US Coast Guard Station San Diego

2710 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
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US Coast Guard Station San Diego is a Coast Guard Air Station based in San Diego, California, United States, across the street from San Diego International Airport. CGAS San Diego operates three MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters off the Coast Guard ramp.

CGAS San Diego is also adjacent to Sector San Diego which houses two 41-foot Utility Boats, two 21-foot (6.4 m) USCGrigid hull inflatable boats(RHIB’s), one 25-foot (7.6 m) RB-HS and three 25-foot (7.6 m) RB-S. Being implemented are two 33-foot (10 m) Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement (SPC-LE), which are 33-foot-long (10 m) USCG vessels used for maritime Law Enforcement. The 33-foot (10 m) SPC-LE’s have three 275 horsepower (205 kW) Mercury Marine engines along with some of the most advanced electronics systems in existence. Also at the station are two 87-foot (27 m) USCG Coastal Patrol Boats. The air station is physically separated from the rest of the airfield, such that USCG fixed-wing aircraft must cross a busy, 6-lane city street to reach the runway; street light activation opens the locked gates to the airfield and the air station, and also stops traffic while aircraft are traversing the street.


Construction of the Air Station was undertaken in 1936 with funds provided by the Federal Public Works Administration. The M.H. Golden Co. was the contractor. The area had to be dredged from the bay and filled and brought up to grade level. Long piles were driven in the soil at the building sites for stabilization. The contract called for one hangar with lean-to, a mess hall, a barracks building, two aprons, a runway to the field, and a small wooden seaplane ramp. During and prior to this time a Coast Guard Air Detachment was maintained on Lindbergh Field in one-half of a commercial hangar. This detachment was led by Elmer F. Stone after May 21, 1935. Stone is one of Coast Guard Aviation’s most colorful figures.


In April 1937, the Air Station was commissioned. The first commanding officer was LT S.C. Linholm, who later became Commander of Eleventh Coast Guard District. There had, however, been an Air Patrol Detachment active in San Diego between 1934 and 1937. At the time this was the only Coast Guard air base in California.


Coast Guard Air Station San Diego saw no radical changes as a result of the declaration of war in 1941. The unit continued to watch and report the activities of fishing boats in the area, to provide assistance in cases of distress, and to provide transportation by air for other government departments. Air Sea Rescue operations were given primary focus from October 1943 on. Between January 1 and December 1, 1944, a total of 124 aircraft went down in waters covered by this unit. Of the 201 pilots and crewmen involved, 137 were saved, 59 were killed outright by mid-air collisions or impact with the water, two are missing, and three who might have been saved were lost because of improper equipment or the failure to locate them promptly.



The nearest major airport is San Diego International Airport (SAN / KSAN). This airport has international and domestic flights and is 4 miles from the center of San Diego, CA.


Another major airport is Tijuana International Airport (TIJ / MMTJ), which has international and domestic flights from Tijuana, Mexico and is 22 miles from San Diego, CA.


McClellan-Palomar Airport (CLD / KCRQ) has domestic flights from Carlsbad, California and is 35 miles from San Diego, CA.


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For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at


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The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website


To be enrolled in a California school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st. Check with the school for other requirements.


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


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If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.


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.


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.


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San Diego Public Health Services (858) 694-3900
The Health and Human Services Agency is one of five groups or divisions of the San Diego County government. The Agency provides a broad range of health and social services, promoting wellness, self-sufficiency, and a better quality of life for all individuals and families in San Diego County.


San Diego Human Services (858) 694-3900
The Health and Human Services Agency is one of five groups or divisions of the San Diego County government. The Agency provides a broad range of health and social services, promoting wellness, self-sufficiency, and a better quality of life for all individuals and families in San Diego County.


San Diego Humane Society (619) 299-7012
Through lifesaving work that leads the way nationally in innovation, impact and effectiveness, San Diego Humane Society inspires compassion for all animals – companion and wild – in San Diego County and beyond. San Diego Humane Society is a leader in providing innovative services, allowing us to ensure that no healthy or treatable animals are at risk of euthanasia in San Diego County.


