Coast Guard Station Houston
1178 Ellington Field, Sneider, Houston, TX 77034
United States Coast Guard Air Station Houston is a United States Coast Guard Air Station located 15 miles (24 km) southeast of downtown Houston, Texas on board the Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base (JRB).
Coast Guard Air Station Houston has provided 24/7 Search and Rescue capability to Texas and the Louisiana Gulf Coast since 1963. With three MH-65D “Dolphin” helicopters, AIRSTA Houston’s area of responsibility extends from the Colorado River to White Lake, Louisiana.
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 aircraft protect the environment by patrolling the ecologically rich Gulf of Mexico fisheries area, including the fragile Flower Garden National Marine Sanctuary.
In 2016, CGAS Houston celebrated the 100th anniversary of Coast Guard Aviation.
CGAS Houston was commissioned on December 23, 1963, on a one-acre parcel of land at Ellington AFB, 15 miles (24 km) southeast of downtown Houston. Two HH-52A Sea Guard helicopters, seven Officer/pilots, and 18 enlisted mechanics/aircrewmen set up shop in a 24,000-foot (7,300 m) World War II era hangar built in 1942. CDR David W. Difreest assumed command as the Air Station’s first Commanding Officer. An alternative site at Scholes Field in Galveston, Texas, was considered up until the actual commissioning at Ellington AFB. CGAS Houston’s commissioning coincides with the beginning of development of Clear Lake City as a business and residential community surrounding the blossoming NASA complex, then called the Manned Spacecraft Center.
There are 73 Active Duty Personnel (19 Officers, 54 Enlisted), 3 civilians, 3 Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas with 29 members and 8 Auxiliary aircraft