2017
MILITARY RELOCATION
Welcome to Island County
Home of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island
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4Our Military .................................................................................................................4
4History...................................................................................................................4
Cover Photography:
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication
Specialist 3rd Class Joseph Montemarano
5Quick Reference Numbers.................................................................................5
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication
Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington
7Organizations ...................................................................................................7
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10Getting Settled ................................................................................................ 10
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U.S.NAVYPHOTOBYMASSCOMMUNICATIONSPECIALIST2NDCLASSJOHNHETHERINGTON
Our Military
in Island County
NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND
as the Navy's sole center of excellence for
Training Center, Fleet Readiness Center North-
Location
electronic combat warfare training. The base
west, the Center for Naval Aviation Technical
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is in Oak
manages two primary aircraft training fields:
Training Unit, the Naval Ocean Processing
Harbor, Washington, on Whidbey Island.
Ault Field in Oak Harbor and the naval out-
Facility and the Navy Operational Support
Whidbey Island is part of Island County, which
lying landing field (OLF) in Coupeville. The
Center.
is in the northwest corner of Washington state,
installation supports training activities for
about 90 miles north of Seattle. The air sta-
21 home-based squadrons, as well as support
Economic Impact
tion is within close proximity to the San Juan
to hundreds of transient military and civilian
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is the
Islands and the Cascade and Olympic moun-
aircraft operations every year.
largest employer in Island, San Juan, Skagit and
tains as well. Naval Air Station Whidbey Island
The majority of aircraft operations occur at
Whatcom counties, according to an economic
is composed of two bases 5 miles apart: the
Ault Field, a busy multi-mission air field. OLF
impact study by the Island County Economic
Seaplane Base and the air station (also known
Coupeville is primarily used for field carrier
Development Council. In 2011, the air station
as Ault Field).
landing practice. Due to the density and diverse
contributed 6 million dollars in salaries
nature of aircraft operations at Whidbey Island,
Population
to Island County's economy and million
multiple runways are necessary to support
The air station has approximately 7,050 mili-
to Skagit County's. According to the report,
shored-based readiness and total force readiness
tary personnel, 14,000 retirees, 350 reservists,
50 percent of wages in Island County were paid
and to maintain operational access of Whidbey-
14,000 family members, 2,420 civilian and
by the military.
based squadrons.
contract employees, and 50 Canadian forces
Whidbey Island is home to the Electronic
and their families.
HISTORY
Attack Wing and Electronic Attack Weapons
On Jan. 17, 1941, almost 11 months before the
About Naval Air Station Whidbey Island
School, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10,
U.S. entered World War II, the office of the chief
Located in the Puget Sound of Washington
Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 61, and a
of naval operations asked the commandant of
state, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is one
search and rescue unit. Tenant commands at
of the Navy's largest air stations and serves
Whidbey Island include the Aviation Survival
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QUICK REFERENCE NUMBERS
NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND
Al base phone numbers are subject to change. For more information, cal the base operator at 360-257-2211.
American Red Cross ............................................... 877-272-7337
Movie Room and DVD Rentals................................ 877-628-9233
Auto Hobby Shop .................................................... 360-257-2295
Navy Exchange ....................................................... 360-257-0600
Chapel ..................................................................... 360-257-2414
Navy Exchange Fleet Store..................................... 360-257-0503
Child Care
Navy Gold Star Program ......................................... 866-854-0638
Child Development Homes .................................... 360-257-1877
Navy Wounded Warrior -- Safe Harbor ................. 360-315-2645
Clover Child Development Center .......................... 360-257-3302
Outdoor Recreation................................................. 360-257-2432
Regatta Child Development Center........................ 360-257-6572
Paintball, General Quarters .................................... 360-257-2432
School-Age Care ................................................... 360-257-0889
Pools (Partnership with local pool facilities)
Commissary............................................................ 360-257-3318
Fidalgo Pool at Anacortes ...................................... 360-293-0673
DEERS/RAPIDS (ID Card) Office.....................360-257-1390/6770
John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool in Oak Harbor...... 360-675-7665
Dining Facilities
Public Affairs .......................................................... 360-257-2286
Adm. Nimitz Hall Galley ......................................... 360-257-2469
Recreation Areas
Bakerview Restaurant ........................................... 360-257-2505
Costen-Turner Park ............................................... 360-257-2432
Chiefs' Club .......................................................... 360-257-2505
Kegler's Bar & Grill................................................ 360-257-1567
Rocky Point........................................................... 360-257-2432
M.T. McCormick's Officers' Club............................ 360-257-2521
Recreation Center, Convergence Zone................... 360-257-2432
Whidbey Island Catering........................................ 360-257-2852
Recycling................................................................. 360-257-5481
Emergencies
Retired Activities Office.......................................... 360-257-8054
Cellphone.............................................................. 360-257-3333
RV Park, Cliffside .................................................... 360-257-2649
Landline................................................................................. 911
School Liaison Officer ............................................ 360-257-6863
Exceptional Family Member Program.................... 360-257-6289
