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Welcome to Chicago, Illinois

Chicago skyline with Navy Pier. Photo by Jeff Lewis

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Unit Location:
555 Plainfield Rd. Suite A
Willowbrook, IL 60527
630-986-2120 fax
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Official correspondence to service member upon receiving orders to MSU Chicago.

Unit Overview

This document contains useful unit specific information for those not already familiar with MSU Chicago.


Each service member with orders to MSU Chicago will be assigned a sponsor to help ease the burden of their permanent change of duty station. Upon arrival, and as a part of the check-in process, each new crew member will also be assigned a mentor to guide them through their transition. The sponsor and mentor will not necessarily be the same individual.

Relocation Information:

City of Chicago  


U.S. Coast Guard Work-Life Program    Employee Assistance Program

Ombudsman Corner

The Ombudsman position at MSU Chicago is currently open. You can contact the unit at (630) 986-2155. Please download and complete the attached informational survey and forward it to your sponsor when you report aboard. An Ombudsman is a volunteer (who may be an Auxiliarist, Spouse or Reservist) that is designated by a Command to serve as a link between the "Command and Families", assisting the Command in its functions of providing information and related services to families regarding sources of assistance available to them, Coast Guard and command policies, and activities of interest to family members.

What Your Ombudsman "CAN" do:
1. Act as liaison between dependent family members and the Command.
2. Direct grievances and suggestions through the proper channels.
3. When a crisis arises at home, an Ombudsman can refer you to the best resources for help or professional guidance.
4. Help familiarize members and their dependents with organizations programs in the local area.
5. Keep dependent family members informed of unit specific information and events.

What is "NOT" within the role of the Ombudsman:
1. Addressing military problems between the service member and the Command.
2. Providing counseling for domestic or relationship issues.
3. Provide childcare or shuttle services.
4. Directing of any social events.

Sea Legs - Welcome to the Coast Guard Family!

Professional Development and Educational Opportunities

The Educational Services Officer is LT Laura Gould.

The responsibility of Educational Services Officer (ESO) at Marine Safety Unit Chicago is to ensure that individuals are aware of the various programs and benefits available, any changes that may occur to them, and to answer any questions that service members may have. The Coast Guard offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities and educational benefits to its service members and even extends many of the same to their dependents. All are highly encouraged to take full advantage of the abundant opportunities that the Coast Guard provides to pursue higher education and develop professionally and the unit ESO is committed to assisting service members meet their career and educational goals.

US Coast Guard Office of Civil Rights

Our area Civil Rights Office point of contact is Rodney O. Brown (216-902-6456)

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