Fleet & Family Readiness
Fleet & Family Readiness services include the Admiral Nimitz Galley; Child and Youth Programs; Family Housing; the Fleet & Family Support Center (FFSC); Morale, Welfare & Recreation; Navy Gateway Inns & Suites; and Unaccompanied Housing.
NAS Whidbey Island’s Fleet & Family Readiness programs provide for exceptional quality of life and are commonly cited as the Navy’s best.
Each individual with an interest in base services has an opportunity to voice his comments, concerns and kudos during a monthly Quality of Life Council. The council’s membership includes the air station’s command master chief and senior Sailors from each command who serve as representatives to their unit’s needs, as well as service providers from Fleet & Family Readiness and other quality of life agencies aboard the air station.
Admiral Nimitz Hall
Accredited as a five-star dining facility, Admiral Nimitz Hall has maintained a long-standing reputation as one of the Navy’s finest messes. In 2010, Admiral Nimitz Hall was selected as the runner-up in the CONUS Ashore category for the Edward F. Ney Memorial Award for Outstanding Food Service Operation. The dining hall meets the nutritional needs of military and authorized personnel on a daily basis, and customers are able to enjoy a choice of entrees, a full-service speed line, specialty bar, an expansive salad bar, and chuck wagon service on the flight line. View the entire menu at www.navylifepnw.com.
Auto Hobby Shop
Overhaul on your own time. The Auto Hobby Shop offers most equipment needed to maintain and repair your vehicle. Services include lift stalls for car and motorbike, tool issue, computer diagnostics, instructional booklets and more.
Welcome to the finest Chiefs’ Club in the fleet. The club has more than 950 active-duty and retired members spanning all generations from the World War II era to the present day. The Chiefs’ Club is reserved for members and their guests (including E-7 to E-9 on temporary additional duty for up to 30 days) offering weekly happy hours, special events, and is open for lunch. Members also receive discounts at other facilities. Catering services and conference space is available to all hands. Call 360-257-2521.
Catering and Event Planning
The M.T. McCormick’s Officers’ Club, location of Catering and Event Planning, offers wonderful indoor and outdoor settings with views of Mount Baker, the Olympic Mountains and Strait of Juan de Fuca. The staff takes pride in quality catering at affordable prices and can customize a menu to suit any event. Specialties include retirements, changes of command, holiday parties, weddings and birthdays.
Child Development Centers
NAS Whidbey Island offers center-based care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age in two Child Development Centers.
The 30,000-square-foot Regatta Child Development Center (CDC) opened in December 2011 and has 17 classrooms, an indoor activity room, four playgrounds, a full kitchen and a laundry room. The center has the capacity to provide care for 218 children, tripling the air station’s capabilities for center-based care.
The Clover Child Development Center, just two blocks away from the Regatta Center, was completed in January 1984 and can house 115 children. Its features include eight classrooms, four playgrounds, a full kitchen and a laundry room.
Both centers have full-time developmental programs, providing the best possible care in a safe and healthy environment. Developmental activities for each age group promote physical coordination, social interaction, emotional growth and creative expression. Concept-building and learning readiness are enhanced in a fun and stimulating atmosphere. Activities include music and movement, exercise, outdoor play, small muscle coordination, supervised play in the learning center, story time and creative art.
Special enrichment activities and programs such as field trips, parent-child classes and holiday celebrations are scheduled as appropriate. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks are served daily as required by the USDA Food Program.
Care at the Child Development Centers is primarily geared toward those needing full-time child care. Hourly care is available on a daily basis during regular hours and may be reserved up to 30 days in advance. Whether using the centers full time or on an hourly basis, registration is required. Parents may register their child at either center or at the Child Development Homes administration office in Building 13 at the Seaplane Base. Hours of operation for both centers are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.
Child Development Homes
Home-based providers offer children ages 6 weeks to 12 years the same level of high-quality care found in the Child Development Center but have more flexibility in services. Many providers offer full-time, extended hour, evening and weekend child care. Parents may register their child or apply to become a provider at Child Development Homes’ administrative offices in Building 13 at the Seaplane Base.
The Convergence Zone (CZ) is truly a place where a range of interests, an array of people and a variety of entertainment come together. It is an excellent venue for birthday parties, command functions, playgroup meetings and more.
