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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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Whidbey Island are not necessarily the official views
of, or endorsed by, the Department of Defense, the
14Serving You..................................................................................................... 14
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18Welcome ......................................................................................................................18
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22Getting To & Around ............................................................................................22
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26Housing & Real Estate........................................................................................26
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32Employment & Economy....................................................................................32
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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
www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrnw/installations/nas_whidbey_island.htmlOfficial site: www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrnw/installations/nas_whidbey_
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
ASSC
and construction accelerated with the Korean
OMM
conflict. Patrol squadrons dominated the base
UNIC
until the end of the 1960s, though heavy attack
ATIO
squadrons outnumbered patrol for a time.
NSPE
The A-6 Intruder was brought into service
CIALI
during the Vietnam War. It served the U.S.
ST3R
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-
OSEP
tions center for these all-weather, medium-attack
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bomber squadrons. In 1966, Attack Squadron
NTEM
196 was Whidbey's first squadron slated to
ARA
receive the A-6A. In 1997, VA-196 was Whid-
NO
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
OTOBY
watch was set. U.S. Naval Air Station Whidbey
PE
Island was duly commissioned.
TTYO
On Sept. 25, 1943, an area 2.5 miles southeast
FFIC
of Coupeville (OLF Coupeville) was approved as
ER2N
an auxiliary field to serve Naval Station Seattle.
DCL
Crews surveyed the Rocky Point area in the
ASSJ
summer of 1943. It became the transmitter and
OHNH
machine gun range. Air gunners going to the
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fleet were trained there.
ERIN
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
PECIALIST2
aboard USS George Washington, homeported
operate P-3 aircraft, which can carry a wide
in Japan.
range of weapons, including air-to-surface mis-
UNICATIONS
siles and torpedoes. An 11-person combat air-
MOM
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
M
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
TOBY
Interstate 5."
MASSC 9From Bellingham International Airport
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Exit Bellingham International Airport to
UNIC
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
CLAS
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
.NAV
airports, train service and public transporta-
YPHO
tion. The closest commercial flights land at
TOBY
Bellingham International Airport in Seattle,
MA
about 60 miles from the air station or SeaTac
SSCO
Airport, about 110 miles from the air station.
MMU
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.
IALIST3RD
SPONSORSHIP
CLAS
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
Don't PCS without talking to your sponsor
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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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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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Naval Hospital Oak Harbor is on Naval
HOTO
Air Station Whidbey Island. The hospital is a
BYP
TRICARE Prime facility that serves active-duty
ETTY
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
TTYO
................................................. 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.
ETH
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
GTON
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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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
ASSC
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)
E A
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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
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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
FFICER3
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
HOTOBY
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.
OOPER
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
FFICER3
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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visit the website.
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such as foosball, video games, air hockey, pool,
http://whidbey.navylifepnw.comvisit Fleet and Family Readiness online at http://
active-duty personnel and family members swim
team sports or online computer access. Children
http://whidbey.navylifepnw.comwhidbey.navylifepnw.com.
for free and retirees swim at a reduced rate.
can explore individual interests by becoming
Auto Hobby Shop
Gallery Golf Course
involved with special interest groups, like art
3455 N. Princeton St., Building 2549
3065 N. Cowpens Road .............. 360-257-2178
clubs, career clubs and community volunteering.
................................................. 360-257-2295
The 18-hole, award-winning course boasts
Children can also head out of town on trips to
Noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat-
spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains.
places like Gameworks in Seattle, local water
urday and Sunday
The course overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca
parks and area malls. The center hosts special
Overhaul on your own time. The Auto Hobby
and Vancouver Island. You can reserve your tee
events as well, like talent shows, lock-ins and
Shop offers most equipment needed to main-
time online for expedited check-in. A pro shop,
dances.
tain and repair your vehicle. Services include
lessons and clinics are also available.
School-Age Care offers before- and after-
lift stalls for cars and motorbikes, tool issue,
school care as well as holiday and summer
General Quarters Paintball
computer diagnostics, instructional booklets
3535 N. Princeton St., Building 2510
camps for children 5 to 12 years old.
and more.
................................................. 360-257-2432
Hours vary for different programs; see the
October through March: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
website for more information.
Convergence Zone Recreation Center
3535 N. Princeton St., Building 2510
Saturday
LEGAL SERVICES
................................................. 360-257-2432
April through September: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
Legal Office
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday,
Adrenaline, strategy, skill and speed combine
Building 243.......................360-257-2126/2127
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.
for exhilarating thrills on two separate fields.
7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday
to 6 p.m. Sunday
On the speedball field, enjoy high-energy action,
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's branch
The Convergence Zone is truly a place where
ducking behind a series of inflatable bunkers
of the Region Naval Legal Service Office pro-
a range of interests, an array of people and a
on a 190-by-115-foot field. The ever-evolving
vides a variety of legal services. Services include
variety of entertainment come together. It offers
woods ball field encourages scenario play with
assistance with powers of attorney, notary
12 lanes of bowling, gear rental, an indoor
its own unique set of natural foxholes, hideaways
services, wills and estate planning, advance
playground, a toddler play area, billiards, air
and fortresses.
medical directives, military rights and benefits,
hockey, foosball, pingpong, shuffleboard, free
General Quarters Paintball is located behind
divorce, adoptions, immigration and naturaliza-
Wi-Fi, online computers and video gaming sys-
the Convergence Zone. For information on age
tion, landlord-tenant issues, taxes and more.
tems. A media zone has books, newspapers and
restrictions, safety regulations and fees, visit the
magazines. Copy, print and fax services are also
Fleet and Family Readiness website.
RECREATION
available.
The Grind Skate Park
For information about the recreational pro-
The Convergence Zone is home to Kegler's
Corner of Intruder and Princeton streets
grams at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island,
Bar & Grill, Outdoor Recreation and Informa-
tion, Tickets and Travel. The Convergence Zone
................................................. 360-257-3309
is also the place to make reservations for Rocky
The Grind offers challenging obstacles,
Point Recreation Area and Costen-Turner Park.
including a half pipe, quarter pipe, grind box,
pyramid and stairs from dawn to dusk.
Fitness Center
Information, Tickets and Travel
3755 N. Wasp St., Building 117... 360-257-2420
3535 N. Princeton St., Building 2510
5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday,
................................................. 360-257-2432
5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday,
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday,
Sunday and holidays
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.
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The fitness center offers cardio and strength
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to 6 p.m. Sunday
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equipment; training and fitness rooms; basket-
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Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) is the
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ball, volleyball, tennis and racquetball courts;
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place to purchase discount tickets to north-
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three softball fields; a football and soccer field
BY
west sporting events, concerts, theater per-
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with a running track; and a sauna. You can also
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formances, special events, dining venues, ski
SSC
run Seaview Trail, which starts at the fitness
resorts, amusement parks and local attractions.
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center. One-on-one fitness assessments, per-
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Discounts and information are also available for
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sonal training, group exercise classes, intra-
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hotels; transportation; California, Florida and
TIO
mural sports and nutrition courses are available
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British Columbia attractions; and much more.
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as well.
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ITT is your one-stop shop for fun.
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Although there is no recreational swimming
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Whidbey Island Trips & Tours, also in the
T3R
facility at the air station, MWR has partnerships
Convergence Zone, coordinates regular trips
DCLA 5with two local pools. At Anacortes' Fidalgo Pool
and tours throughout the region. In the Pacific
SSC
(www.fidalgopool.com, 360-293-0673), active-
Northwest, the ocean, lakes, mountains, rain-
ALEB
duty personnel and family members may swim
forest, farmland, wine country and several major
COO
for free. At Oak Harbor's Vanderzicht Pool
P
cities are always only a short drive away. Trips &
ER
www.oakharborpool.com(www.oakharborpool.com, 360-675-7665),
Tours offers several trips each month, as well as
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the "Design a Trip" option in which customers
can plan a group outing with the community
recreation programmer's guidance.
Liberty Northwest Center
1040 W. Intruder St., Building 382
................................................. 360-257-3309
10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through
Friday, 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday,
1 to 6 p.m. holidays
Liberty Northwest Center offers a range of
activities for single service members and geo-
graphical bachelors. The center, inside Adm.
ETHERINGTON
Nimitz Hall, has a movie room with a 62-inch
television, oversized recliners and surround
LASSJOHNH
sound. It also has video gaming consoles, online
NDC
computers, a soundproof music booth with
instruments, billiards, foosball, pingpong and
FFICER2
more. Activities include instructional classes,
ETTYOP
concerts, outdoor excursions, volunteer opportu-
nities, overnight trips and holiday events.
