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  • Thursday, February 25, 2021 2:25 PM | Officer Spouses Club Naswi (Administrator)

    Applications for OSCWI Graduating Senior Scholarships, Spouse Scholarships, and Charity Donations are now available! The deadline for submission is April 30, 2021, and applicants will be notified of the status of their applications by the end of May.

    Find all the information and applications here on our Scholarships and Grants page!

  • Friday, May 22, 2020 12:00 PM | Officer Spouses Club Naswi (Administrator)

    The OSCWI board has decided to hold Time and Talent as an online auction this year. We are still working out the date and other details, but we will announce those soon. 

    We will require registration for the online auction, but the event will be free of charge. Those who purchased tickets previously have received information on refunds in an email from Brown Paper Tickets.

    We know many will be disappointed that we cannot gather, as in so many previous years, for the event. We, too, are saddened not to be able to celebrate another great year for NASWI and the OSCWI with you. But we need to raise funds for the scholarships and grants that will go back to supporting our community, and the ongoing spread of coronavirus and restrictions against large gatherings mean that we will not be able to hold an in-person event soon enough to do that. 

    Our students, spouses, and community nonprofits need our help now more than ever. Time and Talent will not be the same this year, but the board will do our utmost to make the online auction a success so that, despite the global crisis, we can continue to meet the goals of our organization: serving our community and spouses. We hope you will support us in our mission.

    We will continue accepting applications for scholarships and grants in the meantime and will announce an updated timeline for the application deadline, recipient notification, and disbursement as soon as we have a date for the auction.

  • Friday, March 06, 2020 2:01 PM | Officer Spouses Club Naswi (Administrator)

    Updated May 8, 2020 – In response to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and in compliance with efforts by the state of Washington to contain the virus, we will no longer be holding Time and Talent on May 16 as previously planned. The OSCWI board will meet soon to determine plans for moving forward. Should we end up canceling completely, we will refund all tickets. We will make an announcement with the final plan for Time and Talent 2020 no later than May 22.

    As you all know, Time and Talent is swiftly approaching. Like last year, the Officers’ Club has generously offered to mix us a signature cocktail for the event. What will it be? That depends on you!

    Because we had so much fun with this last year, we’re holding a Time and Talent Signature Cocktail Naming Contest again for this year’s event. You provide the name, and the Officers’ Club will mix a cocktail to match, which we will all enjoy come March 21!

    Haven’t yet purchased your ticket for Time and Talent? We are extending the deadline for purchasing tickets at the discounted rate to March 14. So get yours now!

    How It Works

    Friday, March 6 (TODAY!) – OSCWI followers can begin submitting thematically appropriate cocktail names (either by commenting on our Facebook post or by filling out the Cocktail Contest Submission Form

    Wednesday, March 11 – All submissions must be in by the end of the day (we’ll count anything before midnight). 

    Thursday, March 12 – Voting opens! We announce the list and invite you to vote on your favorites. 

    Monday, March 16 – Voting closes.

    Wednesday, March 18 – Signature Cocktail is announced!

    A cocktail going by the winning name will be served at Time and Talent.


    Cocktail names can be thematic a number of ways. They can…

    1. Reflect this year’s Time and Talent theme: Music through the Decades

    2. Reflect our special NASWI community (Navy life, Whidbey Island, etc.)


    The winner of the cocktail naming contest will receive a free cocktail courtesy of the OSCWI at Time and Talent.

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020 2:03 PM | Officer Spouses Club Naswi (Administrator)

    Update May 22, 2020 – The OSCWI board has decided to hold Time and Talent 2020 as an online auction. Details TBA–check back on our blog and the main Time and Talent page for information on participating in the online event.

    To receive a full refund for your ticket purchase, email by May 27. If you would like to offer your purchase as a contribution to our organization, we truly appreciate your support, and no action is needed.

    Tickets for the 2020 Time and Talent are now on sale! Hosted by the OSCWI, Time and Talent is an annual themed fundraising gala benefiting the OSCWI’s scholarship and grant funds as well as officers’ spouses’ clubs from participating NASWI commands. The event includes refreshments, dancing, and a live and silent auction.

    The theme for this year’s Time and Talent is “Music through the Decades.” The event will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at the NASWI Officers’ Club.

    Rates are $20 for OSCWCI members* and their spouses, $30 for non-OSCWI members and their spouses, and $40 for everyone who buys at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the discounted rates at anytime before March 14. After March 14, all tickets will be sold for $40.

