• Grays Harbor County Emergency Management

    Amateur radio works with Grays Harbor Emergency Management

    The Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency has completed a two day Military Communications exercise this past week in preparation for the June 2016 Cascadia Earthquake and Tsunami exercise. Deputy Director Chuck Wallace said Grays Harbor residents and ECC (Emergency Coordination Center) Volunteer Amateur Radio Operators Doyle Wenzel and George Stone were integral parts of […]

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  • Silver Star Recipient US Air Force Fighter Pilot Speaks at Sheriff’s Breakfast

    SHELTON, Wash. – Lt Col Dean Hunter, USAF Retired, PhD, was the guest speaker at the monthly Sheriff’s Breakfast held at the Little Creek Casino, Friday, August 30, 2013.

    Lt Col Hunter, author of “For Love of Life and Country”, provided the public safety audience thrilling stories of being a US Marine combat rifleman during the Korean War, a US Air Force B-47 bomber pilot during the Cold War, and a US Air Force fighter pilot during the Vietnam War. All of the stories left the audience sitting on the edge of their seats as he recounted combat missions where he was actually listed as Killed-In-Action, not one, but two different times.

    Lt Col Hunter referred to the public safety audience as the “real heroes”, but Sheriff Casey Salisbury informed the room that Lt Col Hunter is now being considered to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroic actions during a specific battle. The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest award US military personnel can receive. Lt Col Hunter is already the recipient of the Silver Star Medal, which is the third highest military decoration for valor.

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  • Cantwell Statement on Memorial Day

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement in honor of the nation’s armed forces and veterans on Memorial Day:

    “On this Memorial Day, we, as a nation, pause and remember the sacrifices made by the courageous men and women who have fought and continue fighting to keep our nation safe.

    “War entails untold sacrifice and hardship. Today, as we at home mark the beginning of summer, tens of thousands of our men and women in uniform – in the active-duty Armed Forces and the National Guard and Reserve – are deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq where they risk their lives every day. And so before the picnics, before the fireworks, let us honor those who have fought selflessly to defend our country in past wars, and to those who do so today.

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    Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy P. Davis, who grew up in Montesano, has been killed in the Oruzgan province of Afghanistan as the result of injuries received from an improvised explosive device. The Daily World of Aberdeen reports that Davis’ mother, Sally Sheldon of Aberdeen, was notified of her son’s death on Friday. Davis’ father, Mike Davis, lives in Ocean Shores. Davis had just turned 28 and would have been married for five years next month. He met his wife, Meagan, while training at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane. They have a 1-year-old son. Davis was assigned to Florida’s Hurlburt Field. He was with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron

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  • Agreements secure $590 million in federal passenger rail funding for Washington state

    OLYMPIA – Agreements have been signed that guarantee Washington state will get $590 million in federal stimulus money to improve the Amtrak Cascades rail corridor from Portland to Seattle, Gov. Chris Gregoire said today.


    One agreement was signed between the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) that commits FRA to allocate 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) money to Washington’s passenger rail projects. The $590 million initially was awarded in early 2010, and this new agreement guarantees the money.


    Separately, Amtrak, BNSF Railway and WSDOT signed an agreement that outlines how rail investments will be made based on service outcomes and passenger rail performance benchmarks on rail lines shared by freight and passenger rail, such as on-time performance, faster travel times and frequency of service.

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  • McChord role in Haiti relief grows

    MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. – The role of McChord Airmen in Haiti relief operations continued to grow Jan. 18 with the dispatch of a fourth C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. The aircraft departed for Pope Air Force Base, N.C, to take on specialized teams and relief supplies for immediate transport into Haiti’s Toussaint L’ Ouverture International Airport. Airmen were then to airlift evacuees back to the United States.

    McChord Airmen are contributing to the national effort to alleviate suffering and save lives in the Caribbean nation through efforts that began Jan. 16, when McChord Airmen operating from the U.S. east coast completed an initial mission into Haiti by midday.

    Jan. 17, McChord Airmen launched three C-17s to pick-up specialized teams and relief supplies from Langley AFB, Va., Pope AFB, N.C, and Charleston AFB, S.C., for rapid airlift to Haiti.

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