HOTOBY
Navy Getaways
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Navy Getaways are the ideal places to play,
rest, relax and recharge. Vacation rentals include
Skywarrior Theater
Services
everything from cottages and cabins to town-
955 W. Midway St., Building 118
Barbershop .................................. 360-257-0530
homes and resort-style accommodations. RV
................................................. 360-257-5537
Beauty Salon and Spa ................. 360-257-0530
and tent sites feature barbecue areas, laundry
Have a seat and enjoy the show at the Navy's
Beverage Store ............................ 360-257-0570
facilities, bathhouses, kid's play areas, commu-
first digital theater. Skywarrior screens high-
Electronics................................... 360-257-0541
nity centers and more.
quality digital movies, including 3-D flicks.
Jewelry and Watches ................... 360-257-0540
Cliffside RV park is one of the closest Navy
Optical Shop................................ 360-257-0533
Getaways. Nestled along the shoreline of
SHOPPING
Sporting Goods and Pets............. 360-257-0562
Whidbey Island, Cliffside overlooks the Strait
Whidbey Island Commissary
of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver Island, the San
Fleet Store
2090 N. Coral Sea Ave. .............. 360-257-3318
Juan Islands and the Olympic Peninsula. With
1065 W. Lexington St., Building 2749
www.commissaries.com
its awe-inspiring location, Cliffside offers the
................................................. 360-257-0503
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday
Barbershop .................................. 360-257-0511
ambiance of shoreline living, an open window
Save an average of 30 percent of your hard-
Subway........................................ 360-675-2056
on an ever-changing marine environment and
earned dollars when shopping for groceries at
Tailor Shop.................................. 360-257-0512
unparalleled sunsets.
the commissary. In-store amenities and special-
Uniform Shop.............................. 360-257-0507
Visit the Navy Getaways website for a full list
ties include an ATM, a bakery, custom photo
of getaways and more information on fees and
Other Facilities
cakes, a deli, party cakes, rotisserie chicken
registration.
Furniture Store and Appliances, Seaplane Base,
and sushi.
235 Tulagi Ave., Building 21
Outdoor Recreation
Whidbey Island Exchange
........................................360-257-4663/2875
3535 N. Princeton St., Building 2510
www.mynavyexchange.com
Seaplane Gas Station, 2095 N. Coral Sea Ave.
................................................. 360-257-2432
The Whidbey Island Exchange wants to be
................................................. 360-257-0537
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday,
your first choice for shopping. It offers a price-
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.
match program that guarantees the lowest prices
to 6 p.m. Sunday
in town. Hours of operation for services outside
SUPPORTING THOSE
The Pacific Northwest is one of the most
of the main Exchange vary so call or visit the
WHO SERVE
outdoor-oriented duty stations in the country.
website for detailed information.
Experienced Outdoor Recreation staff can assist
Download the free MyBaseGuide
customers in selecting the right gear for outdoor
Main Exchange
app to your mobile device and find more infor-
activities, whether it is a rental or special order.
2110 N. Coral Sea Ave., Building 17
mation about local health
Rentals include motorized and human-powered
................................................. 360-257-0600
care, education, housing and
boats, fishing and crabbing equipment, camping
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday,
recreational activities on the
gear and mountaineering gear. Programs include
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday
Around Town tab for Naval
whitewater rafting, kayaking classes, back-
Exchange Restaurant
Air Station Whidbey Island.
packing, hiking, snowshoeing and more.
Anchor Grille .............................. 360-257-0528
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U.S.NAVYPHOTOBYMASSCOMMUNICATIONSPECIALIST3RDCLASSCALEBCOOPER
Welcome
to Island County
Welcome to Whidbey Island, 7the
Island is a little over 5 miles north of Oak
sea lions, seals, orcas and the reliable gray
largest island in Washington state and one of
Harbor, the island's largest city with almost
whale spring migration between Whidbey and
the nine Puget Sound islands that make up the
22,700 residents; Oak Harbor is on the eastern
Camano islands draw ever-increasing numbers
county. Camano Island is the second-largest
coast; the base is on the sunset side. Coupe-
of tourists.
island inside the county line, followed by the
ville, 11 miles south of Oak Harbor and with
A few annual events include the Island Shake-
smaller Baby, Ben Ure, Deception, Kalamut,
a population of 1,887, is the county seat. Resi-
speare Festival, the Tour de Whidbey bike race,
Minor, Smith and Strawberry islands. The
dents call themselves either "Northenders" or
September's Whidbey Island Kite Festival, and
county is more liquid than solid: 309 square
"Southenders," depending on which end of the
Langley's Mystery Weekend, for which the town
miles of water vs. 208 square miles of land, says
island they live on. In 2015, census population
of Langley transforms itself into the setting for
the U.S. Census. By land area, it's Washington's
estimates totaled 80,593.
a fictional murder mystery romp.
next-to-smallest county, eclipsing only San Juan
In addition to Oak Harbor and Coupeville,
County, a similar island fastness to the north,
Whidbey Island communities include Langley,
HISTORY
but one having only 174 square miles of land.
Freeland, Greenbank, Clinton and Bayview,
Island County's original inhabitants were
Whidbey Island forms the northern border
though only Oak Harbor, Coupeville and
members of the Coast Salish tribes -- Skagit,
of Puget Sound and lies about 30 miles north
Langley are incorporated. Naval Air Station
Snohomish and a scattering of Clallam -- who
of Seattle, between the Olympic Peninsula and
Whidbey Island is the county's economic driver,
lived in communal longhouses and practiced a
the Seattle-Metro corridor. Deception Pass is
but timber, farming and fishing traditions persist
subsistence lifestyle, dining on fish, shellfish,
its northern boundary; Skagit Bay and Saratoga
and thrive. The island's ease of access, mild cli-
wild game, roots and berries. Diseases brought
Passage are to the east, and Admiralty Inlet and
mate, beaches, woodland terrain splashed each
by European and American explorers from the
the Strait of Juan de Fuca are to the west. It's
spring with wild rhododendrons, trails, parks
late 1700s to the early 1800s decimated this
about 55 miles long and 1.5 to 12 miles wide,
and reserves, year-round festivals, artists' colo-
indigenous population (it's estimated that in
though its eccentric shape produces arguable
nies, nine sites on the National Register of His-
some areas diphtheria, smallpox and measles
measurements. Naval Air Station Whidbey
toric Places, the Admiralty Head Lighthouse,
killed 90 percent of them), and by the time
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members to join him on Ebey's Prairie, where
Capt. Thomas Coupe, the only man known to
he build a blockhouse to shelter against hostile
have taken a square-rigged sailing ship through
LOCAL INFORMATION
Native Americans and a commercial dock on
treacherous Deception Pass, and looks today
the shore for Puget Sound trade. He was named
much as it did in the 19th century. Only an hour
Drop in and learn the lay of the land from local
postmaster of Port Townsend, Washington,
from downtown Seattle, Coupeville takes pride
experts. Use the chambers' online membership
across the inlet, and rowed to work there every
in its active-life opportunities, such as hiking,
directories to connect with local businesses as
day. He was active in the region's government
biking, kayaking and sailing. The Admiralty
you settle into your new community.
and judiciary and was colonel in command of
Lighthouse is here, as are the Coupeville Arts
Coupeville and Central Whidbey Island
a 100-man unit of the new Washington Territo-
Center, Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens, the
Chamber of Commerce
rial Volunteer Militia in 1855. Such was Ebey's
Island County Historical Society Museum, art
905 N.W. Alexander
fortune and success that other would-be settlers,
galleries and antique shops, wineries, heritage
Coupeville, WA 98239 ................. 360-678-5434
hearing about it, flocked to take possession of
farms and farmers markets.
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more Native American lands, to Ebey's undoing.
Oak Harbor, 10 miles north of Coupeville,
In 1857, a Native American war party seeking
was established in the early 1850s as well, by
Langley Chamber of
revenge for a Haida chief's slaying by Americans
Dr. Richard Landsdale, who named the small
Commerce and Visitor Center
came looking for the most important American
bay fringed by Garry oaks after the abundant
208 Anthes Ave.
they could find for a proxy killing: Ebey. When
trees. The Irish moved in within the decade,
Langley, WA 98260 ..................... 360-221-6765
he answered the knock at his door, the war party
and in the 1890s, the Dutch followed; the Dutch
www.visitlangley.comwww.visitlangley.com
shot him dead, scalped and beheaded him, and
influence is still visible more than 125 years
Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce
escaped by sea.
later, with windmills, Dutch architecture and
32630 State Route 20
After the Oregon Territory Legislature carved
many, many tulips. The town incorporated in
Oak Harbor, WA 98277................ 360-675-3755
out Washington Territory's Island County from
hope in 1915, but was almost wiped out in July
www.oakharborchamber.comwww.oakharborchamber.com
the territorial Thurston County on Dec. 22, 1852,
1920 by the "Oak Harbor Fire." The farming
more settlers moved in, mostly farmers but lum-
community struggled against the double
berjacks as well (ships used wood from the plen-
whammy of business losses and the Great
settlers came pushing in from the east, the tribes
tiful oak trees for decks and planking, and the
Depression until January 1941, when the U.S.
were too depleted to resist.
tall, straight Douglas firs were ideal for masts
Navy selected a site north of town for a sea-
British sea Capt. George Vancouver, com-
and spars), and communities began to dot the
plane base to rearm and refuel PBY Catalinas
mander of HMS Discovery, ventured into
pastoral setting.
for defending Puget Sound. By November,
what would become Island County during a
Coupeville, county seat and oldest town on
the Navy's plans had expanded to include an
1792 exploratory voyage, along with surveyor
the island, was founded in the early 1850s by
airport for land-based aircraft, strategically
and naval engineer Joseph Whidbey. Whidbey
circumnavigated the island through Deception
Pass, proving to Vancouver that the land to
the south was indeed an island. Vancouver, in
response, named it after his shipmate.