    Learn more and download the event packet on the Time and Talent main page.

    * OSCWI members will receive their discount code via email.

  • Tuesday, February 04, 2020 2:06 PM | Officer Spouses Club Naswi (Administrator)

    Our NASWI COW, Samar Arny, is nominated for the Military Spouse of the Year! Vote for her this week!

    Voting happens this week Monday, February 3rd through Friday, February 7th. Please share with your spouses’ groups and connections. Anyone can vote, and supporters are encouraged to vote once per day! At the bottom of this page you will find the “Vote For Our Cow” Promo. Learn more about Samar Arny on her bio page. The voting link is


    We are proud and humbled that our commanding officer wife is nominated for this honorable position. Arny serves as a full-time community advocate. Her dedication, perseverance, and determination to build an empowered community is extraordinary. She strongly believes that empowering military spouses is the backbone for the strength of our national defense and a necessity to retain our Sailors in service!

    During 2019, she led a series of inclusive, innovative, and empowering initiatives to unlock the potential among military spouses and create memorable connections. Arny spoke last year on several platforms about her “21st Century Mil Spouse” vision. She is bringing this vision to a more solid foundation this spring! 


    Meaningful connections to find our true purpose and identity | every voice matters | an empowered mil spouse on all levels | to inspire & be inspired | built by spouses for spouses | innovative initiative to discover our WHY & HOW | have real fun in a welcoming environment. 


    To empower and inspire military spouses–among all military branches–on the professional, educational, and wellness levels through promoting inclusion, diversity, and connectedness. 


    To accurately identify barriers hindering us from unlocking our potential, and to set innovative action plans and initiatives to unleash this potential. 

    To become, in 3 years, the primary digital empowering platform for military spouses around the nation, and in 6 years to implement “Military Spouse Appreciation Forum” and “Military Spouse Empowerment Summit” reaching 59 Military installations.


    • Military Spouse Appreciation Forum
    • 6 empowering initiatives with Nordstrom, Amazon, Microsoft, & Boeing
    • 21st Century Mil Spouse Toolkit workshop with Amazon
    • Military Spouse Empowerment Summit in partnership with Boeing and with participation of executive veterans from Starbucks, Microsoft, Nordstrom, USO, Rosie Network, Business Impact Northwest, Operation Homefront, and others. 
    • Empowering culinary specialist Sailors through 6 receptions (Dec. 2018 & 2019) to show off their work to community leadership
    • Holiday Bazaar to empower mil spouses’ home run businesses, talents and skills
    • Led 21st Century Military Spouse session in San Diego

  • Thursday, January 09, 2020 2:00 PM | Officer Spouses Club Naswi (Administrator)

    UPDATE May 22, 2020 – Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and efforts by the state of Washington and NASWI to slow it, the OSCWI has had to postpone is annual scholarships and grants fundraising auction, Time and Talent; we will now be holding the event as an online auction this summer, more details TBA. We will continue accepting applications in the meantime, and we will release an updated timeline for application deadlines, recipient notification, and disbursements as soon as we have a date for our auction.

    Applications for OSCWI Graduating Senior Scholarships, Spouse Scholarships, and Charity Donations are now available! The deadline for submission is March 31, 2020, and applicants will be notified of the status of their applications by the end of May.

  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 2:08 PM | Officer Spouses Club Naswi (Administrator)

    Early on Thursday morning, October 17, 2019, a couple dozen military spouses hurried about the Victory Terrace, a community events center near downtown Oak Harbor, Washington, on Whidbey Island. Some set up projectors, some arranged registration paperwork, and others greeted and prepared guest speakers. These individuals were the board members and volunteers of the Officers’ Spouses’ Club of Whidbey Island, and they were setting the stage for 120 military spouses like themselves to arrive. In the course of the day, these attendees would meet representatives from major corporations, hear from speakers who have built careers as military spouses, and spruce up their own job-hunt arsenals with complimentary resume reviews.

    So began the Military Spouse Empowerment Summit, sponsored by The Boeing Company, a corporation committed to military, veterans, and their families, and hosted by the OSCWI, the base-wide Officers’ Spouses’ Club of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and a nonprofit dedicated to serving its community. In addition to attending inspiring talks and career-building workshops, spouses enjoyed catered breakfast and lunch and received professional head shots. For those with children, complimentary childcare was even available. It was a day devoted entirely to them, and they deserved it!

