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           A Word from the Commanding Officer
Grey Knight Families,

        We have reached almost 6 months back at home reunited with our families after our successful 2008
summer deployment. We trust that the time back so far has been well spent and enjoyable. Much has been
accomplished in these few short months: we have welcomed back all of our maintainers into VP-46 as of 13
April and officially started flying our own airplanes again as of 5 May. We have two Combat Aircrews that
have completed the Advanced Readiness Program (ARP) course and a third that is going through it now. Today
we successfully dropped our first torpedo for this training
cycle. Our pilots maintain the required proficiency
approaches and landings as well as significant number of
flight hours to keep us safe. The safe maintenance transition
alone is a very significant achievement. The addition of the
maintainers doubled the size of the Grey Knight family to
about 320 Sailors. The spaces look shipshape; Sailors are
turning to and executing VP-46 flight operations with
precision; the Chiefs and Junior Officers are leading our
Men and Women; our Administrative department is taking
care of all of us. All in all we have started off very strong.

        Even though we are still more than one year away
from deploying again, the foundation is set for continued
success. We have some great flying opportunities here at
Whidbey Island and down in San Diego set up in the coming
summer months. The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force
is coming to visit with 4 of their own P-3C Orion aircraft
and they will fly Coordinated Anti-Submarine Warfare
training events with our P-3s. In addition to the flying there
will be time for us to socialize with our bilateral partners as
well. As for travel opportunities, we expect some short
detachments to San Diego to support a flotilla of ships called
an Expeditionary Strike Group providing them a secure Sea
Base from which to operate from.
                                                                  VP-46 Return to Flight 5 May 2009 after standing up Grey Knight Maintenance
                                                                                   AT3 Wheeler Plane Captain in front of 763
        Thank you to those of you who had a chance to attend Friday‟s picnic at Rocky Point Park. Getting a
chance to visit with many of you and see some smiling faces enjoy some Whidbey sunshine was a pleasurable
experience. We would love to see you at future events. The Spouses are in the habit of organizing free play
dates from time to time. It is a great way to talk to some other parents and change up your daily routine.
                               Welcome Back, Maintainers!
                   “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller




  The VP-46 Commanding Officer welcomes VP-46 maintainers back from CMO   VP-46 maintainers at the first safety stand down welcoming them back to VP-46




        This being my spouse, Erin, and my last newsletter to you as the Commanding Officer and family, we
would like to say Thank You. It has been a pleasure and honor to serve with you over the past two years. We
would not want to change a thing. The Grey Knights have been our pride and joy and we know that you will
meet every future challenge and achieve optimum results. Naval Aviation is an exciting and rewarding business
to be in. You do very well at taking care of each other. That is most important. There is always the next
challenge out there and I think this squadron strikes a good balance between work and play. Smiles… and the
success of every Sailor…. that is what we strive for. Fair Winds and Following Seas.



         Squadron Picnic and Physical Readiness Test Day




                  VP-46 Family Picnic 8 May at Rocky Point                               AWO2 Hauselmann maxing the PRT Sit-ups
                Can someone get the CO out of the Bouncy House?                                   99, 100, 101...




                                         Family Support Groups
If you are interested or have questions about supporting one of the fantastic, Enlisted/Officer, „support/networking‟
groups, please contact one of the Ombudsmen and we will get you in touch with the appropriate people. This is an
opportunity to take the uniform and the rank off and get together with other people your own age with children or
without and enjoy Whidbey Island. As the weather gets better this summer this is your opportunity to meet Sailors
families who have been around and know of some of the fun things to do and see. Meetings are typically family
oriented, informal and involve sharing of some of your favorite food with others who bring something to share as
well. You will find that we all face similar family challenges and by getting together we can share and help each
other out. As was mentioned above a group of families are meeting regularly now and enjoying visiting together.


