Fairchild Air Force Base, roughly a little over 15 kilometers southwest of Spokane, WA, is a US Air Force base operated and controlled by the Air Mobility Command. The base is hosted by the 92d Air Refueling Wing, the unit responsible for aero-medical withdrawal missions...
Joint Base Lewis-McChord was made in 2010 by combining Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base. Its strategic location in Washington State made it the perfect place for Army and Air Force missions. Just 10 minutes from Tacoma, majestic Mount Rainier overlooks the base.
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is located in the northern portion of Washington state. As the name implies, this installation provides air support and training. With over twenty squadrons, this base has two airfields and rotates deployments around the world.
A military member assigned to TDY (Temporary Duty) or has PCS (Permanent Change of Station) orders to Naval Station (NAVSTA) Everett, the most modern naval station in the U.S., will reside in Everett, Washington, 25 miles north of Seattle.
This base is homeport of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, two destroyers, three frigates and two Coast Guard cutters/vessels.
Those that are assigned to NAVSTA Everett will find unaccompanied housing, family housing and off-base housing (where there are pet friendly apartments) available.
Tip: The Housing Services Center (HSC), located on base, is the one-stop shop to receive housing information and assistance services.
A Child Development Center (CDC), which is on base, is available for any young children that accompany the service member. Unfortunately, there are no on-base schools so one must find a private/public school off-base. Tip: Before arrival, contact the Naval Station Everett School Liaison Officer for assistance or advice about the local school districts nearby. For those, instead, who desire a college degree, there is the Navy College Office (NCO) on base.
Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) jobs are available for those that seek employment on base. Tip: To help secure a job position, be sure to fill out the Military Spouse Employment Preference Form and bring it to the Fleet & Family Readiness Support Office on base. Off-base employment is an option too. The job unemployment rate in Washington is at 7.6 percent, which is ranked thirtieth lowest in the U.S. (BLS, 2012)
For family entertainment, there is not much other than going to the base cinema, gym, or playing intramural sports, but off base, there are many recreational sites to visit. Tip: Both the Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) office and Liberty (single sailor) program on base have opportunities to get people out and away from base and take trips, tours, and/or attend special events in the area or afar when not at sea.
The average annual temperature in Everett, Washington is 61 °F; but can go as low as 43 °F. Washington’s climate varies greatly as it gets wet and humid often as a result of being near the Pacific Ocean.