US Coast Guard Station Juneau
345 Egan Dr., Juneau, AK 99801
USCG Station Juneau is a United States Coast Guard installation located in the capital city of Alaska. The strategic location allows the Coast Guard to cover a wide range of areas and provide a larger service area for citizens. USGC is considered by most to be the hub of the 17th District and Coast Guard operations.
The area of USGC Juneau was originally established when Alaska was under Russian control in the early 1900’s, near the area of Sitka. Shortly after its founding, it was decided to move the facility to Auke Bay, near present day Juneau. Over the next several decades, though not officially being part of the United States, the Coast Guard facility operated in the area up until Alaska was brought into the United States in 1959. In 1974 the base was moved to its present day location in Juneau, despite a vote to make that city the capital being rejected by the United States Government.
Coast Guard Sector Juneau is a multi-mission unit based in Juneau, Alaska. Sector Juneau’s personnel, under three main departments, Prevention, Response, and Logistics, provide a vital Coast Guard presence in four strategic Southeast Alaska communities, and conduct operations in over 20 remote areas and native villages on over 2,000 islands and 10,000 miles of shoreline.
Arriving at USCG Station Juneau
Juneau is a rather unusual place in that there are no roads connecting the city to the rest of Alaska or to the rest of North America (ferry service is available for cars).
The absence of a road network is due to the extremely rugged terrain surrounding the city. This makes Juneau an island city in terms of transportation – since all goods coming in and out must go by plane or boat – even though the city is located on the Alaskan mainland.
The nearest major airport is Juneau International Airport (JNU / PAJN). This airport has domestic flights and is 8 miles from the center of Juneau.
Another major airport is Excursion Inlet Seaplane Base (EXI), which has domestic flights from Excursion Inlet and is 38 miles from Juneau.
USGC Station Juneau employs over 2,000 active duty and reserve USCG personnel and nearly 300 civilians. This staff maintains and operates a fleet of 17 aircraft – including helicopters and fixed wing planes – as well as 52 smaller boats and 17 cutters across the state of Alaska.