                            Upcoming All Hands Event
                                               ********************
                                   VP-46 CHANGE OF COMMAND
                                             FRIDAY MAY 22nd @ 1000

     Spouses/families encouraged. Reception to follow at NAS Whidbey Officers Club. Please do join us for this
    event. We have planned for everyone to be able to come to the O‟Club and enjoy the Celebration immediately
                                              following the ceremony
                                             ********************


                                              Tap Into It!!
   Have       you     found     your    way     to    the
   www.navylifepnw.com website yet? This site is full of
   activities, resources, events and entertainment in our
   area. Select NAS Whidbey under the Home tab, and
   you are there.
   Call us, 24x7: 1-800-342-9647
   User Name: military
   Password: onesource



        17th Annual Skagit Valley College Whidbey
                    Island Golf Classic
   Sponsored by Whidbey Island Bank
   Objective: All money raised as part of the Whidbey Island Golf Classic support programs and students at the
   SVC Whidbey Island Campus.
   When: Friday, June 19, 2009
   Where: Whidbey Golf & Country Club
   Time: 11:00 a.m. Registration
           1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start, Let's Play Golf!
           5:00 p.m. Dinner, Raffle, & Awards Ceremony
   Please contact Kelli Tolf at 360-416-7870 or Stephanie Greene at 360-679-5230 for additional information.

              CHART YOUR COURSE WITH COMPASS
   Attention Navy Spouses--
Have you ever wondered the meaning of all those acronyms that your spouse uses when they come home from
work? Would you like to better understand the many benefits available to you as a Navy spouse? Want to
FINALLY learn how to read that LES? If so, Compass is for you!

COMPASS is a 3-day course (4 hours each day) designed to educate and prepare spouses for the Navy lifestyle.
Interactive sessions, led by Navy spouses, cover topics including the Navy mission, history, customs and
traditions, rights and benefits, pay, deployments, moving, interpersonal communication, and investing in
yourself and the community. COMPASS is also a great way to meet other spouses in the area.

COMPASS is FREE, and free childcare is provided, but you must register in advance. The next session will be
on May 19-21, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. For more information or registration please call 360.257.2726 or visit the
Compass Website at http://www.gocompass.org/whidbeyisland.html




                                                      Money Saving Tips
BANKING TIPS OF THE MONTH:
  -Pay your bills online to save on postage.
  -Utilize online bill pay with your bank. It keeps you in much closer contact with your money, as you can keep a very close eye on
your balance and be in much less danger of over drafting. It saves you money on stamps and paper checks.
  -Set up automatic withdrawal to your savings account. This is the simplest and most effective technique of all. If you set up
$100/month to your savings account, you will save $100/month.
  -Try taking enough cash from your account to last you the week without using your ATM card. You'll be surprised how soon you're
out of cash, and soon you'll find yourself cutting out the little extras that have been costing more than you realized.

MONEY SAVING TIPS FOR YOUR WARM WEATHER PROJECTS:
Warmer weather is upon us, and for many that means it‟s time to get cracking on the landscape and home improvement projects that
have been hibernating all winter. Whether it‟s home repair, painting, yard work, or energy efficiency, many people are looking to cut
costs. What better way to save money than to do it yourself. Here are some basic household tips to help you minimize the cost of your
warm-weather projects.
  -If painting or remodeling, use a single neutral color to paint the trim in every room. You can buy in bulk, which is cheaper than
buying a gallon of a different color for each room. Plus you‟ll never have a problem matching the color if you need to touch up.
  -Turn down the thermostat on your water heater. This is a method that can be used year-round but, since the weather is warm, you
may not need your water to be as hot. You can also purchase a thermal wrap for the water heater. This will keep the contents warm
without having to keep using energy, saving money in the long run.
  -Retailers are going to start promoting their spring and summer items. If possible, wait until the off-season to make these purchases.
Get your grill, lawn mower, and patio furniture in the fall for big markdowns. Since it‟s warm, now‟s the time to look for the things
you‟ll need for winter.
  -Check your roof and gutters for any damage sustained over the winter. Look for curling, shrinking, broken, or missing shingles.
  -If you don‟t have the tools for a particular job, ask your friends and neighbors for a loaner. Otherwise you can check websites like
www.craigslist.org and www.freecycle.com for inexpensive tools and materials, among many other things.

COMPANIES WITH MILITARY DISCOUNTS:
Below is a list of companies that provide military discounts. Always call your local vendors to be sure they participate in the
program. Also never be afraid to ask a store if they offer a discount, even if one is not advertised. You may be pleasantly surprised.

