Naval Air Station
3730 N Charles Porter Ave, Oak Harbor, WA 98278
NAS Whidbey is the largest naval installation in the Pacific Northwest and is actually composed of two bases five miles apart: the original Seaplane Base on the eastern shore of Whidbey Island and Ault Field, on the island’s western shore, looking out at the magnificent Olympic Mountains and the San Juan Islands.
Whidbey Island is 64 miles long and the largest island in the continental United States. Here you will find abundant recreation possibilities, from boating, hiking and biking to hunting and fishing.
The air station has consecutively over the last five years ranked among the top three naval installations worldwide in the annual Commander in Chief Installation Excellence Award.
As the sole naval aviation support in the Pacific Northwest, we provide the highest quality facilities, services and products to the naval aviation community and all organizations utilizing Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
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.
Lake Ozette, Indian Island, Keystone Harbor, Penn Cove and Oak Harbor were considered and later rejected because of mountainous terrain, bluff shorefront, inaccessibility, absence of sufficient beaches and lee shores.
There are over over 7,600 military men and women who are assigned to the largest naval installation in the Pacific Northwest.
Newly arriving personnel reporting to NASWI must check-in with the station Officer of the Deck (OOD), 360-257-2631 at the base quarterdeck in Building 385. The quarterdeck is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Personnel attached to NAS commands will then be instructed to report to the NAS Admin Office, topside in Building 385.
Base-wide indoctrination briefings are held monthly and are open for family members to attend. Another opportunity for spouses to get in-depth information about the Navy lifestyle and NASWI programs is to attend the Fleet and Family Support Center’s New Spouse Orientation workshop which is held once a quarter. For more information or to sign up for the next class, please call 360-257-NAVY (6289).
Tenant Command or Squadron
Those 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 OOD at the base quarterdeck in Building 385 to be referred to the correct administrative wing for in-processing. For a list of tenant commands and squadrons to include duty phone numbers, please visit the Major Unit Listings tab.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
In 2010, Washington along with the majority of other states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org
Island County School District
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.
Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Island County Department of Human Resources 360-679-7372
Helps families live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.
Island County Children Services 360-429-2993
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
Island County Animal Services 360-678-8900
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
Island County Dept of Public Health 360-679-7350
Highway Patrol 360-675-0710
Base Operator 360-257-2211
ID/CAC Card Processing 360-257-1102
Legal Services and JAG 360-257-2126
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s government housing has been converted to Public Private Venture and is optional. There are currently over 1,500 housing units available. Maylor Point and Forbes Point Housing are the only housing areas located onboard the installation on the Seaplane Base. All other housing areas are located on government property with the majority located just outside the Seaplane Base. Whidbey Apartments are located just outside the main base. Wait times vary according to bedroom entitlement and availability of units within each zoned area. Call the Housing Services Center, at 360-257-3331, for availability. Hunt Companies, Inc. is our privatized partner and can be reached at 360-679-4241.
4.3 miles from Base
Fairway point is a very family and dog friendly neighborhood. Lots of military and non military families. The schools are very good also.
11.9 miles from Base
Skyline living is all about views and proximity to the water. Living within the Skyline Community of Anacortes allows residents access to two beautiful clubhouses – one cabana on the ocean. In addition, the planned community of Skyline has a marina for boats, multiple green spaces, and a private sandy beach! Active residents will enjoy easy access to Anacortes trails nearby!
In Oak Harbor, the summers are comfortable, dry, and partly cloudy and the winters are very cold, wet, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 37°F to 70°F and is rarely below 26°F or above 78°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Oak Harbor for warm-weather activities is from mid July to late August.
In Oak Harbor, WA, the overall cost of living index is 112, which is 3% lower than the Washington average and 12% higher than the U.S. average.
As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Oak Harbor, WA, the city’s goods and services are 5% higher than the Washington average and 11% higher than the U.S. average.
Welcome to Whidbey Island, the largest island in Washington state and one of the nine Puget Sound islands that make up the county. Camano Island is the second-largest island inside the county line, followed by the smaller Baby, Ben Ure, Deception, Kalamut, Minor, Smith and Strawberry islands. The county is more liquid than solid: 309 square miles of water vs. 208 square miles of land, says the U.S. Census. By land area, it’s Washington’s next-to-smallest county, eclipsing only San Juan County, a similar island fastness to the north, but one having only 174 square miles of land.
A few annual events include the Island Shakespeare Festival, the Tour de Whidbey bike race, September’s Whidbey Island Kite Festival, and Langley’s Mystery Weekend, for which the town of Langley transforms itself into the setting for a fictional murder mystery romp.
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