Commander, Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet
COMVAQWINGPAC and staff provide combat-ready electronic attack squadrons to support the Commander, Naval Air Forces and combatant commander tasking worldwide. They also provide electronic warfare tactical and technical development leadership and expertise. As Type Wing Commander of all Navy EA-18G Growler fleet squadrons and Operational Commander of three expeditionary squadrons, the Commander and staff are engaged in activities ranging from maintenance, material and operational readiness support to everyday administrative functions.
The Wing Commander also works closely with NAS Whidbey Island and Outlying Landing Field Coupeville within the Navy Region Northwest area.
Electronic Attack Squadrons (VAQ)
NAS Whidbey Island is home to the Navy’s VAQ squadrons flying the Boeing EA-18G Growler, an all-weather, electronic attack aircraft with the primary role of suppressing enemy electronic capabilities through tactical jamming and the delivery of High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles.
There are 12 operational Navy electronic attack squadrons at Whidbey and one squadron, VAQ-141, permanently forward deployed to the Western Pacific aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), homeported in Japan. Each squadron typically has five aircraft assigned and averages 28 officers and 160 enlisted personnel.
VAQ squadrons deploy in support of both East and West Coast air wings and aircraft carriers as well as to various land-based joint facilities. Squadrons and their nicknames are:
- 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
- VAQ-141 Shadowhawks
- VAQ-142 Gray Wolves
- VAQ-209 Starwarriors (Reserves)
Fleet squadrons are supported by the Vikings of VAQ-129, the Fleet Replacement Squadron, responsible for training EA-18G pilots and electronic warfare officers. U.S. Air Force personnel are also assigned to Navy Expeditionary squadrons VAQ-132, VAQ-135 and VAQ-138. Although they are not assigned to carrier air wings, they deploy in support of joint forces from overseas land bases.
Commander, Patrol & Reconnaissance Wing 10
Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aviation (MPRA) maintained a strong presence in the Northwest region from the 1940s to the 1960s. At that time, the P-2V amphibious patrol aircraft left the Whidbey Island Seaplane Base for the last time. The MPRA presence did, however, return to the region in December 1994 when Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10 (CPRW-10) relocated from Moffett Field, California, to NAS Whidbey Island. CPRW-10 maintains operational and administrative control of all active-duty and reserve P-3 Orion MPRA and EP-3 Fleet Air Reconnaissance squadrons stationed on Whidbey Island. The wing also trains and provides administrative support to more than 2,000 assigned Maritime Patrol (VP) and Fleet Air Reconnaissance (VQ) squadron personnel.
CPRW-10 VP squadrons fly the P-3 Orion aircraft, which is a multi-mission platform that can operate either alone or in support of many different entities such as carrier battle groups, amphibious readiness groups and even joint operations commands. Its various missions include undersea warfare, anti-surface warfare, mining, reconnaissance, surveillance, search and rescue, ground forces support and counter-drug operations.
The CPRW-10 VQ squadron flies the EP-3 Aries aircraft, which conducts airborne electronic warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions worldwide on a continuous basis in response to operational tasking by Theater Commanders.
Maritime Patrol Squadrons (VP)
These squadrons are stationed at Whidbey Island:
- VP-1 Screaming Eagles
- VP-40 Fighting Marlins
- VP-46 Grey Knights
- VP-69 Totems
Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadrons (VQ)
- VQ-1 World Watchers
Aviation Survival Training Center Whidbey Island
Aviation Survival Training Center (ASTC) Whidbey Island is a Force Enabler providing initial and refresher aviation survival training to sustain the operational readiness and combat effectiveness of Naval and Marine Corps Forces, other U.S. Armed Forces and allies, the Department of Homeland Security and selected civilians belonging to various organizations.
ASTC Whidbey Island does this in support of the strategic goals of the Chief of Naval Operations, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and the Naval Medicine Operational Training Center. The ASTC is an outlying detachment of the Naval Survival Training Institute headquartered at NAS Pensacola, Florida, and is comprised of both active duty and government service personnel with the intent and focus to provide quality, relevant survival training to the joint warfighter.