Skate Park, The Grind............................................. 360-257-3309
Fire Department...................................................... 360-257-2532
Security Police (on Base) ....................................... 360-257-3122
Fitness Center......................................................... 360-257-2420
Space "A" Travel ..................................................... 360-257-2604
Fleet & Family Support Center ............................... 866-854-0638
Sports, NASWI Intramural ...................................... 360-257-4320
Golf Course, Gallery ................................................ 360-257-2178
Suicide Prevention Hotline ..................................... 800-273-8255
Hospital Information............................................... 360-257-9501
Theater, Skywarrior ................................................ 360-257-5537
Housing
TRICARE West ......................................................... 877-988-9378
Housing Service Center......................................... 800-876-7022
Vehicle Storage....................................................... 360-257-2649
Military Housing Maintenance Requests................ 866-616-3267
Veterinary Clinic ..................................................... 360-257-2001
Navy Region Northwest Military Housing ............... 360-679-4241
Wheels & Deals....................................................... 360-257-2432
Unaccompanied Housing....................................... 360-257-2038
Youth Activities Center ........................................... 360-257-3150
Human Resources Office........................................ 360-257-2979
Information, Tickets and Travel ............................. 360-257-2432
NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND ONLINE
Legal Office....................................................360-257-2126/2127
Liberty Northwest Center ....................................... 360-257-3309
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www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrnw/installations/nas_whidbey_island.htmlisland.html
Lodging
Fleet & Family Readiness: http://whidbey.navylifepnw.com
Navy Gateway Inns & Suites.................................. 877-628-9233
Facebook: www.fb.com/NASWhidbeyIsland
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Navy Lodge........................................................... 360-675-0633
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OUR MILITARY
Station Whidbey Island was chosen as the only
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station north of San Francisco and west of Chi-
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cago for this all-type, all-weather Navy field to
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support fleet and Alaska activities.
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Taken out of reduced operating status,
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Whidbey had a new lease on life. Expansion
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and construction accelerated with the Korean
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conflict. Patrol squadrons dominated the base
UNIC
until the end of the 1960s, though heavy attack
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squadrons outnumbered patrol for a time.
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The A-6 Intruder was brought into service
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during the Vietnam War. It served the U.S.
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Navy and Marine Corps as their primary all-
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weather attack aircraft for more than 30 years.
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Whidbey was the West Coast training and opera-
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tions center for these all-weather, medium-attack
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bomber squadrons. In 1966, Attack Squadron
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196 was Whidbey's first squadron slated to
ARA
receive the A-6A. In 1997, VA-196 was Whid-
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bey's last A-6 squadron to retire. The Intruder
saw service in Vietnam, Libya and Desert Storm.
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Catalinas, F4F Wildcats, F6F Hellcats, PV-1
At one time, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island
Venturas and SBD Dauntless dive bombers.
had as many as 125 A-6 aircraft.
the 13th Naval District to find a location for the
However, the station's operations slowed at war's
In the 1970s, the EA-6B Prowler also came
re-arming and refueling of Navy patrol planes
end. It was almost certain the base would be
into prominence at the air station. The EA-6B
operating in defense of Puget Sound, should such
earmarked for decommissioning. Many bases
assumed the primary mission of strike aircraft
defense be necessary. The commanding officer
were closing because they couldn't meet the
and ground troop support. The aircraft's highly
of Naval Air Station Seattle recommended the
requirements of the new Air Navy: 6,000-foot
specialized electronic intelligence receivers
site of Saratoga Passage on the shores of Cres-
runways were the new minimum standard, and
and jamming equipment degraded or destroyed
cent Harbor and Forbes Point as a base suitable
approach paths had to be suitable for radar-
enemy radar and command and control capa-
for seaplane takeoffs and landings under instru-
controlled approaches in any weather.
bility, enabling safe passage of friendly strike
ment conditions. A narrow strip of land tied
In December 1949, the Navy decided that
aircraft. The aircraft was also capable of car-
Oak Harbor to what is now Maylor's Capehart
while Naval Station Seattle, the major prewar
rying the AGM-88 high-speed anti-radiation
Housing. Dredging, filling and running water
naval installation in the Northwest, was suitable
missile. Naval Air Station Whidbey Island was
and power lines to the city were underway when
to train reserve forces and support a moderate
home to the majority of the Navy's Prowler
word came to find a land plane site.
number of aircraft, it could not be expanded as
squadrons, and is now the only base for the
On Dec. 8, workers started a topographic
a major fleet support station. Thus, Naval Air
new EA-18G Growler squadrons. The first
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 sta-
tion. 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
U.S
March 1, 1942.
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On Sept. 21, 1942, Commanding Officer Capt.
YPH
Cyril Thomas Simard read the orders and the
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watch was set. U.S. Naval Air Station Whidbey
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Island was duly commissioned.
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On Sept. 25, 1943, an area 2.5 miles southeast
FFIC
of Coupeville (OLF Coupeville) was approved as
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an auxiliary field to serve Naval Station Seattle.
