continuing to look for
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Join the community chorus Those interested in working their vocal chords can register to take part in the Whidbey Community Chorus, under the direction of Chet Hansen. Registration will be held Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1050 SE Ireland St., Oak Harbor. Weekly practices will be held Sunday evenings. Concerts are scheduled for May 4 and 6. Call Kay at 678-4148 or go to whidbeycommcho rus.org for details.
CWSA kicks off new year of events The Central Whidbey Sportsmanâ€™s Association is getting ready for a new year of activities and events. The clubâ€™s shooting calendar begins Saturday with a Falling Plate pistol event at 9 a.m. A falling plate rifle event will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, also beginning at 9 a.m. Rules and require-
ments for both events are posted on the clubâ€™s website at cwsaonline.org. In addition, CWSA will hold its first class of the year at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, when Al Lindell will present a seminar on club pistol-shooting events. The class is free and is open to everyone. No registration is required. The shooting events and the class will be held at the CWSA clubhouse and range, located 2.5 miles south of Coupeville on Safari Street.
Boeing awarded contract modification The Department of Defense is awarding the Boeing Co., Seattle, a $9,179,536 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed fee contract (N00019-09-C-0022). The contract modification is for spares, repairables, trainers, and courseware in support of the low rate initial production, lot two, P-8A multi-mission maritime aircraft. The bulk of the work, 60-percent, will be per-
formed in Seattle and about 40-percent will be done in St. Louis, Mo., and is expected to be completed in September 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
Shifty Sailors sing Whidbey Islandâ€™s internationally performing group, the Shifty Sailors, will be performing Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. at Shanty Fest. The event, held at Greenbank Farm, features music, free workshops and fun, all to benefit Whidbey Islandâ€™s three medical support groups: Medical Safety net of North Whidbey, Coupevilleâ€™s Small Miracles and South Whidbeyâ€™s Friends of Friends. Tickets cost $20; a festival pass is available for $30. They can be purchased at Wind and Tide and Bayleaf in Oak Harbor; Bayleaf in Coupeville; at the Wine Shop in Greenbank; at BookBay in Freeland; or from Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006 or www.
Homeschool parent class Parents interested in homeschooling their children can sign up for a twopart class at Skagit Valley College-Whidbey Island Campus in Oak Harbor. The Homeschool Parent Qualification class will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. Completion of the class provides legal qualification to homeschool in Washington State and also provides basic information about this educational option. The class will take place at Skagit Valley College, 1900 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor. Go to www.skagit. edu for information.
Clothing swap A local group whose mission is to give generously to their neighbors will hold a free clothing swap from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at Oak Harbor Christian School, 675 E. Whidbey Ave., Oak Harbor. The Heart of Giving is asking for donations of clean, wearable clothing for both genders and for
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Interior view of the cockpit of the A-3 Skywarrior, as seen last week at NAS Whidbey Island. MELANIE HAMMONS/WHIDBEY CROSSWIND
Ralph Estes, chairman of the A-3 Skywarrior Whidbey Memorial Foundation, reminisces about his time spent in the plane. MELANIE HAMMONS/WHIDBEY CROSSWIND
WHALE | FROM PAGE 1 “Although our group is a fairly small organization, we all sort of jump in and do things when they come up,” said O’Connell. He and Estes said they credit Burklow with spearheading a successful fundraising drive that raised
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of the project. “We know that some aspects, such as the walkway and memorial wall, will need to wait until the plane is situated at the site location on the corner of Ault Field road and Langley Boulevard,” he said. “Our plans are to hold the dedication ceremony in October.” Remaining funds are dedicated to completely restoring the aircraft. “We’d like to reconfigure the plane as it looked on Whidbey in its heyday — and we’re pretty close,” said O’Connell. So far, that has included tasks such as removing a non-standard nose section, replacing an 8-foot section of the tail, and in the future, a new paint job. Personnel at NAS Whidbey have lent their assistance where they could, something for which O’Connell said their group is very grateful. As the restoration effort continues toward its completion, so, too, does the fundraising. One way anyone can have a stake in the A-3 Skywarrior Whidbey Memorial is by purchasing a 4-by-9-inch memorial paving stone. The pavers feature customized inscriptions for individuals and businesses to recognize a loved one’s service. Tentative plans call for their placement along the walkway surrounding the static display. “We opened up the purchase of pavers to everyone, not just A-3 people,” said O’Connell. “Anyone can have a part in this, because without the support of the public, and the city, the base would not be what it is today.”