Aircrew and selected individuals receive training in aviation physiology, sensory physiology, human performance, acceleration, low-pressure chamber operations, oxygen breathing equipment, aircrew personal survival/protective equipment and emergency egress. The ASTC also provides NATOPS-approved water survival curriculum that encompasses classroom lectures, extended sea survival techniques, survival swimming, over-water parachuting, underwater egress, life raft organization, helicopter rescue and use of survival items.
The ASTC mission is to maximize performance and survivability of the warfighter. This facility is in Buildings 2758 and 2837 across from Naval Hospital Oak Harbor.
Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit, Whidbey Island
Welcome to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) Whidbey Island. The CNATTU serves as a direct link between the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) and the fleet. Each CNATTU provides aviation weapons system training to air wing, squadron, and ship and station personnel. The mission of each CNATTU is to provide specialized technical training for commissioned and enlisted personnel in the maintenance and repair of aircraft and support equipment, as well as to conduct any other such training as the Chief of Naval Operations may direct.
CNATTU Whidbey Island is made up of 120 instructors and staff members who support the training of more than 3,800 Sailors and Marines annually. CNATTU Whidbey Island provides the career “C” school training on the EA-6B, EA-18G, P-3C, and EP-3E aircraft and also many other aspects of the Navy and Marine Corps Team. Training in Micro-Miniature Repair (2M), Senior Enlisted Aviation Maintenance (SEAM), and Aviation Fire Fighting are a few of the courses provided.
CNATTU Whidbey Island strives to provide the best trained technicians to the Navy and Marine Corps. CNATTU’s Mission, Vision and Principles serve as a reminder of this goal to each member of this team. To this end, CNATTU Whidbey Island’s strategic goals are aligned each year to ensure they deliver the best possible training and support that it can offer.
Defense Reutilization & Marketing Receiving Representative
The NAS Whidbey Island Defense Reutilization & Marketing (DRMO) Receiving Representative is responsible for receiving surplus assets from military activities. These assets include but are not limited to desks, chairs, aircraft parts, tools, beds, all types of furniture, office equipment, computer equipment, tires and scrap metal.
The receiving representative is in Building 369, Supply Warehouse. Appointments are scheduled on Monday and Wednesday; the representative is available from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to set up appointments for turning in materials, requests for training or more information.
Electronic Attack Weapons School
The Electronic Attack Weapons School (EAWS) provides comprehensive, formal training to EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler aircrew, intelligence, ordnance and maintenance personnel.
The school acts as the central repository for all EA-6B and EA-18G tactical matters. The EAWS staff, composed of approximately 35 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.
EAWS is the community manager for the EA-6B and EA-18G Weapons and Tactics Program used to train Prowler and Growler aircrew. In addition, EAWS conducts a three-week Advanced Readiness Program for squadrons that are just beginning the pre-deployment training cycle. The Weapons School also publishes the quarterly Electronic Attack News, a professional journal that provides emerging tactical information relevant to the electronic warfare community.
EAWS intelligence specialists and cryptologic technicians provide tailored support to the EA-6B and EA-18G communities by way of academic courses, briefings and daily intelligence highlights derived from various sources around the world. These updates ensure the entire electronic attack community is kept informed as to the type of threats squadrons will encounter on their deployments.
EAWS aviation ordnancemen and electronics technicians annually instruct more than 600 fleet maintenance personnel in weapons-related courses. EAWS staff also assist in conducting Conventional Weapons Technical Proficiency Inspections and Technical Assist Visits designed to standardize and certify aircraft handling procedures.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment Northwest
Located on the Seaplane Base, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Detachment Northwest is an operational shore detachment that responds to emergencies throughout Commander, Navy Region Northwest’s area of responsibility. Members are trained and equipped to render safe all types of explosive hazards including conventional, chemical, biological and nuclear ordnance; improvised explosive devices and weapons of mass destruction; and to neutralize hazards to personnel and property on land and underwater.
The detachment provides support to other DOD and civilian law enforcement agencies as well as the U.S. Secret Service for protection of the president, vice president, foreign heads of state and designated VIPs.
EOD Detachment Northwest is operationally under the control of Commander, Navy Region Northwest.
Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 61
Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 61 (VR-61) was established on Oct. 1, 1982. The squadron’s mission is to provide worldwide around-the-clock transport of passengers and cargo in support of all U.S. armed forces.
