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Flight Operations Notification for NAS Whidbey Island Complex
NAS Whidbey Island SAR Rescues Hiker in Olympic National Park
VAQ-129 Holds Change of Command at NAS Whidbey Island
NAS Whidbey Island SAR Rescues injured man from Mt. Stuart
NAS Whidbey Island SAR Conducts Second Rescue off Mt. Stuart
NAS Whidbey Island SAR Rescues Plane Crash Survivor in Olympic National Park
Meeting and permit required if you want to hunt on base
Coast Guard Training at NAS Whidbey Island
MOA for the Security Enhancement Project at OLF Open for Public Comment
Timeline for Release of Final EIS for Growler Operations at NAS Whidbey Island Extended
NAS Whidbey Island Restoration Advisory Board Meeting
NAS Whidbey Island SAR Rescues Injured Climber Off of Mount Olympus
NAS Whidbey Island SAR Rescues Injured Hiker at Deception Pass
NAS Whidbey Island SAR Conducts MEDEVAC From Friday Harbor
NAS Whidbey Island SAR conducts a Medical Evacuation for Lopez Resident
NAS Whidbey Island SAR conducts a Medical Evacuation for Lopez Resident
Gray Wolves to Return to NAS Whidbey Island after WESTPAC Deployment
NAS Whidbey Island SAR Transports Cardiac Patient
Naval Air Station Whidbey wins Installation Excellence Award Again
NAS Whidbey Island SAR Transports Heart Patient
NAS Whidbey Island SAR Transports Cardiac Patient from Port Angeles
FORCE PROTECTION AND SECURITY EXERCISE
NAS Whidbey Island Restoration Advisory Board
NAS Whidbey Island SAR Transports Injured Snowmobiler
Preliminary Navy findings from drinking water testing near NAS Whidbey Island Area 6
VP-4 Welcomes Inaugural P-8A Deployment
Preliminary Navy findings from drinking water testing near NAS Whidbey Island Area 6
Air station invites public to Open House, 5K Run on June 23
NAS Whidbey Island SAR Finds and Rescues Civilian Pilot
NAS Whidbey Island SAR conducts a Medical Evacuation from Eliza Island
Navy Announces EIS Preferred Alternative for Growler Operations at NAS Whidbey Island and Releases NHPA Section 106 Consultation
NAS Whidbey SAR Conducts Two Rescues In Two Days
NAS Whidbey SAR Rescues Two Climbers in Cascade Mountains
VP 9 Completes Orion to Poseidon Transition, Certified "Safe for Flight"
NAS Whidbey SAR Completes Busy Weekend With Five Rescues
NAS Whidbey SAR Rescues Injured Hiker On Forbidden Peak
NAS Whidbey SAR Rescues Injured Hiker Near Goat Mountain West
NAS Whidbey SAR Conducts Rescue and MEDEVAC Saturday and Monday
NAS Whidbey SAR Conducts Two Rescues Over Weekend
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule Change at NAS Whidbey Island Complex for week of Oct. 1-7, 2018
Navy Releases Final EIS for Growler Operations at NAS Whidbey Island
NAS Whidbey SAR Rescues Two People Over Weekend
Navy’s Draft National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement for EA-18G Growler Operations Increase at NAS Whidbey Island Open for Public Comment
NAS Whidbey SAR Conducts MEDEVAC And Rescue Over Weekend
NAS Whidbey SAR Conducts MEDEVAC From Port Townsend
Navy Will Award Hangar Contract at NAS Whidbey Island
Navy Announces Record of Decision for Growler Environmental Impact Statement
NAS Whidbey Island will host Open House, 5K Run on June 22
NAS Whidbey SAR Rescues Skier on Mount Baker
NAS Whidbey Island to Display Aircraft at Open House
Helicopter Training at Seaplane Base Survival Area
NAS Whidbey SAR Conducts Two Rescues Near Glacier Peak
Navy Requests Re-initiation of Consultation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
NAS Whidbey Island Restoration Advisory Board
U.S. Coast Guard to conduct Training at NAS Whidbey Island
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News Archive 2015
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Flight Operations Notification Schedule
Update older ID cards for access to Northwest Navy installations
Electronic Attack Squadron 130 returns to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island following deployment
Navy Extends Public Comment Period for Growler Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Retiring Northrop Grumman employee named 29th Honorary Naval Aviator
NAS Whidbey Island SAR Conducts Multi-Unit Exercise in Olympic National Park
NAS Whidbey Island SAR Conducts 5 Missions in 6 Days
NAS Whidbey Island Conducting Force Protection & Security Exercises Jan. 30-Feb. 10
Open House Public Meetings for the Navy’s Drinking Water Sampling Results near NAS Whidbey Island
UPDATE: Open House Public Meetings for the Navy’s Drinking Water Sampling Results near NAS Whidbey Island
Explosive ordnance disposal at Seaplane Base
UPDATE: Open House Public Meetings for the Navy’s Drinking Water Sampling Results near NAS Whidbey Island
NAS Whidbey Island SAR Medically Evacuates San Juan Island Resident
NAS Whidbey Island SAR Conducts Three Medical Evacuations within Two Days
UPDATE: Open House Public Meetings for the Navy’s Drinking Water Sampling Results near NAS Whidbey Island
UPDATE: Navy’s Drinking Water Phase 1 Sampling Results & Phase 2 Sampling Plan near NAS Whidbey Island
UPDATE: Navy’s Drinking Water Sampling Results near NAS Whidbey Island
VAQ-138 Holds Change of Command
UPDATE: Navy’s Drinking Water Sampling Results near NAS Whidbey Island
Busy Weekend for NAS Whidbey Island Search and Rescue
Battle "E"
COMVAQWINGPAC Conducts Change of Command
UPDATE: Navy’s Drinking Water Sampling Results near NAS Whidbey Island
VAQ-139 Proves Battle Ready, Awarded the Battle E
Golden Swordsmen Return from Successful Deployment
Chief of Naval Operations names air station Natural Resource Conservation Award Winner
UPDATE: Navy’s Drinking Water Sampling Results near NAS Whidbey Island
VAQ 139 Flyers Get Surprise Search and Rescue Training
UPDATE: Navy’s Drinking Water Sampling Results near NAS Whidbey Island
UPDATE: Navy’s Drinking Water Sampling Results near NAS Whidbey Island
NAS Whidbey Island SAR Rescues Plane Crash Survivors in Olympic National Park
UPDATE: Navy’s Drinking Water Sampling Results near NAS Whidbey Island
NAS Whidbey Island Invites Public to 75th Celebration at Open House June 24
Senator Murray Visits Air Station
DBIDS BEGINS 180-DAY TRANSTION FOR CONTRACTORS, VENDORS
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF JUNE 4 - 10, 2017
NAS Whidbey Island SAR Conducts Easter Search and Rescue
MCPON Visits Navy Region Northwest
NAS Whidbey Island SAR Rescues Sauk Mountain Hiker
UPDATE: Navy’s Drinking Water Sampling Results near NAS Whidbey Island
NAS Whidbey Island Restoration Advisory Board
NAS Whidbey Island SAR Saves Woman near Colchuck Peak
Navy’s Drinking Water Sampling Results near NAS Whidbey Island
NAS Whidbey Island SAR Rescues Hiker on Mt. Washington and Two Snowmobilers in a Crevasse on Mt. Baker
NAS Whidbey Island SAR Rescues two free-climbers in the Olympic Mountains and one skier in a Crevasse on Mt. Baker
UPDATE: Navy’s Drinking Water Sampling Results near NAS Whidbey Island
NASWI SAR Maintenance Crew
NAS Whidbey Island Invites Public to 75th Celebration
NAS Whidbey Island SAR conducts a Medical Evacuation for Lopez Resident
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF OCT. 2 - 8, 2017
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF OCT. 9 - 15, 2017
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF OCT. 16 - 22, 2017
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF OCT. 22 - 28, 2017
Flight Operations Notification Schedule Oct. 29 - Nov. 4 2017
Flight Operations Notification for NAS Whidbey Island Complex
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF NOV. 13-19, 2017
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF NOV. 20-26, 2017
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF NOV. 27-DEC. 3, 2017
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF DEC. 4 - 10, 2017
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF DEC. 11-17, 2017
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF DEC. 18-24, 2017
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule Change at NAS Whidbey Island Complex Wednesday Through Friday, December 20 To 22
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF DEC. 25, 2017 – JAN. 1, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF JAN. 1-7, 2018
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule Change at NAS Whidbey Island Complex Wednesday Through Friday, January 1-7
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule Change at NAS Whidbey Island Complex Wednesday Through Friday, January 1-7
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF JAN. 8-14, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE CHANGE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF JAN. 8-14, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF JAN. 14-20, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF JAN. 22-28, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF JAN. 29- FEB. 4, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF FEB. 4 - 12, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF FEB. 12-18, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF FEB. 19 - 25, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF FEB 26 – MAR 4, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF MAR 5-11, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE CHANGE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF MAR 5-11, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF MAR 12-18, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF MAR 19-25, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE CHANGE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF MAR 19-25, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF MAR. 26 – APR. 1, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF APR 2-8, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF APR 9-15, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF APR 16-22, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF APR 23-29, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF APR 30 – MAY 4, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF MAY 7-13, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF JUNE 25 - JULY 1, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF JUNE 11-17, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF JUNE 17-24, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE CHANGE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF JUNE 3-9, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF MAY 21-27, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF MAY 14-20, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF MAY 28 – JUNE 3, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF JUNE 3-9, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF JULY 2-8, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF JULY 9-14, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF JULY 16-22, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 6-12, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE CHANGE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 20-26, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF JULY 30 – AUGUST 5, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF JULY 23-29, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 20-26, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE CHANGE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 13-19, 2018
FLIGHT OPERATIONS PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3 -9, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 27 – SEPTEMBER 2, 2018
FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2018
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule Change at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of October 1 - 7, 2018
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule Change at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of October 8 - 14, 2018
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of October 22-28, 2018
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of October 15-21, 2018
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of October 29 – November 4, 2018
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of November 5-11, 2018
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of November 12-18, 2018
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of November 19-25, 2018
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of November 26 – December 2, 2018
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of December 3-9, 2018
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of December 10-16, 2018
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of December 17-23, 2018
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of December 24-30, 2018
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of December 31, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of January 14-20, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of January 21-27, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of January 28 – February 3, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of January 28 – February 3, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of February 4-10, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of February 18-24, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of February 25 – March 3, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of March 4-10, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of March 4-10, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of March 11-17, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of March 18-24, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of April 1-7, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule Change at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of April 1-7, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of April 8-14, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule Change at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of April 8-14, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of April 15-21, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of April 22-28, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of April 29 – May 5, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of May 6-12, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of May 13-19, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of May 20-26, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of May 27 – June 2, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of June 3-9, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of June 17-23, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of June 24-30, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of July 8-14, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of July 8-14, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of July 15-21, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of July 22-28, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of July 29 – August 4, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of August 5-11, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of August 12-18, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of August 19-25, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of August 26 – September 1, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of September 2-8, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of September 9-15, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of Sept. 16-22, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of September 23-29, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of September 30 – October 6, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of October 7-13, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of October 14-20, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of October 21-27, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of October 28 – November 3, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of November 4-10, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of November 11-17, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of November 18-24, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of November 25 – December 1, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of December 2-8, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of December 9-15, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule CHANGE at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of December 9-15, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of December 16-22, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of December 23-30, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of December 29 – January 4, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule Change at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of December 29 – January 4, 2019
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of January 6-12, 2020
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule Change at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of January 6-12, 2020
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of January 13-19, 2020
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule Change at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex this Friday
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of January 20-26, 2020
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule Change at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of January 20-26, 2020
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of January 27 – February 2, 2020
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of February 3-9, 2020
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of February 10-16, 2020
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of February 17-23, 2020
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of March 2-8, 2020
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of March 9-15, 2020
Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of March 16-22, 2020

