Kilmer Expresses Disappointment over Okanogan County Skywriting Incident

Kilmer reminds air wing that a good relationship with the community is vital to national security

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, following reports that an EA-18G Growler crew based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island intentionally flew in a pattern resulting in obscene skywriting over Okanogan County, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) wrote to Rear Admiral Gary Mayes, the Commander of Navy Region Northwest, to express his disappointment with the air wing over the incident.

In the letter Rep. Derek Kilmer said:

“As a supporter of the Navy, I am disappointed at the recent incident in Okanogan County, WA. While I appreciate the Navy has publicly committed to holding the crew accountable for their action, more must be done to maintain and improve the Navy’s relationship with the local community,” Rep. Derek Kilmer said. “Achieving this goal is important to maintaining national security and support among local communities. These outcomes are not mutually exclusive.”

The full letter can be viewed and downloaded here.