DCL
Crews surveyed the Rocky Point area in the
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summer of 1943. It became the transmitter and
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machine gun range. Air gunners going to the
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fleet were trained there.
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Throughout the war, the station hosted a
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variety of aircraft for training, including PBY
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Growler arrived on station in 2008. The air-
The school acts as the central repository for
major roles in U.S. combat successes in Bosnia,
borne electronic attack aircraft combines the
all EA-6B and EA-18G tactical matters. The
Afghanistan and Iraq. The P-3C Update III air-
state-of-the-art two-seat, twin-engine F/A-18F
school's staff, composed of approximately
craft can operate alone or in support of many
Block 2 Super Hornet with the EA-6B Improved
40 officers, enlisted personnel and civilians,
different organizations, including carrier battle
Capability III system to provide next-generation
is responsible for providing a graduate-level
groups, amphibious readiness groups, surface
electronic attack capability.
curriculum that prepares EA-6B and EA-18G
action groups and special mission tasking. Its
Today, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is
squadrons for deployment around the world.
missions include undersea warfare, anti-surface
more than just the home of all Navy tactical
Flight-side training support is continually pro-
warfare, mining, reconnaissance, surveillance,
electronic attack squadrons that fly the Growler.
vided to squadrons, locally or deployed.
search and rescue and counter-drug operations.
The air station hosts P-3 Orion maritime patrol
The school is the community manager for
The VQ-1 World Watchers are the fleet air
squadrons, EP-3E Aries fleet reconnaissance
the EA-6B and EA-18G Weapons and Tactics
reconnaissance squadron at Whidbey Island.
squadrons, and a search and rescue unit, which
Program used in the training of Prowler and
VQ-1 flies the EP-3E Aries Sensor Station
flies the MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter. The
Growler aircrew. The school also conducts a
Improvement Program and EP-3E Aries Joint
Common Configuration aircraft, both of which
air station is also the center of activity for naval
semiannual 11-week Prowler tactics instructor
are a modification of the P-3 Orion airframe.
air reserves in the region.
course to qualify new Prowler tactics instructors
for up-to-date fleet support.
The squadron uses this aircraft to conduct intel-
ORGANIZATIONS
ligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mis-
sions worldwide. The combat reconnaissance
ELECTRONIC ATTACK WING
PATROL AND
crews of VQ-1 collect, analyze and exploit sig-
Commander, Electronic Attack Wing, U.S.
RECONNAISSANCE WING 10
nals intelligence and also disseminate any threat
Pacific Fleet and staff provide combat-ready
Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing
warnings directly to U.S. forces afloat and in
electronic attack squadrons to support the
10 maintains operational and administrative
the field.
Commander, Naval Air Forces and combatant
control of all active-duty and reserve P-3 Orion
commander tasking worldwide. As type wing
maritime patrol aviation squadrons (VP) and
FLEET LOGISTICS
commander of all Navy EA-6B Prowler and
EP-3 fleet air reconnaissance squadrons (VQ)
SUPPORT SQUADRON 61
EA-18G Growler fleet squadrons and operational
stationed at Whidbey Island. The wing is also
Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 61 is one
commander of three expeditionary squadrons,
responsible for the training, maintenance and
administrative support of its assigned VP and
of four Navy Reserve C-9B squadrons. The
the commander and staff are engaged in a wide
Islander team is composed of full-time support
VQ squadrons of more than 2,000 personnel. Its
variety of activities ranging from maintenance,
and selected reserve personnel who maintain
training department includes a weapons training
material and operational readiness support to
and operate four C-9B aircraft. The squadron
unit with both VP and VQ weapons training
everyday administrative functions.
provides worldwide, around-the-clock trans-
instructors.
Electronic attack squadrons provide electronic
port of passengers and cargo in support of all
The wing provides operational support and
warfare tactical and technical development
branches of the armed forces.
communication to its squadrons through a
leadership and expertise. Squadrons deploy in
Tactical Support Center that contains the most
support of both East and West Coast air wings
advanced systems in the Pacific Fleet, providing
and aircraft carriers, as well as to various land-
mission planning, briefing and analysis tools for
based joint facilities. Naval Air Station Whidbey
combat aircrews, as well as an extensive com-
Island is home to the majority of the Navy's elec-
munications suite.
tronic attack squadrons flying the EA-6B and
An operational flight trainer provides real-
the EA-18G.
world scenarios for aircrew coordination. Addi-
Electronic attack squadrons at Whidbey
tionally, Wing 10 provides several advanced
include the VAQ-129 Vikings, VAQ-130 Zap-
simulators to train both VP and VQ aircrews as
pers, VAQ-131 Lancers, VAQ-132 Scorpions,
they prepare for deployment around the world.