    Guests during opening remarks
    Image by H. Cru Photography

    Despite spouses’ essential role in supporting their military service members, they themselves face an uphill battle when it comes to finding employment, let alone establishing satisfying careers. Nearly a quarter of military spouses are unemployed, and many more are underemployed or working jobs they are overqualified for. Between coordinating frequent moves, being stationed in remote areas, and caring for children as single parents during deployments, military spouses are often left with little time and few resources to reverse this trend.

    Through this summit, Boeing and the OSCWI wanted to give spouses a chance to feel cared for and to gain the inspiration and tools they needed to get back on their feet professionally.

    Military spouse guests received complimentary head shots, courtesy of Microsoft.
    Image by H. Cru Photography

    “Inclusiveness, diversity and connectedness are our building blocks to empower each other. We look forward to connect, build solid relationships, and leave the event inspired,” said Samar Arny, OSCWI honorary president and the spouse of the NASWI base commanding officer. “Together, we will create a mindset of empowerment, inspiration, and encouragement among our community. Successful leaders have joined us from various industries to empower us with tools and resources for our journey. These executives have lived our unique lifestyle as veterans and spouses of veterans. They are here today: to connect with us, share their stories, and equip us with answers to the how and the “Yes, I can” for our next steps.”

    Event organizers Samar Arny (NASWI Base CO Wife) and Rachel Peterson (Boeing) at the start of the summit
    Image by Jenifer Shampine Photography

    Boeing is equally devoted to this cause. Nearly 15% of the company’s Washington employees are veterans, and more than 7,000 service members, veterans, and spouses in Washington are receiving workforce transition services from Boeing-supported programs this year.

    “Boeing is committed to supporting our heroes who serve our country,” said Bill McSherry, vice president, Government Operations at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “From our hiring and employment programs to grants and partnerships like this one, Boeing is focused on ensuring the men and women who serve this country, and the families who support them, are able to successfully transition to civilian life.”

    Boeing is also focused on supporting the communities where its employees live and work. The greater Seattle and Puget Sound region contains several major military installations, including Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Naval Station Everett, Naval Base Kitsap, and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, all of which had spouses attending the Whidbey Island summit.

    In addition to the event organizers and sponsors, many nonprofits, global corporations, and veteran leaders from various industries were keen to help. Participating corporations included the USO, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Starbucks, Business Impact NW, Rosie Network, Costco, Operation Homefront, and others. These corporations provided speakers and set up networking booths. Some of the speakers were senior executives as well as former veterans and/or veteran spouses. They explored topics such as negotiating job offers, entrepreneurship, volunteering for career success, and personal branding. They also shared real-life stories to encourage the spouses who attended and show them how they too could pursue their goals in the midst of the challenges of military life.

    Kristin Saboe (The Boeing Company), Christopher Schmidt (Starbucks), Bernell Zorn Jr. (Nordstrom), and Danny Chung (Microsoft) on the Global Corporations Panel discuss the value of military spouses in the workplace and world.
    Image by Jenifer Shampine Photography

    In the culminating event of the day, Vice Admiral DeWolfe Miller, Commander of Naval Air Forces Pacific, joined the summit with his spouse, Ellen Miller. The Millers believe that “Stronger Families Mean a Stronger Fleet” and together serve as advocates, supporters, and mentors to military families and spouses.

    Vice Admiral Miller discussed the value of military spouses to the larger mission of the military and in the workplace before introducing his wife, Ellen Miller, who then addressed the assembly.
    Image by Jenifer Shampine Photography

    Boeing and the volunteer-run OSCWI partnered to put together an event to help spouses in their neighborhood, and from that one event, 120 military spouses left feeling rejuvenated and encouraged in their professional lives.

    Event organizers, speakers, and guests celebrate at the NASWI base CO’s house after the event. Thank you to everyone who contributed their time, effort, and resources to making this summit a success!
    Image by H. Cru Photography

  • Tuesday, November 05, 2019 2:10 PM | Officer Spouses Club Naswi (Administrator)

    As in previous years, the OSCWI, with the generous help of the Oak Harbor High School JROTC, will be decorating the NASWI Officers’ Club! We will decorate on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, starting at 3:30 p.m. Join us!

    Another shout-out to First Command for donating new trees for us to decorate last year! We’ll enjoy them for many years to come!

