US Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco

District Eleven

1020 N. Access Road, San Francisco, CA 94128

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US Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco is a United States Coast Guard Air Station located 13 miles south of downtown San Francisco, CA –  at the San Francisco International Airport. The air station sits adjacent to the airport which consists of its own ramp, one hangar, an administration building and several other support structures.

Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco was completed on February 15, 1941, making it one of the longest tenured tenants at SFO. The air station operated a PBY-5 Catalina and two RD-4 Dolphins. On November 1, 1941 the aircraft and personnel were placed under Navy command where they continued to conduct Search and Rescue and Coastal Patrols through the end of World War II. Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco was also tasked with aiding in the construction of the highly classified and secret Long Range Navigation (LORAN) stations in the North Pacific in 1943. Proving an invaluable asset in this important mission, the San Francisco-based PBY-5 Catalina was instrumental in the completion of the Aleutian LORAN chain by transporting personnel, supplies and building materials.


After World War II, the Air Station resumed normal operations under Coast Guard control after release from the Navy on June 30, 1946. The first helicopter stationed here in San Francisco was the HO3S-1 Dragonfly in 1947. In the early fifties the Grumman HU-16 Albatross replaced the air stations aging World War II fixed wing inventory. This general purpose amphibian, affectionately known as the “Goat”, proved to be a highly adaptable platform for SAR and LE. Eventually, the Air Station received the HH-52A Sea Guard helicopter in 1963 which was a significant improvement over its predecessor with its improved flight characteristics and capabilities.


Also stationed at San Francisco were the C-130s which when they were moved to the newly constructed Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento in 1978, ended 37 years of Coast Guard fixed wing aviation in San Francisco. In 1991, Air Station San Francisco received its first HH-60 J-Hawk to replace the HH-3F Pelican as the medium range Search and Rescue Helicopter. Restructuring in Coast Guard Aviation lead to a short stay of the HH-60 in San Francisco and in June 1996, four HH-65s were moved to San Francisco from San Diego. In the fall of 2001, the Air Station transitioned to the HH-65B, an upgrade in the avionics package. In the spring of 2006, the HH65B was upgraded to the HH65C after the installation of Turbomeca Arriel 2C2-CG engines.


While the airframes have evolved, the primary mission of Air Station San Francisco has remained unchanged for six decades, maritime Search and Rescue along 300 miles of coastline from Point Conception to Fort Bragg. In addition to SAR, Air Station San Francisco has expanded its missions to include Homeland Security, Maritime Law Enforcement, Environmental Protection, Aids to Navigation, Logistics, and Cliff Rescue.



The Bay area – divided into the North and South Bay – has three major Airports. The largest one – San Francisco International Airport SFO – is located on the South Bay on Highway 101 and I-380, San Bruno.

Oakland International Airport is straight across on the North Bay off I-880 and Hegenberger Road.


San Jose Mineta International SJC is at the east end of the Bay – off Highway 101 and 87.


Frequent South Bay flyers prefer San Jose’s Mineta Airport – the smallest of the three (but by no means small) – as getting to it and to the departure gate is less time-consuming.


Ninety miles to the south is the Monterey Peninsula Airport which serves the Central Coast of California and offers daily flights to San Francisco International.


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


Check the US News Health directory online at to find the best doctor for your family.


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

San Francisco Unified School District
Lawton Alternative Elementary School
Lowell High School



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.


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

San Francisco Department of Health (415) 554-2666
The San Francisco Department of Public Health strives to achieve its mission through the work of two Divisions – the San Francisco Health Network and Population Health and Prevention. The SF Health Network is the City’s health system and has locations throughout the City including San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center, Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, and over 15 primary care health centers.


San Francisco Human Services (415) 557-5000
San Francisco Human Services Agency is your home for help with food, health insurance, supportive care, financial assistance, child care, and more.