Currently, the Islanders are finishing the process of transitioning from the C-9B Skytrain to the C-40A Clipper. The new airframe is more efficient and has an increased payload that will allow VR-61 to better serve the fleet.
VR-61 has two C-40A Clippers in their inventory with a third scheduled to arrive in the fall of 2016. The “Islander” team is composed of 250 full-time support and local selected Reserve personnel deeply rooted in Whidbey Island and the greater Northwest.
VR-61 compiled more than 126,000 mishap-free flight hours while flying its previously assigned four C-9B aircraft. The squadron has received the Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation, two Congressman Bill Chappell awards, eight Safety “S” awards, four Battle “E” awards, four retention awards and the James M. Holcombe Maintenance Award.
The Islanders are mission-oriented with a rich heritage of operational excellence and unswerving commitment; they enjoy the status of being the premier logistics squadron in the Northwest.
Fleet Readiness Center Northwest (FRCNW)
Fleet Readiness Center Northwest (FRCNW), previously known as Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment, was established in 1959 and developed into the premier intermediate and depot maintenance facility in the Pacific Fleet. More than 1,000 Sailors, Marines, civilians, contractors and depot maintenance-level personnel at FRCNW provide aviation maintenance and logistics support to 14 EA-18G, six P-3/EP-3 squadrons, 11 aircraft carriers, one C-40 squadron, the station Search and Rescue component and various Northwest region activities.
FRCNW continues to lead the Naval Aviation Enterprise in transforming aviation maintenance and was the 2010 Secretary of Defense Maintenance Award winner in the medium category. FRCNW provides intermediate and depot-level repair for more than 12,500 different aviation components. Repair services are provided for jet engines, airframes, avionics, armament, aviation life support systems, ejection seats and 2,300 pieces of support equipment.
FRCNW supports deployed operations afloat and overseas through three sea duty components.
Sea Operational Detachment (SEAOPDET) provides afloat maintenance support, repairing avionics, airframes, power plants and aviation life support systems for embarked EA-18G squadrons aboard 11 aircraft carriers in the Pacific and Atlantic fleets. P-3 Operational Detachments (P-3 OPDET) provides similar maintenance support for forward-deployed P-3C squadrons at overseas locations. Van Operational Detachment provides intermediate-level maintenance logistics support to forward-deployed expeditionary Growler squadrons at overseas locations.
FRCNW also manages the Support Equipment Repair Facility at Naval Station Everett in support of Pacific Northwest carriers.
Fleet Weather Center San Diego, CA, Aviation Forecast Component, Whidbey Island, WA
Duty Observer: 360-257-1296
Fleet Weather Center — San Diego: 360-257-2244
(Phone forwarded to FWC-SD after 9 p.m. local time Monday through Friday and holidays/weekends)
The Fleet Weather Center (FWC) — San Diego, Aviation Forecast Component (FWC-SD AFC Whidbey) Whidbey Island is staffed by civilian contracted forecasters and observers.
FWC-SD Aviation Component Whidbey Island is one of the Navy’s busiest weather facilities, producing an average of 1,200 flight weather briefings (DD-175-1) and daily terminal aerodrome forecasts every month.
In addition to aviation weather services, FWC-SD Aviation Component Whidbey Island, in conjunction with its parent command Fleet Weather Center — San Diego, operates year-round, 24 hours a day to provide local operating area forecasts, weather warnings and resource protection to the Pacific Northwest military community. The command also provides oceanographic data and forecasts to NAS Whidbey Island’s Tactical Support Center in support of Patrol Wing 10’s undersea warfare mission.
The detachment is a collaborative regional research partner with the National Weather Service’s Seattle Forecast Office and the University of Washington’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences and Applied Physics Laboratory.
Current weather information can be viewed via FWC-SD Aviation Component Whidbey Island’s homepage at https://pki.weather.navy.mil/AvWeb/frames.jsp?icao=KNUW.
For 24-hour flight weather briefs, go to the Flight Weather Briefer site at https://fwb.metoc.navy.mil
Hopper Information Services Center Operations Northwest (HISC-ONW)
Located in Haviland Hangar, HISC-ONW (formerly known as Northwest Regional Naval Intelligence Center) delivers responsive, reliable, and adaptable intelligence mission systems, applications, and services in support of sustained global maritime and joint intelligence operations to the Pacific region.
