US Coast Guard ISC Kodiak Island
N-38 Cape Sarichef, Kodiak, AK 99619
USCG ISC Kodiak Island is currently the largest operating installation run by the United States Coast Guard. It spreads over 23,000 acres and holds another record for the one and only base in the US Coast Guard that can support and host both aircrafts and ships. Some of the most important ships hosted include Munro, Spar and Alex Haley.
The history of ISC Kodiak dates back to the times before World War II. It all started with NAS Kodiak, an installation established by the United States Navy and commissioned on June, 15-th, 1941. The base was set up as an answer to World War II, which was already running in Europe. The United States of America already knew they were about to step in, so the country was empowered with dozens of similar installations. After World War II ended, the base was turned into a detachment, but still under the United States Navy. The move was made in the spring of 1947. One aircraft, seven experienced pilots and thirty other workers were deployed on site.
About 25 years later, in 1972, the site was turned into what it is today. The modernization process began around 2000, when multiple installations owned by the United States Coast Guard were taken through a round of improvements and upgrades. This is when ISC Kodiak was split into the three major branches that form it today.
The primary mission at ISC Kodiak is to support all the operations and objectives of the United States Coast Guard, whether they imply ice patrolling, oil spills hunting, search and rescue missions or law enforcement activities. The activity is very intense on site – especially due to the active oil companies in the area – not to mention the cold weather and ice areas that must be constantly monitored. The installation supports all the cutters relocated in the Pacific area whenever they require help or maintenance.
There are not less than thirteen units hosted at ISC Kodiak. They are also part of the mission. The facilities must be kept at the highest standards – not just because this is the largest facility in the US Coast Guard, but also because of its important role and domination over the surrounding bases.
There are over 3,500 active duty, retired military, DHS, civilians and family members assigned to ISC Kodiak Island.
You can get here by ferry in nine hours from Homer, which is 4-5 hours drive from Anchorage. Ferry travel needs to be arranged well in advance and is not frequent. For these reasons, flying is your best choice for getting to Kodiak. You can get here in just 1 hour and 10 minutes on Alaska Airlines (typically 1-2 flights daily) or regional air carrier Ravn Alaska (typically 2-3 flights daily).
Be aware – Kodiak can get socked in by weather, which may delay your flight in or out of town.
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
Kindergarten students musts be five years of age on or before September 1st of the school year being applied for and must be assessed by the kindergarten teacher for readiness skills – both physical and academic, prior to enrollment.
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.
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (907) 465-3347
The mission of the Department of Health and Social Services is to “promote and protect the health and well-being of Alaskans.”
Humane Society of Kodiak (907) 486-8077
The Humane Society of Kodiak is committed to preventing animal cruelty, reducing the homeless and abandoned pet population, and promoting the proper care of animals.
Alaska State Troopers (907) 486-4121
The mission of the Department of Public Safety is to ensure public safety and enforce fish and wildlife laws.
Base Operator (907) 487-5170
Government family housing is mandatory unless released by the housing office. Availability depends on when member arrives. The number of dependents determines eligibility for size of the house. Coast Guard Base Kodiak Housing Office Phone (800) 563-4252 Ext.141 or (907) 487-5310 Ext.2144
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In Kodiak, the summers are short, cool, and mostly cloudy and the winters are long, very cold, wet, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 28°F to 62°F and is rarely below 14°F or above 69°F.
The warm season lasts for 2.7 months, from June 22 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 57°F. The hottest day of the year is August 10, with an average high of 62°F and low of 51°F. The cold season lasts for 4.7 months, from November 10 to April 2, with an average daily high temperature below 41°F. The coldest day of the year is February 7, with an average low of 28°F and high of 36°F.
The wetter season lasts 7.1 months, from September 4 to April 8, with a greater than 37% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 45% on December 18. The drier season lasts 4.9 months, from April 8 to September 4. The smallest chance of a wet day is 29% on July 17.
Compared to other cities in Alaska and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Kodiak, AK is 124, which is 4% lower than the Alaska average and 24% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Kodiak, AK are 3% lower than the average for Alaska and 15% higher than the rest of the country.
Wild, remote and stunningly beautiful – the city of Kodiak is a rugged outpost on Alaska’s famed “Emerald Isle.”
Accessible only by plane or ferry, Kodiak is nearly 200 miles offshore from Homer and truly off the beaten path. A visit here will find you in a different Alaska — one of extreme wilderness and beauty – populated by hearty, friendly frontier folks.
Climb lush mountains rising out of the sea, fish meandering rivers filled with salmon and look for the famed Kodiak brown bear. You’ll also find a small, cosmopolitan city—with excellent museums, talented artists and fine food.
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