A Catholic missionary touched shore in 1840,
and by 1841 there was a small Catholic mission
with a two-acre garden at Penn Cove. The first
settler, farmer Thomas W. Glasgow, arrived in
1848. He and wife Julia, daughter of the Sno-
homish tribe's chief, selected land for their
home and farm, but while Glasgow was filing
OOPER
his land claim in Olympia, about 8,000 Indians
ALEBC
from Pacific Northwest tribes gathered at nearby
Penn Cove to discuss what to do about settlers
LASSC
seizing their hunting and fishing grounds. By the
RDC
time Glasgow got home, feelings were running
so high that his wife urged him to leave imme-
PECIALIST3
diately. She joined him in Olympia, where they
settled and raised their family, never to return
UNICATIONS
to Whidbey Island.
MOM
Two years later, lawyer Isaac Neff Ebey
ASSC
became Whidbey Island's first known white set-
M
tler by claiming 640 acres of fertile prairie and
HOTOBY
shoreline on Admiralty Inlet to grow potatoes,
wheat, carrots, peas and other crops. He sent
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commercial cannery was built in Langley to
supply the whole region. Since 1924, the Island
County Fair (now known as the Whidbey Island
Fair) has been held in Langley every August.
In more recent years, artists have colonized
Langley and its environs -- painters, sculptors,
glass artists, wood and metal workers, photog-
raphers, authors, poets, actors and musicians.
The southern end of the island has become a
commuter bedroom community for Seattle and
for Everett, where Boeing's Everett Production
Facility is located; workers travel to and from
their jobs on Washington State Ferries.
U.S.NAV 6WEATHER AND CLIMATE
YPHO
The Pacific Northwest is known for its warm,
TOBY
dry summers and cool, stormy winters.
PET
Winter weather on Whidbey Island is domi-
TYO
nated by the Olympic Mountains a mere 30 miles
FFICE
to the southwest, across the Strait of Juan de
R3R
Fuca. The Olympics "intercept" incoming
DCLA 5Pacific storms, generate tremendous lift and tor-
SSC
rential rain on their windward side, and create
ALEB
a huge downdraft to their lee, over Whidbey
COO
Island. This lee trough is often seen as a small,
PER
swirling area of slightly lower pressure that
simultaneously inhibits rainfall (NAS Whidbey
located to guard the Strait of Juan de Fuca and
Island receives less than half the annual rain-
the entrance to Puget Sound, and the military
fall of Seattle) and produces consistent near-
NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT
remains a major resource for the island to
gale-force winds out of the southeast. Thus, the
this day.
same storm system that produces light winds
Get a feel for your new community by tapping
Little Freeland, 17 miles south of Coupeville,
and steady rain over much of the Puget Sound
into its news and entertainment options online.
was platted in 1900 between Holmes Harbor and
region typically yields only a light, windblown
From local news media or commercial radio, you
Mutiny Bay as Whidbey Island's sole utopian
drizzle at NAS Whidbey Island.
can get a feel for the vibe of your new town from
community by a group of South Dakota social-
Of course it does rain, and there are plenty of
the comfort of your armchair.
ists, the Free Land Association. Their plan was
storms that come from due west or south that
Newspapers
to give away land to members who then would
are not affected by the Olympic Mountains. In
� South Whidbey Record:
all work together for the common good, but in
fact, NAS Whidbey Island is a favored rendez-
www.southwhidbeyrecord.comwww.southwhidbeyrecord.com
1920, the group went bankrupt. Now, Freeland
vous for cold British Columbian air and warm
� Whidbey Examiner:
is the banking center for South Whidbey Island
Pacific moisture, resulting in occasionally heavy
www.whidbeyexaminer.comwww.whidbeyexaminer.com
as well as the home of Nichols Brothers Boat
snowfalls. The warm air always wins, however,
� Whidbey News-Times:
Builders, the Island's largest private employer.
so the snow is never around for long. Expect
www.whidbeynewstimes.comwww.whidbeynewstimes.com
Residents there numbered 1,486 in 2014.
winter temperatures predominantly in the 40s,
These days often called "Puget Sound's
though brief cold snaps in the 15 to 25 degree
Television stations
Largest Artist's Colony," Langley, on a South
� ABC:
range are not uncommon.
www.komonews.comwww.komonews.com
Whidbey Island bluff overlooking the waters of
� CBS:
With weeks on end of dry, sunny weather,
http://seattle.cbslocal.com/tag/Whidbey-islandhttp://seattle.cbslocal.com/tag/
Saratoga Passage and the Cascade Mountains,
cool winds and as much as 17 hours of daylight,
http://seattle.cbslocal.com/tag/Whidbey-islandWhidbey-island
was laid out in 1890, had a post office by 1891
� FOX: www.q13fox.com
Whidbey Island summers are worth the wait,
and incorporated in 1913. It served as central
� NBC: www.king5.com
even if you have to wait till mid-July. Fog is
supplier for outlying farmers (then, it styled
� PBS: www.kcts9.org
common in the morning hours but almost always
itself "Hub of the Island") and was the western
gives way to bright sun by the afternoon and
Local radio stations
terminus for the steamer Camano, which took
temperatures in the low 70s, making summer the
� KXIR 89.9 (community):
passengers and goods to Everett and Seattle. By
favorite time of year to explore the mountains,
www.kxir.orgwww.kxir.org
the 1900s, South Whidbey Island had become
waterways, forests and beaches of this Pacific
� KUOW 94.9 (public radio):
a popular summertime destination, and a good
Northwest gem.
www.kuow.orghttp://kuow.org
many Langley households took in summer
� KMCQ 103.3 (country):
boarders. Truck farming was common, and
Local Hazards
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fruits and berries were so abundant that a large
Every second counts in a disaster, so planning
and preparation can be lifesavers.
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Two good local resources for emergency
preparation are the Island County Depart-
https://islandcountywa.gov/DEMment of Emergency Management (https://
https://islandcountywa.gov/DEMislandcountywa.gov/DEM) and City of Oak
www.oakharbor.org/page.cfm?pageId=98Harbor Disaster Preparedness (www.oakharbor.
www.oakharbor.org/page.cfm?pageId=98org/page.cfm?pageId=98).
The websites give residents, communities,
public safety professionals, businesses and
schools valuable information and resources on
how to deal with potential emergencies. The
following are considered significant hazards in
Island County.
Earthquakes
Whidbey Islanders live with earthquake risk.
The Seattle fault, a zone of east-west thrust
faults, lies under Puget Sound and Seattle.
The Cascadia fault runs along the coast; nat-
ural records tell geologists that the Cascadia
fault ruptures every 500 to 600 years in pow-
erful 8- to 9-magnitude earthquakes; its last
one was Jan. 26, 1700. Scientists projected
that a 6.7 earthquake along the Seattle fault
could injure and kill thousands, cut all major
highways for months due to collapsed bridges,
sever utility service, collapse or damage build-
ings to the point that they are unusable, and
cripple port facilities. Besides the shaking,
collateral effects can include landslides, sur-
face fault ruptures and soil liquefaction, all of
OURISM
which can cause injury or property damage.
Contact your local city or county government
ANOISLANDST
for information on how to be prepared. More
AM
information and ideas on how to stay safe
NDC
and to secure the contents of your home can
www.islandcountywa.gov/DEM/Pages/Earthquake.aspxbe found at www.islandcountywa.gov/DEM/
HIDBEYA
FW
www.islandcountywa.gov/DEM/Pages/Earthquake.aspxPages/Earthquake.aspx.
Landslides
OURTESYO
Only the very north part of Whidbey Island
is bedrock, and most of its bluff slopes are
PHOTOC
layers of unconsolidated sediment from gla-
cial or interglacial periods that can break
areas can be swept away in moments by a tsu-
around and under your structures. For more
loose due to wave action, heavy rainfall,
nami, so residents should work out escape routes
www.islandcountywa.gov/DEM/Pages/Wildfire.aspxinformation, visit www.islandcountywa.gov/
removal of vegetation and earthquakes. Of
to high ground for themselves and their families
www.islandcountywa.gov/DEM/Pages/Wildfire.aspxDEM/Pages/Wildfire.aspx.
