Sen. Barbara Bailey, a tireless advocate for veterans and military issues in the state, today sponsored Senate Resolution 8649 celebrating April 6 as Navy Appreciation Day. The resolution recognizes the many contributions of the United States Navy to Washington and the Pacific Northwest.
“Our state and the Navy have a long and rich history,” said Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, home to Naval Air Station Whidbey. “Service members and their families contribute so much to our communities and it is fitting that the Senate recognize their service to our state and country.”
The day’s resolution noted the significant Navy presence in Washington as vital to the state’s economic strength and global security. Washington is home to two aircraft carriers, 14 submarines, over 100 aircraft, over 23,000 active-duty service members, and 42,000 Navy family members.
In addition to the resolution, Bailey joined Admiral Gary Mayes, Commander of Navy Region Northwest, for an award ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda recognizing distinguished “Sailors of the Year.”
“It is always an honor to host our Navy in Olympia,” Bailey added. “As a Navy wife and mother of sons who are serving our country, I understand the challenges and joys that these sailors face and I am working to do all I can at the state level to support them.”
Bailey, who serves on the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Veterans’ and Military Affairs, is also in a leadership position with the Navy League, serving as a National Director.