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NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND

Location

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is in Oak Harbor, Washington, on Whidbey Island. Whidbey Island is part of Island County, which is in the northwest corner of Washington state, about 90 miles north of Seattle. The air station is within close proximity to the San Juan Islands and the Cascade and Olympic mountains as well. Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is composed of two bases 5 miles apart: the Seaplane Base and the air station (also known as Ault Field).

Population

The air station has approximately 7,050 military personnel, 14,000 retirees, 350 reservists, 14,000 family members, 2,420 civilian and contract employees, and 50 Canadian forces and their families.

About Naval Air Station Whidbey Island

Located in the Puget Sound of Washington state, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is one of the Navy’s largest air stations and serves as the Navy’s sole center of excellence for electronic combat warfare training. The base manages two primary aircraft training fields: Ault Field in Oak Harbor and the naval outlying landing field (OLF) in Coupeville. The installation supports training activities for 21 home-based squadrons, as well as support to hundreds of transient military and civilian aircraft operations every year.

The majority of aircraft operations occur at Ault Field, a busy multi-mission air field. OLF Coupeville is primarily used for field carrier landing practice. Due to the density and diverse nature of aircraft operations at Whidbey Island, multiple runways are necessary to support shored-based readiness and total force readiness and to maintain operational access of Whidbey-based squadrons.

Whidbey Island is home to the Electronic Attack Wing and Electronic Attack Weapons School, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 61, and a search and rescue unit. Tenant commands at Whidbey Island include the Aviation Survival Training Center, Fleet Readiness Center Northwest, the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit, the Naval Ocean Processing Facility and the Navy Operational Support Center.

Economic Impact

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is the largest employer in Island, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties, according to an economic impact study by the Island County Economic Development Council. In 2011, the air station contributed $726 million dollars in salaries to Island County’s economy and $15 million to Skagit County’s. According to the report, 50 percent of wages in Island County were paid by the military.

History

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On Jan. 17, 1941, almost 11 months before the U.S. entered World War II, the office of the chief of naval operations asked the commandant of the 13th Naval District to find a location for the re-arming and refueling of Navy patrol planes operating in defense of Puget Sound, should such defense be necessary. The commanding officer of Naval Air Station Seattle recommended the site of Saratoga Passage on the shores of Crescent Harbor and Forbes Point as a base suitable for seaplane takeoffs and landings under instrument conditions. A narrow strip of land tied Oak Harbor to what is now Maylor’s Capehart Housing. Dredging, filling and running water and power lines to the city were underway when word came to find a land plane site.

On Dec. 8, workers started a topographic survey of what would become Ault Field, about 4 miles to the north. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, bewildered citizens, caught up in the war effort, signed up for jobs to build the station. Farmers turned over the titles to their family lands to the government for runways and hangars, and moved to other farms in Skagit County. Actual construction of Ault Field started March 1, 1942.

On Sept. 21, 1942, Commanding Officer Capt. Cyril Thomas Simard read the orders and the watch was set. U.S. Naval Air Station Whidbey Island was duly commissioned.

On Sept. 25, 1943, an area 2.5 miles southeast of Coupeville (OLF Coupeville) was approved as an auxiliary field to serve Naval Station Seattle. Crews surveyed the Rocky Point area in the summer of 1943. It became the transmitter and machine gun range. Air gunners going to the fleet were trained there.

Throughout the war, the station hosted a variety of aircraft for training, including PBY Catalinas, F4F Wildcats, F6F Hellcats, PV-1 Venturas and SBD Dauntless dive bombers. However, the station’s operations slowed at war’s end. It was almost certain the base would be earmarked for decommissioning. Many bases were closing because they couldn’t meet the requirements of the new Air Navy: 6,000-foot runways were the new minimum standard, and approach paths had to be suitable for radar-controlled approaches in any weather.

In December 1949, the Navy decided that while Naval Station Seattle, the major prewar naval installation in the Northwest, was suitable to train reserve forces and support a moderate number of aircraft, it could not be expanded as a major fleet support station. Thus, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island was chosen as the only station north of San Francisco and west of Chicago for this all-type, all-weather Navy field to support fleet and Alaska activities.

Taken out of reduced operating status, Whidbey had a new lease on life. Expansion and construction accelerated with the Korean conflict. Patrol squadrons dominated the base until the end of the 1960s, though heavy attack squadrons outnumbered patrol for a time.

The A-6 Intruder was brought into service during the Vietnam War. It served the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps as their primary all-weather attack aircraft for more than 30 years. Whidbey was the West Coast training and operations center for these all-weather, medium-attack bomber squadrons. In 1966, Attack Squadron 196 was Whidbey’s first squadron slated to receive the A-6A. In 1997, VA-196 was Whidbey’s last A-6 squadron to retire. The Intruder saw service in Vietnam, Libya and Desert Storm. At one time, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island had as many as 125 A-6 aircraft.