  • Monday, November 04, 2019 2:11 PM | Officer Spouses Club Naswi (Administrator)

    To give OSCWI members, prospective members, and their families an opportunity to meet each other on a more regular basis, we began OSCWI First Fridays last year, and we’re especially excited about meeting new members there this year. Every first Friday of the month, OSCWI invites members and non- (but hopefully soon-to-be) members to mingle during the M.T. McCormick’s Officers’ Club’s happy hour, which runs weekly on Fridays, 3-6 PM. Join us for a drink, meet some fellow spouses, and perhaps even turn it into a date night with your special service member!

    The next First Friday will be on December 6, 3:00-6:00 p.m. We will also be accepting donated holiday wreathes at this event, which we will sell at the December 7 Holiday Bazaar, with proceeds going towards OSCWI philanthropic initiatives.

  • Saturday, November 02, 2019 2:12 PM | Officer Spouses Club Naswi (Administrator)

    On September 27, 2019, Amazon and the OSCWI partnered in the workshop, The Military Spouse Employment Toolkit for the 21st Century, held in Oak Harbor.

    Last September, 50 military spouses from NAS Whidbey Island gathered at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club for a night devoted to empowering them as individuals. In military life, so much of the military spouse’s energy goes to her or his family, and frequently spouses forget about themselves. This is probably nowhere so evident as in spouses’ professional lives. To counter this tendency and help spouses get back on their feet, the Officers’ Spouses’ Club of Whidbey Island invited employees from Amazon, a company dedicated to military spouse employment, to speak to spouses in Oak Harbor about the resources and hiring initiatives available to them.

    The evening began with a welcome drink–sangria!–as guests arrived at the Yacht Club, took in the views, and got to know each other. Amazon employees met with NASWI spouses to provide feedback on their resumes in a complimentary resume review session. Meanwhile, Jackie Huerta of Zanini’s Catering and Lauren Mickley of La-Re-Mi Cupcakes busily prepared a fabulous spread to be enjoyed during the event’s happy hour and networking portion.

    After the resume reviews, everyone settled in to hear from our speakers. These Amazon employees shared their personal experiences as military spouses. They also gave insights on how they were able to continue their own professional development by taking advantage of resources available to spouses wanting to work. We know not everyone who might benefit from these tips was able to attend. Therefore, we’ve collected a few top takeaways from the evening, which will hopefully inspire long after this event has concluded.


    Images by H. Cru Photography

    1. You never know whom this information might benefit; store it appropriately.

    After welcoming guests and introducing the speakers, NASWI Base COW Samar Arny shared her “filing cabinet” approach to mentally receiving and storing information. In the top drawer are resources that are useful to you; the middle drawer contains resources useful to your community; and in the bottom drawer are resources that seem useful but you can’t figure out to whom or how, so you just keep them for the meantime. Then there’s the wastebasket, where you can toss information you don’t think will ever be beneficial. Arny counsels caution in throwing things in the wastebasket too quickly. Even if a tip might not be applicable to you, it could help someone else, so keep it if you think it could be helpful in supporting your community at some point.

    2. Build a professional, complete LinkedIn account.

    Gen Harrison-Doss (Air Force Spouse and Sr Program Manager, Amazon) stressed the value of a well constructed, and consistently used, LinkedIn account to the military spouse. Even if a spouse isn’t planning on working at a current duty station or anytime in the near future, each duty station is an opportunity to meet people and expand one’s network. Raul Armendariz (Research Analyst, Amazon) emphasized how networking via LinkedIn helped him find his own position at Amazon. As military spouses, we move around, so you never know when you’ll run into someone again, and how they might be able to help you–or you them–in making a valuable career match. As a result of a partnership with Amazon, LinkedIn offers one free year’s subscription to LinkedIn Premium to military spouses, renewable each time you PCS. Harrison-Doss advises spouses to take advantage of this high-value and extremely useful resource.

    3. Self-identify as a military spouse.

    Do you worry that your status as a military spouse is a liability in your job hunt? Self identification is a much contested point within our community, but Harrison-Doss strongly advises spouses to self-identify as military spouses in professional profiles–especially on their LinkedIn pages. She notes that many companies like Amazon with military hiring initiatives actively seek out military spouses as job candidates on LinkedIn and via other platforms. She recommends including the words “Military Spouse” in your LinkedIn subject line so that you appear when such employers search that term. There are employers looking for the exact qualities that you as a spouse can bring to the table; let them know you’re there!