The Convergence Zone has 12 lanes of bowling, an indoor playground, a toddler play area, billiards, air hockey, foosball, pingpong, shuffleboard, online computers, Wii, Xbox 360s, free Wi-Fi, PlayStation 3, copy/print/fax services, and reservations and check-in for Rocky Point Recreation Area and Costen-Turner Park. The following listed programs and services are also inside the Convergence Zone.
(CZ) OUTDOOR RECREATION
The Pacific Northwest is one of the most outdoor-oriented duty stations in the country. An experienced staff can assist customers in selecting the right gear for outdoor activities, whether it is a rental or special order. Rentals include motorized and human-powered boats, fishing and crabbing equipment, camping gear and snowshoes. Programs include whitewater rafting, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding trips and lessons, backpacking, hiking, mountaineering, snowshoeing and more.
(CZ) Back Alley Bar
This laid-back lounge inside the Convergence Zone has pool tables, darts, large-screen TVs and NFL tickets for watching during the NFL season. On Friday nights the DJ brings the dance floor to life; karaoke and other entertainment are scheduled throughout the year. It’s available to all hands and is open seven days a week.
(CZ) General Quarters Paintball
Adrenaline, strategy, skill and speed combine for exhilarating thrills on two separate fields. On the speedball field, enjoy high-energy action, ducking behind a series of inflatable bunkers on a 190-by-115-foot field. The ever-evolving woodsball field encourages scenario play with its own unique set of natural foxholes, hideaways and fortresses. The field is open to those 18 and older with a signed hold-harmless agreement, and to ages 10 through 17 when a parent signs a hold-harmless agreement and accompanies the player on-site. Service members E-3 and below receive a waived field fee and reduced prices on starter play packages.
(CZ) Information, Tickets & Tours (ITT)
Information, Tickets & Tours (ITT) is the place to go when planning your day trip, weekend getaway or family vacation. Professionals will provide tips, maps, brochures and plenty of other helpful information to guide you seamlessly toward a memorable experience. Discounted tickets are available for some attractions, including sporting events and California and Florida venues. Sponsored by ITT, Military Merits is Navy Region Northwest’s one-stop online shop for military community discounts on entertainment, recreation, lodging, services and more. Visit www.militarymerits.com for information on discounts and how to obtain them.
ITT also coordinates regular trips and tours throughout the region. In the Pacific Northwest, the ocean, lakes, mountains, rainforest, farmland, wine country and several major cities are always only a short drive away. ITT offers several trips each month, as well as the “Design a Trip” option in which customers can plan an outing with their group, where they want to go on their own time.
Kegler’s is a casual eatery most popular for its pizza, subs, burgers, grinders and Philly cheese-steaks. Kegler’s offers delivery to Ault Field and Whidbey Apartments with a minimum order. It’s next to the Back Alley Bar.
Fleet & Family Support Center
The Fleet & Family Support Center (FFSC) is in the Nor’Wester (Building 2556). Core programs are offered in three major areas: Deployment/Readiness, Career Support/Retention and Crisis Response.
Deployment/Readiness programs include the Command Representative program that provides outreach and liaison to ashore and afloat commands through an individualized command delivery service.
Deployment Support programs include training and education to address deployment-related issues during all phases of deployment. Programs are designed for service members as well as family members. Additionally, return and reunion teams are deployed to returning commands and demobilized units to help facilitate an easier transition and reintegration back to their homeport.
Information and Referral services provide accurate resources and information on military and community agencies, schools, social services, child care, housing and medical services.
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Liaison provides one-on-one consultation, information and referral, workshops and seminars in support of EFMP participants.
The Fleet & Family Support Center provides logistical and administrative support to the Ombudsman Program. Standardized training is coordinated and offered to commands on a regular basis. Consultation is provided to commands on the effective use and recognition of ombudsmen as well as to the ombudsmen to assist them in their duties.
Personal and Family Life Skills Education is available to address parenting, communication and relationships, stress management and suicide prevention.
Navy Region Northwest (NRNW) class registration and appointment 866-854-0638
Career Support/Retention programs are designed to assist service members and their families with mobility and career issues associated with the military lifestyle.
