US Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater
USCG Air Station Clearwater is one of the largest and most vital air stations in the Coast Guard network of bases and operates out of the Clearwater International Airport. The base is responsible not only for the air space and waters around Florida, but sectors of the Caribbean Basin, Gulf of Mexico and two air stations in the Bahamas – on Great Inagua and Andros Island. These facilities together serve in conjunction with the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and U.S. Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by providing continual support in the form of HH-60J and MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters. These air assets help combat drug and human smuggling in US and international waters.
Prior to the establishment of USCG Air Station Clearwater, the Coast Guard constructed a small facility in western Florida in St. Petersburg. This small station was erected in 1934 and for the next several decades served as home for multiple amphibious and air assets. In 1976, the Coast Guard began adopting the new HC Hercules aircraft, which require substantially more runway and maintenance facilities. This required substantial expansion, but the limited land near the base prevented any promising development. As a result, the Coast Guard made the decision to expand into the nearby area of Clearwater, establishing what is now present day Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater.
In more recent years, Air Station Clearwater has played roles in major offensives like Operation Desert Storm and Operation Gulf Shield. Today, it continues to play major role in support, anti-smuggling and search and rescue missions across the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Seas.
USGC Air Station Clearwater employs over 600 active duty Coast Guard and civilian personnel in flight, support and surface roles.
Air Station Clearwater operates out of the Clearwater Airport.
The St. Petersburg/Clearwater area is served by two international airports (St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport and Tampa Airport) and two general aviation airports, making flying in and out simple. With more than 30 airlines to accommodate your schedule, competitive rates and efficient facilities packed with amenities, our airports are worthy gatekeepers to paradise.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to attend kindergarten. Students must be 6 years old on or before Sept. 1 and have completed kindergarten to attend grade 1. All students new to Pinellas County Schools must present proof of identity/age.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Clearwater Department of Health (727) 469-5800
Today, the Health Department has more than 700 employees in six locations throughout Pinellas County all working to serve your needs in areas that range from controlling infectious diseases to safe drinking water to disaster preparedness.
Florida Department of Children and Families (866) 762-2237
The ACCESS Florida system allows customers to connect with their public assistance information 24/7, through the online application and MyACCESS Account.
Humane Society of Pinellas (727) 797-7722
The Humane Society of Pinellas is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has been caring for animals and our community since 1949.
Florida Highway Patrol (850) 617-2315
Base Operator (727) 535-1437
There is no base housing at the Clearwater Air Station.
For area housing information, please contact USCG Clearwater Air Station Housing Office – (727) 824-7612 or (727) 423-0175.
Westchase – Tampa, FL
11.1 miles from base
Westchase is a great community. About 30-35 minutes to base in the morning and 45-60 minute commute in the evening. Westchase has a wonderful elementary school.
Hyde Park – Tampa, FL
13.1 miles from base
In South Tampa there is a big concentration of military. Hyde Park is in South Tampa and is a very nice area. South Tampa has lots of nice restaurants and plenty of shopping.
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In Clearwater, the summers are long, hot, oppressive, and mostly cloudy; the winters are short, cool, windy, and partly cloudy; and it is wet year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 55°F to 90°F and is rarely below 44°F or above 93°F.
The hot season lasts for 4.5 months, from May 21 to October 4, with an average daily high temperature above 86°F. The hottest day of the year is August 6, with an average high of 90°F and low of 78°F. The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from December 6 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 73°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 55°F and high of 69°F.
The wetter season lasts 3.6 months, from June 6 to September 23, with a greater than 42% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 69% on July 27. The drier season lasts 8.4 months, from September 23 to June 6. The smallest chance of a wet day is 14% on November 25.
In Clearwater, FL, the overall cost of living index is 99, which is equal to the Florida average and 1% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Clearwater, FL, the city’s goods and services are 2% lower than the Florida average and 3% lower than the U.S. average.
The city of Clearwater is over 100 years old and known for being a holiday destination that is perfect for a visit any time of the year. Blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, you will find gorgeous views here of pristine sands and crystal clear waters. This part of the world also boasts some of the best marine life around.
If you take to the waters, expect to find stingrays, sharks, dolphins, and turtles – to name but a few species found here. As well as some amazing beach life, Clearwater is also home to vibrant shopping, dining, and sporting venues. Clearwater lies close to the Gulf of Mexico, so you can also expect warm breezes that make many visitors feel like they don’t want to leave.
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