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VAQ-133 Wizards, VAQ-134 Garudas, VAQ-135
Maritime patrol aviation squadrons at
Black Ravens, VAQ-136 Gauntlets, VAQ-137
Whidbey Island include the VP-1 Screaming
Rooks, VAQ-138 Yellow Jackets, VAQ-139
Eagles, VP-40 Fighting Marlins, VP-46 Grey
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Cougars, VAQ-140 Patriots and VAQ-142 Gray
Knights and VP-69 Totems. Each squadron
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Wolves. The VAQ-141 Shadowhawks are perma-
deploys to sites located in the Western Pacific,
nently forward deployed to the Western Pacific
Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean. The squadrons
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aboard USS George Washington, homeported
operate P-3 aircraft, which can carry a wide
in Japan.
range of weapons, including air-to-surface mis-
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siles and torpedoes. An 11-person combat air-
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ELECTRONIC ATTACK WEAPONS SCHOOL
crew operates these systems, with both officers
ASSC
The Electronic Attack Weapons School pro-
and enlisted personnel who train and fly as a
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vides comprehensive, formal training to EA-6B
unit. Many P-3 aircraft have received extensive
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and EA-18G aircrew and extensive weapons-
mission equipment upgrades under the Air-
related training to EA-6B and EA-18G ordnance
craft Improvement Program. These P-3s have
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and maintenance personnel.
greatly improved capabilities and have played
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From Sea-Tac Airport
Exit Sea-Tac Airport and follow signs to Inter-
U.S.
state 5 north. Take Interstate 5 north approxi-
NAVY 6mately75.6miles.TakeExit230tostateRoute20
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west, and then follow the instructions for "From
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Interstate 5."
MASSC 9From Bellingham International Airport
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Exit Bellingham International Airport to
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Interstate 5 south. Follow Interstate 5 south
ATIO
for 27.6 miles. Take Exit 230 to state Route 20
NSPE 6west, and then follow the instructions for "From
CIAL
Interstate 5."
IST2ND 9From Interstate 5
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Take Exit 230 (Anacortes/Burlington). At the
SJO
light, turn onto state Route 20 west toward Ana-
HNHE 6cortes. Continue down this road until you see
THER
the signs directing you to turn left at the light
INGT
for Oak Harbor and Whidbey Island. Turn left
ON
and continue on state Route 20 up the hill and
across the Deception Pass Bridge. This is a long,
SEARCH AND RESCUE
before departing for Naval Air Station Whidbey
winding and often dark road so drive carefully.
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Search and
Island. Your sponsor will answer any questions
Proceed to the light adjoining Ault Field Road
Rescue is a one-of-a-kind rescue unit. The team
you have about the base and the local area, make
just outside the city of Oak Harbor. To go to the
consists of two MH-60S helicopters, 10 pilots,
lodging/dorm arrangements and meet you upon
main base (Ault Field), turn right. To enter Ault
10 rescue aircrew members, and three search
arrival. Your sponsor will be there to help you
Field's Charles Porter Gate, proceed to the first
and rescue medical technicians. Pilots and air-
and your family until you are settled into your
stoplight, turn right onto Charles Porter Avenue
crew are highly trained in both overwater and
new community.
and proceed through the gate.
mountain rescue, including helicopter rappel,
If you have not been in touch with a sponsor
If you are driving a rental moving truck or
hoist and mountain landing. The team can con-
and your departure is nearing, contact your
pulling a trailer or camper you can only use
duct day or night operations and have night-
future command or call the Fleet and Family
Charles Porter Gate. If you arrive and the gate
vision goggle capability.
Readiness Center at 866-854-0638.
is closed, call 360-257-3893 to have the gate
Search and Rescue's primary mission is to
opened for you.
be the first responder for the aircraft and per-
DRIVING DIRECTIONS
To go to the Pass and Decal office or the main
sonnel stationed at Whidbey Island. They also
Cellphone use by the driver of a moving
gate, proceed to the third stop light, turn right
work closely with local agencies to provide aid
motor vehicle is prohibited on all Department
onto Langley Boulevard and turn right into
to anyone in legitimate danger.
of Defense installations, unless the cellphone is
the parking lot just before Langley Gate, the
used with a hands-free device.
main gate.
ARRIVAL
See the Getting To & Around Island County
U.S
chapter on Page 22 for information about local
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airports, train service and public transporta-
YPHO
tion. The closest commercial flights land at
TOBY
Bellingham International Airport in Seattle,
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about 60 miles from the air station or SeaTac
SSCO
Airport, about 110 miles from the air station.
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The Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle provides service
NICAT
from Sea-Tac Airport to the air station. For more
IONS
information on route schedules and fares, visit
PEC
www.seatacshuttle.com.
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SPONSORSHIP
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Contact your sponsor and advise them of your
SJOS
estimated arrival time and flight information if
EPHM
applicable prior to your arrival at Naval Air Sta-
ONT
tion Whidbey Island.
EMA
Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process.
RANO
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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 stop-
ETHERINGTON
light before entering Oak Harbor. Turn right
onto Heller Road, and continue until it turns
into Ault Field Road.
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To go to the Pass and Decal office or the main
NDC
gate, turn left at the first light onto Langley Bou-
levard and turn right into the parking lot just
PECIALIST2
before Langley Gate, the main gate.
To go to the Charles Porter Gate, proceed
to the third light, turn left onto Charles Porter
UNICATIONSM
Avenue and proceed through the gate.
