On June 24 we get to show our support for our troops. I get that it’s hard for many of my fellow supporters of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to get time off from traditional working hours to wait patiently for our turn to speak at an Island County government function or want to brave a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) hearing. It also requires some bravery, bravery which I am honored to exercise on behalf of the real heroes who give civilians that right — our troops!
I ask my fellow Americans when you decide what to do this weekend to please take a moment and think of what the military families think of us, we civilians. They read of a courageous politician standing up for military training being compared to a genocidal dictator. They hear of irresponsible souls moving near Outlying Field Coupeville (OLF) and then demanding not just the it closed due to noise, but a request for a trail to further encroach and hear unwanted sounds.
I’d rather our military families and our military heard this weekend we civilians having their backs and wanting to help them out. The road begins by attending the NAS Whidbey Island Open House, June 24.
JOE A. KUNZLER