US Coast Guard Air Station Sitka

611 Airport Dr., Sitka, AK 99835

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ABOUT

USCG Air Station Sitka is located on Airport Drive in Sitka, Alaska – on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island – in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle).

Coast Guard Air Station Sitka is an Air Station of the United States Coast Guard located in Sitka, Alaska. The station was originally established on Annette Island in March 1944, until relocating to Sitka in 1977. Early aircraft consisted of Grumman G-21’s, PBY’s, HU-16’s, HH-52’s, and HH-3 Pelicans. Primary missions performed by the air station are Search and Rescue (SAR), law enforcement, and logistics covering the Southeast part of Alaska. Area of responsibility encompasses approximately 180,000 square miles of water and land extending across Southeast Alaska from Dixon Entrance to Icy Bay, and from the Alaskan-Canadian border to the central Gulf of Alaska. This includes 12,000 miles of coastline distinguished by a rugged coast, mountainous terrain, severe weather, and many remote villages.
Established in 1977 – after relocating from Annette, Sitka is Southeast Alaska’s Premier Search and Rescue Service Air Station. Air Station Sitka’s area of responsibility (AOR) encompasses the entire Southeast region of Alaska from Dixon Entrance north to Central Alaska and from the U.S./Canadian border west to the central Gulf of Alaska. Air Station Sitka’s AOR presents the most demanding flight environment for Coast Guard aircraft operations, with 12,000 miles of isolated and rugged coastline and responsible for all inland search and rescue for Southeast Alaska. This region includes numerous remote villages and is characterized by mountainous terrain, severe weather and vast distances between fuel caches and landing sites.
Today, Air Station Sitka utilizes three MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters and has 130 officers, enlisted, and civilian personnel. Each helicopter, is crewed by two pilots, a flight mechanic, and a rescue swimmer, has a 125-knot cruise speed, and 700-mile range. In a “ready” or “alert” status 24 hours a day for national defense, search and rescue. Sitka crews fly surveillance patrols and transport environmental response teams which protect the ecosystems located within the area. Other missions include law enforcement duties in cooperation with federal, state, and local agencies.
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ARRIVAL

The nearest major airport is Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport (SIT / PASI). This airport has domestic flights and is 1 mile from the center of Sitka, AK. Another major airport is Angoon Seaplane Base (AGN / PAGN), which has domestic flights from Angoon, Alaska and is 42 miles from Sitka, AK.

Resources

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 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/.

Sitka School District
Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School
Blatchley Middle School
Sitka High School

 

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.

 

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

Sitka Public Health Center (907) 747-3255
The Sitka Public Health Center provides services to the city of Sitka and the community of Port Alexander. The health center is staffed by Public Health Nurses and an Office Assistant.

 

Alaska Office of Children’s Services (907) 465-1650
The mission of the Department of Health and Social Services is to “promote and protect the health and well-being of Alaskans.”

 

Sitka Animal Shelter (907) 747-3567
The Shelter can house 18 dogs, with four isolation kennels for sick or quarantined dogs. There is a community cattery room where 5-7 cats can be housed. The cattery room is furnished with cat trees, scratching posts and a cat condo. The cat kennel room can house 12 cats in separate kennels.

 

Alaska Department of Public Safety (907) 269-5511

Base Operator (907) 966-5526.

Housing

Coast Guard Air Station Sitka Housing Office: (907) 966-5579
Assignment to housing is mandatory to support housing management; however,
it is possible to obtain a release if all units are occupied. Members should wait for notification of release before obtaining housing on the economy.
Members who request housing will be obligated to remain in housing for no less than one year.

 

Air Station Sitka has 60 government owned family housing units, consisting of thirty 2-bedroom units, twenty-six 3-bedroom units, and four 4-bedroom units.
These buildings are 4 unit, two story townhouses. Two of the 3 bedroom units are handicap accessible.

Sitka – Sitka County, AK

Sitka is a town in Alaska with a population of 8,810. Living in Sitka offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Sitka there are a lot of bars and coffee shops. Many families and young professionals live in Sitka. The public schools in Sitka are above average.

Skagway – Skagway Borough, AK

Skagway is a town in Alaska with a population of 996. Skagway is in Skagway Borough and is one of the best places to live in Alaska. Living in Skagway offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals live in Skagway. The public schools in Skagway are highly rated.

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Community

In Sitka, the summers are cool and mostly cloudy; the winters are long, very cold, windy, and overcast; and it is wet year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 33°F to 62°F and is rarely below 22°F or above 68°F.

 

The warm season lasts for 3.1 months, from June 14 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 58°F. The hottest day of the year is August 11, with an average high of 62°F and low of 54°F. The cool season lasts for 4.4 months, from November 11 to March 24, with an average daily high temperature below 44°F. The coldest day of the year is February 23, with an average low of 33°F and high of 41°F.