In the 1970s, the EA-6B Prowler also came into prominence at the air station. The EA-6B assumed the primary mission of strike aircraft and ground troop support. The aircraft’s highly specialized electronic intelligence receivers and jamming equipment degraded or destroyed enemy radar and command and control capability, enabling safe passage of friendly strike aircraft. The aircraft was also capable of carrying the AGM-88 high-speed anti-radiation missile. Naval Air Station Whidbey Island was home to the majority of the Navy’s Prowler squadrons, and is now the only base for the new EA-18G Growler squadrons. The first Growler arrived on station in 2008. The airborne electronic attack aircraft combines the state-of-the-art two-seat, twin-engine F/A-18F Block 2 Super Hornet with the EA-6B Improved Capability III system to provide next-generation electronic attack capability.

Today, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is more than just the home of all Navy tactical electronic attack squadrons that fly the Growler. The air station hosts P-3 Orion maritime patrol squadrons, EP-3E Aries fleet reconnaissance squadrons, and a search and rescue unit, which flies the MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter. The air station is also the center of activity for naval air reserves in the region.

Organizations

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ELECTRONIC ATTACK WING

Commander, Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet and staff provide combat-ready electronic attack squadrons to support the Commander, Naval Air Forces and combatant commander tasking worldwide. As type wing commander of all Navy EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler fleet squadrons and operational commander of three expeditionary squadrons, the commander and staff are engaged in a wide variety of activities ranging from maintenance, material and operational readiness support to everyday administrative functions.

Electronic attack squadrons provide electronic warfare tactical and technical development leadership and expertise. Squadrons deploy in support of both East and West Coast air wings and aircraft carriers, as well as to various land-based joint facilities. Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is home to the majority of the Navy’s electronic attack squadrons flying the EA-6B and the EA-18G.

Electronic attack squadrons at Whidbey include the VAQ-129 Vikings, VAQ-130 Zappers, VAQ-131 Lancers, VAQ-132 Scorpions, VAQ-133 Wizards, VAQ-134 Garudas, VAQ-135 Black Ravens, VAQ-136 Gauntlets, VAQ-137 Rooks, VAQ-138 Yellow Jackets, VAQ-139 Cougars, VAQ-140 Patriots and VAQ-142 Gray Wolves. The VAQ-141 Shadowhawks are permanently forward deployed to the Western Pacific aboard USS George Washington, homeported in Japan.

ELECTRONIC ATTACK WEAPONS SCHOOL

The Electronic Attack Weapons School provides comprehensive, formal training to EA-6B and EA-18G aircrew and extensive weapons-related training to EA-6B and EA-18G ordnance and maintenance personnel.

The school acts as the central repository for all EA-6B and EA-18G tactical matters. The school’s staff, composed of approximately 40 officers, enlisted personnel and civilians, is responsible for providing a graduate-level curriculum that prepares EA-6B and EA-18G squadrons for deployment around the world. Flight-side training support is continually provided to squadrons, locally or deployed.

The school is the community manager for the EA-6B and EA-18G Weapons and Tactics Program used in the training of Prowler and Growler aircrew. The school also conducts a semiannual 11-week Prowler tactics instructor course to qualify new Prowler tactics instructors for up-to-date fleet support.

PATROL AND RECONNAISSANCE WING 10

Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10 maintains operational and administrative control of all active-duty and reserve P-3 Orion maritime patrol aviation squadrons (VP) and EP-3 fleet air reconnaissance squadrons (VQ) stationed at Whidbey Island. The wing is also responsible for the training, maintenance and administrative support of its assigned VP and VQ squadrons of more than 2,000 personnel. Its training department includes a weapons training unit with both VP and VQ weapons training instructors.

The wing provides operational support and communication to its squadrons through a Tactical Support Center that contains the most advanced systems in the Pacific Fleet, providing mission planning, briefing and analysis tools for combat aircrews, as well as an extensive communications suite.

An operational flight trainer provides real-world scenarios for aircrew coordination. Additionally, Wing 10 provides several advanced simulators to train both VP and VQ aircrews as they prepare for deployment around the world.