Restaurants                                                                     Cotton Patch
       Arby‟s                                                                  Denny's
       A&W                                                                     Dunkin' Donuts
       Back Yard Burgers                                                       IHOP (20 percent discount with military identification)
       Burger King                                                             Java Café
       Captain D's                                                             KFC
       CiCi's Pizza (buffet and a drink for $5.50)                             Long John Silver
       Chick-Fil-A                                                             Pancho's Mexican Buffet
          Pizza Hut                                                                       Gadzooks
          Quizno's                                                                        GNC
          Sizzler                                                                         Goody's
          Sonic                                                                           Great Party
          Whataburger                                                                     Happy Harry's
                                                                                           Home Depot
Services                                                                                   Hot Topic
            Anheuser-Busch's SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place                      Jockey
             Parks (single-day complimentary admission:                                    Lerner
             http://www.herosalute.com/)                                                   Lowe's (10%)
          AT&T                                                                            Michael's
          Budget truck rental (10-20%)                                                    NAPA Auto Parts
          California Cryobank                                                             New York & Company (15%)
          Carnival Cruises (dependant on your time of travel)                             Pac Sun
          Choice Hotels (Comfort Inn and Suites, Quality Inn, Clarion Hotel,              Payless Shoes
           Sleep Inn, Rodeway, EconoLodge and MainStay Suite; also allow                   Play It Again Sports
           pets)                                                                           Pure Beauty
          Continental Airlines                                                            Quizno's
          DIRECTV ($5 off for 6 months)                                                   Reebok
          Geico                                                                           Sally Beauty Supply
          Jiffy Lube                                                                      Spencer's Gifts
          Meineke                                                                         Suncoast
          Sears Portrait Studio                                                           Timberland Outlets
          Travel and Leisure                                                              Wilson's Leather
          Blockbuster
          Most movie theaters
          Ripley's attractions and museums                                     Cell Phone Service Discount
          Professional Sports teams                                            All Federal Employees are able to get a 15% discount on their personal cell
                                                                                phones by calling their carrier and mentioning the "Federal
                                                                                Telecommunications Act of 1996 - Discount to Federal Employees Past and
Products                                                                        Present."
          Aeropostale (10%)
          Apple Computers (Apple.com)                                                  Cingular - 800-319-6393 (17% or 18% off bill and 25% off
          AutoZone                                                                      accessories)
          Barnhill's                                                                   Sprint - 877-812-1223
          Bass Pro Shop                                                                T-Mobile - 866-646-4688
          Bath and Body Works                                                          Nextel - 800-639-6111
          Big 10 Tires                                                                 Verizon - 800-865-1825 (17%)
          The Buckle                                                           You will need to know the military member's supervisor's name, phone
          Champs Sports                                                        number, and full address, so that his/her military status can be verified.
          Copeland's Sports
          Dell                                                                 Websites with lists of military discounts:
          The Discovery Channel Store                                                      www.4militaryfamilies.com/militarydiscounts.htm
          Dress Barn                                                                       http://benefits.military.com/DC/DealIndex.jsp
          The Finish Line                                                                  Travel deals for the military: http://www.govarm.com/
          FootAction
          Footlocker (10%)




                                                       Useful Websites…
Tri-West:
www.triwest.com
Tri-West is constantly changing the services that it provides. Please make yourself aware, especially during your time of
travel. 1-888-TRIWEST (874-9378)

United Concordia:
www.ucci.com
Visit the United Concordia website or call 1-800-866-8499 with questions or concerns.

Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society:
www.nmcrs.org
“Make Us Your First Resource! Not Your Last Resort!”
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a nonprofit charitable organization designed to provide financial, educational
and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, eligible family members and survivors, when
in need. The Society can offer: budget counseling, Layettes, Education loans and grants (restrictions apply), and interest-
free loans and/or grants to help in certain emergencies. Spouses must either have a Power of Attorney or a Pre-Authorized
Form in order to seek assistance. Please call 360-257-2728 or visit their website for more information.
                                      Forest City Updates
Starting May 1, 2009 security will be issuing citations for vehicles parked on sidewalks in Maylor Point and Western
Cape Heart neighborhoods. Forest City has now implemented a parking decal system for all current residents of NAS
Whidbey Island community to help with parking congestion. Parking decals are required to be placed on the rear window
of the passenger side of the vehicle by Sunday, May 31, 2009 to comply with the Forest City parking guidelines. If you
currently do not have a parking decal sticker for your vehicle you can go into the local Neighborhood Management office
and register your vehicle by providing the make, model and license plate number to a neighborhood coordinator. Feel free
to call the office with any questions at (360) 679-4241.

Island Disposal will no longer be accepting glass in your recycling. If you would like to recycle glass products, please
take them to one of the two dumpsters in town. One is located on Kettle Road right behind Sears and the other one is at
Albertsons.