FAQs

NAS Whidbey Island

COVID-19 TOWN HALL QUESTIONS

March 20, 2020

 

Background: NASWI community and family members were encouraged to send their questions and concerns in regards to the COVID-19 crisis. Questions provided through 20 March 2020 are answered below in alphabetical order per category. Questions asked in categories not listed are included within the categories you see below.

 

You can send additional questions to the NAS Whidbey Island Public Affairs Office at whdb_naswi_pao@navy.mil.

 

CATEGORIES:

1. Child and Youth Programs (CDC, SAC, CDH)

6. Housing

2. Commissary/NEX

7. Medical

3. Deployments/Homecoming

8. Mission Essential Personnel (MEP) / Base Status

4. Economic/Financial

9. PCS, Retirement, Separation, TDY

5. Gym

 

 

Important resources and links

NAS Whidbey Island:

https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrnw/installations/nas_whidbey_island.html

Follow NAS Whidbey Island on Facebook and Twitter

 

US Navy COVID-19 updates:

            My Navy Portal: https://my.navy.mil/index-lb.html

 

Navy Region Northwest COVID-19 Website:

https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrnw/om/COVID-19.html

 

CDC COVID-19 recommendations (including advice for pregnant women):

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/protect-family.html

 

CDC Travel Notices:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

 

Child/Youth Programs (CYP): https://www.navylifepnw.com/          NavyLifePNW app

            Regatta: (360) 257-6572

            Clover: (360) 257-3302

            School Age Care (SAC): (360) 257-0889

 

COVID-19 Diagnosis/Treatment:

Follow Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor (NHCOH) on Facebook

*** If you are having difficulty breathing and feel you are in an emergency situation call 911.

Nurse Advice Line: (800) 874-2273, Option 1 or https://mhsnurseadviceline.com/

NHCOH: (360) 257-9500

Whidbey Health: 360-240-4055

Island County Department of Health: 360-678-2301

(Mon-Fri 0800-1630, Sat-Sun 0900-1600)

Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (includes CDC fact sheets and references)

https://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcphc/program-and-policy-support/Pages/Novel-Coronavirus.aspx

 

Emergency Management:

Ready Navy: https://www.ready.navy.mil/

Washington State: https://mil.wa.gov/emergency-management-division

 

Fleet and Family Service Center/MWR (Fleet and Family Readiness):

 (360) 257-NAVY         https://www.navylifepnw.com/         NavyLifePNW app

Facebook – Navylife NAS Whidbey Island

 

Fraud: Report it to local police or https://www.ncis.navy.mil/

Information at the Federal Trade Commission site: www.ftc.gov/coronavirus.

