Captain Geoff "Jefe" Moore, commanding officer of Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, joined other Navy officers and enlisted personnel from naval installations throughout Washington on February 25 in Olympia, Wash., when the chamber of the state House of Representatives paid tribute to the men and women of the United States Navy by unanimously approving House Resolution 4670.
Speaking on the House floor, Rep. Dave Hayes, R-Camano Island, said his life would have been very different had it not been for his decision to enter the U.S. Navy. A Lewiston, Idaho native, Hayes said he wanted to learn a trade, so he entered the U.S. Navy.
"Had it not been for the Navy, I might not be standing here today as a state representative in this chamber, and as a law enforcement officer in Snohomish County. The Navy helped to make me who I am today," he said.
Fellow 10th District lawmaker Rep. Norma Smith her appreciation for the contributions of the U.S. Navy servicemen and women.
"I am so thankful to members of the Navy, and their families, for their service and sacrifice," said Smith, R-Clinton. "NAS Whidbey is such an integral part of our Whidbey Island community and essential to our economy. I am pleased that today we could pause to give our Navy personnel the honor and thanks they so deeply deserve."
More than 150,000 members of the U.S. Navy family, including active duty, retired, dependent and civilian Navy personnel consider Washington state their home.