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Military contributes to local communities

Service members and their families are an important part of Arlington and Marysville communities


Christopher Andersson

Master-At-Arms First Class Patrick Kelly, who is stationed at Naval Station Everett and an Arlington resident, on May 4.

May is Military Appreciation Month and, in addition to the many veterans in Marysville and Arlington, the two communities are home to many active duty members of the military.

Naval Station Everett is just south of Marysville and the U.S. Army Reserve Command Center in north Marysville bring many military members and their families to the surrounding communities.

In addition, a Naval Operations Support Center is in north Marysville.

The local naval station is one of the four main Navy installations in the Puget Sound area. The Puget Sound area itself is the third largest fleet concentration area for the U.S. Navy, according to Kristin Ching, Naval Station Everett's public affairs representative.

In 2016, three ships were stationed in Everett and they had nearly 3,000 military personnel. Many of those personnel become residents and members of the local communities.

People like Naval Station Everett's Master-At-Arms First Class Patrick Kelly and Chief Petty Officer Amber Scavera, who both live in the Arlington community.

"The community is nice, I like it," said Kelly.

"Most of us older folks all live north of Everett, a lot of the younger folks live down in Everett," he said. "I like the quietness."

Military members make contributions in a variety of ways as residents who live in the local communities.

"The men and women of our armed services are some of the most significant members of our community. We welcome and value our military neighbors and their families," said Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring.

"Many [military members] choose to locate here because Marysville is home to the Naval Operations Support Center and Armed Forces Reserve Center, and choose to stay because of our excellent schools, parks and quality of life," said Nehring.

"Military members and families are a big part of our town and obviously we want and need them in our community," said Jennifer Holocker, executive director of the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce. "They are our family members and friends, and they integrate with our community."

Scavera said that there are many military families blended across the cities north of Everett.

"My whole community is military. We have prior military to the right of me, and active duty across the street," she said.

The military presence isn't something you realize right away until you start talking to community members, she added.

"I didn't even know it when I went out there initially, until you start talking to people," she said.

Scavera said that she "thinks it helps with the neighborhood watch."

Scavera said she chose a home in Arlington because she liked the school district.

Ching said that Naval Station Everett is a highly requested shore duty station for Navy personnel "due to the outstanding local community support in Everett, Marysville, Arlington, and throughout Snohomish County," she said.

"The base appreciates the active community support that has welcomed Navy ships, active duty service members, retired veterans, and their families for decades since it was dedicated in 1994," Ching said.

Military service members also often become active and involved members of the communities in which they live, said Ching.

"Many sailors also serve in their communities throughout their careers, giving back by personally volunteering or supporting neighborhood schools, youth programs, non-profit and charity organizations, and religious groups," she said. "There is a large number of veterans and retirees who choose to remain living in the northwest upon completion of their military careers," she added.

Nehring, who serves on the Military Affairs Committee for the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, wanted to thank the many military families in the county.

"Thank you, military personnel and families, for your contribution to the Marysville community and to our country," he said.


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