 

Hunt Housing:

(360) 679-4241           RentCafe app             Facebook - Whidbey Island Family Housing

 

My Navy Career Center (MNCC):

833-330-6622             askmncc@navy.mil

My Navy Portal chat (computer or connected device)      https://my.navy.mil/index-lb.html

 

Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS):

360-257-2728 Mon-Fri, 0800-1600

Find them on Facebook and Instagram at “NMCRS Whidbey Island”

 

Ombudsman:

https://ombudsmanregistry.cnic.navy.mil/ and select “Contact Your Ombudsman”

 

State/Local Government:

Washington State Department of Health COVID-19 information:

            https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus

Island County COVID-19 information:

            https://www.islandcountywa.gov/Health/Pages/COVID-19.aspx

Skagit County COVID-19 information:

            https://www.skagitcounty.net/Departments/HealthDiseases/coronavirus.htm

 

Helpful Apps

            NavyLifePNW             MyNavy Family          NFAAS             RentCafe

 

 

1. CHILD AND YOUTH PROGRAMS (CDC, CDH, SAC)

 

Q: Can you explain the increase in fees of the Youth Center?

A: When we run the summer program at the Youth Center we go to a full day structure, and that costs more than the care offered throughout the school year. The increase in fees will take effect April 1. You can withdraw your child without penalty at this time, and once we are back to normal operations we will return to the list as it was prior to COVID-19. That ensures people will not lose their spot if they withdraw during this health emergency.

 

Q: Some Child Development Home providers are closing, what is the base doing about that?

A: Contact the Child/Youth Program director and if you are in a mission critical situation, we will ensure your childcare needs are filled.  Contact your unit chain of command for whether you fall within the mission critical guidelines they set.

 

Q: I hear that other military bases (USAF) are closing their CDCs. I wonder if that is likely to happen here.

A: We do not intend to close the CDCs as long as we are able to appropriately provide the service and we have personnel who are critical to the mission and need the service. There is risk involved in this, but as long as there are children who need care under the current circumstances the installation needs to provide that service. With that said, if you can work with your chain of command to build flexibility into your work schedule so you can care for your children at home, it will help mitigate risks associated with the CYP programs.

 

Q: How can staff members working at NASWI daycare facilities come to work if their school age kids are at home? What are you doing to help?

A: There are children of staff members accommodated in our CYP programs so those parent staff members can provide care for other families who need the daycare facilities. Each staff member then is able to care for multiple children in daycare, which goes a long way to relieving stress parents, personnel critical to the mission, are feeling during this crisis.

 

Q: When the governor addressed the public earlier about closing schools, he asked schools to provide childcare for healthcare workers. What is the situation on NASWI? Will childcare be provided in this case?

A: If you are a first responder or health care worker on the installation and you need child care services, please reach out to the Child Development Center or Child/Youth Program staff so the installation can help you with your child care needs.

 

Q: If we are limiting gatherings to ten people or less, isn’t keeping the CDCs open a contrary policy?

A: The installation needs to facilitate the ability of mission critical personnel to do their job. The CDC is taking extra precautions, such as securing water fountains and using single use cups for water, not self-serving food, extra sterilization protocol, and limiting some play areas such as the sandbox and water play area. The goal is to limit the risk while still providing care to facilitate mission critical functions in support of the Navy’s mission.

 

Q: With schools now closed, will the Youth Center try to implement more study time for kids to learn?

A: As we transition through the process, in conjunction with local government and schools, we are certainly looking into the possibilities of implementing a study program at the Youth Center. Parents should reach out to their children’s school, as well, to explore resources they may be able to provide for home study.  The Youth Center and Child/Youth Program is open to any ideas parents may have so we can continue to provide childcare and the children can continue to learn.

 

Q: Does the Child Development Center need additional staff and how will background checks be handled?

A: There is currently no need for additional staff.  If additional staff are required and they have not completed a thorough background check, those staff members will go through a modified local background check and will be continually within the line of sight of one of the cleared employees.

 

Q: Are the CYP facilities able to be kept clean to a standard and do they need help from Sailors?

A: Current staff members and janitorial services are maintaining the extra cleaning precautions we have instituted to ensure the CYP facilities are clean.  There is also a process in place to do a shutdown sanitization if needed.

 

Q: Maybe changing fees to hourly care if sailors only have to go in for watch or duty.

A: Hourly care for situations such as this is available. Please contact the CDC.

 

As of 23 March, we will close the Clover CDC and consolidate into Regatta. Our CYP staff has been through a challenging week. We are now providing the service to only those parents who are critical to their command mission and need childcare. We are able to consolidate into Regatta because commands have transitioned into the distributive workforce. Many parents were able to withdraw their children under the policy released Monday that does not penalize them and allows them to keep their spot when this situation ends. We have some staff members who have requested leave due to their concerns and we have accommodated them. Most of our staff remain ready to support our mission and our community.

 

2. COMMISSARY/NEX

 

Q: There's a rumor that the commissary on NASWI base will close next Monday. Is that true?

A: There is no plan to close the commissary or the Navy Exchange.  They are mission critical functions on base. The commissary will maintain its normal hours, which includes closing on Mondays.

 

Q: How is the commissary dealing with the hoarding issue?

A: We have taken measures in the commissary to limit the numbers of certain products being purchased.  The initial strain on the system, upwards of 30% higher demand at the commissary than normal business, has caused some shortages.  The commissary staff and their suppliers are working hard, and succeeding, to keep the shelves stocked.  The installation command would ask that everyone be patient and treat the commissary workers, who are doing their best to serve their customers, with dignity and respect.

 

Q1: Why was the Early Bird hours for elderly people shut down?

 

Q2: I've seen in some areas where stores have special hours for the elderly. I think this would be a good thing to offer in our NEX and Commissary to limit contact for those who are higher risk for fatalities.

 

Q3: Is it possible to implement allocated shopping hours for high risk individuals at the commissary? Like first 30 mins for the elderly or people with underlying health issues or simply parents that can’t leave their children alone. Asking this as a mom with a newborn and husband deployed.

 

A: The Defense Commissary Agency ordered the Early Bird program to shut down at all locations worldwide to provide additional time for restocking and cleaning. The installation commander has requested that program be reinstated at the NAS Whidbey Island commissary and it would include people or are over 60, pregnant or otherwise high-risk.

