Coast Guard Air Station Houston
1178 Ellington Field, Houston, Texas 77034
Coast Guard Air Station Houston is a United States Coast Guard Air Station located 15 miles southeast of downtown Houston, Texas. The station is in the Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base (JRB). Coast Guard Air Station (CGAS) Houston provides an all-weather 24/7 Search & Rescue (SAR) coverage capability to the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast.
The station is part of the Coast Guard District 8 headquartered in New Orleans. District 8 covers all or part of 26 states throughout the Gulf Coast and Heartland of America. It stretches from the Appalachian Mountains and Chattahoochee River in the east, to the Rocky Mountains in the west, and from the Canadian border in North Dakota to the border between the U.S. and Mexico, and the Gulf of Mexico. The 8th District is home to two of the nation’s busiest ports, New Orleans and Houston. CGAS Houston’s Area of Responsibility (AOR) includes 3 of the 4 Strategic Petroleum Reserve facilities in the United States, the South Texas Nuclear Generating Station, and the expansive petroleum and gas industry located on board hundreds of oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. CGAS Houston’s AOR also include the strategic ports and waterways of Freeport, TX, Sabine, TX, Lake Charles, LA, as well as the U.S.’s second busiest port in terms of total cargo volume trade in the Houston Ship Channel.
CGAS Houston operates three MH-65D “Dolphin” helicopters, patrolling an area from the Colorado River at Matagorda Bay, Texas, to White Lake, Louisiana, averaging more than 180 SAR cases a year. The missions include Search and Rescue (SAR), Homeland Security, Fisheries Enforcement, Environmental Protection, and Maritime Law Enforcement.
CGAS Houston aircraft protect the environment by patrolling the ecologically rich Gulf of Mexico fisheries area, including the fragile Flower Garden National Marine Sanctuary.
Arriving at Coast Guard Air Station Houston
The closest major airport is George Bush Intercontinental Airport located 37 miles from the station.
There are 73 Active Duty Personnel (19 Officers, 54 Enlisted), 3 civilians, 3 Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas with 29 members and 8 Auxiliary aircraft assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Houston.