The Navy spouse is important at NAS Oceana. Each of the squadrons and units aboard has an active officers’ spouses’ organization, and the majority also has an active enlisted spouse group. There is no reason to feel lonely, bored or uninformed during your spouse’s tour here. Whatever your talent or interest, there is a place for you to be involved. Many of our activities have enlisted and officers’ spouses working together, sharing abilities, knowledge and experience to solve problems and find solutions to needs. These organizations have become a dynamic force in life aboard NAS Oceana.
There is everything from raising funds for the Youth Center, tutoring students for GED and telling stories to young children at the library, to selling food, drinks and tickets at the annual air show. Sharing recreational expertise for the Youth Program and assisting the Navy Relief, Red Cross and Navy Family Service Center are only a few areas in which spouses assist the Oceana Navy community. You should plan to attend a NSC Welcome to Hampton Roads Workshop to learn what the Navy community can do for you.
Squadron or unit enlisted spouses meet for fun and fellowship throughout deployments. They work together to raise money for homecoming through various activities such as bake and sandwich sales or flea markets. They also get together to share information and activities on station and in the civilian community, tape children’s voices and take pictures for the parent away during deployments. The get-togethers are a great place to make friends and get needed support during lengthy deployments.
Navy Wives Club of America
Princess Anne 143 is the local chapter of the country’s only national organization for all spouses of enlisted personnel in the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, active or retired. The spouses come from various ships and squadrons in the Hampton Roads area, as well as, Oceana. The club’s activities include welfare and goodwill projects, social events and educational programs.
Spouses run the Oceana Thrift Shop as their major Ways and Means project. On average, nearly $10,000 is donated to charities each year, which is about 90 percent of the Thrift Shop’s income. They meet 7:15 p.m. the first Thursday of the month in the NAS Oceana Thrift Shop (Building 531). The Thrift Shop is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Saturday; and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Phone: 757-433-2193.