Coast Guard Station Port O'Connor

District 8

2307 West Maple St, Port O’Connor, TX 77982

Coast Guard Anchors

ABOUT

USCG Station Port O’Connor is a small Search and Rescue Station in the US Coast Guard’s 8th District, Sector Houston.

 

Among the many missions handled by the Coast Guard Air Station, search and rescue missions have the highest priority. As of 1980, the Air Station, which maintained a 24-hour capability to quickly launch an HH-52A helicopter or an HU-25A fanjet, averaged over 400 rescue cases a year. The station operated a total of three HH-52A helicopters and three HU-25A fanjets. Typical rescue missions included: searches for overdue vessels; assisting boats on fire, sinking or disabled; and medical evacuations from offshore oil rigs and vessels.

The Station’s aircrews frequently flew throughout the Group area on many missions other than search and rescue. These missions include marine environmental protection, federal fisheries law enforcement and drug interdiction. Air Station crews enforced federal fisheries laws by flying frequent patrols throughout the U.S. fisheries conservation zone, which extended 200 miles offshore. Close coordination was maintained with the Air Station’s resident special agent from the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Marine drug interdiction was a joint mission of the Coast Guard Air Station, other federal agencies and the vessels assigned to the Group. In addition to local drug interdiction patrols, Air Station aircraft and crews also frequently deployed outside the South Texas area as far away as Florida and the Caribbean Sea to work with other Coast Guard units on law enforcement missions.

Fort Drum is located in northern New York’s picturesque North Country. The installation is in the middle of one of the most historically unique and geographically beautiful areas of the United States. Fort Drum is approximately 30 miles south of Canada, with the Great Lakes to the west, the Adirondack Mountains to the east, and the St. Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands in between. The installation spans across 107,265 acres stretching into two counties.

 

Fort Drum is the home of the 10th Mountain Division, a light infantry (LI) division in the United States Army. Designated as a mountain warfare unit, the division is the only one of its size in the U.S. military to receive intense specialized training for fighting in mountainous and arctic conditions. More recently, the 10th Mountain has been conducting operations in Iraq, advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces. Since 2001, the 10th Mountain Division has been the most deployed unit in the US military. Its combat brigades have seen over 20 deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

Fort Drum provides full-spectrum training and base operations support to all of the service branches, 11 states, and parts of Canada. Annually, Fort Drum offers training and base operations support to more than 26,500 Reserve and National Guard members as well as personnel from other federal, state, and local agencies.

 

There are over 36,700 Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, civilian, family members, and retirees assigned to Fort Drum Army Base. Additionally, Team Drum offers training and support to over 26,500 National Guard, Reservists, and other personnel each year.

ARRIVAL

The closest major airport to Port O’Connor, Texas is Victoria Regional Airport (VCT / KVCT). This airport is in Victoria, Texas and is 54 miles from the center of Port O’Connor, TX.

Resources

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
 

Children who are five years of age on or before September 1 are not required to enroll in kindergarten. However, on enrollment in kindergarten, a child shall attend school.

 

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/.

 

Calhoun County School District 

 

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.

 

Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!

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.

 

Child Care Aware:

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.

 

Military Children and Teens Resource Guide

 

 Texas State Department of Child & Family Services 
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.

 

Texas State Department of Health 

 

Calhoun County Humane Society 

 

Texas State Police 

Base Operator 361-983-2617

Housing

We vet for Vets

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Community

At Calhoun County, the summers are hot and oppressive; the winters are short, cool, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 46°F to 93°F and is rarely below 33°F or above 96°F.

 

Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Calhoun County for warm-weather activities are from late March to mid May and from early October to early November.

In Port O’Connor, TX, the overall cost of living index is 87, which is 4% lower than the Texas average and 13% lower than the U.S. average.

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 Port O’Connor, TX, the city’s goods and services are 7% lower than the Texas average and 14% lower than the U.S. average.

Port O’Connor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Calhoun County, Texas, United States, near the Gulf coastline between Galveston and Corpus Christi. The CDP had a population of 1,253 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Victoria, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Kayak Rentals and Tours on the Texas Coast. Kayak with dolphins, fish the flats for red fish and trout, and see the central continental bird flyway for some of the best birding on the continent. Port O’Connor is a laid back fishing village with a nice beach, majestic Matagorda Island, and a network of coastal flats, lagoons, islands, and bays.

Bay Fishing Port O’Connor offers bay and near shore saltwater fishing experiences on the middle Texas coast. Their specialty are Shark, Tarpon, Jack Crevalle, Redfish, and Speckled Trout.

Captain Chad Hill has 30+ years experience fishing the waters around Port O’Connor and now offers various guided fishing & hunting packages for fishermen, fisherwomen, and hunters of all experience levels.

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