Coast Guard Station Port Huron

Ninth District / Sector Detroit Station
2800 Omar St, Port Huron, MI 48060
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ABOUT

U.S. Coast Guard Station Port Huron is situated on the west bank of the entrance to the St. Clair River. Station Port Huron is also the parent command to a seasonal unit, Station (Small) Harbor Beach. Both units conduct mission sets that include Search and Rescue, Maritime Law Enforcement, Ice Rescue, and Recreational Boating Safety. Station Port Huron’s area of responsibility is Lower Lake Huron, the St. Clair River, three smaller rivers, and two man-made harbors on Lake Huron. Station Port Huron maintains multiple assets which are capable of responding to a variety of mission sets in dynamic environmental conditions.

The original lifeboat station was created in 1898, was known as Station Lake View Beach, and was located five miles north of Fort Gratiot Lighthouse. In 1931, three and a half acres of land surrounding Fort Gratiot Lighthouse was purchased by the government, and on April 13, 1932, Coast Guard Station Port Huron was officially opened. The old Station Lake View Beach was abandoned in 1946. A new facility was opened in 2004.

Some of the typical job assignments include: communications watchstander, boarding team member, ice rescuer, MAA support, building maintenance, snow removal, and RB-S boat crew and engineer.

During the warm season while station small (harbor beach) is open, harbor beach covers from Sand Point in Saginaw Bay (northern point) to Port Sanilac. Port Huron covers from Port Sanilac to the Saint Clair River in Algonac. During the cold season (when harbor beach closes down), the unit will be based out of Port Huron and the AOR will extend from Harbor Beach to Algonac.

Coast Guard Sector Detroit is one of four Sector commands in the Ninth Coast Guard District. Sector Detroit it responsible for the operational and administrative oversight of 11 subordinate commands operating in direct support of Coast Guard missions, including: search and rescue, law enforcement, aids to navigation, ice breaking, ice rescue, and maritime homeland security.

The Ninth Coast Guard District is responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout the five Great Lakes, the Saint Lawrence Seaway and parts of the surrounding states including 6,700 miles of shoreline and 1,500 miles of the international border with Canada. 

The 6,000 active duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary men and women who make up the Ninth District deliver multi-mission services in search and rescue, maritime safety and security, environmental protection, maritime law enforcement, aids to navigation and icebreaking.

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ARRIVAL

When arriving at CGS Port Huron, you should report in uniform:
01May-30Sep (Tropical Blue Long)
01Oct-30Apr (Bravo)

If you will be reporting after hours, contact the OOD at (810) 984-2603.

The Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is the principal airport serving Detroit. The airport is 79 miles from CGS Port Huron, which is about a 1-hour and 15-minute drive by car.

For more information about reporting to CGS Port Huron, you can view or download the Unit Information Sheet.

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
 

In Michigan, children are required to begin school by age 6 under state law. A Michigan State law enacted in the 2015-2016 school year states that in order to enroll in kindergarten, children must be 5 years old by September 1 of the school year in which they plan on attending kindergarten. 

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/.

 

St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency (Marysville)
Port Huron Schools

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

 

City of Port Huron, Michigan

St. Clair County, Michigan

St. Clair County Health Department (810) 987-5300
The St. Clair County Health Department assures the accessibility of appropriate, and quality personal, public, and environmental health services to St. Clair County residents and their families.

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office (810) 985-8115

Humane Society of St. Clair County SNAP (810) 329-7627

St. Clair County Library System (810) 987-7323

DMV – Secretary of State Branch Office (Port Huron) (888) 767-6424

Utility Billing (Water and Sewage Office)
DTE Energy
SEMCO Energy Company (gas) (810) 987-2200
St. Clair Environmental Services Department

Local cable, Internet and telephone providers in the area:
AT&T
Comcast
DirecTV

Commercial Phone (810) 984-2603  

Harbor Beach (989) 479-3286  

Ninth District Command Center (800) 321-4400  

Ninth District Chaplain (216) 902-6006  

 

Housing

Quarters and barracks are not available at this location, so service members are encouraged to find housing in the area and live on the economy. Before you arrive, you should contact the XPO for housing assistance.

