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Installation Overview --Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington

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Installation Overview --Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington

Naval Aircrewman 1st Class Chad Lewis, assigned to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Search and Rescue, guides a Bellingham Mountain Rescue Council volunteer during hoist rescue operations training.

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy; Photo by: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tucker M. Yates

NASWI supports approximately 10,000 military personnel with an additional 24,000 family members, over 14,000 retirees, 350+ reservists, and 2,500 civilian employees. We also support over 50 Canadian Forces and their families.

In all, there are 19 active duty squadrons and 2 Ready Reserve squadrons currently based at NAS Whidbey Island. The air station also maintains a Search and Rescue Unit, flying two Sikorsky MH-60S Nighthawks. Over 50 tenant commands are also located at NAS Whidbey Island, providing training, medical and dental, and other support services, including a Marine Aviation Training Support Group (MATSG) for Whidbey’s staff and student Marine Corps personnel. The base also continues its long-standing role as a center of activity for Naval Air Reserve operations and training in the region.

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