Government shutdown hits Whidbey Island NAS and our local Oak Harbor community

At the Thursday evening October 3rd Welcome Home Navy League Dinner held at Whidbey Island Bank for Whidbey Island’s NAS VAQ-140 the guests were greeted at the reception desk with a notice from the command of VAQ-140 that directed active duty military personnel not to attend the Welcome Home Navy League Dinner.  There was no reason given in the notice but it is obvious the letter was generated by the command in response to the Government funding crisis and shutdown.

As we have seen with many portions of our government during this shutdown it is the political atmosphere that generates this mentality as the Federal Government wants to make sure that the budget crisis is felt by everyone and that it has the most effect possible on everyone in this country. There is no excuse for actions such as this, it does not cost the Federal Government one dollar to have our Naval Aviators attend a community function such as this and the object is to make the effect of the shutdown felt by everyone for political purposes.

Below is a copy of the notice that was placed on the reception desk at Whidbey Island Bank that was designed to stop Navy Personnel from attending.  Shame on our commander in chief, President Obama, for using our brave men and women as pawns in this polical battle. This does not serve the people of our community or the country by making unnecessary restrictions on activities because of political needs.

View the notice here


  1. Also for immediate release: The new required encrypted liberty cards and chow passes will not be available due to the shut down/sequester.

    For Marine Corps members please note that the toys for tots program is also cancelled.

  2. I suggest those who still blame the eeeevil Republicans for this — read Dr. Thomas Sowell’s commentary about who really is “to blame” for the purported government shutdown:

    We elect our Congressional representatives in the House every two years for good reason: they are accountable to the people most directly, and if we don’t approve of their voting records or behavior, we get the chance within two years to kick their sorry you-know-whats out of office. The Republican-controlled House has voted, multiple times, to fully fund ALL government expenditures, with the exception of Obamacare. That sticks in “Dusty Harry” Reid’s craw, so now we have a stalemate. And who should break that stalemate? Yeah, you guessed it, the Chicago-Thug-in-Chief Obama. But that’s not his style — it’s either HIS way or the highway.

    This is also the very same Dusty Harry who flippantly answered reporter Dana Bash, when asked if the NIH could continue to be funded so clinical trials for cancer could continue for children, “Why would we want to do that?” There’s your first death panel decision, folks. More to come.

    1. Thanks for the response, CDJ. Also, thank you for not using the juvenile term ‘the hubs’ at any point in it, as you have in previous posts.

  3. Yes CDJ, “death panels” Our wonderful private insurance companies never deny procedures, huh. We are damned either way

  4. The asshole couldn’t even sign the letter? I retired from NASWI last year and was in VAQ-140 from 2006-2009. This letter is both a crying shame and total crock of shit. Not to mention they cancelled it on the DAY OF the event. Captain Walker must be too busy trying to make Admiral to worry about the quality of life for the personnel he is suppose to lead. I love my Navy, but so glad to be far removed from morons like that.

    And I really tried to keep calm while typing this….Forgive my profanity, but that’s the only way I could say it.

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