P.C.S. to Air Station San Francisco
I am eager to get you here and integrated into the great team we have at Air Station San Francisco. However, I am well aware that the challenges of a permanent change of station are, and should be, your initial concerns. Please let us know what we can do to make this relocation as easy as possible. As it is in most large metropolitan areas, housing is expensive and may involve prolonged commutes. Take the time you need to find a good fit for you and your family. Your sponsor should be a valuable resource in providing "local knowledge" of housing, schools, and commute estimates. Feel free to bounce proposed housing alternatives off your sponsor (or another air station member who lives in that neighborhood) to reality check a final decision. Once you have yourself and family settled and can focus on the Coast Guard, we will get you involved in the great missions performed by Air Station San Francisco! I'm confident you'll enjoy your tour of duty at this station, and the many cultural and recreational activities available in San Francisco. Again, welcome to the Bay Area!
Air Station San Francisco supports Coast Guard missions safely and effectively as an integral member of the Eleventh Coast Guard District / PACAREA Team. Primary missions include: Search and Rescue, Homeland Security, Enforcement of Laws and Treaties, Aids to Navigation and Marine Environmental Protection. The people of Air Station San Francisco work together as a team, accomplishing our mission, leading the Coast Guard in operational excellence, and caring for each other. The station has an authorized complement of 19 officers, 85 enlisted and 3 civilians.
Command concerns for single personnel (non-rate specifically): Air Station San Francisco has no barracks available. Some issues you will need to address include rent, deposits for electricity, water, telephone, basic furniture and food costs. Personnel should also be aware that they would need transportation to and from the unit. The command understands this sometime creates a hardship for the member and is willing to help (Mutual Assistance Loans are available.)
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, Concord, Novato and Moffett Field.)
The Alameda site, approx. 25 miles from CGAS SF, has condominiums and duplexes in a close-knit CG community conveniently located close to CG Island. ISC Alameda Housing Office: (510) 769-0831 or (510) 437-3243
The Novato site has large single family homes, duplexes, and condominiums located in a rural/small town setting about 30 miles from CGAS SF. Novato Housing Office: (415) 382-8584
The Moffett Housing Community is approximately 25 miles south of CGAS SF. The Moffett site has two three and four bedroom units. Some of the two bedroom town-home units have been converted to bachelor, unaccompanied. The Moffett community includes a full-service commissary and exchange on the adjoining NASA Ames facility. Moffett Federal Airfield Housing Office: (650) 564-9490 or visit their website at http://www.spd.usace.army.mil/housing/moffett.html
The Concord site is the Bay Area's newest housing area. The Coast Guard Housing Office has provided a fact sheet for your reference.
Assignment to government-owned family housing is not mandatory. Families may only apply for housing at one site, which should be clearly noted on your application. For wait time projections and more information on housing contact the appropriate housing office.
Applications for the Housing programs will require:
More information on the number of bedrooms you qualify for can be found in the Coast Guard Housing Manual, COMDTINST M11101.13(series) Table 6-3.
The San Francisco BAH and COLA rates may be found at the Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee website.
Due to the high cost of housing in the San Francisco area and the time lag in receiving travel claim payments, it is recommended that you arrive with $2000.00 to $2500.00 in available funds for housing, deposits, etc.
The Navy Lodge, located at Moffett Federal Airfield, Mt. View, is an option for temporary housing in the Bay Area for military families. You can reach The Navy Lodge by calling 1-800-NAVY-INN or visit their website at www.dod-lodging.com.
The links below and phone numbers can help you with your relocation and hopefully will make your transfer a much smoother and pleasant one.
Worklife Relocation and Housing - Provides assistance with relocation, transition and spousal employment. Here you will find a wealth of information including a virtual tour of area housing sites, information on schools, transportation, apartments, E-Neighborhoods, calendars, events and more. If you would like to receive a paper copy of the standard relocation package, after you visit the website you will be able to fill out the request form on-line.
SFGov - Website for the City and County of San Francisco
SFGate.com-News and Information for the Bay Area
Craig's List - San Francisco and Bay Area On-line Community
Marines' Memorial Club and Hotel - Union Square in Downtown San Francisco (military rates)
ISC Alameda Relocation Assistance Manager: (510) 437-5920
ISC Alameda Worklife: (510) 437-5924
ISC Alameda Personal Property Office: (510) 437-x3683
ISC Alameda Housing Office: (510) 769-0831
Novato Housing Office: (415) 382-4244, Maintenance (415) 883-3496
Moffett Federal Airfield Housing Office: (650) 603-8100
TRIWEST: (888) TRIWEST or (888) 874-9378
Air Station San Francisco Personnel and Housing Officer (650) 808-2931
Air Station San Francisco Administration Department YN1: (650) 808-2934
Thank you and have a Safe and Smooth Transfer,
CDR William E. Sasser, Jr.
Air Station San Francisco