Maritime patrol aviation squadrons at Whidbey Island include the VP-1 Screaming Eagles, VP-40 Fighting Marlins, VP-46 Grey Knights and VP-69 Totems. Each squadron deploys to sites located in the Western Pacific, Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean. The squadrons operate P-3 aircraft, which can carry a wide range of weapons, including air-to-surface missiles and torpedoes. An 11-person combat aircrew operates these systems, with both officers and enlisted personnel who train and fly as a unit. Many P-3 aircraft have received extensive mission equipment upgrades under the Aircraft Improvement Program. These P-3s have greatly improved capabilities and have played major roles in U.S. combat successes in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. The P-3C Update III aircraft can operate alone or in support of many different organizations, including carrier battle groups, amphibious readiness groups, surface action groups and special mission tasking. Its missions include undersea warfare, anti-surface warfare, mining, reconnaissance, surveillance, search and rescue and counter-drug operations.

The VQ-1 World Watchers are the fleet air reconnaissance squadron at Whidbey Island. VQ-1 flies the EP-3E Aries Sensor Station Improvement Program and EP-3E Aries Joint Common Configuration aircraft, both of which are a modification of the P-3 Orion airframe. The squadron uses this aircraft to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions worldwide. The combat reconnaissance crews of VQ-1 collect, analyze and exploit signals intelligence and also disseminate any threat warnings directly to U.S. forces afloat and in the field.

FLEET LOGISTICS SUPPORT SQUADRON 61

Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 61 is one of four Navy Reserve C-9B squadrons. The Islander team is composed of full-time support and selected reserve personnel who maintain and operate four C-9B aircraft. The squadron provides worldwide, around-the-clock transport of passengers and cargo in support of all branches of the armed forces.

SEARCH AND RESCUE

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Search and Rescue is a one-of-a-kind rescue unit. The team consists of two MH-60S helicopters, 10 pilots, 10 rescue aircrew members, and three search and rescue medical technicians. Pilots and aircrew are highly trained in both overwater and mountain rescue, including helicopter rappel, hoist and mountain landing. The team can conduct day or night operations and have night-vision goggle capability.

Search and Rescue’s primary mission is to be the first responder for the aircraft and personnel stationed at Whidbey Island. They also work closely with local agencies to provide aid to anyone in legitimate danger.

Arrival

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See the Getting To & Around Island County chapter on Page 22 for information about local airports, train service and public transportation. The closest commercial flights land at Bellingham International Airport in Seattle, about 60 miles from the air station or SeaTac Airport, about 110 miles from the air station. The Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle provides service from Sea-Tac Airport to the air station. For more information on route schedules and fares, visit www.seatacshuttle.com.

SPONSORSHIP

Contact your sponsor and advise them of your estimated arrival time and flight information if applicable prior to your arrival at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process. Don’t PCS without talking to your sponsor before departing for Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Your sponsor will answer any questions you have about the base and the local area, make lodging/dorm arrangements and meet you upon arrival. Your sponsor will be there to help you and your family until you are settled into your new community.

If you have not been in touch with a sponsor and your departure is nearing, contact your future command or call the Fleet and Family Readiness Center at 866-854-0638.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Cellphone use by the driver of a moving motor vehicle is prohibited on all Department of Defense installations, unless the cellphone is used with a hands-free device.

From Sea-Tac Airport

Exit Sea-Tac Airport and follow signs to Interstate 5 north. Take Interstate 5 north approximately 75.6 miles. Take Exit 230 to state Route 20 west, and then follow the instructions for “From Interstate 5.”

From Bellingham International Airport

Exit Bellingham International Airport to Interstate 5 south. Follow Interstate 5 south for 27.6 miles. Take Exit 230 to state Route 20 west, and then follow the instructions for “From Interstate 5.”

From Interstate 5

Take Exit 230 (Anacortes/Burlington). At the light, turn onto state Route 20 west toward Anacortes. Continue down this road until you see the signs directing you to turn left at the light for Oak Harbor and Whidbey Island. Turn left and continue on state Route 20 up the hill and across the Deception Pass Bridge. This is a long, winding and often dark road so drive carefully. Proceed to the light adjoining Ault Field Road just outside the city of Oak Harbor. To go to the main base (Ault Field), turn right. To enter Ault Field’s Charles Porter Gate, proceed to the first stoplight, turn right onto Charles Porter Avenue and proceed through the gate.

If you are driving a rental moving truck or pulling a trailer or camper you can only use Charles Porter Gate. If you arrive and the gate is closed, call 360-257-3893 to have the gate opened for you.

To go to the Pass and Decal office or the main gate, proceed to the third stop light, turn right onto Langley Boulevard and turn right into the parking lot just before Langley Gate, the main gate.

To go to the Seaplane Base (where the Navy Lodge is located), stay on state Route 20. Turn left at Torpedo Road, which is just past Ault Field Road. Torpedo Road forks; go to the left and proceed to the Torpedo Gate.

