US Coast Guard Sector Anchorage
Bldg. 49000, Guard Rd., JBER, AK 99505
USCG Sector Anchorage is a part of District 17 – within the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area. Sector Anchorage is headquartered out of Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson (IATA: EDF, ICAO: PAED, FAA LID: EDF) in Anchorage, AK.
Sector Anchorage is the Coast Guard’s largest sector in terms of geographic area, exercising authority in a jurisdiction extending through-out Western Alaska, The North Slope, and the Aleutian Islands through Prince William Sound. Sector Anchorage has several subordinate units, which include Marine Safety Unit Valdez, several Marine Safety Detachments, several Cutters and an Aids To Navigation Team. Sector Anchorage’s missions include, but are not limited to: search and rescue, pollution prevention & response, waterways management, port security, vessel inspections, and investigations. In 2014, Sector Anchorage was relocated from downtown Anchorage to a state-of-the-art facility attached to the Alaska National Guard Armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
During an average month, in the 17th District, the Coast Guard saves 22 lives; assists 53 people; reports and investigates 25 marine casualties; performs 74 living marine resource boardings; responds to 22 pollution incidents; services 93 buoys and fixed aids to navigation; conducts 13 security boardings and 22 security patrols; performs 143 commercial fishing vessel safety exams; saves over $1.65 million in property; teaches 375 kids about life jacket wear; and performs 95 marine inspections.
The closest major airport to Anchorage, Alaska is Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC/PANC).
This airport is 6 miles from the center of Anchorage, AK.
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FOR THE CHILDREN
Kindergarten attendance is not mandatory by law in the state of Alaska. Just as kindergarten attendance isn’t mandatory in Alaska, the state has no requirement in place for districts to offer kindergarten whatsoever.
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.
Anchorage Health Department (907) 343-6718
AK Child & Family (907) 346-2101
AK Child & Family brings hope to troubled young lives through a broad range of mental health services. Our residential psychiatric treatment, community based programs and treatment foster homes offer the structure, care and expertise to help young people build strong, positive, healthy lives.
Alaska Humane Society (907) 344-8808
The Alaska Humane Society was founded in 1979, and established its first shelter in 1988. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates a no-kill shelter and sanctuary for “orphan” cats. We accept cats on the basis of need, not adoptability.
Alaska State Troopers (907) 269-5511
The Alaska State Troopers, officially the Division of Alaska State Troopers, is the state police agency of the U.S. state of Alaska. It is a division of the Alaska Department of Public Safety. The Alaska State Troopers is a full-service law enforcement agency which handles both traffic and criminal law enforcement.
Base Operator 907-428-4200
Coast Guard members assigned to Sector Anchorage are not required to live in government quarters. The nearest military housing (approximately 2 miles) is offered through Joint Base Elemdorf-Richardson (JBER). On-base housing at JBER consists of 3,000+ multi-family units in 18 unique neighborhoods.
Housing is managed by Aurora Military Housing – (907) 753-1023. Be sure to check in with the JBER Housing Management Office for details: (907) 552-4439.
USCG Sector Anchorage HQ’s are located on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), just northeast of Anchorage, on Alaska’s Interstate 1. For those choosing to live in off-base housing, many choose to live in downtown Anchorage, or north of JBER in the nearby towns of Eagle River or Chugiak. Some even choose to live in Palmer approximately 40 miles north of the base.
Rogers Park – Anchorage, AK
Rogers Park is a neighborhood in Anchorage, Alaska with a population of 5,062. Living in Rogers Park offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Rogers Park there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Rogers Park. The public schools in Rogers Park are highly rated.
Bear Valley – Anchorage, AK
Bear Valley is a neighborhood in Anchorage, Alaska with a population of 1,034. Bear Valley is one of the best places to live in Alaska. Living in Bear Valley offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals live in Bear Valley. The public schools in Bear Valley are highly rated.
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In Anchorage, the summers are cool and mostly cloudy and the winters are long, freezing, snowy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 13°F to 68°F and is rarely below -8°F or above 75°F.
The warm season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 19 to September 11, with an average daily high temperature above 59°F. The hottest day of the year is July 20, with an average high of 68°F and low of 55°F. The cold season lasts for 4.0 months, from November 6 to March 5, with an average daily high temperature below 32°F. The coldest day of the year is January 17, with an average low of 13°F and high of 23°F.