California Highway Patrol (619) 220-5492

Base Operator (619) 278-7000


Coast Guard government-owned family housing is available in the San Diego area for officers and enlisted personnel with families:
Alameda Housing Office: (510) 769-0831
Novato Housing Office: (415) 382-8584

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The complex is newer and clean with just a 10 minute drive to Miramar. Very friendly for dog walking and a dog park on site.
There is a very good neighborhood environment with walking trails and small restaurants close by.

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A wonderful Suburb community and very worth the wait.
There are great schools nearby and a host of outdoor activities and relaxed living.
Is just minutes away from Lake Murray and Mission Trails Golf Course.

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In San Diego, the summers are short, warm, arid, and clear and the winters are long, cool, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 50°F to 77°F and is rarely below 44°F or above 84°F.


The warm season lasts for 2.8 months, from July 10 to October 4, with an average daily high temperature above 75°F. The hottest day of the year is August 26, with an average high of 77°F and low of 68°F. The cool season lasts for 4.1 months, from November 29 to April 2, with an average daily high temperature below 67°F. The coldest day of the year is December 28, with an average low of 50°F and high of 65°F.


The wetter season lasts 4.6 months, from November 19 to April 7, with a greater than 10% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 20% on February 21. The drier season lasts 7.4 months, from April 7 to November 19. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on June 26.

Compared to other cities in California and cities across the country, the cost of living index in San Diego, CA is 146, which is 6% higher than the California average and 46% 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 San Diego, CA are 6% lower than the average for California and 3% higher than the rest of the country.

San Diego is one of the country’s most visited tourist destinations – and for good reason. It’s an ocean-front city with near-perfect weather year-round. If you live here long enough, you’re bound to get out-of-towners clamoring from less fortunate climes to capitalize on America’s Finest City. You owe it to those visitors (and to yourself, really) to temper well-worn landmarks with the lesser-known cultural options, such as the restaurants, breweries, museums and quirky events. These things are what make this city tick.


Balboa Park is San Diego’s answer to New York’s Central Park – with museums, a zoo, a concert hall and miles of green grass. Less well-known are it’s hiking trails – which crisscross the park and even encompass a cactus garden – making urban explorers feel like they’re on a mountain rather than smack dab in the middle of a city.


San Diego is home to a bevy of world-class museums and thankfully, many are housed within Balboa Park. The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Man, Museum of Photographic Arts and the San Diego Natural History Museum are just a few out of many to explore.


One of San Diego’s biggest benefits is it’s natural beauty, and after a hike down to the tide pools at Cabrillo National Monument, it’s easy to see why. It’s best to go at low tide, when explorers can hop from pool to pool inside caves and crevices of the cliffs bordering the Pacific Ocean.


While San Diego has no shortage of farmers markets, the quirkiest is held on Wednesday afternoons in the hippie beach enclave of Ocean Beach. Local farm stands and vendors accompany a display of colorful locals – drummers, guitarists, impromptu yoga classes, prayer circles, fire dancers, jugglers and much more are a common site.


For the ultimate outdoor film experience, head to the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego’s fourth floor rooftop theatre. The Rooftop Cinema Club gives you a luxe movie experience with panoramic views of downtown San Diego, state-of-the-art wireless headphones and comfy deck chairs, craft brews, movie-themed cocktails and upscale eats. Cult favorites and the occasional sing-along features are shown Tuesdays through Saturdays.


During the warmer months, scores of leopard sharks swarm to the shallow waters of La Jolla Shores Beach, drawing snorkelers from all over the world to swim with them. Typically hanging out in under 10 feet of water near The Marine Room Restaurant and off the La Jolla Tennis Club, groups of sharks can range in number from a few to hundreds. Although leopard sharks can reach 5 feet in length, there’s no need to be intimidated as they don’t attack humans. If you don’t have snorkeling equipment of your own, there are several shops within easy walking distance where you can rent them.

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