About NAS Whidbey Island, WA
Whidbey Island, in Island County, Washington, is home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NAS Whidbey). The base consists of two sections. Most of the aviation work occurs at Ault Field, while Seaport Base is now home to the base's housing, the Navy Exchange, and the Commissary.
NAS Whidbey was commissioned as a U.S. Navy base on September 21, 1942, just prior to the start of World War II. The Navy initially chose the location in order to refuel their planes near Puget Sound. Since then, it has housed a variety of aircraft and has gone through many transitions. Today, NAS Whidbey is home to 17 tenant squadrons, 3 Ready Reserve squadrons, and a Search and Rescue Unit.
The U.S. Government employs around 8,800 people in Island County, including active duty military, contractors, and civilians. The federal government is the largest employer in this rural location.