From the Clinton/Mukilteo Ferry

The Clinton/Mukilteo Ferry is just outside of Everett off Interstate 5, Exit 182. From the Clinton ferry landing, follow state Route 525 north, which turns into state Route 20, for about 43 miles before arriving to Oak Harbor.

To go to the main base (Ault Field), turn left onto Swantown Road, which is the first stoplight before entering Oak Harbor. Turn right onto Heller Road, and continue until it turns into Ault Field Road.

To go to the Pass and Decal office or the main gate, turn left at the first light onto Langley Boulevard and turn right into the parking lot just before Langley Gate, the main gate.

To go to the Charles Porter Gate, proceed to the third light, turn left onto Charles Porter Avenue and proceed through the gate.

To go to the Seaplane Base (where the Navy Lodge is located), stay on state Route 20 as you come into town. State Route 20 turns left at the third stoplight, but do not turn left. Continue straight on this road. It will turn into Pioneer Way and leads straight into the Seaplane Base’s Maui Gate.

From the Olympic Peninsula via the Port Townsend/Coupeville Ferry

From the Coupeville ferry landing, turn left on Engle Road. Stay left on Engle Road (about 4 miles) until you come to state Route 20 in Coupeville. Take a left at the light and continue north to Oak Harbor.

To go to the main base (Ault Field), turn left onto Swantown Road, which is the first stoplight before entering Oak Harbor. Turn right onto Heller Road, and continue until it turns into Ault Field Road.

To go to the Pass and Decal office or the main gate, turn left at the first light onto Langley Boulevard and turn right into the parking lot just before Langley Gate, the main gate.

To go to the Charles Porter Gate, proceed to the third light, turn left onto Charles Porter Avenue and proceed through the gate.

To go to the Seaplane Base (where the Navy Lodge is located), stay on state Route 20 as you come into town. State Route 20 turns left at the third stoplight but do not turn left. Continue straight on this road. It will turn into Pioneer Way and leads straight into the Seaplane Base’s Maui Gate.

Traveling Tips

Ferry sailings can be canceled at any time due to inclement weather, low tides or mechanical issues. In addition, wait times can be long on holidays and weekends. Visit the ferry website to verify the schedule and check wait times before traveling. It is strongly recommended you make reservations in advance to guarantee a spot on the Port Townsend/Coupeville ferry (80 percent of the ferry capacity is by reservation only, which leaves 20 percent for nonreservation vehicles). Reservations can be made via the website (www.wsdot.com/ferries) or by calling 206-464-6400 or 888-808-7977.

For late night arrivals to Ault Field, you will need to utilize the Langley Gate, which is the only gate open 24/7. For late night arrivals to the Seaplane Base, you will need to utilize the Torpedo Gate, which is the only gate open 24/7.

CHECK-IN PROCEDURES

Newly arriving personnel must check in with the station officer of the deck at the base quarterdeck in Building 385. The quarterdeck is open 24/7. Personnel attached to air station commands will then be instructed to report to the admin office, topside in Building 385.

Indoctrination briefings are usually conducted the first full week of each month on Tuesday and Wednesday at the CPO Club and are open for family members to attend. Spouses may also get information about the Navy lifestyle and Whidbey Island programs at the Fleet and Family Support Center’s New Spouse Orientation workshop, which is held once a quarter.

Personnel checking in to a tenant command or squadron should report to their respective duty office. If the command is deployed, check in with the officer of the deck at the base quarterdeck in Building 385 to be referred to the correct administrative wing for in-processing.

TEMPORARY LODGING

A maximum of 10 days of temporary lodging expense is authorized for each PCS to this area. It is in your best interest to make temporary lodging arrangements as soon as possible due to seasonal tourist events and limited availability.

Navy Gateway Inns & Suites

1175 W. Midway St., Building 973
877-628-9233
http://ngis.dodlodging.net/propertys/Whidbey-Island-NAS-
Open 24/7

Navy Gateway Inns & Suites, at Ault Field, provides safe, comfortable and clean accommodations for military members and their families who are being assigned to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Reservations may be made 30 days in advance. Check-in time is 3 p.m. Checkout time is 11 a.m.

The NEX Mini-Mart, galley, fitness center, Convergence Zone and officers’ club are within walking distance of NGIS. NGIS offers standard rooms and suites; some suites offer kitchenettes. Amenities include flat-screen TVs with cable, free Wi-Fi, complimentary snacks, irons and ironing boards, laundry services, clock radios, coffeemakers, hairdryers, microwaves and refrigerators. All rooms are nonsmoking. Pet-friendly rooms may be available. For more information on pet accommodations and current room rates, visit the NGIS website.