Whidbey Island's 221 miles of shoreline,
in advance and pay immediate heed to warn-
or 57 percent, or 112 miles is considered
Wind Storms
ings and directives from authorities. To famil-
unstable. Where landslides have occurred
Washington has experienced violent wind
iarize yourself with Island County's tsunami
storms in the past that have killed and injured
in the past, they probably will occur in the
evacuation routes and the tsunami hazard map,
people, destroyed homes and businesses,
future, and generous building setbacks from
www.islandcountywa.gov/DEM/Pages/Maps.aspxgo to www.islandcountywa.gov/DEM/Pages/
knocked out public utilities and left thousands
Whidbey Island bluff edges are wise. Go
www.islandcountywa.gov/DEM/Pages/Maps.aspxMaps.aspx.
of people without power, sometimes for 10 or
www.islandcountywa.gov/DEM/Pages/Landslide.aspxto www.islandcountywa.gov/DEM/Pages/
Wildfires
more days. More such storms are likely. Have
www.islandcountywa.gov/DEM/Pages/Landslide.aspxLandslide.aspx for more information.
The threat of wildfire is very real for those
a disaster plan and a disaster supplies kit, do
Tsunamis
living near wildlands or enjoying wilderness rec-
not go outside or drive in such high winds,
The Pacific Coast, Strait of Juan de Fuca,
reation in Island County. All dwellings should
avoid windows and have a corded telephone
Puget Sound and large lakes are all at risk
be designed and landscaped with wildfire safety
available: When the power is out, cordless
from tsunamis, trains of powerful earthquake-
in mind -- for example, maintain a 30-foot fire
phones don't work. For more information,
triggered waves that threaten people and prop-
break around your home, keep roof and gutters
www.islandcountywa.gov/DEM/Pages/Windstorm.aspxvisit www.islandcountywa.gov/DEM/Pages/
erty along shorelines. Everything in low-lying
clean, and clear flammable vegetation from
www.islandcountywa.gov/DEM/Pages/Windstorm.aspxWindstorm.aspx.
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Getting To & Around
in Island County
It's easy enough to 7reach Whidbey Island
AIRPORTS
The Main Terminal is linked to two satellite
by vehicle through Anacortes across the Decep-
Seattle-Tacoma
terminals, North Terminal (N Gates) and South
tion Pass Bridge on State Route 20, though many
International Airport (SeaTac)
Terminal (S Gates), by an underground train
people prefer the romance of a ferry ride and the
17801 International Blvd.
loop (North Train Loop and South Train Loop).
mountain and saltwater vistas as the boat threads
Seattle, WA 98158....................... 206-787-5388
All 13 car rental agencies that operate at
its way among the islands.
www.portseattle.org/Sea-Tacwww.portseattle.org/Sea-Tac
SeaTac Airport are at a separate rental car
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport,
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is a little
facility. Dedicated shuttle buses collect rental
12 miles south of downtown Seattle is the
under 110 miles northwest of Seattle's SeaTac
car customers from two pick-up areas outside
main arrival point for air travelers, and the
International Airport, or about 2 hours and
baggage claim at the north and south ends of
USO Northwest's SeaTac Center there pro-
45 minutes away. SeaTac is the largest airport
the main terminal 24/7.
vides military members and their families
in the Pacific Northwest; with 42,340,537 pas-
Light rail service arrives and departs from the
with a nursery, sleeping facilities, showers,
sengers, 2015 was a record-setter, but 2016
SeaTac/Airport Station, connected to the fourth
hot food and snacks, free Wi-Fi, computers
floor of the airport parking garage. Rail service
and internet access, a separate family-friendly
projects even higher numbers. Major domestic
room, comprehensive travel information and
air carriers include Alaska, Delta, American,
extends from the airport to downtown Seattle
assistance, temporary luggage storage and a
United and Southwest airlines, but an array of
and the University of Washington.
lounge that includes five big-screen TVs and
international carriers also cycle through the air-
The King County Metro Bus system and
a library. It's on the airport mezzanine level
port, among them KLM, Air France, Alitalia,
Sound Transit regional express buses also pro-
outside security above the Southwest Airlines
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Icelandair,
vide service to and from the airport.
ticketing counter and open 24/7. For more
Air Canada, Aeromexico, Air New Zealand,
Only Yellow Cab offers taxis at SeaTac Air-
information, go to www.usopsa.org or call
Qantas, Emirates, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific,
port, and cabs are always waiting on the third
206-246-1908.
China Southern and JAL.
floor of the parking garage. Call 206-622-6500.
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Courtesy buses for area accommodations and
take a 30-minute ferry ride to Coupeville Ferry
rides are free, and all Island transit buses are
off-site parking lots collect and drop off pas-
Terminal, 4 miles southwest of Coupeville
wheelchair accessible and have bike racks.
sengers on the third floor of the parking garage
on SR 20.
Vanpools can be arranged, including military
at Islands 1 and 3.
Reservations are recommended and can be
commuter vanpools, and paratransit service is
made at www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries.
available for those whose disability prevents
Whidbey Air Park
them from using regular bus service. Whidbey
5302 S. Crawford Road
Whidbey-SeaTac Shuttle
Island has eight Park & Ride lots.
Langley, WA 98260..................... 206-341-5531
1751 N.E. Goldie St., Unit A-1
Oak Harbor, WA 98277............... 360-679-4003
A.J. Eisenberg Airport
DRIVING AND COMMUTING
Toll free....................................... 877-679-4003
1140 N. Monroe Landing Road
Two linked north-south state highways, state
www.seatacshuttle.comwww.seatacshuttle.com
Oak Harbor, WA 98277............... 360-929-6802
Route 525 and SR 20, are Whidbey Island's
Nine round trips per day from SeaTac Inter-
Whidbey Island has two privately owned,
main traffic conduits and are fed by county
national Airport to all Whidbey Island com-
public use airports, Whidbey Air Park 2 miles
roads or city streets. Each serves about half the
munities are provided by the Whidbey-SeaTac
southwest of Langley, and A.J. Eisenberg Air-
long, narrow island: SR 525 the South End, and
Shuttle. Island stops are conveniently located
port three miles southwest of Oak Harbor.
SR 20 the North End. Together, they form the
near state routes 20 and 525 at minimarts and
Whidbey Air Park has a 2,470-foot asphalt
only nationally designated Scenic Byway on an
service stations. The 15 vans and buses travel
runway, and tiedowns are available; A.J. Eisen-
island, the "Whidbey Island Scenic Isle Way,"
on the Clinton/Mukilteo Ferry and have first-
berg's asphalt runway is 3,265 feet long, with
with its vistas of saltwater beaches, wildflower
on/first-off priority; the trip from the airport to
tiedowns, fuel and minor airframe and power-
meadows, rich agriculture, mountains, forests,
downtown Oak Harbor takes about two hours
plant services.
wildlife and historic sites.
and 15 minutes. Reservations must be made in
Motorists coming to Whidbey Island from
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
advance.
the south should take Interstate 5 to Whidbey
Washington State Ferries
Island Transit
Island/Mukilteo Ferry Exit 182, head north on
2901 Third Ave., Suite 500
19758 SR 20
SR 525 to Mukilteo and board a Washington
Seattle, WA 98121....................... 206-464-6400
Coupeville, WA 98239 ................ 360-678-7771
State Ferry bound for Clinton.
www.wsdot.wa.govwww.wsdot.wa.gov
www.islandtransit.orgwww.islandtransit.org
From the east and north, follow Interstate 5 to
From Mukilteo, north of Seattle, a 20-minute
On Whidbey Island, buses circle Island
Exit 230 in Burlington, then continue west on SR
ferry ride takes you to Clinton, Whidbey Island's
Transit's 14 routes from 3:45 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.
20 over the Deception Pass Bridge to the island.
southernmost community on state Route 525.
Monday through Friday, though not Saturdays,
From the Olympic Peninsula, take SR 101 to
From Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula,
Sundays or major holidays. All Whidbey Island
its intersection with SR 20, drive northeast to
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10 STEPS TO RESPONSIBLE DRIVING
Since you can't control the actions of other drivers, you must rely on your own skil s and experience. Fol owing these 10 rules wil ensure a safe and courteous journey.
1. Be prepared: Know where you're going before you start. Be wel -informed
7. Watch your speed: Posted maximum speeds are for ideal driving condi-
about weather and road conditions or traffic activity on your route. For
tions. Adjust your speed for traffic, road and visibility conditions or when
longer trips, include a rest stop every two hours, sooner if you are tired.
not operating at your best. Higher speeds magnify errors and decrease
Pack an emergency ration kit of water and nonperishable food items such
response times. It helps to maintain a large "safety cushion" around your
as energy bars.
vehicle to change lanes safely and to take evasive action in emergencies.
