US Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma
599 Tomales Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
USCG Training Center Petaluma is one of the three training sites operated by the United States Coast Guard to educate and improve the skills of its military units. The other two centers are located in Virginia and New Jersey. Petaluma is one of the two centers that host the A schools. The other such center is in Virginia. The center in New Jersey is responsible for providing the basic training sessions for all the operations the US Coast Guard is involved in. When the students aim to choose a particular specialty, they are redirected to one of the other two facilities.
The center is located about 65 kilometers away from San Francisco and only 15 kilometers from the coast. It spreads over 800 acres and two different counties – Marin and Sonoma.
The facility started as a top secret installation built and operated by the United States Army. Its primary mission was to deal with the communicational missions. It was one of the facilities that only a few knew about until World War II reached an end. It was referred to as Two Rock Ranch Station. The facility lost its importance after the war. It was kept by the US Army for the Korean War and the Vietnam War too, but then it was inactivated. This is when the United States Coast Guard stepped in and commissioned it as a training center on July 1, 1971.
Training Center Petaluma trains, develops and supports leaders ready to perform Coast Guard missions.
If arriving by air, San Francisco International Airport is the preferred airport for arrivals to Training Center Petaluma due to the more frequent runs to Petaluma via ground transportation. The USO lounge is open 24 hours and is located on the Mezzanine Level of Terminal 1.
Oakland International Airport is a viable option but ground transportation to Training Center Petaluma is more sporadic. Please allow for additional waiting time when using the Oakland Airport. Unfortunately, there is no USO at the Oakland Airport.
The recommended ground transportation travel from SFO and OAK is the Airport Express, a commercial shuttle, which provides direct services from San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport to Petaluma seven days a week. Reservations are not required, but are recommended to ensure seating. Departures are every hour from 0530-0030 (check the schedule to verify).
Cost is $32 for a one-way ticket (ask for a military rate). Note: This is the military discount price. Military prices must be requested and verification – with military ID – is required. The cost is reimbursable.
Drop-off point in Petaluma is the Petaluma Fairgrounds terminal.
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
The Petaluma City School District offers both kindergarten and transitional kindergarten.
If your child turns 5 years old on or before September 1st, they should enroll in kindergarten. Kindergarten is a 1 year program to prepare students for 1st grade.
If your child turns 5 slightly later, between September 1st and December 1st, they are eligible for Transitional Kindergarten (TK!)! If your child turns 5 even later, between December 1st and August 1st, they might be eligible for TK! TK is a publicly funded program that delivers developmentally appropriate curriculum. It is part of a 2-year program to prepare students for 1st grade.
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.
Department of Health Services (707) 565-4700
The County of Sonoma is comprised of 26 departments and agencies that provide a full range of services to the community.
Child and Family Services (707) 565-4300
The Family, Youth and Children’s Division partners with community members, families and professionals who work with youth, to ensure the safety and well-being of all Sonoma County children.
Humane Society of Sonoma County (707) 542-0882
A little love goes a long way and getting involved is easy! Volunteer, donate, attend an event – why not right now? With your support, every animal has a future.
California Highway Patrol (707) 588-1400
Base Operator (707) 765-7311
All officers and enlisted personnel who are entitled to BAH with dependents and are accompanied by their dependents are eligible for Training Center Petaluma family housing. Training Center Petaluma Family Housing units include: Command Quarters, Senior Personnel Housing units (E-9 and above), and Enlisted Housing units (E-1 through E-8).
A release from assignment to government housing must be obtained from your new command prior to procuring housing in the local community. This means that if you find a place to live in the local community, you must first receive a release from the housing office to reside off base. Be aware that entitlement to BAH will not be processed without a signed release. If you have any questions, contact the housing staff at (707) 765-7145.
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In Petaluma, the summers are long, warm, arid, and mostly clear and the winters are short, cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 39°F to 83°F and is rarely below 30°F or above 93°F.
The warm season lasts for 4.0 months, from June 9 to October 11, with an average daily high temperature above 78°F. The hottest day of the year is August 24, with an average high of 83°F and low of 52°F. The cool season lasts for 2.4 months, from November 28 to February 11, with an average daily high temperature below 61°F. The coldest day of the year is December 31, with an average low of 39°F and high of 55°F.
The wetter season lasts 5.3 months, from November 1 to April 10, with a greater than 16% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 32% on February 20. The drier season lasts 6.7 months, from April 10 to November 1. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on July 25.
In Petaluma, CA, the overall cost of living index is 160, which is 16% higher than the California average and 60% higher 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 Petaluma, CA, the city’s goods and services are 17% higher than the California average and 29% higher than the U.S. average.
Petaluma is a community of artists. Its compact geography makes it easy to experience them all. Given its Hometown USA vibe, Petaluma’s live music scene often surprises people with its depth and diversity. And behind it all, is a level of community support that adds authenticity to the mix.
In the downtown district, art is at the heart of the city. Visitors can explore more than a dozen galleries, many of them housed in beautifully preserved Victorian buildings. In midtown, the Petaluma Arts Center is a cultural hub featuring gallery and classroom space.
History shares the bill with live theater in Petaluma’s unique entertainment venues. Today, buildings from the turn of the century present a diverse range of performers from string quartets to Shakespearean plays. Or if you’re in the mood to unwind after a long day, there are wine bars and cafes with live music that pair perfectly with a Petaluma Gap pinot.
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