 

Q: What about the safety of the NEX Barbers and Hairstylists?

A: After conferring with several base officials and Navy leaders, NEXCOM Headquarters has made the decision to close all Barber & Beauty shops, with the exception of RTC Barber Operations.  NEXCOM will continue to strictly follow all guidance set forth by CDC and other government entities for the safety of patrons and associates. Therefore, based on the close-proximity amid the shops' working conditions, this will help ensure the safety of our Sailors and Barbers & Beauticians, alike.

NEXCOM will follow OPM and DoD guidance for their personnel, which places all impacted associates on "Administrative Leave" status for a period of 14 days.  Per NEXCOM’s current policy, all associates will be paid the prevailing rate wage for this 14-day period.  On day 14, associates should contact their supervisor to receive additional guidance on the status of the Barber & Beauty Shops.  Please be assured, NEXCOM is working diligently to ensure the safety of their associates and patrons, and will continue to assess the situation and adjust the course as needed.

Additionally, NEXCOM made the decision to close their fitting rooms in abundance of caution to protect our patrons and associates.

 

Q: Why are they not letting more people in the commissary, making us stand in line outside?

·         In the interest of social distancing, the installation has instituted a policy of a 50-customer limit. 

·         We are also limiting entrance to only eligible patrons with an ID check. (This does not include children who are with parents.)

·         The installation command would ask that everyone be patient and treat the commissary workers, who are doing their best to serve their customers, with dignity and respect.

 

Q: It’s starting to get very difficult for active duty families to get food they can afford bc they cannot wait in long lines with toddlers, by the time their active duty member comes home, the aisles are empty - and that’s IF they come home and aren’t deployed. There are also bigger families concerned about the limit on certain foods. I would like to ask that DeCA considers having an active duty/dependent only shopping day.

A: Thank you for your recommendation. We continue to institute additional policies as the situation develops and we will evaluate this and use it if required.

 

Q: The food/supply shortage is impacting families mid-PCS. Were starting with empty pantries. What can be done to help? Can the commissary set aside time first thing in the morning where we can shop to get beginning staples?

A: If you are establishing a new home and you require more than the limits on certain items, please contact the store manager to discuss the situation to be exempted from the policy on your visit.

 

Q: How long should we have supplies for? 1-2 weeks? 1-2 months? I am overwhelmed with the idea and have no idea where to start.

A: We recommend at any time to have an emergency supply for 14 days because we live on an island and have not changed our recommendation in this situation. You can find more information for disaster preparedness at https://www.ready.navy.mil/ and https://mil.wa.gov/emergency-management-division.

 

3. DEPLOYMENTS / HOMECOMINGS

 

Q: Will my service member be extended past their planned arrival date in the midst of this pandemic? What will happen to Squadrons that are set to deploy soon? Will this impact when they are set to leave?

A: We are not aware of any changes to deployment or homecoming schedules at this time. Stay connected with your ombudsman if you are a family member. If you do not know how to reach your ombudsman, please contact them through https://ombudsmanregistry.cnic.navy.mil/ and select “Contact Your Ombudsman” or call the FFSC Nor’Wester. You can reach them at (360) 257-NAVY and always find their number at https://www.navylifepnw.com/ or through the NavyLifePNW app and select Support Services. If you are a service member, stay connected with your chain of command. Those resources will be able to provide you with as much information as they can at a given moment, with considerations toward operational security.

 

Q: How are service members returning home from Level 2&3 countries being cared for? Are they being quarantined before being allowed into the community? How is the base helping to reduce stigma for those in these countries returning home?

A: When anyone comes from a Level 2 or 3 country they are put into a restriction of movement status (ROM).  This is not a quarantine or isolation as long as they do not have symptoms and have not had close contact with a COVID-19 positive case. The Sailor would go into their living quarters (barracks room, family housing unit or their property in town) for 14 days.  The Sailors are put in ROM status because they came from a Level 2 or 3 country, NOT because they are symptomatic.  The installation and operational units on NAS Whidbey Island are posturing to put entire squadrons in ROM if need be – again, in their own barracks room, housing unit or apartment/house in town.

 

Yes, personnel in a ROM status should minimize contact with others. However, as long as they are not symptomatic, family members should treat them as if they returned from any other location in the US at this point in the pandemic.

You can find the CDC Travel Notices, which define level 2 and 3, here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

 

Q: What if my household has a person who is more at risk from COVID-19, such as compromised immune systems or underlying health issues?

A: If a ROM’d Sailor is returning home and there is someone in the home who is at risk, their chain of command should be informed. Each person has to address their own situation. If the Sailor is not symptomatic, discuss the situation with your health care provider and understand that as long as they are not symptomatic, family members should treat them as if they returned from any other location in the US at this point in the pandemic. If needed, the ROM’d Sailor can be placed in a location that is suitable given their individual situation.

 

Q: Are Sailors coming on NALO being screened?

A: NALO is the airlift that we use to carry our personnel and equipment to various locations for detachments and deployments. Sailors are being screened at the point of departure and again at arrival for all flights within the US and from overseas.

 

Q: Will they (the sailors coming back from deployment) be quarantined separately for 14 days prior to joining family and community. Or, if they will be expected to quarantined at home with family members?

A: When anyone comes from a Level 2 or 3 country they are put into a restriction of movement status (ROM).  This is not a quarantine or isolation as long as they do not have symptoms and have not had close contact with a COVID-19 positive case. The Sailor would go into their living quarters (barracks room, family housing unit or their property in town) for 14 days.  The Sailors are put in ROM status because they came from a Level 2 or 3 country, NOT because they are symptomatic.  The installation and operational units on NAS Whidbey Island are posturing to put entire squadrons in ROM if need be – again, in their own barracks room, housing unit or apartment/house in town.

 

Yes, personnel in a ROM status should minimize contact with others. However, as long as they are not symptomatic, family members should treat them as if they returned from any other location in the US at this point in the pandemic.

You can find the CDC Travel Notices, which define level 2 and 3, here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

Q: Has there been a discussion with psychologists or sociologists at Family Service Center on how to have age appropriate discussions with kids on why mom or dad can't hug them or must stay away?

A: While we are limiting in-person counseling, support groups and classes, and with schools being closed, we are exploring other ways to get Sailors and their families the tools they need during this stressful time.  If you are in crisis and need help, call the Fleet and Family at 866-854-0638. You can also call Military One Source at 800-342-9647.  Continue to monitor the Fleet and Family Services website, https://www.navylifepnw.com/, the NavyLifePNW app, and follow “NavyLife NAS Whidbey Island” on Facebook for information on counseling services.

 

Q: What will be the new protocol for service members returning home from deployments?

A: Firstly, we are not aware of any changes in schedules at this time. As we get closer to a specific homecoming, we will evaluate the situation and determine what protocols we need to create to effectively conduct the homecoming but minimize the number of people involved. We will work closely with command leadership, ombudsman and the MWR Homecoming team to determine the appropriate measures and to distribute the information.