2. Always wear your seat belt: Seat belts keep you in control and ready to
8. Maintain your vehicle: Read your owner's manual and fol ow the recom-
react to a hazardous situation. Everyone should wear a seatbelt while in
mended schedule for maintenance service. Routinely check tires, brakes,
the vehicle.
lights, wipers and fluid levels. Pack a flashlight, blanket and first-aid kit.
3. Put the phone down: A mobile phone is great for roadside emergencies,
In cold climates, pack extra warm clothing. Carry a mobile phone for
but using a phone while you drive drastically reduces your reaction time
emergencies.
to al situations. Minimize distractions by concentrating on the road, not
9. Move your disabled vehicle: If your car breaks down, move it off the road
objects, people or events inside your vehicle.
away from traffic if possible. Warn other drivers by raising the vehicle's
4. Know your surroundings: Scan the roadway continually for hazards. Keep
hood or using your hazard lights, then stay inside and ask passersby to call
your eyes moving, looking from one side to the other. Know what is hap-
police. If unable to move the car out of traffic, get al passengers to exit the
pening wel in front of you; watch for brake lights. Use the mirrors to keep
vehicle and move to the side of the road when safe. If you must walk to a
an eye on traffic beside and behind you.
phone, keep your group together.
5. Share the road: Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, vehicles of varying
10. Don't drive while impaired: Never drive while under the influence of
sizes, as wel as drivers of various ages and skil levels, al have a right to
alcohol, prescription or street drugs, or over-the-counter medications that
use the road. Slow down and give others time and space to proceed safely.
make you drowsy. Not only wil you put yourself and your passengers in
Treat them as if they were dear friends -- they are to someone.
danger, but a traffic violation of this nature can seriously derail a military
6. Signal your intentions: Be predictable and courteous and signal your
career. Don't be a driver if you think you are going to drink. Road rage and
intentions so other road users know what you plan to do next. Use your
normal fatigue can also impair your response time. Be calm, wel -rested,
horn or headlights, if necessary.
alert and attentive any time you get behind the wheel.
Port Townsend and take the Washington State
Ferry to Coupeville Terminal.
The Washington State Department of Trans-
portation maintains seven traffic cameras in
the Oak Harbor area and an eighth to the south
to alert travelers to potential traffic and ferry
problems. Stay informed of local and state situ-
ations by going to www.wsdot.com/traffic or
by dialing 511 for real-time traffic and weather
information.
TrafficSpotter has a free Android app that
delivers traffic reports and weather and airport
www.trafficspotter.com/Traffic/Report/US/WA/Whidbey%20Islanddelay alerts to mobile devices. Go to www.
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www.trafficspotter.com/Traffic/Report/US/WA/Whidbey%20IslandWhidbey%20Island.
Washington State Department of Licensing
Oak Harbor Driver Licensing Office
656 S.E. Bayshore Drive, No. 4
Oak Harbor, WA 98277............... 360-675-6466
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cards and vehicle registration and provides other
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Washington State Patrol
District 7 Office
840 S.E. Eighth Ave., No. 101
Oak Harbor, WA 98277............... 360-675-0710
................................................. 360-805-1153
www.wsp.wa.gov/traveler/district7.htmwww.wsp.wa.gov/traveler/district7.htm
In addition to some 600 troopers patrolling
Washington roads every day, another thou-
sand less-visible civilian employees are doing
their part in the agency's six bureaus for public
safety, including those who work for the State
Fire Marshal to help prevent fires in the home
and workplace; the crime lab technicians and
scientists who, among other things, process
DNA samples in criminal cases; and investiga-
tive support staff who keep criminal records and
databases up to date.
Help is at your fingertips: For roadside assis-
tance and emergencies, call 911; for road closure
information, 511; and for state ferry vessel and
terminal security, 911.
Driver's Licenses
Military personnel and their spouses who are
stationed in Washington from elsewhere may
continue to drive with a valid driver's license
from their home state, but in general, all Wash-
ington residents who want to drive must apply for
a driver's license once residency is established.
The state spells out what is required for
licensing and insurance under various scenarios
in its Washington Driver Guide, which can be
www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/docs/driverguide-en.pdfdownloaded at www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/
www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/docs/driverguide-en.pdfdocs/driverguide-en.pdf.
Distracted Driving
The state of Washington prohibits drivers
from holding cell phones or other wireless
communications devices to their ears; teenage
drivers are barred from using all cell phones or
other wireless communications devices; and text
messaging is banned for all drivers.
Vehicle Registration
These days much of the former paperwork
associated with driving can be handled online,
including renewing vehicle license plates,
replacing a driver's license or ID card, checking
the status of a driver's license, reporting the sale
of a vehicle and registering to vote. A Wash-
ington State Department of Licensing list of
online options, "Do More Online," is available
at www.dol.wa.gov.
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Housing & Real Estate
in Island County
The charm of island living, a mild climate,
services. Visit http://warealtor.org to find exper-
Ben Ure, Deception, Kalamut, Minor, Smith
natural beauties and a small-town lifestyle cou-
tise and professional services for those interested
and Strawberry islands -- are small, mostly
pled with easy ferry access to the vital city of
in purchasing a new home.
uninhabited, timbered bumps surrounded by
Seattle contribute to a high quality of life not
saltwater but crucial to the region's bird life and
often found elsewhere. In 2015, an estimated
ISLAND COUNTY
as seal haul-outs.
80,593 people called Island County home, the
Washington's Island County, which was a
Census said, with just under 377 residents per
county before the state became a state (1852
Whidbey Island
square mile.
vs. 1889), has become increasingly popular
1 N.E. Seventh St.
In 2016, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, in
with artists and retirees looking for pleasant,
Coupeville, WA 98239 ................ 360-678-5111
Island County, had a base population of approxi-
supportive surroundings in a stunning setting,
www.islandcountywa.govwww.islandcountywa.gov
mately 7,500 military personnel, 1,200 civilian
but the secret is out as well with mainland city
The largest island in Washington state,
employees and 1,200 contractors for a total of
dwellers looking to build summer homes, and
Whidbey Island is about 55 miles long and from
9,900, most of whom live off base in surrounding
with tourists. The farming, timber and fishing
a mile and a half to 12 miles wide, though its
communities. The Census counted 12,634 vet-
that were early mainstays still contribute flavor
meandering shape makes precise measurements
erans residing in the area in 2014. It's the largest
to the economy, and the military has under-
near-impossible; Coupeville, the county seat, is
naval aviation installation in the Pacific North-
written the financial base since January 1941,
the county's oldest town (and the second-oldest
west as well as one of the four naval installations
when the Office of the Chief of Naval Opera-
in the state), and much of its historic architecture
forming Navy Region Northwest.
tions ordered the 13th Naval District to develop
has been meticulously preserved. In addition to
The counties' communities give newcomers
a new Puget Sound seaplane base, then a new
high saltwater bluffs, beaches and rolling hills
plenty of choices when selecting a home. Enlist
airfield for land-based aircraft. Naval Air Station
crowned by madrone, fir, spruce, hemlock, cedar
the help of a reputable real estate agent to help
Whidbey Island was officially commissioned in
and alder, oak and pine, there are four lakes:
you sort through the area's home options. The
September 1942. Nine islands make up Island
Cranberry (Deception Pass State Park); Deer
Washington Association of Realtors is a cen-
County, with Whidbey and Camano being
(Deer Lake Park); and Goss and Lone lakes
tral source of local real estate information and
the most populous; the other seven -- Baby,
near Langley, on the island's south end. Three
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fertile prairies -- Ebey, Smith and Crockett --
have drawn farmers since the 1850s, and as to
MOVING CHECKLIST
seawater farming, high-end restaurants world-
Six weeks prior to move
together. If the items can't be replaced, carry them
wide vie for the mussels, clams and oysters from
� Contact a real estate agent in the local area. Start by
with you.
Coupeville's Penn Cove Shellfish, the oldest
looking in the Advertiser Directory of this publication.
Two days prior to move
and largest commercial mussel farm in the U.S.
� Obtain quotes from moving and self-service companies
� Defrost and dry refrigerators and freezers.
Outdoor activity is easy; hiking, for instance,
and gather DIY estimates. Decide on the type of move
is year-round, and it requires little specialized
best for your circumstances. Determine employer-
� Arrange for cash or traveler's checks for trip expenses
equipment to walk an old-growth forest trail, a
covered expenses.
and payment to the mover upon delivery.
