- September 9, 2013
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Washington Rep. Rick Larsen told (D) told business leaders and other officials in Oak Harbor last week that their support for Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is making a difference and is helping to ensure that the installation’s future is “secure.” Kathy Reed, executive director of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, said she has “99 percent” confidence that Larsen is correct. “The base is too strategically located for the Department of Defense to give it up, especially with the current administration’s focus on the Asia-Pacific region,” Reed told the Whidbey News-Times. One concern, though, is a Central Whidbey group’s campaign to suspend use of Outlying Field Coupeville by the naval air station for landing practice. Given the level of negative press surrounding the outlying field, it’s even more important that Pentagon officials see how much support there is for the base, Reed said.