                                       Calendar of Events
May 13th: Memorial Day Run/Walk on Seaview Trail, 11:30 a.m. Free to run, $10 for t-shirt. Call 360-257-2433

May 14th: Ready Readers: Preschool Storytime, Oak Harbor Library, 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Children ages 3 to 5
years enjoy stories, songs and getting ready to read with a parent or caregiver. A playtime or craft may follow. For more
information on all Oak Harbor Library events, please see www.sno-isle.org/

May 14th: Adult Oak Harbor Library Book Group, 5:30 p.m. Join the discussion of "The Maltese Falcon" by Dashiell
Hammett. Books available at the library.

May 14th: WorkSource Job Fair, Oak Harbor Elks Lodge, 12-4 p.m. Meet face-to-face with employers: Safeway,
Aviation Technical Services, US Customs Border Protection, Embry-Riddle, Waste Management and more. For more
information call 360-675-5966. Bring your resume, dress professionally, and be ready to interview.

May 16th: All Hands Family Luau, Officers Club, 5-8 p.m. Admission is free…games, luau music and limbo contest,
crafts, and prizes. BBQ on the deck $8.95 for adults and $4.45 for kids. Open to all hands and all commands. Sponsored
by Officers‟ Spouses Club of Whidbey Island.

May 16th: Penn Cove Water Festival, Coupeville Water Front, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tribal Canoe Races, Native Arts and
Crafts, Storytelling, Creative Children‟s Activities, Dance Performances, Cultural Demonstrations, Native and Northwest
foods. www.penncovewaterfestival.com

May 16th and 17th: Anacortes Waterfront Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. www.anacortes.org/wff/waterfrontfestival2009.cfm

May 18th: Oak Harbor Anitakus Anime and Manga Club, Oak Harbor Library, 3 p.m. Teen Program. Are you a
fan of anime and manga? Share your enthusiasm with other teens and discuss your favorites. Bring your art to work on,
too!

May 18th: Sugarloaf Mountain After-work Hike with Crescent Harbor Adventures, 4:30-8 p.m. Free. Sign up by
May 15. Call 360-257-4842.

May 21st: Oak Harbor Farmer’s Market—Opening Day! Hwy 20 next to NWMS Track, 4-7 p.m. Oak Harbor
Farmer‟s Market is open every Thursday and features fresh produce, locally handmade goods and delicious food and
treats!

May 28th: Adult Mystery Book Discussion Group, Oak Harbor Library, 3 p.m. Discussion of the mysteries of
physician Michael Palmer.
May 28th: Write Away Teen Program, Oak Harbor Library, 6:30 p.m. Are you a creative writer? Join other teens to
share your writing and improve your craft. New members always welcome.

                                       Take a number…..
Auto Hobby Shop            257.4842      Flower Shop                 257.0538        NEX-Seaplane Base           257.0600
Auto Parts Department      257.0629      Flying Club                 679.4359        Officer’s Club              257.2521
Auto Repair (NEX)          257.2829      Golf Pro Shop               257.2178        Outdoor Recreation          257.4842
Auto Service Center        257.0628      Gym & Fitness Center        257.2420        Package Store               257.0564
Barber Shop (Ault Field)   257.0511      Hospital Information        257.9500        Police Emergency            911
Barber/Beauty (Seaplane) 257.0530        Housing-Trouble Calls       257.3358        Recycling                   257.5481
Bowling Alley              257.2074      Kegler’s Kafe               257.1567        Security Police (on Base)   257.3122
Chapel                     257.2414      Laundry (Ault Field)        257.0512        Self Help (Housing)         257.2388
Child Development Center 257.3302        Laundry (Seaplane)          257.0526        Service Station (Ault Field) 257.2829
Commissary                 257.3318      Marina                      257.8541        Skywarrior Theatre          257.5537
Chief’s Club               257.2891      MWR Information             257.2432        Tipsy Taxi                  257.2827
Duffer’s Deli              257.5050      Navy Lodge             1.800.628.9466       Veterinary Clinic           257.2001
Environmental Affairs      257.1009      Nor’Wester Activity         257.2432        Youth Center                257.3150
Family Service Center 257.6289           NEX-Customer Service        257.0554        Job Information       1.800.763.8143




                                      Command Ombudsman
Mrs. Teal McWhirter                                               Mrs. Teresa Para
Phone: 360.720.2530                                               Phone: 360.682.6129
Email: teal.mcwhirter@gmail.com                          Email: tcpara@yahoo.com

Please contact one of the ombudsmen if you have comments or suggestions for this newsletter.

								
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