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To go to the Seaplane Base (where the Navy
ASSCM
Lodge is located), stay on state Route 20 as you
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DOCUMENTS TO CARRY
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FOR IN-PROCESSING
� Several copies of your orders.
come into town. State Route 20 turns left at the
straight on this road. It will turn into Pioneer
� Certified copies of birth certificates, adop-
third stoplight, but do not turn left. Continue
Way and leads straight into the Seaplane Base's
tion papers, naturalization papers, marriage
straight on this road. It will turn into Pioneer
Maui Gate.
license, divorce papers, etc.
Way and leads straight into the Seaplane Base's
Traveling Tips
Maui Gate.
� Copy of advanced pay or allowance paperwork.
Ferry sailings can be canceled at any time due
� Al moving paperwork including TMO informa-
From the Olympic Peninsula via
to inclement weather, low tides or mechanical
tion, self-move paperwork and al receipts
the Port Townsend/Coupeville Ferry
issues. In addition, wait times can be long on
associated with moving.
From the Coupeville ferry landing, turn left
holidays and weekends. Visit the ferry website
� Employment records or resume of civilian
on Engle Road. Stay left on Engle Road (about
to verify the schedule and check wait times
family members.
4 miles) until you come to state Route 20 in
before traveling. It is strongly recommended
� Medical/dental records of your entire family
Coupeville. Take a left at the light and continue
you make reservations in advance to guarantee
from your previous duty station.
north to Oak Harbor.
a spot on the Port Townsend/Coupeville ferry
To go to the main base (Ault Field), turn left
(80 percent of the ferry capacity is by reservation
� Immunization records for al children, active-
onto Swantown Road, which is the first stop-
only, which leaves 20 percent for nonreserva-
duty members and pets.
light before entering Oak Harbor. Turn right
tion vehicles). Reservations can be made via the
� School records/transcripts for children and
onto Heller Road, and continue until it turns
website (www.wsdot.com/ferries) or by calling
adults.
into Ault Field Road.
206-464-6400 or 888-808-7977.
� Copies of al insurance policies.
To go to the Pass and Decal office or the main
For late night arrivals to Ault Field, you will
� Copies of occupational licenses as wel as
gate, turn left at the first light onto Langley Bou-
need to utilize the Langley Gate, which is the
certifications.
levard and turn right into the parking lot just
only gate open 24/7. For late night arrivals to
� Purchase agreements for vehicles, showing
before Langley Gate, the main gate.
the Seaplane Base, you will need to utilize the
state sales tax paid.
To go to the Charles Porter Gate, proceed
Torpedo Gate, which is the only gate open 24/7.
� Vehicle registration and title.
to the third light, turn left onto Charles Porter
� Household goods inventory.
Avenue and proceed through the gate.
CHECK-IN PROCEDURES
� Letters of credits from utility companies.
To go to the Seaplane Base (where the Navy
Newly arriving personnel must check in
� Copies of federal income tax forms.
Lodge is located), stay on state Route 20 as you
with the station officer of the deck at the base
come into town. State Route 20 turns left at the
quarterdeck in Building 385. The quarterdeck
� Copies of recent leave and earnings statement.
third stoplight but do not turn left. Continue
is open 24/7. Personnel attached to air station
http://www.marcoa.comwww.marcoa.com
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OUR MILITARY
GETTING SETTLED
HEALTH CARE
Naval Hospital Oak Harbor
3475 N. Saratoga St.
Appointments.............................. 800-404-4506
Information Desk ........................ 360-257-9501
Pharmacy..................................... 360-257-9707
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Refill Service......................360-257-9701/9705
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www.med.navy.mil/sites/nhohwww.med.navy.mil/sites/nhoh
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Naval Hospital Oak Harbor is on Naval
HOTO
Air Station Whidbey Island. The hospital is a
BYP
TRICARE Prime facility that serves active-duty
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members, their family members, eligible retired
OFF
military personnel and their families. Normal
ICER2 5business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday
NDC
through Friday, though hours vary for different
LASS
services and clinics; visit the hospital's website
JOH
for more information.
NHE
Ambulatory services include deployment
THER
health, family medicine, flight medicine,
INGT
labor and delivery, mental health, pediatrics,
ON
OB-GYN services, optometry, orthopedics, a
pharmacy, physical therapy, preventive medi-
commands will then be instructed to report to
30 days in advance. Check-in time is 3 p.m.
cine, radiology, and a substance abuse and reha-
the admin office, topside in Building 385.
Checkout time is 11 a.m.
bilitation program.