How to help: Information and donation forms are available online at: a3skywarriorforwhidbey.org.
Members of the A-3 Skywarrior Whidbey Memorial Foundation prepare to close ‘the whale’s’ access hatch outside the hangar at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. MELANIE HAMMONS/WHIDBEY CROSSWIND
Bill Burklow, Ralph Estes and Barney O’Connell close the access hatch located in the belly of the A-3 being prepared for a static display. MELANIE HAMMONS/WHIDBEY CROSSWIND
A long career and lots of aircraft
Air Force pilot commends the people, planes in his life By MELANIE HAMMONS Whidbey Crosswind
fter a lifetime spent piloting a wide range of aircraft, a presentation given by retired Air Force Col. Reed Craig would understandably be packed with interesting anecdotes and fascinating facts about those planes. Members and guests at the Association of Naval Aviation, Whidbey Island Squadron 40 meeting at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s Officers’ club on Jan. 10 learned a little something about the people in Craig’s life as well. For starters, the ANA’s speaker for next month is none other than Craig’s son, Navy Cmdr. Jeff Craig, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129’s commanding officer. “There’s nothing in the genes that causes us to choose to be a pilot,” said Col. Craig, “so there’s no tie there.” Nevertheless, there is some common ground borne of shared experiences. “We (my son and I) talk about flying missions all the time, as you might expect,” he said. Although Cmdr. Craig
was not able to attend the meeting due to an interview at the Pentagon that day, Col. Craig said that he looked forward to hearing his son at the ANA luncheon next month. A LONG CAREER Following an introduction by ANA president Scott Hornung, Craig began his presentation by reviewing the numerous variety of aircraft he had flown during his career. As an Air Force pilot, these included models T-34, T-37, T-33, EB-47, RF-101 and 102, B-52H, and B-52D. While in the Air Force Reserves, he spent a couple of years in civil aviation flying Lear jets and earned his airline transport pilot rating before being recalled back to active duty around 1966. As a B-52 pilot, Craig said most of his missions
were concentrated on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, during Arc Light missions. (Arc Light was the general term for using the B-52 as a close air support platform to support tactical ground operations.) He described the B-52 as a daunting weapon system. “The B-52’s released bombs at very high altitudes. Generally, they could not be seen or heard from the ground,” Craig said. One of the other remarkable attributes of the B-52, according to Craig, was the high degree of flexibility built into the wings. “Each mission took 108 500-pound bombs, not to mention fuel weight. The generous amount of flex engineered into the design kept those wings, with their 185-foot span, from snapping off.” In a follow-up interview from his home in
Retired Air Force Colonel Reed Craig speaks to members and guests at the Association of Naval Aviation Whidbey Squadron 40 meeting at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Officers’ club on Jan. 10. MELANIE HAMMONS/WHIDBEY CROSSWIND.
Anacortes, Craig spoke about how flying various types of aircraft brought him into contact with people from many different walks of life. “In the corporate world, you meet executives who value the opportunity that a private jet offers them of sitting quietly, and using their time to have a business discussion,” said Craig. “You also encounter celebrities, people in the music industry, who value their privacy,” he continued. “These folks place a premium on, for example, the chance to practice their music while in flight — that’s something you can’t do on a commercial airliner, but it’s something musicians are willing to pay for in a private jet.” MILITARY MISSION Military aviation had a very different mission, of course. Craig said some of the most courageous individuals he knew were the ground personnel who helped guide the B-52’s to their targets in Vietnam. He considers them unsung heroes.