 

The wetter season lasts 7.0 months, from August 21 to March 22, with a greater than 53% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 71% on October 31. The drier season lasts 5.0 months, from March 22 to August 21. The smallest chance of a wet day is 36% on June 21.

In Sitka, AK, the overall cost of living index is 137, which is 6% higher than the Alaska average and 37% 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 Sitka, AK, the city’s goods and services are 1% lower than the Alaska average and 17% higher than the U.S. average.

The southeast panhandle of Alaska differs sharply from the more northerly sections of the state. Precipitation here is high, comparing with Washington State, so the trees, such as Sitka spruce, grow to great heights and can be harvested for lumber or pulp.

 

The region is the most historic in Alaska. Sitka was the site of the major Russian colony during their fur-gathering era. At Juneau, prospectors made major Alaska gold discoveries. From Skagway, some 20,000 hardy miners, plus many women and children, climbed over the Chilkoot Pass to the Yukon Gold Rush of 1898.

 

Sitka is a picturesque town surrounded by islands and backed by Mt. Edgecumbe, an extinct volcano. The main attraction here is a visit to the Russian Orthodox St. Michael’s Cathedral to see the icons, canvas walls, gold-thread vestments, and ornate bibles. Some of the icons date to the 14th Century. Sitka is compact and easy to walk around, with a sizable fishing fleet. If you walk beyond St. Michael’s Church, you’ll find Castle Hill, an easily-fortified position that was the Russian stronghold. Beyond that is the Tlingit Village.

 

A second attraction, within a half-mile distance, is the National Historic Park, where you can see Tlingit Indians practicing carving, weaving, and jewelry-making. At the historic park, walk the oceanside path to the site where the great battle of 1804 pitted 1,000 Russians against 700 fortified Tlingits, who were eventually overcome because of the Russian firepower. Along the path you’ll see Tlingit and Haida totem poles. Today about a third of Sitka’s 8,200 people are Tlingit. Interpretive displays at the park headquarters describe how the Tlingit and Russians lived.

 

The region is tied together by a Marine Highway ferry boat system operating between Seattle and Skagway. Waterways, shoreline, and boating are major aspects of life here. Southeast Alaska has 33,000 miles of coastline, fully 68 percent of the Alaska coastline. One out of five people owns a boat. The weather is rainy, but the citizens compensate. If rain appears imminent on the Fourth of July festivities, they reschedule.

 

Sitka was populated by Tlingit Indians, possibly for thousands of years. Russia watched the area with interest after Vitus Bering sighted the Alaskan coast in 1741. In 1799 Russian Alexander Baranov began construction of fortifications at Sitka. Baranov intended to colonize Alaska for Russia and develop the fur trade. The Tlingits resented Russian infringement, burning their fort and killing most of the people in 1802. Baranov returned in 1804 with the warship Neva and 1,000 men. He fought a decisive battle against 700 armed Tlingit. The Tlingit retreated and the Russians formally established their colony of New Archangel. Be sure to see St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox cathedral and its historic icons, some from the 14th century. The cathedral was built 1844-1848, burned in 1966, then rebuilt as an exact replica.

 

View the Mendenhall Glacier, outside of town. This is a massive glacier that you can drive right up to. In summer the meadows in front of it have brilliant fields of fireweed, a colorful wildflower. After viewing the glacier from afar, drive close in to the Visitor Center and hike toward the ice mass and the voluminous Nugget Falls pouring out near its side.

 

Chances are you’ll see a range of wildlife. Foremost are the endangered humpbacks, which are feeding furiously during summer on krill, a small shrimp-like food that grows abundantly here in the upwelling, cool, nutrient-rich ocean. The humpbacks put on quite a show, rolling their spiny backs out of the water and then showing their tail before plunging into deep dives. The non-breeding males and non-pregnant females remain here all year. The breeders swim out to Hawaii for the winter birthing and mating season.

 

Ride the Mount Roberts Tram to the 1800-foot top of the mountain and enjoy views of the Gastineau Channel, the body of water on whose banks Juneau rests. There are 2.5 miles of hiking trails at the top of the tram, giving you a good sample of the roughly 120 miles of hiking trails in the immediate Juneau area. Juneau residents are proud of their hiking opportunities, emphasizing that the city area has only 45 miles of roads, but far more miles of trails. At the top of the tram you can savor the view, hike, dine, and shop.

 

Visit the Gastineau Fish Hatchery, also called the Macaulay Fish Hatchery. As many as 170 million salmon fry are released from this small hatchery each year. Several years later those that survive, about two percent, return and are harvested for their sperm and eggs to replenish the cycle. The hatchery, which exists to enhance the commercial and sport fishing scene around Juneau, began in the 1970s at a time when Alaskan wild salmon were over-fished. Today the wild salmon fishery is flourishing. The site is fascinating to visit, with thousands of salmon “ripening” in concrete pens prior to their harvest for sperm and eggs. A small aquarium shows the range of fish and shellfish flourishing in the local waters.

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