Indoctrination briefings are usually con-
The NEX Mini-Mart, galley, fitness center,
Dental care services are available to active-
ducted the first full week of each month on
Convergence Zone and officers' club are within
duty military only. Family members of
Tuesday and Wednesday at the CPO Club
walking distance of NGIS. NGIS offers stan-
active-duty personnel are encouraged to use
and are open for family members to attend.
dard rooms and suites; some suites offer kitch-
the TRICARE Dental Program. Information
Spouses may also get information about the
enettes. Amenities include flat-screen TVs with
about the TRICARE Dental Program can be
Navy lifestyle and Whidbey Island programs
cable, free Wi-Fi, complimentary snacks, irons
obtained by calling 855-638-8371 or visiting
at the Fleet and Family Support Center's New
and ironing boards, laundry services, clock
www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/Dental/TDP.aspxwww.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/Dental/
Spouse Orientation workshop, which is held
radios, coffeemakers, hairdryers, microwaves
www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/Dental/TDP.aspxTDP.aspx.
once a quarter.
and refrigerators. All rooms are nonsmoking.
Personnel checking in to a tenant command
Pet-friendly rooms may be available. For more
TRICARE
or squadron should report to their respective
information on pet accommodations and current
TRICARE is the health care program for
duty office. If the command is deployed, check
room rates, visit the NGIS website.
active duty and retirees of the uniformed ser-
in with the officer of the deck at the base quar-
vices, their families and survivors. TRICARE's
Navy Lodge
terdeck in Building 385 to be referred to the
primary objectives are to optimize the delivery
760 Coral Sea Drive.................... 360-675-0633
correct administrative wing for in-processing.
of health care services in the military's direct
www.navy-lodge.com/lodge_page.html?p_lodge_number=38www.navy-lodge.com/lodge_page.
care system for all military health system
TEMPORARY LODGING
www.navy-lodge.com/lodge_page.html?p_lodge_number=38html?p_lodge_number=38
Open 24/7
A maximum of 10 days of temporary lodging
The Navy Lodge, on the Seaplane Base, pro-
expense is authorized for each PCS to this area.
vides safe, comfortable and clean accommoda-
It is in your best interest to make temporary
U.S
tions for military members and their families
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lodging arrangements as soon as possible due to
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who are being assigned to Naval Air Station
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seasonal tourist events and limited availability.
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Whidbey Island. Reservations can be made up
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Navy Gateway Inns & Suites
to one year in advance with orders.
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1175 W. Midway St., Building 973
The Navy Lodge is within walking distance
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................................................. 877-628-9233
of the main Navy Exchange, the commissary
FFIC
http://ngis.dodlodging.net/propertys/Whidbey-Island-NAShttp://ngis.dodlodging.net/propertys/
and downtown Oak Harbor. Amenities include
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http://ngis.dodlodging.net/propertys/Whidbey-Island-NASWhidbey-Island-NAS-
breakfast to-go, flat-screen TVs with cable, DVD
DCL
Open 24/7
players, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, cof-
ASSJ
Navy Gateway Inns & Suites, at Ault Field,
feemakers, microwave ovens, refrigerators, cribs
OHNH
provides safe, comfortable and clean accommo-
and roll-away beds. All rooms are nonsmoking.
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dations for military members and their families
Pet-friendly rooms may be available. For more
ERIN
who are being assigned to Naval Air Station
information on pet accommodations and current
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Whidbey Island. Reservations may be made
room rates, visit the Navy Lodge website.
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beneficiaries and attain the highest level of
� Learn your new region's prior authorization
privatized housing community, visit the Navy
patient satisfaction through the delivery of a
requirements as these requirements may
Region Northwest Family Housing website.
world-class health care benefit.
differ by region.
TRICARE coverage is completely portable
For a complete description of the different
MAIL
so it moves with you when you relocate. The
types of coverage programs and regions, please
Post Office and Navy Official Mail Office
TRICARE Prime options include TRICARE
visit www.tricare.mil.
1080 W. Lexington St., Building 100
Prime and TRICARE Prime Remote in the
................................................. 360-257-2424
United States, and TRICARE Prime Overseas
HOUSING
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday
and TRICARE Global Remote Overseas in
Housing Service Center
The post office provides postal services
regions outside of the United States.
3675 W. Lexington St., Building 2556
(stamps, money orders, mailings, etc.) for per-
sonal or business use. The Navy Official Mail
Follow these simple steps to ensure you have
................................................. 800-876-7022
Office is where customers pick up their personal
no break in coverage when you move:
http://whidbey.navylifepnw.com/housing/housing-service-centerhttp://whidbey.navylifepnw.com/housing/
accountable mail on board the air station.
� Do not cancel your TRICARE Prime enroll-
http://whidbey.navylifepnw.com/housing/housing-service-centerhousing-service-center
Use the following address for forwarding mail
ment option before you move.
