Best part is you don’t even really need to take advantage of on-base facilities because you’re based in a beautiful part of the world with an abundance of activities. Or you can rent a boat from MWR to go crabbing in the Puget sound.Coming from a VFA, primarily Oceana background as an active guy, to VAQ as a reservist, I agree. Whidbey is fantastic. I remember coming back at 2100 or so one June or July a couple years back, in full daylight, from a BFM flight over the offshore training range. The Olympics were still capped in snow. Baker was a nice pinkish red in the distance to the east, and looking south you could see Rainier, Adams, a bit of St Helens, and Hood. The strait and sound were full of folks partying on boats or coming home from offshore. I got home and kicked back on my outdoor couch on the back deck and drank some great PNW beers under a full moon listening to the owl that lives in our back tree line. I'm born and raised in the northwest too, so I'm probably biased, but that is a snapshot of the place. I'd also submit that NASWI has much better facilities, housing, and MWR type stuff, than Oceana or Lemoore. The only real downside is these next 8 months
Best part is you don’t even really need to take advantage of on-base facilities because you’re based in a beautiful part of the world with an abundance of activities. Or you can rent a boat from MWR to go crabbing in the Puget sound.
I was flying back from the Olympic MOA after a RAG AAR flight with a Super Hornet from 122. The entire time back the pilot was talking about how lucky we were to be based there. 100% concur.
While completely fair talking about how awesome that area is, a underrated aspect of Lemoore is the awesome variety of outdoors stuff here as well.
The flight to the R2508 takes you over Mt. Whitney, the flight to W-283/285 takes you over Big Sur and the flight to Fallon takes you over Yosemite. All those are in very easy day/weekend trip range and spending almost every weekend in the winter in Tahoe with your buddies skiing makes up for a lot of shittness in the Valley.