San Francisco SPCA (415) 554.3000
As the fourth oldest humane society in the U.S. and the founders of the No-Kill movement, the SF SPCA has always been at the forefront of animal welfare. As a result of our efforts and those of our community partners, San Francisco has the lowest euthanasia rate of any major city in the United States. No adoptable dog or cat in San Francisco goes without a home, even if they have medical or other issues.


California Highway Patrol (415) 557-1094

Base Operator (650) 808-2902


Coast Guard government-owned family housing is available in the San Francisco Bay Area at four locations for officers and enlisted personnel with families:
Alameda Housing Office: (510) 769-0831
Novato Housing Office: (415) 382-8584
Moffett Federal Airfield Housing Office: (650) 564-9490
Concord Housing Office: (925) 685-6854
Air Station San Francisco Housing Officer: (650) 808-2931

Mission Bay – San Francisco, CA
14 miles from base

Mission Bay is a neighborhood in San Francisco, CA. It has a population of 10,264. Mission Bay is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Mission Bay offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Mission Bay, there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops and parks. The public schools in Mission Bay are above average.

Showplace Square – San Francisco, CA
15 miles from base

Showplace Square is a neighborhood in San Francisco, CA. It has a population of 11,564. Living in Showplace Square offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. The public schools in Showplace Square are above average.

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In San Francisco, the summers are long, comfortable, 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 45°F to 72°F and is rarely below 39°F or above 83°F.


The warm season lasts for 4.4 months, from June 13 to October 24, with an average daily high temperature above 69°F. The hottest day of the year is September 20, with an average high of 72°F and low of 58°F. The cool season lasts for 2.0 months, from December 4 to February 4, with an average daily high temperature below 59°F. The coldest day of the year is January 3, with an average low of 45°F and high of 56°F.


The wetter season lasts 5.1 months, from November 4 to April 9, with a greater than 15% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 31% on February 20. The drier season lasts 6.9 months, from April 9 to November 4. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on July 19.

The average cost of living in San Francisco, CA is 202, that puts it 46% higher than the average of California and 102% higher than our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of San Francisco, CA, the price of goods and services are 17% higher than the average of California as well as 29% higher than the nation’s average.

San Francisco is one of the most beautiful and diverse cities in the world.


The Lands End Trail is the perfect San Francisco activity for three reasons: one – it’s an easy way to show how beautiful this place is thanks to views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, and coastal terrain; two – there are tons of only-in-SF hidden treasures, like the rock labyrinth, Mile Rock Lighthouse, and octagon house; and three – it’s an urban hike, which means you get to show off how natural SF really is and get in a workout.


Another one of those touristy things to do that’s totally worth it is walking the Golden Gate Bridge – the most photographed bridge in the world. Plus, the only way to truly understand the size of it is to stand atop it. Once you’re on the other side, walk down to Sausalito and go to Bar Bocce for pizza and bocce with water views, before taking the ferry back to SF.


If you’re not going to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge (or even if you are), head to Crissy Field and walk along the promenade by the water until you get to this fort built for the Civil War that overlooks the Golden Gate. It’s a great place to take pics of the bridge, watch surfers narrowly miss jagged rocks and get a little history lesson while you’re at it. Don’t forget to high-five or high-10 Hoppers Hands when you get there.


Is Lombard Street technically the crookedest street in San Francisco? No, it is not. But the actual crookedest street in Potrero Hill isn’t paved with red brick and lined with perfectly manicured greenery and colorful hydrangeas. Which means THIS is the crookedest street your out-of-town guests want to see. Sure it’s touristy, and sure sometimes there’s a wait to drive down it, but hit it up on your way to Fisherman’s Wharf…if only because their delight will delight you.


If you get the sense that your friends or family members need to unwind, take them to the oh-so serene Japanese Tea Garden where you can meander on the winding paths past koi ponds, a Zen garden, native Japanese plants, and pagodas. And be sure to make them climb the famous Drum Bridge so you can take a picture.

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