7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
en route:
� Update your personal information in the
Navy Region Northwest Housing Service
3730 N. Charles Porter, Building 385
Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting
Centers are ready to support you in the transi-
Oak Harbor, WA 98278
System (DEERS) immediately when you
tion to your new home and community. Use the
resources provided to become familiar with the
arrive at your new location.
housing options and support services available
PETS
� Select a new primary care manager (PCM)
to you. When you arrive at Naval Air Station
Veterinary Services
when moving within the same region, or
Whidbey Island, visit the center to receive
260 W. Pioneer Way, Building 13
submit a new Prime enrollment form
invaluable information, counseling and guid-
................................................. 360-257-2001
within 30 days if you're moving to a new
ance prior to entering into a written lease or
8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday,
region.
rental/sales contract for housing.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon
Where you are moving will determine which
and 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday
Unaccompanied Housing
Prime option you will enroll in. If you move to a
The Veterinary Treatment Facility offers
Navy Gateway Inns & Suites
services such as vaccines, wellness exams,
new Prime service area, transfer your enrollment
1175 W. Midway St., Building 973
microchipping and health certificates to pets
by submitting a TRICARE Prime Enrollment
................................................. 360-257-2038
of military families. Due to limited resources,
and PCM Change Form to your regional con-
http://whidbey.navylifepnw.com/programs/a9231be1-2f2f-4b6a-8988-71f71b65d5achttp://whidbey.navylifepnw.com/programs/
most veterinary emergency cases are best
tractor. Be sure to include all family members
http://whidbey.navylifepnw.com/programs/a9231be1-2f2f-4b6a-8988-71f71b65d5aca9231be1-2f2f-4b6a-8988-71f71b65d5ac
served through a full-service civilian veteri-
who wish to use Prime on the form.
Unaccompanied housing permanent party per-
nary hospital.
TRICARE Standard and Extra are available
sonnel check in at Navy Gateway Inns & Suites
Personnel residing on Naval Air Station
to family members only. Active-duty service
front desk. Unaccompanied housing is provided
Whidbey Island must register pets with the Vet-
members are required to enroll in one of the
for unaccompanied sailors in the pay grades of
erinary Treatment Facility upon arrival. Military
Prime options. TRICARE Standard and Extra
E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than four years of
Continued on Page 14
are available throughout the United States, and
service. Single sea duty sailors in pay grades E-4
enrollment is not required. Any active-duty
with more than four years of service and single
family member who is registered in DEERS
E-1 to E-4 sailors on shore duty may request
may use these programs by seeing any network
to live the community and be authorized BAH
when unaccompanied housing has reached full
or non-network provider that is authorized by
utilization of 95 percent occupancy. Instructions
TRICARE.
on how to request BAH is available at the front
If you're already using TRICARE Standard
desk upon request.
and Extra, moving is easy. When you arrive
ETHERINGTON
at your new location, update your personal
Navy Region Northwest Family Housing
information in DEERS immediately. Then find
Whidbey Island Neighborhood
LASSJOHNH
Management Office ................. 360-679-4241
TRICARE-authorized providers in your
NDC
www.northwestmilitaryhousing.comwww.northwestmilitaryhousing.com
new area.
At Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, mili-
Here are a few things to remember about using
tary family housing is privatized. In addition to
PECIALIST2
TRICARE Standard and Extra in a new region:
your option to purchase and rent housing in the
� In the U.S., visit your new regional con-
local community, you may now choose to live
UNICATIONS
tractor's website for a list of providers.
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in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease
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Remember, if you see network providers,
agreement with Hunt Military Communities,
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you'll be using the Extra option and pay
which owns the family housing and is respon-
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lower copayments.
sible for maintaining, repairing, constructing
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� If you move to a new region, you'll have
and managing the community.
a new claims address for submitting your
For comprehensive information about homes
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TRICARE claims.
and amenities available in the Whidbey Island
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http://www.marcoa.comwww.marcoa.com
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OUR MILITARY
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-naswww.brandman.edu/whidbey-island-nas
U.S
Columbia College, Room 117..... 360-279-9030
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www.ccis.edu/nationwide/main.aspx?whidbeywww.ccis.edu/nationwide/main.
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www.ccis.edu/nationwide/main.aspx?whidbeyaspx?whidbey
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College-level exams such as the CLEP and
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DSST are available through the air station's
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National Test Center, operated by Columbia
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College. Exams are computer-based and are
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still free to active-duty members. Others with
DCL
base access may take these exams for a fee. In
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addition, the Navy College Office hosts peri-
ALEB
odic visits from several Navy Distance Learning
COO
Partner schools who meet with interested stu-
PER
dents in the Resource Center (Building 2739,
Room 141).
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All privately owned vehicles on the air station
Columbia College and Brandman University
housing allows some pets with certain restric-
must be insured, and a current license plate is
offer a number of degree programs with the flex-
tions. For more information on Navy Region
ibility of evening and online courses. Visit their
required. Washington state traffic laws apply
Northwest Family Housing's pet policy, visit
websites for more information on the programs
on base; see the Getting To & Around Island
www.northwestmilitaryhousing.comwww.northwestmilitaryhousing.com.
they offer at the air station.
County chapter on Page 22 for more informa-
Personnel living off the air station must have
tion. All vehicles entering or leaving base are
pets licensed by the respective city where they
FAMILY SUPPORT
subject to search.
reside. Washington state and local areas have
Child Development Centers
specific rules governing certain breeds of ani-
365 W. Clover St., Building 2679
SERVING YOU
mals, such as pit bull terriers. Check the animal
................................................. 360-257-3302
control department where you plan to reside for
DINING
220 NE Regatta Drive, Building 2938
current rules and regulations.