The Relocation Assistance Program provides relocation information for both outbound and inbound personnel. Materials, classes and individual assistance are available upon request to assist commands and individuals with relocation concerns. Militaryonesource.mil is a web-based information service that provides updated, current information on military installations worldwide. Topics link to resources on schools, medical services, maps, housing, temporary lodging, cost of living and community activities. Loaner kits and air mattresses are available for checkout to assist with temporary lodging needs until household goods arrive. Sponsor training is available to commands upon request and once a quarter at the FFSC.
The Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Succeed) Program provides transitioning personnel and family members with information and resources for career planning, financial management, employment assistance and referrals for the social and emotional issues connected with transition. Regularly scheduled skill-building classes and workshops include Transition GPS seminars for retiring and separating personnel as well as Federal Job Application Process seminars, educational tracts and small business classes. Commands may request additional topics for General Military Training. Spouses are also encouraged to attend. Additional employment resources and classes are available through the local Work Source office at 265 NE Kettle Street, Suite 102, Oak Harbor, WA 98277.
The Personal Financial Management Program promotes economic stability through financial education classes and individual consultation with an accredited financial counselor. Topics include home buying and selling, car buying, investment strategies, debt management, thrift savings program, identity theft, payday lending and million dollar Sailor. PFM instructors are also responsible for training command financial specialists (CFS), both initially and in depth, with advanced workshops throughout their tenure as CFSs.
The Family Employment Readiness Program addresses job search challenges with local job listings, workshops and individual consultations to assist military family members in maintaining careers of their own. Additional employment resources and classes are available through the local Work Source office at 265 NE Kettle Street, Suite 102, Oak Harbor, WA 98277.
NRNW appointment line. 866-854-0638
Crisis Response programs address contingency planning for large-scale disaster and increased Force Protection Condition responses, crisis intervention and clinical counseling.
In time of emergency the Fleet & Family Support Center will establish an Emergency Family Assistance Center (EFAC). The EFAC shall be the central point for promoting short and long term recovery. This includes the return to a stable environment and mission-ready status for DOD personnel and their families following an all-hazards incident. The EFAC will provide a consolidated staging area where DOD families and individuals can obtain disaster relief assistance and/or support, current information from leadership, and contingency services.
Clinical counseling offers individual, child, couples or family counseling on a personal and confidential basis.
The Family Advocacy Program partners with commands to prevent child and intimate partner abuse. It promotes effective intervention and encourages healthy family education programs. Services include prevention education, crisis intervention, case management, treatment and counseling.
The Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate provides confidential services to victims in areas of legal and medical advocacy, crisis intervention, support and safety planning, and information and referrals. For assistance, call 360-257-8894.
The New Parent Support Program offers home visitation to provide support and education to new and expectant parents.
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program is a comprehensive service that supports victims through medical, investigative and legal systems. SAPR advocates are available 24/7 to provide confidential information, options and support and may be reached at 360-914-7867 or 360-914-7855. The 24/7 on call Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) may be reached at 360-914-7834. Advocacy, resources and options are also available through the DOD SAFE HELP LINE 877-995-5247, text to 55-247 or from outside the U.S. by calling 202-470-5546 or at www.safehelpline.org.
Gallery Golf Course
Gallery is a beautifully maintained 18-hole golf course, selected by readers of the Whidbey News-Times as the island’s best golf course for 2014. Open year-round, its services include lessons, tournaments, a driving range, a pro shop, resale, special orders and equipment rentals. Tee time reservations are available every day. Gallery Golf Course is open to the public.
Duffer’s is located at Gallery Golf Course, offering lunch and catering. Breathtaking views of the course and San Juan Islands make it a great place to take a break from the game, or just visit for lunch. Duffer’s is open during the peak golf season (May-October).
Gym & Fitness Center
This 55,000-square-foot facility provides complete athletic and fitness services, including extensive cardio and strength apparatus. The Fitness Center and its surrounding area also feature racquetball courts, a basketball court, a volleyball court, a tennis court, the Fit Dome, synthetic turf softball and football fields, a family fitness room and the Seaview Trail, a scenic 3.3-mile marked jogging trail. Programs include intramural sports, fitness classes, and running/walking events. Intramural sports that form at various times of the year include softball, golf, soccer, basketball, football and paintball.