� Reconcile and close checking account. Withdraw
beach or a prairie. Sailing, kayaking and fishing
Four weeks prior to move
savings.
are popular and accessible. The Deception Pass
� Check the preregistration procedures to enrol chil-
� Conclude any financial matters relating to the lease or
Bridge, on State Route 20, links Whidbey Island
dren in school. Get children's transcripts, textbook list
sale of your home.
to the mainland by way of Fidalgo Island. Wash-
and a copy of their current school's grading system.
� Pack luggage. Set aside items you will need imme-
ington State Ferries runs the Coupeville to Port
Ask teachers to write descriptions of each student's
diately upon arrival -- a few dishes, pots and pans,
Townsend route off SR 20, and the Clinton to
achievement level, interests and any unusual courses
towels, soap, bedding, light bulbs, flashlights and toilet
Mukilteo ferry, on the island's southeast edge,
taken.
paper.
off SR 525. Major communities include Coupe-
� Request that copies of all family members' medical and
� Leave forwarding address with new tenant or neighbor.
ville, Oak Harbor, Langley and Freeland.
dental records and birth certificates be sent to your
new home. Don't forget your pets' veterinary records.
Moving day
City of Coupeville
� Notify the post office of your new address and obtain a
� Confirm your delivery date with your mover and
4 N.E. Seventh St.
change-of-address kit. Send change-of-address cards
provide directions to your new residence as wel as
Coupeville, WA 98239 ................ 360-678-4461
to friends, subscription services, creditors, alumni
primary and secondary contact numbers or email
www.cometocoupeville.comwww.cometocoupeville.com
associations, the Department of Motor Vehicles and
addresses.
Known to islanders as the heart of the Ebey's
insurance companies.
� Pay close attention to the mover's paperwork. You wil
Landing National Historical Reserve, Coupe-
� Begin packing seldom-used items and dispose of
need to sign it upon completion of loading and then
ville is responsible for much of the antiquarian
unwanted items through charities -- get receipts for
unloading at your new residence.
preservation on Whidbey Island, starting with
tax purposes.
� Supervise the movers to make sure your instructions
its historic waterfront district and wharf on
� Contact the IRS for forms and regulations regarding
are understood. Review any damage to your belongings
Penn Cove.
tax-deductible moving expenses.
noted by the moving foreman/supervisor.
Pay a visit to the Island County Historical
� Transfer or arrange for insurance to cover your home,
� Double-check your residence for forgotten items before
Society Museum, which chronicles the island's
furnishings and automobile.
leaving.
rich heritage (www.islandhistory.org). Since
Three weeks prior to move
Move-in day
1963, the museum's address has changed sev-
� Arrange to have appliances, utilities, newspapers,
� Clear and mark paths to al rooms to help the movers
eral times, beginning with its occupancy of
phone and cable television disconnected. Check on
place the boxes.
the former General Telephone Co. exchange
deposits. Set up connections at your new home.
� Supervise unloading.
building. Then from 1968 to 1991, it was in the
� Make travel arrangements.
� Note any damage to your boxes or furniture.
Coupeville Fire Hall. In 1991, construction of
Two weeks prior to move
� Review paperwork careful y to make sure al your
the new museum was completed on the site of
� Handle bil s, stocks, investments and banking transfers.
belongings arrived.
the former Blockhouse Inn, a new location that
� Arrange to transport pets and plants. Some states
offers dazzling views of Penn Cove and the
prohibit certain plants, so research this before
Coupeville waterfront.
you move.
Coupeville, population 1,887, also boasts
� Clean cupboards and plan remaining meals so you can
the famed Penn Cove Shellfish farm and an
pack what you don't need.
ingeniously designed main street of false-front
stores filled with antiques, crafts and other spe-
One week prior to move
� Discontinue delivery services such as
cialty items.
the newspapers.
For more than 20 years, Coupeville has hosted
� Clean and sort items in garage and
the annual Penn Cove MusselFest, "Bold, Briny
attic.
and Blue," with its multiple musical perfor-
� Clean out your safety deposit box and
mances, children's activities, chowder-tasting
place al valuables and doc-
and a chowder-eating contest, as well as tours
uments
of the historic shellfish farm.
During the summer, Town Park is the
www.concertsonthecove.orgspot for "Concerts on the Cove" (www.
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held at South Whidbey High School.
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Today, Oak Harbor's hub, Old Town, con-
tinues to buzz with activity. Pioneer Way, Old
Town's main thoroughfare, offers dining, art
galleries, antique dealers and other laid-back
shopping experiences, perfect for a weekend
stroll.
Hopeful Oak Harbor home-shoppers have
plenty of condos, townhouses, single-family
dwellings and land for new construction to
choose from. The median selected owner costs
for a home with a mortgage was ,661, median
rent was ,084, and mean travel time to work
was 17.5 minutes for the estimated 22,693 resi-
dents. The overall cost of living was 18 percent
higher than the U.S. average.
City of Langley
112 Second St.
Langley, WA 98260..................... 360-221-4246
www.langleywa.orgwww.langleywa.org
Some say that Langley has the best of both
worlds: a sweeping bluff overlooking the channel
of Saratoga Passage, as well as a breathtaking
180-degree view of the Cascade Mountains.
Langley is also known for its high density of
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lapins had become so numerous that they were
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digging up school sports fields, undermining
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buildings and clear-cutting prized gardens, and
the town split between rabbit-stew and cherish-
If adrenaline is your muse, many of Coupe-
City of Oak Harbor
the-bunnies factions. The situation remains
ville's parks offer kayaking, biking and
865 S.E. Barrington Drive
unresolved but did furnish dramatic material
rewarding hiking trails, spanning forests and
Oak Harbor, WA 98277............... 360-279-4500
for Langley's 2016 Mystery Weekend, an annual
seaside vistas.
https://www.oakharbor.orghttps://www.oakharbor.org
event when the whole community takes part in
For a blend of history and action, visitors
Picturesque Oak Harbor's modern culture is
a frisky murder-mystery play.
can scuba dive at Fort Casey State Park or the
steeped in history. Settled in 1849 by seafarers
In addition to its natural beauty, Langley's
adjacent Keystone State Park, both underwater
who established a trade port on Puget Sound,
Seawall Park also shelters endangered species
parks, where they can discover indigenous jelly-
the community is now nearly 9 miles wide. The
and local flora. Bald eagles, herons and sea
fish, porpoises, otters, sea lions and maybe even
town was given its name by a pioneer physician,
lions dwell there, orcas visit and gray whales
a gray whale or an orca. The Admiralty Head
Dr. Richard Lansdale, because of its abundance
migrate past the park's shoreline in spring,
Lighthouse offers sweeping views of the Whidbey
of Garry oak trees, a relatively rare species.
prompting Langley to start a new tradition:
Island shoreline and the Olympic Pennisula.
The township enjoyed both a financial and
Welcome the Whales Day. A small pod of
Every October, kids and adults gather at
population boom in the 1890s when Dutch set-
gray whales has been sighted every year around
Cook's Corner Park for the Halloween Torch-
tlers from the Midwest and Canada took up pros-
early March and lingered through May. Visit
light Parade then proceed along Front Street
perous farms on its rich soil. Today, windmills,
http://whidbeycamanoislands.com/welcome-the-whales-day-april-16http://whidbeycamanoislands.com/welcome-
through the heart of downtown Coupeville.
Dutch architecture and tulips still bear witness
http://whidbeycamanoislands.com/welcome-the-whales-day-april-16the-whales-day-april-16 for more information.
Homes in the Coupeville area range from well-
to that heritage. Many of the town's oldest struc-
If entertainment is your focus, the Whidbey
established neighborhoods to new construction.
tures were built near the harbor, since the water
www.wicaonline.comIsland Center for the Arts (www.wicaonline.
Median rent in 2014 was 0, selected monthly
trade was the main initial source of income.
www.wicaonline.comcom), a 246-seat theater, hosts performances,
owner costs of housing units with a mortgage
One of the city's major employers, the Navy,
workshops and lectures.
were ,713 and mean travel time to work for
moved in just 6 miles to the northwest of Oak
Once you've worked up an appetite, you'll find
those living in Coupeville was a little under
Harbor in 1941 to bolster the war effort and con-
five-star restaurants, family dining, specialty
21 minutes. Overall, the cost of living is
tinues to be a principal benefactor. Oak Harbor
bakeries, classic sandwich shops and several
27 percent higher than the national average.
remains the closest town to the base.
wineries, among them the Whidbey Island
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Winery, Spoiled Dog Winery, Ott and Murphy,
For a DIY move, consider distance, labor
or www.clothingdonations.org for locations near
and for liquors, the Whidbey Island Distillery.
help and the costs to rent the moving van, gas,
you or to arrange a pickup.