 

Q: Will those of us without a dependent ID card be granted access to base to pick up our loved ones with the current changes to the homecoming process?

A: If a service member is relying on you to be there and provide transportation for their homecoming and you do not have a dependent ID card, the command will provide the installation with an access list to ensure only those who require access will be permitted to attend. This applies to the current situation and may change to be more restrictive if necessary. Make sure the service member provides that information to the command.

 

Q: Will (command) still be leaving xxxxxx, as they haven’t even been given an original leave date?

A: We cannot comment on specifics for commands and deployment dates and locations. Commands will notify the service members and ombudsman will assist in providing information in an appropriate manner to families. If you do not know how to reach your ombudsman, please contact them through https://ombudsmanregistry.cnic.navy.mil/ and select “Contact Your Ombudsman” or call the FFSC Nor’Wester. You can reach them at (360) 257-NAVY and always find their number at https://www.navylifepnw.com/ or through the NavyLifePNW app and select Support Services.

 

Q: What are we doing to prepare our sailors who are leaving on deployment who may be quarintined upon arrival to their deployment location? For ex. (Squadron) advon has arrived to their deployment location and have been told they need to quarantine in their rooms for 14 days. Many have not been able to go to store to pick up food and any other necessary provisions needed for a 14 day quarantine. How are we working with other locations to make sure our sailors are prepared for a quarantine.

A: If a command directs personnel to ROM (restriction of movement), they will also coordinate food and other necessities to ensure personnel can comply with required processes. The Wing (CVWP and CPRW X) are also prepared to work with squadrons that have large numbers of personnel required to ROM.

Quarantine is a status of someone who was possibly exposed to COVID-19 whereas ROM is a status whereby a person is restricted in movement as a precaution typically due to geographic movement.

 

 

4. ECONOMIC/FINANCIAL

 

Q: If a family is quarantined or in ROM status, how are we expected to get groceries?

A: This is where Team Whidbey has to come together.  Commands are fully aware we need to take care of our own. Contact your chain of command for support if you are in a ROM or isolation status, they will work with you to help.

 

Q: I can't afford to shop groceries for 30 days now. I'm very anxious on how I can find supplies in the coming weeks if people are hoarding all the commissary supplies.

A: We have taken measures in the commissary to limit the numbers of certain products being purchased and established a capacity limit of 50 shoppers in the Commissary at one time to enforce social distancing. There are no plans to close the commissary or the Navy Exchange as they are considered mission critical functions.

 

Q: What are financial resources to support us during these times.

A: As always, Sailors can reach out to the Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society for help in financial matters.  You can call them at 360-257-2728 Mon-Fri, 0800-1600, and find them on Facebook and Instagram at “NMCRS Whidbey Island”.

 

Q: Who do I reach out to for information on fraud?

A: For information on current fraud activities, and to report fraud, go to https://www.ncis.navy.mil/.  You can also contact local police.  Another site to go to for information is the Federal Trade Commission site at www.ftc.gov/coronavirus.

 

5. GYMS

 

Q: With the gyms being closed what about the PFA?

A: The PFA and BCA are being suspended for this cycle.  Sailors are encouraged to stay in shape and practice self-care in whatever ways they can while practicing social distancing.

 

6. HOUSING

 

For any concerns with base housing, you may contact Hunt Housing at (360) 679-4241 or through the RentCafe app.

 

You may also contact the Housing Service Center at the Nor’Wester at (360) 257-NAVY and always find their number at https://www.navylifepnw.com/ or through the NavyLifePNW app and select Housing Service Center in Services.

 

Q: Are barracks inspections going to continue?

A: Yes, barracks inspections will continue. The potential for more incidents of destructive behaviors are troubling to me as we put distance between leaders and our Sailors through social distancing measures. Sailors in the barracks will have more idle time and our personnel who have issues that are already affecting their home life are likely to find this time more troubling. This period will challenge our efforts to ensure ALL of our Sailors live in a culture in the barracks of respect, cleanliness and dignity. We must continue inspections and khaki presence, but in a reasonable way taking appropriate precautions.

Q: Is there an option for a married Sailor who may have the disease or is in ROM status to stay in the barracks?

A: The installation does not have the capacity to fit Sailors who already live in military housing or off base. Please work with your unit leadership if there are concerns over at-risk family members so the installation can work with the command to find a funded, suitable solution.

 

Q: What if a Sailor with a roommate in the barracks gets COVID-19?

A: The Sailor who tests positive will be isolated in the room. The Sailor who is the roommate will be put into a ROM status in another room and screened according to CDC and BUMED protocol.

 

Q: Can my elder dad travel from out of state to live with us during this crisis?

A: Military commanders cannot restrict family members from traveling to or from a location in CONUS.  The installation commander can restrict base access during certain force protection or health protection statuses. With that said, Seaplane Base and housing would not normally fall under that restriction so that customers can access to the NEX and commissary. Family members should follow current CDC guidelines for travel.

 

Q: How does the base/and or housing plan to keep the parks sanitary during this time. I saw the parks initially were closed but now they remain open. What is the plan to keep them cleaned and free from contamination. The virus has shown to live on surfaces even outdoors.

 

Q: Close all parks. Encourage children to play in the private yards, be take. On walks/runs/hikes and other socially distanced activities.

 

A: The playgrounds are not under a sanitization protocol, but the installation will continue to align with the local community as much as possible including the use of playgrounds. Please follow social distancing protocols at parks, beaches and other community locations both on base and off.

 

Q: How is the base implementing social distancing within commands?

A: Each command is empowered to enforce social distancing guidelines.  That includes each individual, whether a supervisor or not, ensuring social distancing guidelines are implemented properly, minimizing meetings and attendance, using telework and teleconference capabilities, and establishing the distributed workforce that minimizes personnel in work spaces.

 

7. MEDICAL

 

Q1: If you think you have COVID-19, what should you do?

 

Q2: Who can be screened for COVID-19? Who gets tested?

A: If you suspect you may have COVID-19, the first thing you should do is stay home. This is because staying home helps mitigates the spread of the disease.  You can call the Nurse Advice Line at 800-874-2273, Option 1 or go to https://mhsnurseadviceline.com/ . You can also call Whidbey Health at 360-240-4055 or the Island County Department of Health at 360-678-2301 (Mon-Fri 0800-1630, Sat-Sun 0900-1600). If you are having difficulty breathing and feel you are in an emergency situation call 911.

Follow Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor on Facebook and watch for All Hands emails to get the latest information on NHCOH services and COVID-19 protocols.

 

Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

A: Symptoms include a dry cough, fever and shortness of breath.  The symptoms can be very mild in some people. 

 

You can find more information at https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrnw/om/COVID-19.html.

 

If you are feeling symptoms and you aren’t sure call the Nurse Advice Line at 800-874-2273, Option 1 or go to https://mhsnurseadviceline.com/ . You can also call Whidbey Health at 360-240-4055 or the Island County Department of Health at 360-678-2301 (Mon-Fri 0800-1630, Sat-Sun 0900-1600). If you are having difficulty breathing and feel you are in an emergency situation call 911.