Navy Lodge

760 Coral Sea Drive
360-675-0633
www.navy-lodge.com/lodge_page.html?p_lodge_number=38
Open 24/7

The Navy Lodge, on the Seaplane Base, provides safe, comfortable and clean accommodations for military members and their families who are being assigned to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Reservations can be made up to one year in advance with orders.

The Navy Lodge is within walking distance of the main Navy Exchange, the commissary and downtown Oak Harbor. Amenities include breakfast to-go, flat-screen TVs with cable, DVD players, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, coffeemakers, microwave ovens, refrigerators, cribs and roll-away beds. All rooms are nonsmoking. Pet-friendly rooms may be available. For more information on pet accommodations and current room rates, visit the Navy Lodge website.

Getting Settled

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HEALTH CARE

Naval Hospital Oak Harbor

3475 N. Saratoga St.

Appointments 800-404-4506
Information Desk 360-257-9501
Pharmacy 360-257-9707
Refill Service 360-257-9701/9705
www.med.navy.mil/sites/nhoh

Naval Hospital Oak Harbor is on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The hospital is a TRICARE Prime facility that serves active-duty members, their family members, eligible retired military personnel and their families. Normal business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, though hours vary for different services and clinics; visit the hospital’s website for more information.

Ambulatory services include deployment health, family medicine, flight medicine, labor and delivery, mental health, pediatrics, OB-GYN services, optometry, orthopedics, a pharmacy, physical therapy, preventive medicine, radiology, and a substance abuse and rehabilitation program.

Dental care services are available to active-duty military only. Family members of active-duty personnel are encouraged to use the TRICARE Dental Program. Information about the TRICARE Dental Program can be obtained by calling 855-638-8371 or visiting www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/Dental/TDP.aspx.

TRICARE

TRICARE is the health care program for active duty and retirees of the uniformed services, their families and survivors. TRICARE’s primary objectives are to optimize the delivery of health care services in the military’s direct care system for all military health system beneficiaries and attain the highest level of patient satisfaction through the delivery of a world-class health care benefit.

TRICARE coverage is completely portable so it moves with you when you relocate. The TRICARE Prime options include TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Prime Remote in the United States, and TRICARE Prime Overseas and TRICARE Global Remote Overseas in regions outside of the United States.

Follow these simple steps to ensure you have no break in coverage when you move:

  • Do not cancel your TRICARE Prime enrollment option before you move.
  • Update your personal information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) immediately when you arrive at your new location.
  • Select a new primary care manager (PCM) when moving within the same region, or submit a new Prime enrollment form within 30 days if you’re moving to a new region.

Where you are moving will determine which Prime option you will enroll in. If you move to a new Prime service area, transfer your enrollment by submitting a TRICARE Prime Enrollment and PCM Change Form to your regional contractor. Be sure to include all family members who wish to use Prime on the form.

TRICARE Standard and Extra are available to family members only. Active-duty service members are required to enroll in one of the Prime options. TRICARE Standard and Extra are available throughout the United States, and enrollment is not required. Any active-duty family member who is registered in DEERS may use these programs by seeing any network or non-network provider that is authorized by TRICARE.

If you’re already using TRICARE Standard and Extra, moving is easy. When you arrive at your new location, update your personal information in DEERS immediately. Then find TRICARE-authorized providers in your new area.

Here are a few things to remember about using TRICARE Standard and Extra in a new region:

  • In the U.S., visit your new regional contractor’s website for a list of providers. Remember, if you see network providers, you’ll be using the Extra option and pay lower copayments.
  • If you move to a new region, you’ll have a new claims address for submitting your TRICARE claims.
  • Learn your new region’s prior authorization requirements as these requirements may differ by region.

For a complete description of the different types of coverage programs and regions, please visit www.tricare.mil.

HOUSING

Housing Service Center

3675 W. Lexington St., Building 2556
800-876-7022
http://whidbey.navylifepnw.com/housing/housing-service-center
7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Navy Region Northwest Housing Service Centers are ready to support you in the transition to your new home and community. Use the resources provided to become familiar with the housing options and support services available to you. When you arrive at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, visit the center to receive invaluable information, counseling and guidance prior to entering into a written lease or rental/sales contract for housing.

Unaccompanied Housing

Navy Gateway Inns & Suites
1175 W. Midway St., Building 973
360-257-2038
http://whidbey.navylifepnw.com/programs/a9231be1-2f2f-4b6a-8988-71f71b65d5ac

Unaccompanied housing permanent party personnel check in at Navy Gateway Inns & Suites front desk. Unaccompanied housing is provided for unaccompanied sailors in the pay grades of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than four years of service. Single sea duty sailors in pay grades E-4 with more than four years of service and single E-1 to E-4 sailors on shore duty may request to live the community and be authorized BAH when unaccompanied housing has reached full utilization of 95 percent occupancy. Instructions on how to request BAH is available at the front desk upon request.