As to shopping, Langley has numerous spe-
lodging during the move and insurance. A trans-
Pack for success:
cialty, craft and clothing shops, with items cre-
portable storage unit can bridge a professional
� Consider what you're packing and control
ated by local artists.
and DIY move. When the unit is delivered to
box weight. Books should go in small boxes
Many people would like to add to Langley's
your residence, you load and secure it for trans-
while bedding can easily fill a larger box.
population of 1,077, so housing can be tight
port and then unload it at your new residence.
� Wrap fragile items with cardboard dividers,
and expensive. Selected monthly owner costs
Whatever the method, be sure to obtain as
tissue paper or air bubble wrapping.
for homes with a mortgage were ,884, median
many quotes as possible from professional
� Use bright colors when wrapping small items
rent was ,041 and average travel time to work
movers, as well as cost estimates for a DIY
so they don't get thrown out accidentally.
was a little over 34 minutes. The cost of living
move. Next, compare the costs for each type of
� Use crumpled paper or newspaper to line the
was 36 percent higher than the U.S. average,
top and bottom of boxes.
largely because Langley housing costs were
move, factoring in the stress and physical exer-
� Tape a copy of your inventory list to boxes to
97 percent more.
tion involved. Ask any company you are inter-
identify what's inside and where it should go.
ested in for references and use them to inquire
Freeland
about reliability and customer service.
Greater Freeland Chamber of Commerce
BUYING VERSUS RENTING
Regardless of which method you choose, the
and Visitor Information Center
The decision to buy or rent is the most impor-
first step should be to inventory your personal
5575 Harbor Ave.
tant step in your relocation process. Purchasing a
belongings. The list, with photographs of any
Freeland, WA 98249 ................... 360-331-1980
home entails a long-term financial and emotional
valuables, will be important for both insurance
www.freelandchamber.orgwww.freelandchamber.org
commitment with various pluses and minuses.
Three Seattle socialist idealists founded
purposes and to help keep you organized during
Advantages include the possibility of building
Freeland in 1900 as a utopian community, the
transit.
equity and the freedom to design and decorate
idea being that all residents would get free land
Plan for one full day to pack each room --
your property or landscape. And don't forget
in return for working for the common good.
though the kitchen and garage may take longer.
the tax benefits. Disadvantages include upkeep,
The group effort broke apart in squabbles and
Make a rough estimate of your packing schedule
property taxes and fluctuating property values.
bankruptcy in 1920, but the individuals who
and then add 50 percent more time. It always
Renting, on the other hand, makes moving
stayed created a pleasant, rural beach-front vil-
takes longer than predicted to pack. Toss or
easier and someone else maintains the prop-
lage. Visitors can spend the night at one of the
donate unused items to lighten your load. Visit
erty. Amenities such as laundry rooms, exer-
many inns, cottages and bed-and-breakfasts,
www.goodwill.orgwww.goodwill.org, www.salvationarmyusa.org
cise rooms, swimming pools and tennis courts
and in the morning, take a leisurely stroll down
Double Bluff Beach. In addition to its amazing
panoramic views of Mount Rainier and Seattle,
the beach is dotted with places to picnic, leash-
free dog areas and collection sites for driftwood
aficionados.
At nearby Freeland Park, you can host a
picnic at one of its many waterfront tables,
dig for clams or simply watch windsurfers and
boaters. And what waterfront park would be
complete without a playground? Freeland Park
has a quaint playground next to the picnic areas,
ideal for family get-togethers.
The most recent count showed 1,486 residents
of Freeland, where selected monthly owner costs
for a house with a mortgage ran ,667, average
rent was ,098, and travel time to get to work
averaged 31.3 minutes. Overall, Freeland living
expenses were 33 percent higher than the U.S.
average.
PLANNING YOUR MOVE
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company or make it a do-it-yourself (DIY)
operation.
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vary from one rental complex to another. The
provide information and verification about your
First, fully understand your financial position --
main disadvantage is loss of control over the
job, your income and your past rental history.
credit score, available savings, monthly income
residence. Some complexes, for example, restrict
Dress to make a good impression and treat the
and expenditures. Subtracting your expenditures
or prohibit pets and personal touches such as
meeting like a job interview -- be polite and
from your income, for instance, will yield the
painting. And the landlord or property managers
arrive on time.
amount you can afford for housing.
can also raise the rent with proper notice.
Before you decide to rent, inspect the apart-
Be sure to account for all insurance costs
Before determining your best option, account
ment with the landlord. Look for the following
associated with owning a home, possible
for all of your needs, review your financial situa-
problems:
homeowner association fees and property taxes
tion and research your options thoroughly.
� Cracks, holes or damage in the floor, walls
in your monthly expenditures. Overall, loan
or ceiling.
www.ginniemae.govrules changed in 2015, but according to www.
FINDING AN APARTMENT
� Signs of leaking water, leaky fixtures or
www.ginniemae.govginniemae.gov (Government National Mortgage
Find local apartments listed in chamber
water damage.
Association) and www.homebuyinginstitute.com
of commerce membership directories, local
� Any signs of mold or pests.
(the Home Buying Institute) loan programs con-
newspaper classifieds, online or through refer-
� Lack of hot water.
tinue to vary on the percentage of your income
rals from family or friends. "Your Rights as
� Inadequate heating or air conditioning.
that can be used for housing-related expenses.
a Tenant in Washington State" by the North-
Use a written checklist with the landlord to
Lenders balance debt against income to decide
west Justice Project can be downloaded
document the condition of the rental before
if an applicant will be able to repay a loan. Most
www.washingtonlawhelp.org/resource/your-rights-as-a-tenant-in-washingtonat www.washingtonlawhelp.org/resource/
you move in, and keep a copy of the completed
conventional loans require borrowers to have no
www.washingtonlawhelp.org/resource/your-rights-as-a-tenant-in-washingtonyour-rights-as-a-tenant-in-washington.
checklist to use when you move out.
more than 43 percent total monthly debt versus
Be prepared when you meet with the leasing
their total monthly income, though there are
agent, property manager or owner. Bring a list of
BUYING A HOME
exceptions, such as for those with significant
what you are looking for in a rental; it is impor-
Buying a home is a complex process and, as
savings. The Federal Housing Administration
tant to be clear about your needs and to get all of
the recent housing crisis demonstrated, requires
has a two-tier qualifying system: FHA sets
your questions answered. You will also need to
a thorough education on the part of the buyer.
its top thresholds at 31 percent front-end debt
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bedrooms and bathrooms would you like? Do
WHAT YOU NEED FOR A HOME LOAN APPLICATION
you want an attached garage? Will you live in
the city, a suburb or in the country? How close to
� Photo IDs, such as a driver's license.
� Copies of al divorce decrees, child support docu-
work, school, shopping or public transportation
� Social Security numbers.
ments or any other court proceedings that affect
do you want to be? Answers to these questions
� Residence addresses for the past two years with
your financial status.
will greatly assist your search and the next stage
landlord contact information if you rented.
� Verification of any child support payments.
-- hiring a real estate agent.
� Names and addresses of your employers for the
� Evidence of any retirement or pension benefits.
The ideal agent will help find your ideal home
past two years.
and guide you through the purchase process.
VA OR MILITARY
� Your current gross monthly income.
First, interview potential candidates to ensure
� DD 214 (veteran)
� Recent financial institution statements with names,
they understand your needs, know your home-
� Form 22 (National Guard)
addresses, account numbers and balances on al
buying and neighborhood preferences, and are
� DD 1747, Off-base Housing Authority
readily accessible.
checking, savings, CDs, money market, bonds and
(active duty)
Good luck and happy hunting!
mutual funds accounts.
� Recent financial institution statements with
� Certificate of Eligibility (active duty)
Island County Housing Programs
names, addresses, account numbers, balances
SELF-EMPLOYED INDIVIDUALS
The Island County Housing Authority has sev-
and monthly payments on al open loans (including
eral housing programs to help residents keep a
� Personal tax returns for the past three years
student loans) and credit cards.
roof over their heads, especially senior citizens
� Current income statement
� Addresses and loan information of all other real
and those with low incomes. For more informa-
� Balance sheet
estate owned.
http://affordablehousingonline.com/housing-search/Washington/Island-Countytion, visit http://affordablehousingonline.com/
� Estimated value of furniture and personal property.
ALL BORROWERS
http://affordablehousingonline.com/housing-search/Washington/Island-Countyhousing-search/Washington/Island-County or
call 360-678-4181.
� W2s for the past two years and current paycheck
� Explanations of any irregularities on your credit
Potentially helpful state agencies include
stubs.
report.
the Washington State Housing Finance Com-
mission (www.wshfc.org/buyers), the Wash-
ington Homeownership Resource Center
(housing expenses as a percentage of income)
877-322-8228; or download and complete the
www.homeownership-wa.org(www.homeownership-wa.org) and The Fore-
and 43 percent back-end debt (all debt as a per-
Annual Credit Report Request Form and mail
www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/housing/foreclosure-fairnessclosure Fairness Program (www.commerce.
centage of income) for a 31/43 qualifying ratio.
it to: Annual Credit Report Request Service,
www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/housing/foreclosure-fairnesswa.gov/building-infrastructure/housing/
Like commercial lenders, Veterans Affairs
P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281. For
www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/housing/foreclosure-fairnessforeclosure-fairness).
combines front-end and back-end debt for a
www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/credit-and-loansmore information, visit www.consumer.ftc.gov/
The federal government's Housing and Urban
41 percent limit against income.
www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/credit-and-loanstopics/credit-and-loans.