Follow Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor on Facebook and watch for All Hands emails to get the latest information on NHCOH services and COVID-19 protocols.

 

Q: Should I wear a facemask around the base?

A: Most people in public do not need to wear a facemask if they are well.  If you do have a respiratory illness, if you are coughing or you may have been exposed to COVID-19, then you should wear a face mask.  If you are in care of someone who is sick and known to have a respiratory illness then consult your health care provider on appropriate precautions.

 

Q: When is COVID-19 most contagious?

A: COVID-19 can be contagious at any time during its process, however it is most contagious when the symptoms are at their worst.

You can find more at https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrnw/om/COVID-19.html

 

Q: Who is at highest risk of catching the disease?  Who is at risk for a more severe case of the disease?

A: Those who are at highest risk are those with a history of travel, or who are in contact with someone who has COVID-19.  People at risk for a more severe case of the disease include the elderly, people with heart disease, diabetes, or people with lung disease.

 

Q: What are the procedures when someone is being tested?  Will they be quarantined until the test comes back?

A: When someone meets the criteria to be tested, they will be put into a quarantine status.  If a person is tested off base, outside of the military system, they should inform their chain of command immediately so appropriate actions can be taken.

 

Q: What can I do to avoid infection?

A: There are several steps you can take to avoid contracting COVID-19.  These include regularly washing your hands for more than 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, keep your area (whether at home or work) sanitized, stay away from crowds, practice social distancing, and stay at home if you are sick.

 

Q: How are the clinic personnel handling specimens for the COVID-19 diagnostic testing?

A: The clinic does not do the laboratory work to complete the testing. Medical personnel will administer the swab test, but the specimens are batched together and shipped to Madigan Army Medical Center where they are processed.  The turn around time, from when they arrive at Madigan to when NAS Whidbey Island gets the results, is typically 24-36 hours.

 

Q: How many tests do you have at the clinic?

A: One of the reasons people are screened for COVID-19 is the supply of tests, while adequate, is limited.  Please call the resources listed for verbal screening if you believe you may be symptomatic or exposed.

 

Q: How many patients can the clinic handle if this virus spreads on our base?

A: The clinic is not set up to deal with a patient with COVID-19.  Most patients will do well with isolation at home. Patients who are more severely ill will have to go to an inpatient facility.

 

Q: I have a concern that we are being encouraged to use Express Scripts mail order pharmacy services because the NHCOH Pharmacy is a high risk area but by using Express Scripts comes copays that will put a financial burden on families with chronic conditions and people who are out of work due to this virus. Is there going to be something put into place to waive these copays during this crisis?

A: The Pharmacy staff is working to deliver the service while taking precautions. We are not aware of any policy waiving co-pays for ExpressScripts at this time for dependents, retirees and others. Active duty personnel do not pay a co-pay for ExpressScripts service. We will forward your recommendation to appropriate offices.

 

Q: Does NASWI Clinic have the right equipment and enough of it to protect its service members and families?

A: The clinic has an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for its staff members and patients.  Our first responders also have appropriate PPE, which they are using when appropriate but judiciously.

 

Q: What is the risk to pregnant women?

A: Please refer to the CDC website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/protect-family.html and talk with your health care provider. If you have concerns, please discuss them with your supervisor so they can address your needs.

 

Q: What is the protocol of investigation (to determine who else may be infected) if someone tests positive for COVID-19?

A: Once NAS Whidbey Island is informed of a positive case (Sailor, civilian or contractor) the NHCOH would contact Island County Department of Health immediately.  They would then determine, to the best of their ability, who the Sailor was in contact with – who they live with, where they live, what their work space is and how close they work with other people – and Island County DoH, along with the NHCOH public health officer, would reach out to notify those people.  Depending on the closeness of contact and duration of contact, it may be determined those people in contact with the positive case may be put in ROM status pending screening.

 

Q: Why is the current policy put out by the base and by NHCOH to stay home only 72hrs after a fever when this virus is known to the CDC and WHO to be contagious for longer than symptoms are present. Sailors are being encouraged to stay home and only get tested if they are experiencing severe conditions in which they need medical intervention. They wouldn’t know if they had the virus, then return to work shortly after spreading the virus to their coworkers.

A: NHCOH follows CDC guidelines through the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center. The CDC recommends to discontinue isolation after 72 hours have passed since fever and clear of symptoms. Please see the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health COVID-19 website, which includes resources, and CDC fact sheets that cover this issue.

https://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcphc/program-and-policy-support/Pages/Novel-Coronavirus.aspx

 

Q: How can we confirm that there have been no cases on base when service members aren’t being given the test even when experiencing symptoms? My husband HAS symptoms and he was given SIQ for three days, was told to stay home and that a test was unnecessary unless his symptoms become severe.

A: Not everyone with symptoms is tested after screening, which can be unsettling with all the concern in our community. NHCOH and the local hospitals are following CDC protocols that provides a process for screening and testing. This leaves uncertainty in households but is in compliance with established protocol.

 

 

8. MISSION ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL (MEP) / BASE STATUS

 

Q1: Why don’t you just shut down the base?

 

Q2: Are you not concerned that by avoiding going to mission essential personnel only that you are putting the entire community of Whidbey Island in danger? Due to the fact that the virus be asymptomatic a sailor exposed at work could unwittingly spread the virus to hundreds.

 

A: You may be aware of the concept of “flatten the curve.” If we do nothing, we get a spike in cases; when we take measures – such as social distancing – we “flatten the curve” so the spike does not get higher than what our health care system can handle.  While this also spreads the number of cases over time, we have to weigh the measures it takes to mitigate the risks of this illness with our operational requirements we face to be the Navy the nation needs.  We still have a mission and we still have forces deployed overseas, and we are still planning for all scheduled deployments and homecomings.  We continue to maintain the operations of the installation because operational commanders and fleet commanders need the NAS Whidbey Island-based squadrons ready to go out and do their mission.

 

Q: Can someone please explain why my husband's supervisors have been told they can work from home, but my husband has to stay there? He has already potentially been exposed and we have a child with asthma. Why doesn't the base have to make more changes? Why isn't the base going essential only for 14 days? Why do our kids and business in the community have to shut down, but not the largest employer? What good does isolation do if our spouses still have to be on the base being exposed?

A:  We continue to maintain the operations of the installation because operational commanders and fleet commanders need the NAS Whidbey Island-based squadrons ready to go out and do their mission. With that said, the installation command is in contact with tenant commands, Island County and Washington State authorities to take measures to distribute the workforce – such as telework – to minimize the number of people coming to work at NAS Whidbey Island.  Some people can’t telework or work remotely due to their job.  Some supervisors, who are able to do their job via computer or phone connection, are being sent home to telework. It’s up to the commands onboard NAS Whidbey Island to balance risk mitigation, especially with individuals who have at-risk family members at home, and operational requirements.  Please stay engaged with your supervisor, chain of command and ombudsman for information on how your particular command is operating at this time.

