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  • Navy League President - Steve Bristow
  • Navy League President Steve Bristow & CAPT Heidemarie Stefanyshyn Piper USN, retired - Navy Diver and 2x Space Shuttle Astronaut
  • President - Steve Bristow & Past President - Butch Bailey
  • 2016 Navy League Award Recipients
  • NAS Whidbey - 2016 CNIC Large Installation Excellence Award Winner
  • 2015 4th of July - Banner & Flag Wavers
  • 2015 4th of July - Jo Balda
  • 2015 4th of July - Sailor of the Year
  • 2015 4th of July - Marine of the Year
  • Thank You, VETERANS!
  • Veterans Day Speaker: Admiral McDaniel
  • Military Appreciation Picnic
  • Deception Pass Bridge - WELCOME TO WHIDBEY ISLAND
  • A-6 & EA6-B - WELCOME TO OAK HARBOR & NAS WHIDBEY
  • Welcome to Oak Harbor
  • Race Week
  • Deception Pass Bridge at Sunset

OAK HARBOR AREA COUNCIL
offers CONGRATULATIONS!
to NAS Whidbey
#1 Navy Installation

Not only is Naval Air Station Whidbey Island the best Navy base in the world
— it’s one of the top U.S. military bases too.


Wednesday 29 March 2017
On thess date in . . .  
1932 Jack Benny debuts on radio

SPECIAL INVITATION TO SHOW OUR SUPPORT

 Oak Harbor Navy League has several efforts to support our sea services and NASWI and we have partnered with the City and Chamber for a measure of support.

Our goals were to keep it simple, encourage local citizens which have been left out of the discussion, and also to ensure broad dissemination to community organizational leadership.  I ask and encourage each of you to visit this site and add your name to this petition. It only takes a moment.  
 
 
Information to consider:
 
-  The outstanding protection afforded by the EA-18G is in exceedingly high demand.  We need more in all operating areas.  It (plus the EA-6B “Prowler”) has a perfect record of safeguarding aircraft in combat.  During recent conflicts, close collaboration with ground troops and Whidbey aircrew, saved many, many lives. 
- NASWI  provides 1,200,000,000  dollars in economic impact to Island County.  This is the equivalent of a Fortune 500 company in our community.
- NASWI is the largest employer in Northwest Washington. 
- Comprehensive and objective studies show the Growler is not noisier than the Prowler. -- New jet, new sound.
- There are no documented health concerns at other bases which have hosted the same engines, with much higher population densities, after more than a decade of operations. 
- The Growler and the entire F-18 Hornet family of aircraft have outstanding safety records. 
- Despite claims to the contrary, both Deception Pass and Olympic National Park remain some of the highest visited areas of Washington, even after decades of jet operations in their vicinity.  (Note, 2016 was Olympic National Park's sixth busiest year.)
- OLF provides almost ideal conditions for carrier landing practice due to low light and sea-level proximity.  It has played a very large role in carrier landing risk reduction, for NASWI aircraft.   
- NASWI and OLF have been here for 75 years.  OLF has conducted jet landing practice for 50 years. 
- Whidbey Island  benefits by countless hours of community service performed by Navy personnel.  
- NASWI Search and Rescue (SAR) provides incomparable value to Washington State, much of which cannot be shouldered by other agencies. 
- Small opposition groups are present around many military installations; they have waxed and waned through the years on Whidbey Island.
 
- As I have said many times, if those who support the Growler and NASWI were all in one place, the only noise that would matter would be the Seahawk-level quake in support of the Navy. Please show this support by adding your name to the petition. 
 
Thanks,
 
Steve Bristow
President, Oak Harbor Area Council


Dates in American Military History:  29 March
from the website: thisdayinusmilhist.wordpress.com/about/

1945Gen. George S. Patton’s 3rd Army captures Frankfurt, as “Old Blood and Guts” continues his march east. Frankfurt am Main, literally “On the Main” River, in western Germany, was the mid-19th century capital of Germany (it was annexed by Prussia in 1866, ending its status as a free city). Once integrated into a united German nation, it developed into a significant industrial city-and hence a prime target for Allied bombing during the war. That bombing began as early as July 1941, during a series of British air raids against the Nazis. In March 1944, Frankfurt suffered extraordinary damage during a raid that saw 27,000 tons of bombs dropped on Germany in a single month. Consequently, Frankfurt’s medieval Old Town was virtually destroyed (although it would be rebuilt in the postwar period-replete with modern office buildings). In late December 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, General Patton broke through the German lines of the besieged Belgian city of Bastogne, relieving its valiant defenders. Patton then pushed the Germans east. Patton’s goal was to cross the Rhine, even if not a single bridge was left standing over which to do it. As Patton reached the banks of the river on March 22, 1945, he found that one bridge — the Ludendorff Bridge, located in the little town of Remagen — had not been destroyed. American troops had already made a crossing on March 7 — a signal moment in the war and in history, as an enemy army had not crossed the Rhine since Napoleon accomplished the feat in 1805. Patton grandly made his crossing, and from the bridgehead created there, Old Blood and Guts and his 3rd Army headed east and captured Frankfurt on the 29th. Patton then crossed through southern Germany and into Czechoslovakia, only to encounter an order not to take the capital, Prague, as it had been reserved for the Soviets. Patton was, not unexpectedly, livid.

 

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Oak Harbor Navy League
P.O. Box 847
Oak Harbor, Washington 98277
Phone 360.720.8398
Mobile 360-929-3928
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  • 1st Tue. Monthly Mtgs @ CPO Club [Sep.-June]
    11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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MEETINGS @ CPO Club

No meetings in July and August


Tuesday
4 Apr 2017
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
regular meeting

Tuesday
2 May 2017
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
regular meeting

Tuesday
7 June 2017
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
regular meeting

UPCOMING EVENTS

Apr - Holland Happening Parade
Jul - 4th of July Parade
Sep - Military Appriciation Picnic
Nov - Veteran's Day Program

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