Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island is a top-ranking naval aviation base which is located about 90 miles north of Seattle on the Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Washington. This facility is nearby the Cascade and Olympic mountains and the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest, where this is the sole naval aviation facility. Also referred to as NASWI, Whidbey Island Navy Base is committed to providing the best quality facilities, products and services for the aviation community, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Navy.

NAS Whidbey Island Navy Base is considered an outdoor haven, which comprises of two facilities into one; the Ault Field (Naval Air Station) to the north of Oak Harbor and the Seaplane base and about five miles apart. Ault Field is the core section of the Navy Base, while the Seaplane base is the station that holds the housing facilities, DeCA commissary, and Navy Exchange. NAS Whidbey Island also houses a satellite airfield command, Naval Outlying Landing Field (NOLF) Coupeville, which is ten miles south of the main base.

Although the Naval Air Station is mainly used in Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) for carrier-based jets, it has been involved in jet noise complaints resulting from the NOLF base operation.

Cost of Living: Whidbey Island Air Navy Station, is a somewhat livable place, scoring 69 livability points, ranking number 489 in Washington, and 20,185 in the USA, with a cost of living that is 4.3% less than the Washington average, but 7.6% greater than the national cost of living average.

Automated Telephone Attendant Number: Base Operator phone number is (360) 257-2211, DSN: (312) 820-2211. Public Affairs Office, phone (360) 257-2286. Jet Noise Complaints can be reported calling the comments line at (360) 257-6665, or via e-mail to [email protected]

Base Population: NAS Whidbey Island Navy Base population is made of 7,050 military personnel, over 350 reservists, 2,420 contract employees and civilians, 14,000 family members, and more than 50 Canadian Forces and their family members.

City/Area Population: In 2000, the Census Office reported 58,211 islanders living in Whidbey Island, from whom approximately 29,000 people lived in the island rural areas.

Child Development Centers: NAS Whidbey Island Navy Base has two Child Development Centers and Child Day Care service for kids aged six weeks to pre-kindergarten, but there are other center-based and home based education services for children, besides public schools at Oak Harbor Public School District.

Youth Programs: There is a variety of youth and teens educational and recreational programs for children 6 to 17/18 years, including summertime camps

Family Readiness Center: NAS Whidbey Island Family Readiness Center and family support services are provided by FFSC (Fleet and Family Support Center) at (360) 257-6289, DSN: 312-820-6289.

Employment: NAS Whidbey Island Navy Base is situated in a mainly rural and yet isolated region, where on post and off post employment opportunities are scarce. Nonetheless, there is a Family Employment Readiness Program at the Fleet and Family Support Center at this station. Further information can be obtained dialing toll free 1 (866) 854-0638.

Base Services: NAS Whidbey Island has most of the services required for quality living on post, above the average of the rural area.

History: NAS Whidbey Island Navy Base was established in 1942, having Captain Cyril Thomas Simard reading the orders that placed this field under the operation of the U.S Navy, which has been in command since. World War II found the base providing top training in aircraft and engines that participated in the conflict. When the war was over, activities in the base slowed down, but the Korean War and further military conflicts throughout the years contributed to keeping the base as a leading station in the Pacific region.

Units: NAS Whidbey Island Navy Base has no permanently assigned personnel, nor units or troops stationed here.

Housing: The NAS Whidbey Island Housing Service was converted into a Public Private Venture, being offered as optional choice. The NAS has more than 1,500 housing units, with two housing areas located on post. All the other units are located on government property across the island next to both of the Whidbey Island bases. Upon reception of a housing request, the waiting time for assignation varies upon availability and number of bedrooms required. NAS Whidbey Island has a Housing Service Center at (360) 257-3331, while availability on the privatized area is provided by Forest City Residential, phone (360) 679-4241.

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100411-N-9860Y-002 OAK HARBOR, Wash. (April 11, 2010) Runners exit through Maui Gate at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island Seaplane Base during the 9th Annual Whidbey Island Marathon/Half-Marathon. Approximately 1800 people participated in the Oak Harbor-sponsored event. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tucker M. Yates/Released)

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