Naval Air Technical Data & Engineering Services Center Detachment Northwest Representatives
At the start of World War II, the Navy realized that the shortage of skilled technicians needed to operate and maintain complicated electronic equipment was crippling the country’s fighting capabilities.
The Bureau of Aeronautics established a pool of highly trained specialists whose services would be available on request wherever and whenever needed. The Airborne Coordinating Group, operating out of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., eventually evolved into the organization known as the Naval Aeronautical Engineering Service Unit (NAESU). NAESU Detachment Whidbey Island was established in 1967 to provide technical support for all aircraft and equipment aboard the air station. For decades they played a major role in support of the A-6, EA-6B and P-3 aircraft, operating locally or deployed aboard carriers and shore facilities throughout the world.
On Oct. 1, 1998, NAESU combined with Naval Air Technical Services Facility to form the Naval Air Technical Data and Engineering Services Command. On Sept. 30, 2011, Naval Air Technical Data and Engineering Services Command transitioned to form the Naval Air Technical Data and Engineering Services Center.
Today, Naval Air Technical Data & Engineering Services Center Detachment Northwest has a significant presence supporting EA-6B, EA-18G, P-3 and EP-3 aircraft. More than 40 civilian technical specialists provide training and technical assistance to 17 squadrons and Fleet Readiness Center Northwest in airframes, power plants, electrical, avionics, corrosion control and ground support equipment. These technical professionals are working to train the maintenance leaders of tomorrow and expand their knowledge to meet the demands of the future.
Naval Criminal Investigative Service
Agency Main Line (NCIS/13): 360-257-3359
Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Resident Agency Whidbey Island, in Building 13 on the Seaplane Base, falls under the NCIS Field Office Northwest in Silverdale, Washington. NCIS is a worldwide federal law enforcement agency that has primary investigative and counterintelligence jurisdiction within the Department of the Navy (DON), including the U.S. Marine Corps, and maintains a presence in every state and country in which DON assets are stationed, visit or operate.
NCIS Resident Agency (NCISRA) Whidbey Island covers Washington’s Island, Skagit, San Juan and Whatcom counties, as well as the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Northwest Territories. NCIS Field Office Northwest also covers all of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Montana, and is actively engaged on Joint Terrorism Task Forces and Joint Narcotics Tasks Forces throughout the area.
NCISRA Whidbey Island consists of five special agents and one investigator, with mission priorities being the prevention of terrorism, protection of technology, research and classified programs, and reduction of crime affecting DON. NCISRA Whidbey Island conducts investigations of felony-level offenses such as murder, sexual assault, child abuse, aggravated assault, theft of high-value government property, identity theft, computer crimes, and narcotics trafficking and use committed by or against Navy and DON civilians. NCIS also assists commands by obtaining details and disposition of cases occurring off base involving DON personnel that are investigated by other civilian law enforcement agencies.
The NCIS fraud mission targets major procurement fraud and allegations of bribery, antitrust, conflict of interest, environmental crimes and cost mischarging, as well as government charge card fraud.
Naval Ocean Processing Facility
Commissioned in July 1987, Naval Ocean Processing Facility (NOPF) Whidbey Island, formerly Naval Facility, Whidbey Island, is at Building 2700 near Cliffside Park.
NOPF’s mission is to conduct continuous Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) surveillance in support of Pacific Fleet objectives. Timely and accurate cueing to tactical forces is provided through acoustic data gathered from fixed and mobile Integrated Undersea Surveillance System assets in support of ASW and MDA efforts as directed by 3rd and 7th fleets.
NOPF Whidbey Island comprises both a Shore and Sea Component with a crew of approximately 400 personnel to include officers, enlisted and civilians. In addition, a complement of Canadian Forces personnel supports the command’s mission.
NOPF’s five Surveillance Towed Array Sensor Systems ships are the USNS Impeccable, USNS Loyal, USNS Victorious, USNS Effective and USNS Able.