    4. Whether you’re working full time, part time, or have chosen to stay at home, what you are doing now is awesome and worthwhile. 

    In the course of a person’s lifetime and life as a military spouse, different situations will call for different working scenarios. Some spouses will continue to pursue employment over the course of their service member’s time in the military. Some will seek part-time work. Yet others will decide to stay home to raise children. Mollie Parsons (Army Spouse and Program Manager, Amazon) emphasized that these are all wonderful endeavors, and spouses should support–rather than judge–each other in their decisions regarding employment. There are many times when our service members will be deployed, and we will be each other’s primary support network. There’s no room for criticism in this life.

    5. Include your volunteer experience in your resume and LinkedIn profile.

    Many military spouses spend their time in highly challenging endeavors that enable them to grow professionally–they simply aren’t being paid for their efforts. Harrison-Doss argues that spouses can and should include their volunteer work on their resumes and LinkedIn profiles. It doesn’t matter whether you’re getting paid or not; if you’re investing your time and using your skills, you’re gaining experience. Don’t shortchange yourself. Many spouses worry about having resume gaps; volunteer work can be a great way of filling those gaps.

    6. Familiarize yourself with Amazon’s 14 Leadership Principles.

    Shavon Kline (Navy spouse and Amazon recruiting coordinator) reviewed Amazon’s 14 Leadership Principles. These are traits that Amazon seeks in its new hires. If you’re interested in applying for a position at Amazon, it’s a good idea to be familiar with this list, consider how your own qualities fit in with these traits, and incorporate them into your resume.

    7. Understand behavioral-based interviewing and the STAR answer format.

    Amazon, along with many other employers, uses behavioral-based interviewing. If you aren’t familiar with this approach, now is the time to learn! Even if a potential hiring manager or interviewer doesn’t specifically subscribe to this approach, your ability to describe your experience in this way can be a huge asset in an interview. Behavioral-based interviewing seeks to ascertain how you behaved in a past employee situation, with the assumption being that you will behave similarly in the future. These types of interview questions will ask you for specific examples from your work history to illustrate the qualities you’re claiming on your resume and/or the qualities your hiring manager seeks in a prospective hire. At the workshop, Parsons explained behavioral-based interviewing, as well as the STAR answering format, which describes the steps to follow in constructing an answer to a behavioral interview question.

    1. Situation: Set the scene for the interviewer
    2. Task: Describe what needed to be done
    3. Action: Explain what you did and how you did it
    4. Result: Share the outcome and use metrics if possible

    This approach to answering shows a potential employer how you have made a difference in your past work experience.

    Amazon has an entire page devoted to educating potential applicants on interviewing at Amazon.

    8. Learn about specific Amazon military spouse employment programs and initiatives.

    Amazon seeks out military spouses, veterans, and other dependents in its hires, and as Harrison-Doss explained at the workshop, it has a number of programs aiming to connect military families with career opportunities at Amazon. Lauren Doster (Recruiter, Amazon) gave a tour of Amazon’s job search pages, which feature a number of jobs encouraging military spouse applications. Amazon offers virtual jobs (including but not limited to Virtual Customer Service jobs), as well as jobs with flexible hours (such as positions at Amazon fulfillment centers). Remote and flexible work can be a boon for military spouses seeking employment despite frequent moves and functioning as single parents during deployments.

    9. Know the many resources available to military spouses seeking employment or looking to transition in their careers.

    In addition to discussing Amazon programs for military spouses, Harrison-Doss also shared a few resources that exist to help military spouses and families in their employment journeys, including:

    These military spouse employment programs aim to help spouses identify their career goals, gain the education and skills to succeed, and find jobs with employers who are eager to hire them. 

    Ultimately, military spouses attending the workshop left encouraged by the resources available to them and inspired by the wonderful stories presenters told about their own experiences. Many thanks again to the Amazon team for their visit!

    Amazon employees and OSCWI board members stand together for a group shot on the back deck of the Oak Harbor Yacht Club as the sun sets.Amazon employees and OSCWI board members together on the back deck of the Oak Harbor Yacht Club.

The Officers’ Spouses’ Club of Whidbey Island (OSCWI) is a non-federal, private entity operated and controlled by individuals in their private capacities.  OSCWI is not a part of, managed by, operated or endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.  

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