Area Info For Newly Reporting Personnel:
Reporting to a new unit can be a little scary at times. Not only are you undertaking a new job, but you’ll also be living in a new city, meeting new faces, and probably taking on a whole new daily routine. To ease the transition to Patrol Boat life and Sector Eastern North Carolina, we’ve tried to answer as many questions as possible that new crewmembers usually have. If you still have some unanswered questions after reviewing the following section, please feel free to contact the ship and speak with a future shipmate. The Ship's number inport is (252) 247-4590.
Frequently Asked Questions (General):
INPORT WATCH TYPE AND DUTY ROTATION: Inport OOD, approx 1 in 6 rotation
UNDERWAY WATCH TYPE AND DUTY ROTATION: Approx 1 in 4 rotation
SPECIAL PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING AFTER HOURS: Contact the ship prior to arriving to ensure we’re expecting you. Check in with BLOCK ISLAND Inport OOD for further instruction.
IF UNIT IS UNDERWAY, WHERE TO REPORT: Report to Sector NC OOD, check in with CGC BLOCK ISLAND's Yeoman, at Sector North Carolina SPO, the area housing Officer is Mr. Cavaletto, (252) 240-8452 if during working hours.
HOW MUCH PERSONAL STORAGE SPACE (IN CUBIC FEET): Each crewmember is issued a locker with approximately 3 cu ft of storage on the ship.
UNIFORM NORMALLY WORN DURING THE WORKDAY: ODU w/ issued BLOCK ISLAND ballcap.
RECOMMENDED UNIFORM ITEMS IN ADDITION TO SEABAG ISSUE: none
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE SUMMER 85 F WINTER 45 F
WHAT TYPE OF CONTINUING EDUCATION IS AVAILABLE IN THE AREA: Carteret Community College, DANTES/CLEP through MCAS Cherry Point, SOCCOAST College Network
NAME OF NEAREST CITIES AND DISTANCE: Morehead City, approx 5 miles; Beaufort, approx 10 miles; New Bern, approx 30 miles; Jacksonville, approx 30 miles.
NAME OF NEAREST MILITARY FACILITY AND DISTANCE: MCAS Cherry Point, 20 miles to the north on hwy 70.
LOCATION OF NEAREST EXCHANGE AND COMMISSARY: CG Exchange on base (small, no commissary); MCAS Cherry Point (all services), 20 miles
RELIGIOUS DENOMINATIONS IN THE AREA: Catholic, Episcopalian, all branches of Baptists, Methodists, most Protestant denominations.
COMMON DESTINATIONS FOR DEPLOYMENTS: Local Cape Lookout area; Homeland Security Patrols along D-5, D-1and D-7 coastline.
UNIFORM TO REPORT IN: Tropical Blue Long w/ Combo Cover (Service Dress Blue optional)
COST OF AVERAGE TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT IN THE AREA $650
IS LEASED HOUSING AVAILABLE: No
IS GOVERNMENT OWNED HOUSING AVAILABLE: Yes (MCAS Cherry Point)
HOUSING OFFICE PHONE# (252) 247-4584
WHERE DO MOST DEPENDENTS LIVE: Local area (Morehead City, Newport, Havelock, Beaufort)
WHERE DO MOST DEPENDENTS RECEIVE MEDICAL CARE: MCAS Cherry Point
IS IT ADVISABLE TO BRING DEPENDENTS ALONG WHEN REPORTING? Yes
Area and Cutter Description (from a young sailor’s perspective):
The towns of Morehead City, Atlantic Beach and Beaufort are fairly small. Morehead and Beaufort are permanent towns, while Atlantic Beach is more of a resort town that closes down (for the most part) during the winter months. Most single people find it dull during the winter, but with all of the water sports available, there is plenty to do during the summer. Most people like to fish, and many have purchased boats to explore the Intercoastal Waterway and sound. The job on BLOCK ISLAND offers plenty of challenges and opportunities to learn things out of rate. We tend to work harder and carry more responsibility than most people in the Coast Guard our age, but the opportunities are very rewarding. The work schedule tends to be hectic and quite subject to change (especially during the winter months), but you learn to get used to it.