Navy Region Northwest Family Housing

Whidbey Island Neighborhood Management Office 360-679-4241
www.northwestmilitaryhousing.com

At Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, military family housing is privatized. In addition to your option to purchase and rent housing in the local community, you may now choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Hunt Military Communities, which owns the family housing and is responsible for maintaining, repairing, constructing and managing the community.

For comprehensive information about homes and amenities available in the Whidbey Island privatized housing community, visit the Navy Region Northwest Family Housing website.

MAIL

Post Office and Navy Official Mail Office

1080 W. Lexington St., Building 100
360-257-2424
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday

The post office provides postal services (stamps, money orders, mailings, etc.) for personal or business use. The Navy Official Mail Office is where customers pick up their personal accountable mail on board the air station.

Use the following address for forwarding mail en route:

3730 N. Charles Porter, Building 385
Oak Harbor, WA 98278

PETS

Veterinary Services

260 W. Pioneer Way, Building 13
360-257-2001

8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday

The Veterinary Treatment Facility offers services such as vaccines, wellness exams, microchipping and health certificates to pets of military families. Due to limited resources, most veterinary emergency cases are best served through a full-service civilian veterinary hospital.

Personnel residing on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island must register pets with the Veterinary Treatment Facility upon arrival. Military housing allows some pets with certain restrictions. For more information on Navy Region Northwest Family Housing’s pet policy, visit www.northwestmilitaryhousing.com.

Personnel living off the air station must have pets licensed by the respective city where they reside. Washington state and local areas have specific rules governing certain breeds of animals, such as pit bull terriers. Check the animal control department where you plan to reside for current rules and regulations.

RELIGIOUS GUIDANCE

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Chapel

1155 W. Intruder St., Building 960
360-257-2414

The chapel staff and religious ministry teams provide spiritual support for a variety of faiths. Open Christian worship, Roman Catholic Mass and Jewish Shabbat services are available. Pastoral services include counseling, marriage preparation and relationship enhancement programs. All counseling sessions are covered by privileged communication.

VEHICLE REGISTRATION

The Pass and ID office will no longer issue vehicle decals; however, you will still need to register your vehicle with them in order to drive it on base. To register your vehicle at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island you will need proof of insurance, vehicle registration, a valid military ID card and a driver’s license. The Pass and ID office is located to the right of the Langley gate and operates under a first-come, first-serve basis. All privately owned vehicles on the air station must be insured, and a current license plate is required. Washington state traffic laws apply on base; see the Getting To & Around Island County chapter on Page 22 for more information. All vehicles entering or leaving base are subject to search.

Serving You

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DINING

For hours of operation, menus and special event information, visit http://whidbey.navylifepnw.com and click on selections under the “Food & Drink” tab.

Adm. Nimitz Hall Galley

1040 W. Intruder St., Building 382
360-257-2469

Bakerview Restaurant

1080 W. Ault Field Road, Building 138
360-257-2505

Chiefs’ Club

1080 W. Ault Field Road, Building 138
360-257-2505

Kegler’s Bar & Grill

(at the Convergence Zone)
3535 N. Princeton St., Building 2510
360-257-1567

M.T. McCormick’s Officers’ Club

(Closed for renovations until spring 2017)
1185 W. Midway St., Building 962 360-257-2521

EDUCATION

Navy College Office

Naval Operational Support Center
Building 2739, Room 134 360-257-3027

Testing Services and College Programs
1045 Midway St., Building 2739

Brandman University, Room 116 800-746-0082
www.brandman.edu/whidbey-island-nas

Columbia College, Room 117 360-279-9030
www.ccis.edu/nationwide/main.aspx?whidbey

College-level exams such as the CLEP and DSST are available through the air station’s National Test Center, operated by Columbia College. Exams are computer-based and are still free to active-duty members. Others with base access may take these exams for a fee. In addition, the Navy College Office hosts periodic visits from several Navy Distance Learning Partner schools who meet with interested students in the Resource Center (Building 2739, Room 141).

Columbia College and Brandman University offer a number of degree programs with the flexibility of evening and online courses. Visit their websites for more information on the programs they offer at the air station.

FAMILY SUPPORT

Child Development Centers

365 W. Clover St., Building 2679
360-257-3302

220 NE Regatta Drive, Building 2938
360-257-6572

http://whidbey.navylifepnw.com/child-youth/child-care

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

Child Development Centers offer weekly care for children 6 weeks to 5 years old, and hourly care is available on a space-available basis with reservations. The centers are based on the developmental program model, which focuses on play and its importance in a child’s learning process. The centers strive to meet each child’s social, emotional and intellectual needs to instill in each child a feeling of competence and positive self-concept.

