NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND

Arrival

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Whidbey Island Arrival

 

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.

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