For hours of operation, menus and spe-
................................................. 360-257-6572
http://whidbey.navylifepnw.comcial event information, visit http://whidbey.
http://whidbey.navylifepnw.com/child-youth/child-carehttp://whidbey.navylifepnw.com/child-youth/
RELIGIOUS GUIDANCE
http://whidbey.navylifepnw.comnavylifepnw.com and click on selections under
http://whidbey.navylifepnw.com/child-youth/child-carechild-care
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Chapel
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday
the "Food & Drink" tab.
1155 W. Intruder St., Building 960
Child Development Centers offer weekly care
.................................................. 360-257-2414
Adm. Nimitz Hall Galley
for children 6 weeks to 5 years old, and hourly
The chapel staff and religious ministry teams
1040 W. Intruder St., Building 382
care is available on a space-available basis with
provide spiritual support for a variety of faiths.
................................................ 360-257-2469
reservations. The centers are based on the devel-
Open Christian worship, Roman Catholic Mass
opmental program model, which focuses on play
Bakerview Restaurant
and Jewish Shabbat services are available. Pas-
and its importance in a child's learning process.
1080 W. Ault Field Road, Building 138
toral services include counseling, marriage
The centers strive to meet each child's social,
preparation and relationship enhancement pro-
................................................. 360-257-2505
grams. All counseling sessions are covered by
Chiefs' Club
privileged communication.
1080 W. Ault Field Road, Building 138
................................................. 360-257-2505
VEHICLE REGISTRATION
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The Pass and ID office will no longer issue
Kegler's Bar & Grill
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vehicle decals; however, you will still need to
(at the Convergence Zone)
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register your vehicle with them in order to drive
3535 N. Princeton St., Building 2510
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it on base. To register your vehicle at Naval Air
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................................................. 360-257-1567
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Station Whidbey Island you will need proof of
LA A
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M.T. McCormick's Officers' Club
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insurance, vehicle registration, a valid military
C C
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(Closed for renovations until spring 2017)
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ID card and a driver's license. The Pass and ID
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BC UNOI
office is located to the right of the Langley gate
1185 W. Midway St., Building 962
O C
P A
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and operates under a first-come, first-serve basis.
................................................. 360-257-2521
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the demands of military life. Programs and ser-
vices include individual, marriage and family
counseling; individual resume assistance; finan-
cial counseling; relocation assistance; deploy-
ment and mobilization support; and a variety
of life skills classes, like stress and anger man-
agement, parenting, communication, conflict
resolution and more.
Exceptional Family Member Program
3675 W. Lexington St., Building 2556
................................................. 360-257-6289
http://whidbey.navylifepnw.comhttp://whidbey.navylifepnw.com
This program provides special-needs families
OOPER
with information and referral services.
ALEBC
School Liaison
LASSC
3675 W. Lexington St., Building 2556
RDC
................................................. 360-257-6863
http://whidbey.navylifepnw.comhttp://whidbey.navylifepnw.com
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The School Liaison office is the connection
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between Naval Air Station Whidbey Island fam-
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ilies and private and public schools. The office
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provides support to service members during all
stages of transition and deployment to ensure
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children receive every opportunity for quality
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education. Call to make an appointment for a
consultation.
emotional and intellectual needs to instill in
Fleet & Family Support Center
each child a feeling of competence and positive
3675 W. Lexington St., Building 2556
Youth Activities Center
self-concept.
................................................ 866-854-0638
54 Wake Ave., Building 2874 ..... 360-257-3150
Children of active-duty military personnel,
http://whidbey.navylifepnw.com/support-programs/fleet-family-support-centerhttp://whidbey.navylifepnw.com/
http://whidbey.navylifepnw.com/child-youthhttp://whidbey.navylifepnw.com/child-youth
DOD civilian personnel, reservists on active
http://whidbey.navylifepnw.com/support-programs/fleet-family-support-centersupport-programs/fleet-family-support-center
The youth center is open to eligible family
duty and DOD contractors are eligible. Fees
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday,
members 12 to 18 years old in grades seven
are based on total family income. To register
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday
through 12th. Memberships for open recreation
your child, visit www.militarychildcare.com.
As a gateway to the resources you need, the
are free and registration is taken directly at the
Once you are accepted to a facility, you will be
Fleet & Family Support Center provides infor-
facility. Some fees will apply for field trips and
required to submit a current leave and earnings
mation, support and services to help you balance
special events. Kids can participate in activities
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-youthhttp://whidbey.navylifepnw.com/child-youth
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Child Development Homes provide an alterna-
tive to child development center care for families
that prefer a more home-like child care option.
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Providers may also offer more flexibility in
ALEBC
their services, with part-time, hourly, evening,
weekend and deployment care. Homes are
LASSC
RDC
required to meet Navy child care guidelines and
many of the homes are also licensed by the state
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of Washington. Providers offer developmental
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programs and receive training and home visits
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on a monthly basis.
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For information on child registration or
becoming a Child Development Home provider,
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vis