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(Top) Air Force Col. Reed Craig sits in an aircraft during his initial training in Texas. (Above) A B-52H, one of the aircraft Craig flew, is shown landing. PHOTOS COURTESY OF COL. REED CRAIG.
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Retired Air Force Col. Reed Craig, pictured in the hangar at Tan Son Nhut air base in Vietnam during the war. PHOTO COURTESY OF COL. REED CRAIG
PILOT | FROM PAGE 7 â€œIn Operation Skyspot, helicopters ferried these individuals to mountaintop locations where they could vector the B-52 missions to their targets,â€? said Craig. â€œIt was very hazardous duty, but one they accomplished with great accuracy.â€? Craig said all his flying experiences, both the inherent dangers of flying B-52â€™s in Vietnam and the general risks and lessons of civil aviation were valuable opportunities for him, not to mention interesting ones. Just as fascinating, from his perspective, are the technological advances
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heâ€™s seen in aviation over the course of a lifetime. â€œThe innovation is just amazing. Itâ€™s like going from the early radios, with their vacuum tubes, to our flat-panel TVâ€™s,â€? said Craig. He called the improvement from the EA-6B Prowler aircraft to the EA-18G Growler alone â€œphenomenal.â€? And todayâ€™s electronic warfare differs greatly from what he experienced. â€œFrankly, itâ€™s a lot more computerized than in my day,â€? he said. â€œWhat that means is that one person nowadays can do as much as two or three could do back when we flew the B-52.â€?
PETS | FROM PAGE 4 How dogs can walk on ice without freezing their paws: In an article from the journal Veterinary Dermatology, a team of researchers in Japan used scanning electron microscopy to show that dogs have arteries in the pads of their feet that act as heat exchangers to prevent their feet from getting too cold. The arteries also help prevent hypothermia by warming blood before it returns to the rest of the body. This same mechanism is present in the Arctic Fox, Antarctic penguins, and dolphins, but this is the first time domestic dogs have been shown to have the same system. Dogâ€™s ability to sense communication similar to infants: Dogs may be as receptive to certain human communication signals as infants are, according to a new study published in the
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House of Prayer Faith Tabernacle of Praise Monday Prayer Meeting - 6:00 P.M. Tuesday Night Bible Study- 6:30 P.M. Friday High Praise Service- 6:30 P.M. Sunday Celebration/Childrenâ€™s Ministry â€“ 9:30 A.M. Sunday Morning Worship Service â€“ 11:00 A.M. Church Telephone Number (360)679-1003 Bishop Charles And Pastor Effie Boyles (360)929-3127
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FRI., JAN. 20 Creative Kids Club: North Whidbey Parks and Recreation Districtâ€™s Creative Kids Club will meet Friday at 6:30 p.m., for â€œChoose Your Project Night.â€? Create a masterpiece from a variety of fun crafts at the Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome Street. All supplies are provided for just $6.75 for families or $3 per person. Sign up by calling 969-6737. Shanty Fest: The third annual Whidbey Island Shanty Fest will be held Friday and Saturday at the Greenbank Farm. Enjoy music by the Shifty Sailors, Tom Lewis, the Whateverly Brothers, Watch the Sky and Chris Roe, plus free workshops. Tickets cost $20 per concert or $30 for a pass. Proceeds benefit medical support groups: Friends of Friends, Small Miracles and Medical Safety Net of North Whidbey.
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Tickets are available in Oak Harbor at Wind & Tide and Bayleaf; Coupeville at Bayleaf; Greenbank at the Wine Shop; Freeland at BookBay; Langley at Moonraker Books; or from 800-838-3006 or www. brownpapertickets.com. Seattle Stages Living Voices: Whidbey Island Center for the Arts will present Seattle Stages Living Voice at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Langley. Living voices uses a combination of video and performance to deliver two journeys through history. Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for senior citizens, military and youth. Call 360221-8268 for information. Click Music Acoustic Jam: Join your friends and neighbors for a free evening of playing music together each Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Click Music, 1130 NE Seventh Ave., in Oak Harbor. Players of all ages and levels are welcome. Call 675-5544.
