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First lady Jill Biden, left, is given a tour of a Growler aircraft by Naval Aviator Lt. Cate Oakley, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor.
Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times via AP

First lady Jill Biden arrived at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island late Tuesday morning, part of her tour of military bases to meet with service families.

First lady Jill Biden, right, is greeted by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, center, and his wife, Trudi, as Biden arrives at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, on Monday. Biden is scheduled to tour a portion of the base and visit with military families on Tuesday.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

First lady Jill Biden arrived in Washington state Monday to tour military bases and meet with service families.

She was greeted at Joint Base Lewis-McChord airfield by Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife, Trudi Inslee.

The growler image issued with the U.S. Navy's record of decision on March 14, 2019.
U.S. Navy/ NAS Whidbey Island

A citizens’ fight against jet noise from the U.S. Navy’s expanding fleet of Growler jets on Whidbey Island is getting help from the state’s top lawyer. Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed suit against the Navy, calling its environmental impact statement and review process inadequate.  

John Froschauer / AP Photo

Community groups are building coalitions region-wide, aiming to stop expansion plans by the U.S. Navy.

Operating since 1942, the naval air station on Whidbey Island is not new. But the recent replacement of its electronic warfare aircraft has upset many residents in the area.