Children of active-duty military personnel, DOD civilian personnel, reservists on active duty and DOD contractors are eligible. Fees are based on total family income. To register your child, visit www.militarychildcare.com. Once you are accepted to a facility, you will be required to submit a current leave and earnings statement or pay stub, the sponsor’s Page 2 and the child’s immunization records.

Child Development Homes

260 W. Pioneer Way, Building 13
360-257-1877

http://whidbey.navylifepnw.com/child-youth

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Child Development Homes provide an alternative to child development center care for families that prefer a more home-like child care option. Providers may also offer more flexibility in their services, with part-time, hourly, evening, weekend and deployment care. Homes are required to meet Navy child care guidelines and many of the homes are also licensed by the state of Washington. Providers offer developmental programs and receive training and home visits on a monthly basis.

For information on child registration or becoming a Child Development Home provider, visit the website.

Fleet & Family Support Center

3675 W. Lexington St., Building 2556
866-854-0638

http://whidbey.navylifepnw.com/support-programs/fleet-family-support-center

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday

As a gateway to the resources you need, the Fleet & Family Support Center provides information, support and services to help you balance the demands of military life. Programs and services include individual, marriage and family counseling; individual resume assistance; financial counseling; relocation assistance; deployment and mobilization support; and a variety of life skills classes, like stress and anger management, parenting, communication, conflict resolution and more.

Exceptional Family Member Program

3675 W. Lexington St., Building 2556
360-257-6289

http://whidbey.navylifepnw.com

This program provides special-needs families with information and referral services.

School Liaison

3675 W. Lexington St., Building 2556
360-257-6863
http://whidbey.navylifepnw.com

The School Liaison office is the connection between Naval Air Station Whidbey Island families and private and public schools. The office provides support to service members during all stages of transition and deployment to ensure children receive every opportunity for quality education. Call to make an appointment for a consultation.

Youth Activities Center

54 Wake Ave., Building 2874
360-257-3150
http://whidbey.navylifepnw.com/child-youth

The youth center is open to eligible family members 12 to 18 years old in grades seven through 12th. Memberships for open recreation are free and registration is taken directly at the facility. Some fees will apply for field trips and special events. Kids can participate in activities such as foosball, video games, air hockey, pool, team sports or online computer access. Children can explore individual interests by becoming involved with special interest groups, like art clubs, career clubs and community volunteering. Children can also head out of town on trips to places like Gameworks in Seattle, local water parks and area malls. The center hosts special events as well, like talent shows, lock-ins and dances.

School-Age Care offers before- and after-school care as well as holiday and summer camps for children 5 to 12 years old.

Hours vary for different programs; see the website for more information.

LEGAL SERVICES

Legal Office

Building 243 360-257-2126/2127

7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s branch of the Region Naval Legal Service Office provides a variety of legal services. Services include assistance with powers of attorney, notary services, wills and estate planning, advance medical directives, military rights and benefits, divorce, adoptions, immigration and naturalization, landlord-tenant issues, taxes and more.

RECREATION

For information about the recreational programs at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, visit Fleet and Family Readiness online at http://whidbey.navylifepnw.com.

Auto Hobby Shop

3455 N. Princeton St., Building 2549
360-257-2295

Noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Overhaul on your own time. The Auto Hobby Shop offers most equipment needed to maintain and repair your vehicle. Services include lift stalls for cars and motorbikes, tool issue, computer diagnostics, instructional booklets and more.

Convergence Zone Recreation Center

3535 N. Princeton St., Building 2510
360-257-2432

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

The Convergence Zone is truly a place where a range of interests, an array of people and a variety of entertainment come together. It offers 12 lanes of bowling, gear rental, an indoor playground, a toddler play area, billiards, air hockey, foosball, pingpong, shuffleboard, free Wi-Fi, online computers and video gaming systems. A media zone has books, newspapers and magazines. Copy, print and fax services are also available.

The Convergence Zone is home to Kegler’s Bar & Grill, Outdoor Recreation and Information, Tickets and Travel. The Convergence Zone is also the place to make reservations for Rocky Point Recreation Area and Costen-Turner Park.

Fitness Center

3755 N. Wasp St., Building 117 360-257-2420

5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays

The fitness center offers cardio and strength equipment; training and fitness rooms; basketball, volleyball, tennis and racquetball courts; three softball fields; a football and soccer field with a running track; and a sauna. You can also run Seaview Trail, which starts at the fitness center. One-on-one fitness assessments, personal training, group exercise classes, intramural sports and nutrition courses are available as well.