Navy College Program
Navy College Office (NCO) oversees the adult education program on board NAS Whidbey Island. NCO is partnered with two on-base colleges, Brandman University and Columbia College, who provide in-seat as well as online courses and degree programs at the associate, bachelor and master’s level.NCO also periodically host other school representatives from colleges that are members of the Navy College Distance Learning Partnership program (NCDLP). There are also two off-base colleges in the City of Oak Harbor. The colleges on board NAS Whidbey Island are open to any adult learner with baseaccess.
The Navy College program, along with their on-base partner colleges and the visiting representatives from our NCDLP partners may be found inside the Naval Operational Support Center, on Midway Street, in Building 2739. The two on-base colleges have full-time staff to assist with your educational needs. To contact one of the on-base partners call, email or visit their website.
Brandman University (part of the Chapman University System)
For schools to be granted access to the installation, they must maintain membership in the Servicemember Opportunity College (SOC) network for their associate and bachelor degree programs, signed the DOD Memorandum of Understanding with applicable Navy and Marine Corps addendums and be listed as a “Participating Institution”on the website: dodmou.com. For full-time sponsorship, the college must also have a regional or base Memorandum of Understanding, be accredited as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and also licensed by Washington State.
Degree programs affiliated with SOC are typically available throughout the Naval and Marine Corps community worldwide, which affords active duty and their adult family members maximum flexibility and guaranteed transferability of college credit from one member institution to another. These schools also award credit and advanced standing in their SOC-affiliated degrees for military training and experience as reflected on the member’s Joint Services Transcript or prior learning experiences. Additionally, these colleges award credit for courses that are challenged through examination as offered through the DANTES testing program, managed by the Navy College Office.
A wide variety of exams are available through the DANTES testing program such as interest and aptitude testing; CLEP and DSST course challenge exams; and the ACT and SAT college entrance exams. Many of these exams are fully funded for active-duty members.
While military spouses, retirees and civilians with base access may also take exams through the DANTES testing program, certain exams are restricted to active-duty members only. When DANTES permits testing of spouses of active duty, retirees and others, it is at their expense and on a space-available basis.
Do you want to test out of college-level subjects? Navy College Office established an on-base National Test Center through partnership with Columbia College. There are approximately 70 college-level subjects that students may test out of, saving both time and money toward completing a college degree. Students attending any college may take these exams through Columbia College and have the results transferred to their school. By taking the CLEP and DSST exams through Columbia College, the student has the advantage of instantaneous scoring for all multiple choice exams. Essay exams take longer since they have to be scored by hand. To arrange for one of these exams, contact Columbia College at 360-279-9030 for details.
Local Program Information: Navy College Office emails a monthly calendar to on-base employees through the base Public Affairs Office. If you would like a monthly calendar to be emailed to your home, send your home address to NCO.WhidbeyIsland@navy.mil with the words “Calendar Request” in the subject line.
Financial Assistance: Tuition funding for active-duty members is by far the most popular element of the many services offered by the Navy College Office. A mandatory orientation class is required before submitting a Tuition Assistance application, and refresher training is required every year thereafter until degree completion. During orientation, students will learn how to research colleges, the various types of accreditation and how to choose a quality program with a school that holds appropriate accreditation for their chosen career. In addition, students will learn about other types of financial assistance available. These sessions are held weekly at 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays. While reservations are not required, students need to arrive a few minutes early, because late arrivals are not accommodated.
Courses while deployed: For those serving in Sea Duty type 2 or 4 commands, and Individual Augmentees (IAs), the Navy College Office also provides NCPACE Orientation Services. NCPACE, or Navy College Program Afloat College Education, is a contracted program owned by the Naval Education and Training Command and overseen by Naval Education Training Professional Development Technology Center through their Navy College Offices worldwide. Certain colleges are contracted in this program, offering college prep, associate, bachelor and master degrees. All tuition is paid out of the NCPACEcontract dollars. The only out-of-pocket expense to the Sailor are the books and if taking a self-contained distance learning course, the kit that provides guidance. This program is uniquely designed to help Sailors who are forward deployed with their educational needs.
NCPACE requires coordination by the participating command. Normally, the Command Education Service Officer is charged with this responsibility. The Command ESO requests NCPACE Orientation Services by calling the primary Navy College Office where home ported. The program is available to ship’s company, submariners and squadron personnel deploying to ships, as well as expeditionary squadrons and IAs. The program may be made available to commands on a year-round basis depending upon their deployable status and desire for the program.