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Falling Plate Pistol Event: The Central Whidbey Sportsmanâ€™s Association will hold a Falling Plate Pistol event at 9 a.m. Saturday at the clubhouse and range. Rules and requirements are posted on the clubâ€™s website at cwsaonline.org. The CWSA clubhouse is located on Safari Street, 2.5 miles south of Coupeville off Hwy. 20.
Diabetes Burnout Series: If you feel like diabetes takes too much of your energy, is controlling your life, or that diabetes management is more failure than success, then you might benefit from Diabetes Burnout Series. There will be three group meeting Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in conference room B at Whidbey General Hospital Monday, Jan. 23, Feb. 27 and March 26. The groups are offered free of charge by the Whidbey General Hospital Diabetes Program. To register email milled@ whidbeygen.org or call 360-678-7656 ext. 2661.
People First Dance Night: People First of Island County, a private, nonprofit selfadvocacy organization for people with developmental disabilities, will hold its monthly dance night from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Grace Community Church, 29470 SR 20, Oak Harbor. Call 360-914-1999 or email peoplefirstofislandcounty@ gmail.com. Audubon Field Trip: Whidbey Audubon will take a field trip to Penn Cove on Saturday, a site featured in â€œThe Great Washington Birding Trail Puget Loop Map.â€? Those interested in looking for shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors should meet at Partridge Point (west end of Libbey Rd.) at 9 a.m. for this half-day trip. Snow or ice cancels this event. Call trip leader Steve Ellis with questions, 678-2264. Dogs Like to Listen: Children with an adult can read aloud to a patient dog who loves to listen Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Oak Harbor Library, located at 1000 SE Regatta Dr. Call 675-5115 or visit www.sno-isle.org.
SUN., JAN. 22 Register for Community Chorus: Registration for the Whidbey Community Chorus will be held Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Oak Harbor. Chet Hansen will be the director. Weekly practices will be held Sunday evenings and concerts are scheduled for May 4 and 6. Call Kay at 678-418 or go to whidbeycommchorus. org for information.
The Writing Life: Take a look at Eudora Welty, William Faulkner and other treasured American authors and why they matter. Hear about their lives and â€œthe writing lifeâ€? in their words at the Coupeville Library Monday at 5:30 p.m. Call 678-4911 or visit www.sno-isle.org.
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Fall Prevention Help: Adults attend free screenings and programs to help decrease the chance of a life-threatening fall. Staying Active and Independent for Life is Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Library, located at 1000 SE Regatta Dr. Call 675-5115 or visit www.sno-isle.org.
Sign Language for Babies: Hearing families can use American Sign Language with hearing babies to greatly reduce frustration in communicating. Parents and babies learn with Nancy Hanauer of Hop to Signaroo Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Oak Harbor Library, 1000 SE Regatta Dr. Call 675-5115 or visit www.sno-isle.org.
Whidbey Sounders Toastmasters Club: The Whidbey Sounders Toastmasters Club will meet Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at San Remo Mediterranean Grill in Oak Harbor. Participate in the time proven Toastmasters program (since 1924). Must be over 18. Go to
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Teens Get Creative with Words: Teens gather in a fun, relaxed environment to practice creative writing Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Library, located at 1000 SE Regatta Dr. Call 675-5115 or visit www.sno-isle.org.
Job Club: Join the Job Club Mondays at 1 p.m. for free help finding a job. Attendance is drop-in. The club is located in the Oak Harbor Library meeting room H137, 1000 SE Regatta Dr. Call 675-5115 or visit www.sno-isle.org. Citizenship Classes: Whether you are just starting to apply for citizenship or already have an interview date, this series of six classes will help you prepare. Classes are free and taught in English. Join the class Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Library, located at 1000 SE Regatta Dr. Classes run through March. Register by calling 675-5115 or at www.sno-isle.org.
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