 

Q: I realize Island County has been much less hit in this issue than Pierce/King/Snohomish Counties. With the large numbers of personnel (military and civilian) who transit to the base daily, is enough being done to prevent spread of this disease from even coming on to the base from the South.

A: Unit leadership onboard NAS Whidbey Island are empowered to determine how they handle the mitigation of risk versus their operational requirements. Military personnel and human resources have given commanders the means to be flexible in what decisions they make to lower the risk and still perform their mission. Sailors should contact their individual supervisor and chain of command to discuss their situation and determine if they should telework due to their situation. If you are required to be at work, take all appropriate measures to minimize the risk of spreading the virus while completing your critical mission.

 

Q: How are the commands enforcing social distancing for the service members who have to report to work?

A: Across NAS Whidbey Island, commands are taking measures to enforce social distancing and distributing the workforce.  There should not be large gatherings for non-mission essential reasons. There may be meetings that have to take place, with personnel gathered, but commands are working to reduce the number of people in those meetings, and ensure there is enough space between the participants to mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

 

Q: Will the community and military families be notified if there is a positive case on base?

A: If there is a positive case on base, the Navy will send a release. This may not be immediate, as it takes time for test results to come back and there are Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act (HIPAA) considerations for the privacy of the individual, but a release will be sent out.

 

Q: Any word on how many cases on the island or other thresholds that need to be met for the island to be sealed off?

A: You can get all information on Island County’s response to COVID-19 at https://www.islandcountywa.gov/Health/Pages/COVID-19.aspx. All decisions pertaining to movement in Island County or the State will be handled by Island County and Washington State governments.

 

Q: How many commands are in duty sections?

A: Status varies by command and based on daily mission requirements. Contact your chain of command for information on your particular command’s operational requirements.

 

Q: What sanitation practices are happening on base and on planes so that if my family is practicing social distancing and quarantining, my husband doesn’t bring it home with him and infect us?

A: We clean in accordance with CDC guidelines and we also have our support services ready to sanitize a space if needed. We rely on our janitorial services, but are also relying on Sailor power to help keep areas clean.

 

Q: My husband works on construction projects on base – are they going to continue?

A: Yes, we have many construction projects on base and Public Works staff are reviewing each project for their necessity to ensure we continue projects critical to Fleet needs and consider pausing on projects when we can afford to do so.

 

Q1: If a member’s wife has an auto immune disease, and heart condition, should he still be going to work? What if he catches COVID-19 and passes it on to her?

 

Q2: Many sailors have family members that fall into the vulnerable populations group. Concerning to me is the fact that many sailors are pregnant themselves or have significant others who are pregnant at home. With nearly no peer reviewed evidence regarding the effects of covid-19 on the developing fetus, why is the risk of transmission from sailor to family member not being taken more seriously? Why has the installation not shifted to essential personnel only? We are leaving our families vulnerable.

 

Q3: If a member’s wife has an auto immune disease, and heart condition, should he still be going to work? What if he catches COVID-19 and passes it on to her?

 

A: Contact the supervisor and chain of command to review your individual situation to determine if they can help. We cannot comment for all situations, as each case needs to be addressed on its own. There are many ways that policies developed this week empower commands and supervisors to consider this situation.

 

 

Q: If Washington State orders a state-wide lockdown will that cause NAS Whidbey Island to go to mission essential personnel?

A: NASWI commands have been using many methods to distribute the workforce to reduce opportunity to spread COVID-19 while performing critical operations.

·         Telework: We have moved into a distributed workforce through evolving telework guidance and utilization of weather/safety leave and other HR processes.

·         Minimizing number of personnel: All commands are minimizing the number of personnel required while meeting their readiness requirements.

·         Mission Essential personnel (MEP): Up until today’s date, NASWI is not in a MEP status. We typically use Mission Essential personnel (MEP) for weather-related events and other natural events, but it has not been appropriate in this case yet. MEP severely affects important operations, but it still may be used as the situation develops.

·         Coordination with local and state governments: NAS Whidbey Island continues to coordinate with local and state governments while maintaining operations. If Washington State goes into a state-wide lockdown, shelter-in-place, or other similar order, NAS Whidbey Island will continue to work to align as much as possible to our community while also meeting operational requirements. At some point, this could involve additional Health Protection Condition (HPCON) measures and/or a MEP status.

 

We will inform via news release, social media, All Hands message and AtHoc notification. Check our website https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrnw/installations/nas_whidbey_island.html or follow NAS Whidbey Island on Facebook and Twitter for any changes to status.

 

Q: Can the base commander stop service members from traveling on leave?

A: Any commander can restrict the service members under his or her cognizance to taking leave only in the local area by the recent order of the Secretary of Defense. The local area, or liberty limits, is determined by your command.  Check with your chain of command for those limits.

 

Q: Are family members restricted from traveling?

A: Military commanders cannot restrict family members from traveling to or from a location in continental US (CONUS) locations.  The installation commander can restrict base access during certain force protection or health protection statuses. Family members should follow current CDC guidelines for travel.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

 

Q: How can I reach out to the command to ask further questions?

A: You can send your question to the NAS Whidbey Island Public Affairs Office at whdb_naswi_pao@navy.mil.

 

Q: If it comes down to essential personnel on base only, who specifically would fall under that category?

            A: This would be the same process as experienced during weather events. Commands will determine who is mission essential to meet essential requirements and those would be more limited than we are experiencing at this time.

 

9. PCS, RETIREMENTS, SEPARATIONS, TDY

 

Q: How are Sailors on PCS orders affected?

A: PCS moves have been stopped and we continue to see adjustments in the policy. To date, NASWI has seen 141 PCS moves affected for outbound personnel. Talk to your local command and/or My Navy Career Center (MNCC) for clarity on what entitlements you qualify for in your particular situation. To contact MNCC call 833-330-6622 or email askmncc@navy.mil.

 

Q: Will there be any restrictions on HHG moving companies getting on base? We are currently in the Navy Lodge awaiting housing and delivery of HHG.

A: No there will not. If you require a pack-out kit of air mattresses, pots, pans and other essentials, please contact the Nor’Wester Fleet and Family Support Center. You can reach them at (360) 257-NAVY, through https://www.navylifepnw.com/ or through the NavyLifePNW app and select Support Services.

 

Q: What about individuals who have had their household goods/POV picked up but haven’t departed their location?

A: Talk to your local command and/or My Navy Career Center (MNCC) for clarity on what entitlements you qualify for in your particular situation. To contact MNCC call 833-330-6622 or email askmncc@navy.mil. As always keep your command, either your gaining or current, informed of your situation.

If you require a pack-out kit of air mattresses, pots, pans and other essentials, please contact the Nor’Wester Fleet and Family Support Center. You can reach them at (360) 257-NAVY, through https://www.navylifepnw.com/ or through the NavyLifePNW app and select Support Services.

 

Q: If my spouse is retiring will we be placed on hold?

A: There is no hold on retirements and separations.