Squadrons interested in taking the NCPACE program on deployment should contact the Navy College Office at the beginning of their work-up cycle to request NCPACE orientation services. This ensures ample time for dealing with logistical concerns and contract requirements. IAs are encouraged to contact the Navy College Office for guidance as soon as they know of their IA status.
Navy Information Operations Command Whidbey Island
Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Whidbey Island is a small but dynamic Echelon IV command that supports the operations of Commander, Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander, Patrol & Reconnaissance Wing 10, as well as Carrier Strike Groups and Amphibious Ready Groups. NIOC’s mission is to execute Commander, 10th Fleet’s tasking for direct support augmentation to naval air and surface forces engaged in information operations worldwide.
Navy Munitions Command CONUS West Division Detachment Whidbey Island
The Navy Munitions Command CONUS West Division Detachment Whidbey Island provides ordnance logistics support and explosives safety training to fleet and tenant activities throughout the region.
The six branches composed of multiple rates and civilian personnel provide storage, maintenance, assembly and issue of ordnance material, weapons support equipment issue and maintenance, ordnance certification and explosives driver and forklift operator training and certification.
The Officer in Charge, Deputy Officer in Charge, Senior Enlisted Advisor, Ammunition Distribution and Control personnel, Supply Petty Officer and Administration Officer are housed in Building 100; Building 423 holds the Ordnance Operations, Torpedo Storage and Issue, Ordnance Transportation, Weapons Support Equipment and Quality Assurance branches.
Navy Operational Support Center Whidbey Island
Navy Operation Support Center (NOSC) Whidbey Island is responsible for the training and administration of Reserve Component Navy personnel assigned to units in the Pacific Northwest.
More than 150 Sailors perform monthly weekend drills in 10 augmentation units. In addition, units routinely drill worldwide on-site with their active component gaining commands. Most drilling Reservists live within the Puget Sound area; however, some travel from Oregon, Utah, Montana, California, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, Maryland and Georgia to support their units.
If mobilized, NOSC Whidbey units will provide trained, experienced and integrated fleet support across the operational spectrum. In peacetime, Selected Reservists support current operations and a variety of exercises using both their military and civilian occupation skills.
NOSC Whidbey Island is located at 1045 W. Midway St. Building 2739, just west of the gas station, and has 24 active-duty and civilian personnel on staff. The building houses offices for Navy College, Brandman University, Columbia College, Navy Reserve Recruiters, and the Regional Security Support Office. The building’s classroom spaces support regular Navy activities during the week and the Navy College Program at night and are managed by base personnel.
Navy Public Affairs Support Element West Detachment Whidbey Island
Navy Public Affairs Support Element (NPASE) Detachment Northwest Sailors are the Public Affairs (PA) first responders for contingency operations worldwide. NPASE West Det. Whidbey provides direct PA support to fleet and regional commanders via a professional media liaison staff and deployable PAteams producing internal and external news products.
Navy Region Northwest Fire & Emergency Services Battalion No. 3
Navy Region Northwest Fire & Emergency Services provide fire protection services to support the Navy mission, among them aircraft rescue firefighting, structural firefighting, emergency medical services including transport, hazardous materials and CBRN response, wildland firefighting and technical rescue. In addition to supporting the Navy mission, Navy Region Northwest Fire & Emergency Services supports local communities on the island through well-exercised mutual aid agreements.
Navy Region Northwest Fire & Emergency Services is a progressive fire service agency that provides 24-hour emergency services to the region and is capable of shipboard, aircraft and structural rescue and fire suppression, emergency medical support, specialized rescue and mitigation of incidents involving hazardous materials or weapons of mass destruction.
The mission of Navy Region Northwest Fire & Emergency Services is to provide programs designed to protect lives and property of the inhabitants and visitors of Navy Region Northwest from the adverse effects of fire, medical emergencies and exposure to hazardous conditions created by either man or nature.
The department’s Fire Prevention Office is responsible for public education and training, code enforcement and fire investigations. To support education and training, the office conducts fire extinguisher classes, trains fire wardens, conducts fire drills and provides education to the base community on the best ways to prevent fires. In their efforts to prevent fires, the office conducts building plan reviews, conducts monthly inspections, issues permits and oversees the readiness of fire suppression systems.