The Family Fitness Room is a family-friendly zone where parents can work out while watching their children. A parent or legal guardian must remain in the Family Fitness Room with direct line-of-sight supervision of the children.
Although NAS Whidbey Island does not have a recreational swimming facility, MWR has partnerships with local pools: Anacortes’ Fidalgo Pool, where active duty and family members may swim free (www.fidalgopool.com, 360-293-0673) and Oak Harbor’s Vanderzicht Pool, where active duty and family members swim free and retirees swim at a reduced rate (www.oakharborpool.com, 360-675-7665).
Jim Creek Wilderness Recreation Area
Located in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains, Jim Creek serves as a Naval Radio Station and a regional outdoor recreation area for active-duty personnel, reservists, retired military, DOD civilians and sponsored guests. It is just outside Arlington, Washington, about an hour and a half southeast of Oak Harbor. With more than 5,000 acres, mostly wilderness, Jim Creek offers varied recreation opportunities. Twin Lakes are famous for great fishing, boating and wildlife viewing. Jim Creek abounds with fish, wildlife and Northwest flora. You’ll find a group lodge that is perfect for retreats and seminars. Guest quarters, group camps, picnic pavilions, cabins, RV sites, campsites, a playground, two furnished suites, showers, boat rentals, hiking and biking trails, breathtaking scenic viewpoints, a 50-foot Alpine climbing tower and seasonal programs round out the highlights of this memorable recreational area.
Liberty Northwest is primarily for young enlisted single service members; however, all unaccompanied personnel assigned to U.S. Navy installations are eligible to participate. The Liberty Northwest Center inside Admiral Nimitz Hall boasts a movie room complete with a 62-inch television, 12 oversized recliners and surround sound, 11 Xbox 360s, a Nintendo Wii, online computers, Wi-Fi, a soundproof music booth with instruments, billiards, foosball, a pingpong table and more. Activities include instructional classes, concerts, outdoor excursions, volunteer opportunities, overnight trips and holiday events. Children younger than 18 are not permitted on Liberty trips and tours or inside Liberty centers.
M.T. McCormick's Restaurant & Officer's Club
The M.T. McCormick’s Officers’ Club serves lunch Monday through Friday and features homemade soup, a healthy salad bar and great daily lunch specials. The dining room of the Officers’ Club is open to all hands. Membership at the Officers’ Club provides a wealth of privileges, including special events, Friday happy hour, live entertainment and discounts at other facilities. The Officers’ Club is well known for its excellence in catering.
(Forward Deployed Support)
Operation Uplift’s mission is to support Sailors and their families during all phases of deployment with outstanding programs, customer service and morale-boosters to ensure each Sailor and family member has a successful deployment experience. It also supports remote detachment sites with recreational supplies, fitness equipment and holiday decorations. Operation Uplift is a resource for official command functions, providing equipment at no charge for homecomings, changes of command and command picnics. Its offices are in Admiral Nimitz Hall.
Pacific Beach Resort & Recreation Center
Perched on a bluff overlooking Washington state’s scenic coast, Pacific Beach is a perfect location for combining business with pleasure. Accommodations and amenities include three- and four-bedroom cottages, hotel rooms and suites, an RV park, the Windjammer Restaurant and Lounge, a conference center, catering services, a fitness room, a sauna, a hot tub, a bowling alley, volleyball, horseshoes and a complete game room. Pacific Beach is an approximate four-hour drive from NAS Whidbey Island.
Parks, Campgrounds & Memorials
Cliffside RV Park
Reservations 877-NAVY-BED (877-628-9233)
On-site Office 360-257-2649
Nestled along the shoreline of Whidbey Island, Cliffside overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver Island, the San Juan Islands and the Olympic Peninsula. With its awe-inspiring location, Cliffside offers the ambiance of shoreline living, an open window on an ever-changing marine environment and unparalleled sunsets. It features 58 RV sites with full water, electrical and sewer hookups; 10 tent campsites; six furnished yurts; restrooms and shower facilities; four covered activity pavilions; coin-operated laundry facilities and free Wi-Fi.
