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Welcome Aboard

Receiving Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders to a new command is the first step towards moving. Your gaining unit provides unit and local information. The resources below are available to assist you during your transition between commands. Housing is a primary factor when relocating to a new area. Contact numbers for D1 Local Housing Offices are:

Boston, MA (617) 223-3366                           Base Cape Cod, MA (508) 968-6507

Portland, ME (207) 780-3074                         Southwest Harbor, ME (207) 244-4225

SFO Moriches, NY (631) 288-3253               Saugerties, NY (845) 246-7612

Albany, NY (518) 465-6182                           Staten Island, NY (718) 354-2275

Long Island Sound, CT (203) 468-4520          New London, CT (860) 444-8211

Burlington, VT (802) 951-6760                       Sandy Hook, NJ (732) 872-3436

If you require additional assistance regarding reporting to the Boston area, please contact the Personnel Support Department Administration Office at (617) 223-3455.

Welcome aboard and unit information for D1 units can be obtained from these links:

Welcome Aboard D1 Staff
Sector Northern New England
Sector Boston
Sector Southeast New England
Sector Long Island Sound
Sector New York
Air Station Cape Cod
D1 Units and Cutters
Base Boston
Base Cape Cod

Information and news about the Boston area can be obtained from these links:
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority  - Overview of the transit system
Boston Metro Guide Network
Boston Area Guide and Directory
City of – Official website for the City of Boston
Boston Info Center

Arriving by Car

From the North take the Route 1A exit (Exit 24B-A) toward Airport/Government Center.  Take exit 24-A toward Government Center.  Turn left onto John F.  Fitzgerald Surface Road.   Take the first left onto Mercantile Street.  Mercantile becomes Atlantic Avenue, and later becomes Commercial Street.  Base Boston is on the right at 427 Commercial Street.  The entrance is at a traffic light across from a 7-Eleven store on the left.      Due to major construction in the city, directions can change at any time.  Please refer to for further information.

Arriving By Air

Logan Airport, Boston, Massachusetts, is the closest airport to Base Boston.  During “non-commuter hours”, it is usually a 15-minute drive to the base.  Other times it may take 30-45 minutes.

Transportation from Logan Airport to Base Boston can be obtained from local taxi services, the subway, or via commercial bus to “South Station” (30 minute walk to the base).  Taxis can be located outside baggage claims at the airport.  Subway service from Logan Airport is via the Blue Line to Aquarium Station (2 stops).  Aquarium station is a 10 minute walk to Base Boston.  Subway information can be found at Subway.  MBTA bus service to South Station information can be found at Bus Routes.

Checking In

Report to your unit as directed in your orders, welcome aboard notification, or as your sponsor coordinates.  If reporting to Base Boston, you should arrive between the hours of 0800-1600 if possible.  Please check in at the Admin Office located in Building 8, on the 7th deck.  When reporting before 0700 or after 1500, please report to the Officer of the Day, or the Junior Officer of the Day.  The civilian security guards at the main gate will notify them of your arrival.  Your orders will then be endorsed, questions answered, and directions given to the barracks and or the Admin Office.

The Uniform of the Day must be worn when you are checking in to Base Boston during working hours.  If arriving during non-working hours please make arrangements to arrive prior to 2200 hours and or after 0630 hours.

Uniform of the Day

Depending on where you work on base, your uniform will either be Tropical Blue Long or the Operational Dress Uniform (ODU).  Please make sure you have a complete sea bag upon arrival.


The local housing branch controls the barracks, and CG Owned/Leased Housing.  Housing Officer - 617-223-3366.

Barracks - Unaccompanied (single) enlisted personnel permanently assigned to Base Boston may reside in the barracks in lieu of receiving BAH.  Transient quarters are sometimes available for up to 30 days.  Please contact the Barrack’s Manager at 617-223-3171 for further information regarding barracks occupancy.

Personal firearms, ammunition, gunpowder, and archery gear are not allowed onboard Base Boston.

Family housing - Member must obtain a release from housing before procuring quarters in the community.  Permanently assigned eligible personnel may be assigned Government Owned housing upon request, depending on availability.   The Landings at Hanscom, a privatized housing option located at Hanscom Air Force Base, Bedford, MA may also be available.  The phone number is (781)861-5062.

Family Child Care Program

In addition to administering the Family Child Care Program, the Family Child Care Coordinator has information on local child care resources and the Coast Guard- and GSA-sponsored subsidies.

The Family Child Care (FCC) Program enables spouses or other family members of Coast Guard members to operate a child care business in their homes.  The FCC Program provides cost-effective convenient child care for members.  It offers greater flexibility than center-based daycare while providing a second source of income for the FCC provider.

ANY INDIVIDUAL OPERATING A DAYCARE (sometimes called babysitting) IN COAST GUARD-OWNED OR -LEASED HOUSING MUST BE CERTIFIED AS AN FCC PROVIDER.  For these purposes, a daycare is any child care arrangement where parents leave their child/children at the provider's home.  It can be full day, after school, 3 times a week, occasional, etc.  If the individual providing the child care services does so for more than 10 hours a week, then their child care must be certified by the Coast Guard.  Please contact the Family Child Care Coordinator (FCC)

Coast Guard welcomes new Family Child Care providers! Please contact the Family Child Care Coordinator (FCC) if you are interested.  If you operate a daycare in your home and you are not certified, please contact us so we can certify you.   

Relocation Links

Military HOMEFRONT - A new official Department of Defense website dedicated to helping service members and their families with home finding services in their duty station area.
Americas Relocation Home Service - connects to qualified realtors for assistance in the process of buying and/or selling a home.  You can research states, city, town or counties and find home values, industry, population rates, etc.
Sperling’s Best Places – Find your best place to live, work, school, etc
The Riley Guide – Links to employment, moving, schools, COLA, real estate, etc.
USA Citylink - information on travel, tourism and relocation
Sustainable Communities HotReport - Provides users a quick and easy way to determine how well your community is performing on a variety of sustainability indicators.
Federal Housing Administration (FHA)  Informative site provides information about single-family mortgage insurance programs and homeownership initiatives. Of particular importance to first-time homebuyers. - Apartments, homes, moving tips - Hotels that accept pets
Online change of address - US Postal Service - Moving companies, truck rentals, storage, move planner
Mapquest - Directions, maps, gas prices
Temporary furnished apartments
School information


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