Although there is no recreational swimming facility at the air station, MWR has partnerships with two local pools. At Anacortes’ Fidalgo Pool (www.fidalgopool.com, 360-293-0673), active-duty personnel and family members may swim for free. At Oak Harbor’s Vanderzicht Pool (www.oakharborpool.com, 360-675-7665), active-duty personnel and family members swim for free and retirees swim at a reduced rate.

Gallery Golf Course

3065 N. Cowpens Road 360-257-2178

The 18-hole, award-winning course boasts spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains. The course overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island. You can reserve your tee time online for expedited check-in. A pro shop, lessons and clinics are also available.

General Quarters Paintball

3535 N. Princeton St., Building 2510
360-257-2432

October through March: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
April through September: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

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 woods ball field encourages scenario play with its own unique set of natural foxholes, hideaways and fortresses.

General Quarters Paintball is located behind the Convergence Zone. For information on age restrictions, safety regulations and fees, visit the Fleet and Family Readiness website.

The Grind Skate Park

Corner of Intruder and Princeton streets
360-257-3309

The Grind offers challenging obstacles, including a half pipe, quarter pipe, grind box, pyramid and stairs from dawn to dusk.

Information, Tickets and Travel

3535 N. Princeton St., Building 2510
360-257-2432

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) is the place to purchase discount tickets to northwest sporting events, concerts, theater performances, special events, dining venues, ski resorts, amusement parks and local attractions. Discounts and information are also available for hotels; transportation; California, Florida and British Columbia attractions; and much more. ITT is your one-stop shop for fun.

Whidbey Island Trips & Tours, also in the Convergence Zone, 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. Trips & Tours offers several trips each month, as well as the “Design a Trip” option in which customers can plan a group outing with the community recreation programmer’s guidance.

Liberty Northwest Center

1040 W. Intruder St., Building 382
360-257-3309

10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m. holidays

Liberty Northwest Center offers a range of activities for single service members and geographical bachelors. The center, inside Adm. Nimitz Hall, has a movie room with a 62-inch television, oversized recliners and surround sound. It also has video gaming consoles, online computers, a soundproof music booth with instruments, billiards, foosball, pingpong and more. Activities include instructional classes, concerts, outdoor excursions, volunteer opportunities, overnight trips and holiday events.

Navy Getaways

http://get.dodlodging.net

Navy Getaways are the ideal places to play, rest, relax and recharge. Vacation rentals include everything from cottages and cabins to townhomes and resort-style accommodations. RV and tent sites feature barbecue areas, laundry facilities, bathhouses, kid’s play areas, community centers and more.

Cliffside RV park is one of the closest Navy Getaways. 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.

Visit the Navy Getaways website for a full list of getaways and more information on fees and registration.

Outdoor Recreation

3535 N. Princeton St., Building 2510
360-257-2432

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

The Pacific Northwest is one of the most outdoor-oriented duty stations in the country. Experienced Outdoor Recreation 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 mountaineering gear. Programs include whitewater rafting, kayaking classes, backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing and more.

Skywarrior Theater

955 W. Midway St., Building 118
360-257-5537

Have a seat and enjoy the show at the Navy’s first digital theater. Skywarrior screens high-quality digital movies, including 3-D flicks.

SHOPPING

Whidbey Island Commissary

2090 N. Coral Sea Ave. 360-257-3318
www.commissaries.com
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

Save an average of 30 percent of your hard-earned dollars when shopping for groceries at the commissary. In-store amenities and specialties include an ATM, a bakery, custom photo cakes, a deli, party cakes, rotisserie chicken and sushi.

Whidbey Island Exchange

www.mynavyexchange.com

The Whidbey Island Exchange wants to be your first choice for shopping. It offers a price-match program that guarantees the lowest prices in town. Hours of operation for services outside of the main Exchange vary so call or visit the website for detailed information.

Main Exchange

2110 N. Coral Sea Ave., Building 17
360-257-0600
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday

Exchange Restaurant

Anchor Grille 360-257-0528

Services

Barbershop 360-257-0530
Beauty Salon and Spa 360-257-0530
Beverage Store 360-257-0570
Electronics 360-257-0541
Jewelry and Watches 360-257-0540
Optical Shop 360-257-0533
Sporting Goods and Pets 360-257-0562

Fleet Store

1065 W. Lexington St., Building 2749
360-257-0503

Barbershop 360-257-0511
Subway 360-675-2056
Tailor Shop 360-257-0512
Uniform Shop 360-257-0507

Other Facilities

Furniture Store and Appliances, Seaplane Base, 235 Tulagi Ave., Building 21
360-257-4663/2875

Seaplane Gas Station, 2095 N. Coral Sea Ave.
360-257-0537

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