 

Q: My husband is mid TDY and now all TDYs are cancelled. Will my spouse be coming home as expected or will he actually be delayed by almost 2 months?

A: There are no changes in TDY schedules due to this pandemic at this time. Please contact your command ombudsman for more information. If you do not know how to reach your ombudsman, please contact them through https://ombudsmanregistry.cnic.navy.mil/ and select “Contact Your Ombudsman” or call the FFSC Nor’Wester. You can reach them at (360) 257-NAVY and always find their number at https://www.navylifepnw.com/ or through the NavyLifePNW app and select Support Services.

 

Q: Spouse is in schooling in Jacksonville, due to finish beginning of April. Will he be able to return home when school is finished?

A: There are no changes in TDY schedules due to this pandemic at this time. Please contact your command ombudsman for more information. If you do not know how to reach your ombudsman, please contact them through https://ombudsmanregistry.cnic.navy.mil/ and select “Contact Your Ombudsman” or call the FFSC Nor’Wester. You can reach them at (360) 257-NAVY and always find their number at https://www.navylifepnw.com/ or through the NavyLifePNW app and select Support Services.


Q: To the best of my knowledge, my spouse is stuck on the Lincoln carrier. When will they be brought back to WA? Will they have a 14 day quarantine at the base before they can return to their family homes?

A: There are no changes in TDY schedules due to this pandemic at this time. Please contact your command ombudsman for more information. If you do not know how to reach your ombudsman, please contact them through https://ombudsmanregistry.cnic.navy.mil/ and select “Contact Your Ombudsman” or call the FFSC Nor’Wester. You can reach them at (360) 257-NAVY and always find their number at https://www.navylifepnw.com/ or through the NavyLifePNW app and select Support Services.

 

Q: Does that mean no families, domestically or internationally, can accompany service members on PCS moves?

A: If a service member is waived to execute a PCS move, you will have to discuss your specific situation with Navy Personnel Command to address dependents. Contact your detailer or MNCC by calling 833-330-6622 or email askmncc@navy.mil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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General FAQs:

How far is the air station from SEATAC?

It's about 90 miles and takes about two hours to drive from the airport to NAS Whidbey Island.  You can take a Washington State Ferry from Mukilteo to Clinton at the bottom of Whidbey Island or you can drive North on Interstate 5 and take Exit 230 West at Mount Vernon and follow directions to Whidbey Island.

What kind of transportation is available from SEATAC to the air station?

Transportation options from SEATAC airport are rental vehicle or the Whidbey Seatac Shuttle which comes onto Whidbey Island via the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry and travels up Whidbey Island to Oak Harbor and NAS Whidbey Island.

Does the base offer tours?

For information regarding Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, station events, tours, etc., please contact the Public Affairs Office.


What services are available for families enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program?

Naval Hospital Oak Harbor (NHOH) is designated as an Exceptional Family Member Program (EFM) Category 5 facility. However, as a small community hospital, some specialty services are limited. A variety of more specialized treatment up to is available via referral at other military and civilian facilities throughout the Puget Sound region.

Please Note that due to the unique geography of the Puget Sound region, the Washington highway system can be indirect and include ferry crossings. Point to point distances on the map can be misleading and actual travel times and routes may be significantly longer.

For more specific information about availability of care and location of facilities, please visit the please visit the Naval Hospital Oak Harbor EFM information page and EFM program page.


How can I show my support for our troops?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Dept. of Defense is responding to queries from thousands of Americans who are again asking what they can do to show their support for service members, especially those serving overseas in this time of war?

The following are websites for several organizations sponsoring programs for members of the Armed Forces overseas. While it would be inappropriate for DoD to endorse any specifically, service members do value and appreciate such expressions of support:

Donate a calling card to help keep service members in touch with their families at Operation Uplink at www.operationuplink.org

Donate to "Operation USO Care Package" at http://www.usocares.org

Send a greeting via e-mail through Operation Dear Abby at https://wwwcfi.cnet.navy.mil/dearabby/

Sign a virtual thank you card at the Defend America Web site at www.defendamerica.mil/nmam.html

Visit www.americasupportsyou.mil.

Make a donation to one of the military relief societies

Support the American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services at www.redcross.org/

Volunteer at a VA Hospital to honor veterans who bore the lamp of freedom in past conflicts. www.va.gov

Support families whose loved ones are being treated at military and VA hospitals through a donation to the Fisher House at www.fisherhouse.org

Reach out to military families in your community, especially those with a loved one overseas.

Purchase a CertifiCheck redeemable for merchandise or groceries at AAFES/DeCA by calling 1-877-770-4438 (GIFT) or logging on to www.aafes.com or www.commissaries.com.

Adopt a unit through the Veteran's of Foreign Wars "Adopt-A-Unit" program, www.vfw.org

Find opportunities for volunteering through www.usafreedomcorps.gov or by calling 1-877-USA-CORPS.

DoD officials ask citizens not to flood the military mail system with letters, cards, and gifts. Due to security concerns and transportation constraints, the Defense Department can't accept items to be mailed "Any Servicemember."

Some people have tried to avoid this prohibition by sending large numbers of packages to an individual service member's overseas address, which however well intentioned, clogs the mail and causes unnecessary delays.

U.S. troops deployed to the Persian Gulf region and other overseas locations can now receive personal messages from family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues and supporters via the pages of the Stars & Stripes newspaper.

"Messages of Support," a daily section that debuted March 17, gives family and friends of deployed service members a chance to pass their greetings, words of encouragement and announcements free of charge.

"Messages of Support" can be e-mailed to "Stars and Stripes" 24 hours a day at messages@estripes.com, are limited to 50 words or less and will be printed on a first-come, first-run basis. "Stars and Stripes" reserves the right to screen and edit all messages and to omit any determined inappropriate.

"Stars and Stripes" is the editorially independent, Defense Department-authorized daily newspaper distributed overseas for the U.S. military community. It provides commercially available U.S. and world news and objective, staff-produced stories relevant to the military community in a balanced, fair and accurate manner. S&S is currently increasing its Middle East circulation with the goal of providing one paper for every three persons stationed there.

 

 

What photographic services are available at NAS Whidbey Island?

 

Photographic services are available for commands, and active duty servicemembers through a contractor whose office is located on the Seaplane Base. Before commands can arrange for photo services they will need a DOD EMALL account.

 

To obtain a DOD EMALL account, commands should contact Mark Gorrell at 360-257-6494 Tuesday and Thursday  or 425-304-3540   on Wednesdays and Fridays. The costs associated with photographic services are the responsibility of the individual or command. Commands will need a DOD EMALL account.

 

After obtaining a DOD EMALL Account:

 

For photo appointments please contact Ralph Byars at ralph.byars@chugachgov.com or call at 360-257-2807 or at 360-969-0149 between the hours of 0730 and 1600, Monday thru Friday.

 

Photo lab hours are from 0730 to 1500 on Wednesday and Friday. The  POC for that service and appointments is Robert O'Dell at 360-257-2320 or 360-441-4531.

 

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