The wetter season lasts 3.6 months, from July 10 to October 29, with a greater than 26% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 39% on September 27. The drier season lasts 8.4 months, from October 29 to July 10. The smallest chance of a wet day is 13% on March 28.
Compared to the state average of Alaska the cost of living index in Anchorage, AK is 130, which is equal to the average in Alaska and compared to the national average it is 30% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Anchorage, AK goods and services come in at 3% higher than the average in Alaska and are 23% higher than compared to the nationwide average.
Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, is in the south-central part of the state on the Cook Inlet. It’s known for its cultural sites, including the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which displays traditional crafts, stages dances, and presents replicas of dwellings from the area’s indigenous groups. The city is also a gateway to nearby wilderness areas and mountains including the Chugach, Kenai and Talkeetna.
Anchorage is the place where young spirits and adventurous souls come to play. Alaska activities including famous wildlife, spectacular mountain vistas, fascinating cultures and icy blue glaciers all await your discovery. Metropolitan luxuries mix with unrivaled natural wonders to make Anchorage an unforgettable destination.
The railroad is what gave Anchorage its start, and first linked broad stretches of Alaska together. The city is still the starting point for rail travel in Alaska, with trains departing daily in the summer for Seward, Prince William Sound, Denali, Talkeetna and Fairbanks. Check out the Glacier Discovery train to Spencer Whistle stop, it’s an easy – and incredible – day trip while in Anchorage.
If you want to know more about Alaska’s indigenous people, visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center. The center – first opened in 1999 – it aims at providing information about the 11 major cultural groups in the state. It is located just 10 miles from downtown Anchorage. The center features six life-size villages that represent some of the cultural groups. Check the website for information about demonstrations. These include traditional dancing and storytelling sessions. You can also view the works of local artists and enjoy a coffee and snacks in the cafeteria.
The Eklutna Village Historic Park is often on the itinerary of guided tour groups visiting Anchorage. Getting there takes a 30-minute drive but it is well worth the trip and if you have a car, add it to your own list of things to do in Anchorage. Visiting the park, you will get to see and learn about the history, culture, and customs of the Dena’ina Athabascans and how Russian Orthodox traditions influenced them. One of the interesting things to see at the Eklutna Village Historic Park is the Spirit Houses, which are unique to Athabaskan tradition. Per the cultural beliefs, these houses were built by families of persons who already died and this serves as marking of the deceased person’s grave.
A devastating earthquake took place in Alaska in 1964 and young Anchorage took a big hit too. The quake affected one area in particular and the place was turned into a park that commemorates the dramatic event. Initially, the city made plans to develop the area but because of the instability of the soil, they decided to avoid buildings and turn this into an open park with a long walking trail. The rest of the park is a long and quite beautiful walking trail. Part of the trail is fully shaded, going through a serene forest. The trail then gets closer to the shore, allowing for great views of the bay.
According to their mission statement, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is dedicated to preserving wildlife through conservation, research, education, and quality animal care. So, you can go there and enjoy the wildlife while contributing towards noble goals. You will see bears (black and brown), moose, wolves, reindeer, musk ox and many other native Alaska animals. They provide lifelong shelters for wild animals rescued from dangerous situations and you can read the stories of some of these adorable critters right next to their enclosures. The center is also responsible for introducing the elk back into Alaska. They are currently in the process of reintroducing wood bison. Visitors can walk or drive around the center to see the animals. We chose to walk – it’s really not that huge a place and you can cover the walking trails in 5-10 minutes. There’s also a busy and friendly shop that’s worth a stop in its own right. Lots of unique merchandise and you can buy your souvenirs there, knowing you’re helping to support an important cause.
If you are a bird enthusiast or just want to see beautiful types of birds and sceneries, Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary in Anchorage, Alaska should be on your list of things to do in Anchorage. The best time to visit is from late April through September. You may spot Canada geese, gulls, shorebirds, trumpeter swans, canvasback ducks, red-necked phalaropes, northern pintails, horned, red-necked grebes, and more. If you want to witness the spring and fall migration, visit Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary from May through August.
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