Rocky Point Recreation Area
Rocky Point Recreation Area can accommodate groups of 25 to 150. Facilities include an indoor sheltered building (Can-Do-Inn), picnic tables, horseshoe pits, a playground, a volleyball area and restrooms. It is on a bluff with stairs leading to the beach, west of Gallery Golf Course.
Prowler Memorial Park
This park was dedicated Aug. 28, 1998, and features blue granite tiles bearing the names of Navy or Marine EA-6B aircrew or maintenance personnel killed in an EA-6B mishap. In addition to remembering those who were lost, it is an inspiration to those in the Prowler community who carry on their legacy.
Costen-Turner Memorial Park
This expanse of land is named for Lt. Tom Costen and Lt. Charlie Turner of VA-155, whose A-6 Intruder was shot down over Iraq on the first night of Desert Storm. The park was dedicated in 1995. Organized groups can reserve the park, which features picnic areas, a synthetic turf football field and a quarter-mile asphalt track for flag football, soccer and running laps; a softball field, children’s play area and a gazebo. Contact the Convergence Zone for reservations.
POW-MIA Sentinel Memorial
Feb. 14, 1987, marks the dedication of this memorial, which sits on a landscaped pavilion overlooking the Seaplane Base. The memorial is a contemporary acrylic sculpture set in a concrete fountain, flanked by American and POW flags that are flown perpetually, illuminated at night. It’s dedicated to all American service personnel held as prisoners of war, those missing in action and those killed in action.
The Grind Skate Park
NAS Whidbey Island’s Skate Park, The Grind, is at the corner of Intruder and Princeton streets, across the street from the base chapel.
Its challenging obstacles include a half pipe, grind box, pyramid, stairs, street ledge, quarter pipe and kicker ramp. The Grind can be used every day from dawn to dusk.
Between vacations, you can store your RV in one of the two lots on the Seaplane Base for a small fee. The lot can accommodate vehicles up to 40 feet long. Reservations and payments can be made at Cliffside RV Park. Vehicles must have current registration and insurance.
School Age Care
School Age Care (SAC) provides organized and structured recreation and learning activities for children in kindergarten through fifth grade at Oak Harbor’s Youth Activities Center. Its mission is to empower the young people of today to become the leaders of tomorrow by providing opportunities for positive social growth through enrichment activities in a fun, safe and nurturing environment. SAC offers before- and after-school care to children attending five elementary schools in Oak Harbor. Affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H, SAC provides weeklong summer specialty camps and special events for ages 3 through 18, and trips for youth. Day camp programs are offered during school holidays and summertime. Register at the Youth Activities Center, 54 Wake Ave., Building 2874, Oak Harbor. Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
School Liaison Officer
The School Liaison Officer is the point-of-contact for school-related matters between NAS Whidbey Island commands, military families and local school systems. This office specializes in serving military students and families and offers a spectrum of services, including school transition support (Permanent Change of Station cycle); deployment support; special education system navigation; communication between the command, educators, community and parents; Partnerships in Education, home-school support; and post-secondary preparation. Offices are at the Nor’Wester, 3675 W. Lexington, in Building 2556.
24-hour Movie Info Line.......... 360-257-5537
Have a seat and enjoy the show at the Navy’s first digital theater. Skywarrior screens high-quality digital movies every weekend. Programs include two Friday evening films, a Saturday matinee and an evening double feature, a double feature on Sundays, 3-D showings and full-length sneak previews. Skywarrior also hosts birthday parties, command events and private showings.
Wheels and Deals Lot
If you want high visibility for a vehicle you’re selling, the Wheels and Deals Lot on the Seaplane Base is the perfect spot. The location brings plenty of traffic to a vehicle for sale. Reservations and payments can be made at the Convergence Zone.
Youth & Teen Program
This program, for those in grades six through 12, is housed in the state-of-the-art Youth Activities Center. Completed in 2004, the facility boasts pool tables, air hockey, computers, video games, chess, basketball, foosball, pingpong and a rock climbing wall. Teens and youths can join one of the many clubs, which include community service, art, homework assistance and more. This program, which is affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H, also provides weeklong summer specialty camps and special events for grades six through 12, and trips for kids in middle school and high school. The Youth Activities Center is at 54 Wake Ave., Building 2874, Oak Harbor. Call for hours of operation, which are typically after school.