Personnel Support Detachment Whidbey Island
Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) Whidbey Island is a detachment of Navy Pay and the Personnel Support Center of Millington, Tennessee.
Located in Building 2641 (behind the Convergence Zone), PSD services include all pay functions, receipts, transfers, re-enlistments, separations, educational services, personnel accounting, ID Cards/DEERS for military members and their dependents, fleet reserve retirement, travel, transportation, and numerous other services to DOD employees and contractors as well as Navy personnel.
Upon reporting to their ultimate duty station, Sailors will work with their Command PASS Coordinators (CPC) who completes the check-in process by the following workday. If a service member checks-in during the weekend, the CPC will complete the check-in process the working day following arrival. Failure to do so may result in delay of pay entitlements and may cause over-payment/under-payment. Ensure PCS orders are properly endorsed, and all original receipts are included with the Receipts package.
Arrivals after 5:30 p.m. or on weekends should report to the NAS Whidbey Island Command Duty Officer in Building 385 to have their orders endorsed and check in with the command as soon as possible.
PSD hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. PSD ID Cards/DEERS is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Seaplane Base ID Cards/DEERS facility is now in the back of Building 13, which issues ID cards from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. CAC issuance is also available at the Seaplane ID facility from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Contact 360-257-6070 for more information.
Staff Judge Advocate/Region Legal Service Office Northwest
The office of the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA), also known as Region Legal Service Office Northwest, Detachment Whidbey Island, is in Building 243 on Langley Boulevard across from the Navy Exchange Gas Station. The SJA is the primary legal adviser to the commanding officer of NAS Whidbey Island and all other tenant commands on board the installation.
Responsibilities include advice regarding General Court-Martial Convening Authority administrative separation reviews and nonjudicial punishment appeals, the Manual for Courts-Martial and Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Freedom of Information Act requests, Privacy Act requests, release of official information and testimony for litigation purposes, service of process, and JAGMAN investigation reviews. The SJA also provides ethics advice, reviews installation fundraising requests, reviews requests from nonfederal entities and provides advice and training to all departments and tenant commands.
The SJA is also the Special Assistant United States Attorney responsible for prosecuting in federal magistrate court those misdemeanor criminal offenses that occur on board NAS Whidbey Island. The base Traffic Court Magistrate, responsible for adjudicating traffic violations occurring on base, is also within the SJA Office.
Defense Service Office
Active-duty personnel accused of criminal offenses arising under the UCMJ and those being processed for administrative separation from the service should contact the Defense Service Office (DSO) in Bremerton, Washington. Personnel seeking assistance with filing a complaint under Article 1150 ofU.S. Navy Regulations, 1990, Article 138 of the UCMJ should also contact the DSO.
The legal assistance office on board Naval Air Station Whidbey Island provides legal assistance to active-duty service members and their family members, Reservists on active duty for 30 days or more, and to retirees (and their family members) on a variety of topics including:
- Wills and Basic Estate Planning
- Powers of Attorney
- Deployment Readiness
- Consumer Law
- Family Law
- Notary Services
- Military Rights and Benefits
The legal assistance office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call to schedule an appointment to see an attorney. Powers of attorney do not generally require meeting with an attorney and are done on a walk-in basis. Deploying personnel and their dependents can come in on a walk-in basis for will drafting between 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays. Will drafting requires two appointments: an initial consult and a signing ceremony. Please plan to complete your initial consult at least one month prior to leaving the area.
Tactical Support Communications Detachment
This detachment provides Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10 and designated patrol squadrons with tactical and strategic communications, including Electronic Key Management System support for units operating throughout the Northwestern United States and in the Eastern Pacific Region.
Transient Personnel Unit Whidbey Island Detachment
Transient Personnel Unit (TPU) Whidbey Island Detachment provides transient personnel the most expeditious and professional transition possible for future excellence in the Navy and civilian society. TPU serves personnel en route to assignments or pending separation; personnel awaiting transfer or limited duty orders; and personnel pending the end of obligated service and retirement. TPU is in Personnel Support Detachment behind the Convergence Zone in Building 2641, Room 121.