For service members with dependents, the average 2-bedroom rent price for an apartment is $750 to $950 per month. Contact the Base Cleveland housing office at (216) 902-6284 for more information about housing in the area. Most people choose to live in the areas of Fort Gratiot, Marysville, and St. Clair.

Marysville
9.5 miles from the Station

Marysville is a popular place to live in the area because it offers good schools, housing options, and lots of shopping and nearby amenities.

St. Clair Township
13.9 miles from the Station

Located about 15 minutes southwest of Port Huron, this community offers additional housing options with plenty of shopping and amenities.

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Community

Average temperatures in Port Huron vary drastically throughout the year. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The windiest month in Port Huron is April, but typically the wind is moderate in the area. Port Huron has some humid months, and the most humid month is December.

On average, Port Huron gets about 34 inches of rain and 38 inches of snow each year. There are approximately 180 sunny days per year in Port Huron. August, July and June are the most pleasant months in Port Huron, while January and February are the least comfortable months. July is the hottest month for Port Huron with an average high temperature of 80.4° F, which ranks it as cooler than most places in Michigan. In Port Huron, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85° F.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Port Huron with an average of 16° F, which is warmer than most places in Michigan. September is the wettest month in Port Huron with 3.9 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 1.8 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 29% of yearly precipitation and 18% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 34.3 inches in Port Huron means that it is wetter than most places in Michigan.

In Port Huron, MI, the overall cost of living index is 84, which is 4% lower than the Michigan average and 16% 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 Port Huron, MI, the city’s goods and services are 5% higher than the Michigan average and 3% lower than the U.S. average.

Port Huron is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of St. Clair County. Known as the “Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes” and the “Gateway to Canada”, Port Huron is located at the mouth of the St. Clair River, across from Sarnia, Canada on Lake Huron. The Blue Water Bridge connects Port Huron with Point Edward, Ontario. The city features a historic downtown area, boardwalk, marina, museum, lighthouse, and the McMorran Place arena and entertainment complex.

The City of Port Huron owns and operates 17 waterfront areas containing 102 acres and 3.5 miles of water frontage. This includes three public beaches and six parks with picnic facilities. The city also has nine scenic turnout sites containing over 250 parking spaces. Port Huron operates the largest municipal marina system in the state and has five separate locations for boat mooring. Port Huron has 14 public parks, 4 smaller-sized “tot” parks, over 25 playgrounds, 33 tennis courts, including 16 at schools and 6 indoors, 3 public beaches, 4 public swimming pools, 1 community center, and 1 public parkway.

Detroit is about an hour southwest of Port Huron along I-94. There are numerous things to do in the Detroit Metro area from sporting events to outdoor activities. Detroit is home to Detroit Red Wings hockey; Detroit Tiger baseball; Detroit Lions football and the Detroit Pistons play in Auburn Hills at the Palace.

In addition, Detroit has numerous museums and cultural activities for the whole family. There are concerts year round in the local area. Michigan is also home to numerous festivals scattered throughout the area during the summer months including town festivals in almost every community, the Michigan renaissance festival, the Mackinac sail races following boat night, and the Feast of the Ste, Caire.

The Detroit metropolitan area, comprised of the city and its many neighboring suburbs, is steeped in auto industry history, Motown Magic, and wonderful summer and winter Great Lakes adventures. Home to the World Champion Detroit Pistons and Red Wings, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Automotive Hall of Fame, Motown and Henry Ford Museums, and the Henry Ford Estates, “Hockey Town” has something for everyone.

Some points of interest in Detroit include Comerica Park, Belle Isle Park, Beacon Park, Red Oaks Water Park, Arctic Ring of Life, and Birmingham Principle Shopping District.

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