Development Department's housing assistance
Next, research the different types of home
Knowing your monthly budget and the
includes help with rent, heating and electric bills,
loans to determine the right fit for your finan-
amount of your loan are invaluable during the
mortgages and other areas of need, though avail-
cial situation and discuss your options with
next phase, but you also need to answer several
able funding may at times limit some specific
a lending professional. Lenders are diverse
other important questions before your hunt for
www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/housing_and_urban_development_.htmlmissions. Go to www.needhelppayingbills.com/
today, and not all homebuyers obtain their
a home begins.
www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/housing_and_urban_development_.htmlhtml/housing_and_urban_development_.html.
mortgage loans through their banks and credit
First, determine your home preferences.
unions. For example, you may choose to work
Does a single-family house, condo, town house
State Programs
with an internet lender, a mortgage broker, a
or duplex best fit your needs and budget? Do
Washington provides housing programs and
homebuilder or a real estate agency lender. To
you prefer a new home, an existing home or to
incentives to help residents with home owner-
determine which lender is best for you, get rec-
build one? Though new homes generally cost
http://portal.hud.govship. For more information, visit http://portal.
ommendations from friends and family mem-
more, existing homes may come with mainte-
http://portal.hud.govhud.gov and select "Washington" from the
bers and check credentials as well as Better
nance issues and renovation costs. How many
"State Info" drop-down menu.
Business Bureau ratings.
A preapproved loan before starting your
search for a home can determine your spending
limits and signal any potential issues in the way
of receiving a loan. For any home loan applica-
tion, the mortgage company will order a credit
report, so it may be good to get a free report
in advance to determine your credit status and
make sure the report contains no erroneous
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Employment & Economy
in Island County
Island County is situated 7in the Salish
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI)
personnel. NASWI remains a strong economic
Sea in Northwest Washington. As its name sug-
near Oak Harbor. NASWI is Oak Harbor's
stabilizing force in Whidbey Island. NASWI
gests, it is made up of several islands. The two
largest employer; thus, Oak Harbor has a pre-
has also brought many highly skilled workers
largest are Whidbey and Camano. Island County
dominantly service-based economy, and several
to Whidbey Island. There is not a strong
is the second-smallest county in Washington by
national chain stores have been attracted to the
economic base to provide sufficient employ-
landmass, just larger than neighboring San Juan
Oak Harbor area.
ment for the spouses and dependents of those
County. Island County is bounded to the north
The economy of Whidbey Island south of Oak
workers; consequently, commuting to nearby
by Deception Pass and by Puget Sound to the
Harbor relies heavily on tourism, small-scale
counties provides a relief valve for residents
south. Skagit Bay and Saratoga Passage are
agriculture and the arts.
seeking jobs.
located to the east and Admiralty Inlet and the
For thousands of years, Island County was
The median age in Island County is about
Strait of Juan de Fuca are west of Island County.
inhabited by several groups of Coast Salish
43 years old, meaning the workforce skews
Skagit and Snohomish Counties lie to the east of
Indians. In the late 1700s and early 1800s, the
older. Median household income in Island
Island County and the Olympic Peninsula lies
population was decimated by disease trans-
County is ,107, slightly higher than the
across the water to the west.
mitted through contact with European and
national average, according to the U.S. Census
Whidbey Island is divided economically into
American explorers.
Bureau.
two different regions: the northern end of the
Settlement by nonindigenous people began
Island Hopping
island (encompassing Oak Harbor and Naval Air
in the 1850s. Early industries included logging,
Island County is somewhat disconnected
Station Whidbey Island), and the remainder of
fishing and farming, as well as some related
from the rest of the state of Washington. The
the island (encompassing Coupeville, Green-
manufacturing industries.
only bridge that reaches Whidbey Island is the
bank, Freeland, Langley, Clinton and smaller
In 1941, the U.S. Navy started construction
Deception Pass Bridge, State Route 20, which
communities in between).
on NASWI, which transformed Oak Harbor
connects the north end of Whidbey to the main-
The economy of the northern end of Whidbey
into a booming community due to the cre-
land via Fidalgo Island. Prior to the completion
Island is strongly influenced by the presence of
ation of construction jobs and influx of Navy
of the bridge in 1935, Whidbey Island was
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linked to Fidalgo Island by the Deception Pass
towns of Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Freeland and
search capabilities as well as resume tips,
ferry, which ran from 1924 to 1935. Modern
Langley. Coupeville's Penn Cove Mussel Farm
forum support and professional networking
ferry service is available via state Route 20 on
exports large quantities of its highly renowned
options.
the Coupeville to Port Townsend ferry, and via
Penn Cove Mussels. This aquaculture facility,
The National Military Spouse Network,
state Route 525 on the Clinton to Mukilteo ferry
along with a number of small farms, reflects
a networking, mentoring and professional
service on the southeast coast.
the rural agricultural nature of most of central
development organization, has a wealth
Travel on the island involves use of an exten-
Whidbey Island. Many of these small farms host
of career information at its website, www.
sive county road system, or city infrastructure
farm stands onsite, where customers may buy
www.nationalmilitaryspousenetwork.orgnationalmilitaryspousenetwork.org. The
depending on location, all of which act as
produce, flowers, meat, eggs and other locally
group aims to help military spouses build a
feeders to the two state highways state Route
raised products directly from the farmers.
meaningful, sustained career path and offers
525 and state Route 20.
a library of articles that touch on topics from
Naval Air Station
Whidbey Island's state routes 525 and 20 are
entrepreneurship, resume tips, self-promotion
Whidbey Island
the only nationally designated scenic byway
and more as well as a membership-only dis-
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island contributes
on an island. It is appropriately named the
cussion forum. The organization also features
significantly to Island County's economy and
"Whidbey Island Scenic Isle Way."
companies that are military spouse-owned or
to a lesser degree Skagit County's. At approxi-
military spouse-friendly on its Homefront Busi-
Natural Resources
mately 10,000 employees, the base is four
ness Listings page.
Whidbey Island was named for Joseph
times the size of the next nearest employer in
Whidbey, the first colonist to lay claim to it.
Island, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties,
Local Resources
The township enjoyed both a financial and pop-
according to 2013 reports. In military payroll
WorkSource Washington
ulation boom in the 1890s when Dutch settlers
alone, the base contributed 6 million dol-
265 N.E. Kettle St., Suite 102
coming from the Midwest and Canada colonized
lars into Island County's economy in 2011 and
Oak Harbor, WA 98277 .............. 360-675-5966
the area and used its rich resources to establish
million into Skagit County's. The number
https://worksourcewa.comhttps://worksourcewa.com
fertile farms. Today, windmills and Dutch con-
of veterans living near the base is three times
WorkSource Washington is a statewide part-
struction bear witness to that history. Many of
higher than the national average.
nership of state, local and nonprofit agencies that
the town's oldest structures were built near the
deliver an array of employment and training ser-
harbor, since the water trade was the main initial
EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES
vices for job seekers and employers. Customers
source of income.
National Resources
https://worksourcewa.comaccess services electronically through https://
Today, tourism is especially important for both
At the national level such websites as www.
https://worksourcewa.comworksourcewa.com or through a network of
Whidbey and Camano islands. On Whidbey,
www.monster.commonster.com, www.careerbuilder.com, www.
more than 60 WorkSource centers, affiliates
tourists find a wide range of amenities in the
jobs.com and www.indeed.com have extensive
and connection sites statewide.
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Washington State Employment
EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES
quick-response email will separate you from a
Security Department
An employment agency can offer posts
surprising number of the other applicants -- to
212 Maple Park Ave. SE
ranging from high-level administration to
your advantage -- and keep your name fresh in
Olympia, WA 98501 ................... 360-902-9500
warehouse work. Many employers use agencies
the interviewer's mind. Judicious calls display
https://esd.wa.govhttps://esd.wa.gov
as their human resources department. Agen-
your continued interest. Writing out before-
The Washington State Employment Secu-
cies advertise, interview, test and manage pay-
hand what you want to say also helps. So does
rity Department is the state's largest and most
roll. A temp-to-perm arrangement allows the
rehearsal.
comprehensive employment resource. Services
employer and prospective employee to evaluate
Be aware that due to the usually huge num-
include job listings, occupational information,
each other before committing to permanent
bers of applican





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