At the City Council meeting on August 7th 2013 the Oak Harbor City Council passed resolution 13-20 which states:
CITY OF OAK HARBOR RESOLUTION NO. 13-20
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF OAK HARBOR, WASHINGTON, SUPPORTING
NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND AND ITS TRAINING ACTIVITIES
WHEREAS, the sum total of the positive economic impact on Oak Harbor and Island County from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island directly and indirectly is staggering; and
WHEREAS, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is, by far, the County’s largest employer, constituting 43 percent of the all jobs in Island County; and
WHEREAS, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island contributes $409,000,000 directly to the Island County economy in wages paid to military personnel, which is 44 percent of all County wages, not including the civilians it employs; and
WHEREAS, military personnel receive medical benefits and veterans receive medical benefits, pensions, and disability payments that total $61,100,000, much of which is spent at Oak Harbor and Island County businesses; and
WHEREAS, veterans make up 29 percent of the Oak Harbor population and 17 percent of the Island County population and these veterans are vital to the social fabric of Oak Harbor now and in the future; and
WHEREAS, military personnel provide the majority of volunteer hours in community institutions including schools, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Little League, churches, and other community programs, and;
WHEREAS, the training needs of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island for unimpeded airspace, low altitude flights, touchdowns, and takeoffs in Oak Harbor, Outlying Field, and south central Washington are crucial to preserving existing and future operations of the base; and
WHEREAS, the training activities of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island prepare military personnel to defend the United States of America in theaters around the world; and WHEREAS, the Oak Harbor City Council, Mayor, and citizens are indebted to the sacrifices made by the military personnel of the United States of America, and in particular those of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island;
WHEREAS, the military personnel stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, who have selflessly sacrificed, are also the fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters of this Country, State, County, and City;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Oak Harbor expresses strong support for Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, its personnel, its operations, and its training activities and expresses gratitude for the service of its personnel to their fellow countrymen and women.
PASSED by the City Council and approved by its Mayor this 7th day of August 2013.
Many thanks to the Mayor and City Council of Oak Harbor for taking a stand in supporting NAS Whidbey and it’s personnel, operations and training. This is the stand that all of our local politicians should be taking in support of what is important to us here on the Island.
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