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United States Coast Guard
Aviation Training Center
8501 Tanner Williams Road
Mobile, AL 36608

Welcome to the ATC Mobile IMSO Web Page

Note:  The information provided via this web page is intended for all incoming International Military Students to ATC Mobile.  It is also intended for all U.S. Security Assistance Offices who have need of information about international training at ATC Mobile.  There is also valuable information on this web page for IMSO office personnel and school staff and faculty personnel.


General Information

Arrival and Departure Information


Climate and Weather

IMSO Location/Telephone No.

Training Installation Information

IMSO Mission and Vision

Local Transportation



Identification Cards

"No Borders" Program



Simulator/Classroom Decorum

Pre-Departure/Orientation Information
This information is intended to help prospective students with practical information that will help them during their assignment in the U.S.

International Military Student Guide to American Culture
A guide for international military students to American (U.S.) culture.

Understanding the IMSO Mission
A guide for IMSO office personnel and others who work and teach International Military Students.

Ramadan:  "What and Why"
Information for school staff and faculty who are involved with students of the Islamic faith.



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Mobile Regional Airport is the primary pickup and departure point for ATC Mobile. International Military Students are generally met at the airport by at least one of the International Military Student Officers. However, advance notice must have been provided to the IMSO office with full student travel itinerary.

You should attempt to arrive at the Mobile Regional Airport during normal duty hours (0800-1600, Monday through Friday). If this is not possible, then arrangements must be made prior to your arrival with the base International Military Student Officers. The Aviation Training Center does not conduct routine operations or training on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) or the legal holidays listed later in this document under "Business Customs."

As soon as you arrive in Mobile, you must report to the International Military Student Office (location is outlined in General Information Section under IMSO location and telephone numbers). Normally, you will be met at the airport by one of the International Military Student Officers. However, if someone does not meet you at the airport, you can call the Operations Duty Officer at (251) 441-6861 for more information. If transportation to ATC Mobile is not available via the IMSO, the best means to get there is to utilize the taxi service available outside the baggage claim area at the airport.Tell the driver you wish to go the U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Training Center on the other side of the airport. Once on base, you will need to check in at the billeting office with the Junior Officer Of the Day (JOOD) for your room assignment. The next working day you will need to check into the International Military Student Office for further instruction. It is important to have your Invitational Travel Order (ITO) available since this document will be necessary when you arrive at the Aviation Training Center. Also, the ITO is a very important document during your entire stay in the United States -- always keep a copy of your ITO available on your person.


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There is a critical housing shortage in and around the Mobile area. Accompanying dependents are not authorized to stay in the BEQ/BOQ while attending ATC Mobile.

Government quarters (BEQ/BOQ) are not always available. Local hotel/motel government rates are approximately $50.00 per day. It is imperative international military students be prepared financially to pay for off-base housing if government quarters are not available.


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The Mobile area weather is known for its hot and humid summers, and its mild and pleasant winters.

For more information about weather considerations and a historical look at climate statistics, click here for a local weather site.


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The IMSO Office is located in the FTS Building. The office is open from approximately 0800-1600, Monday through Friday. After hours contact of IMSO personnel may be made through the ATC Mobile Operations Duty Officer.

IMSO office telephone numbers
(251) 441-6905 LCDR Rob Kortus
(251) 441-6904 LT Ryan Griffin

(251) 441-6423

The ATC Mobile Operations Duty Office
(251) 441-6861

Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama

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ATC Mobile is located in the southwest part of the state. It lies approximately 50 miles west of Pensacola, FL and 50 miles east of Gulfport/Biloxi, MS. It is easily accessible from U.S. Interstate 65 or Interstate 10. For more information about Mobile click here


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ATC Mobile's International Military Training mission is to train international personnel in aviation proficiency and other subjects as directed by COMDT (G-CI).


Quality Philosophy
The Aviation Training Center is committed to providing the highest quality training to international military personnel. ATC Mobile will accomplish this through active involvement and cooperation of all school personnel fostered by teamwork, open communications, integrity, and full utilization of all resources.

ATC Mobile is to be the premier training command committed to producing quality international professionals instilled with sound aviation skills.

Guiding Principles

ATC Mobile:
  • Values tradition while encouraging innovation
  • Safeguards people, resources, and the environment

ATC Mobile shall:
  • Accomplish the international military training mission through effective leadership and teamwork
  • Promote the dignity and well being of all students, staff, and their families
  • Encourage continuous improvement of processes, technical skills and international personnel development
  • Be responsive to our customers

ATC Mobile is committed to:
  • The highest ethical standards
  • Equal opportunity for all
  • Open and effective communications
  • Supporting the chain of command
  • Excellence


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Public transportation services in the city of Mobile and surrounding area are extremely limited. Taxi and rental vehicle agencies are available.

International students must have either a valid international drivers license or a valid driver’s license from their home country in order to operate a motorized vehicle in the state of Alabama. It would be beneficial for the international student to keep a copy of their ITO, passport, or military ID with them at all times. International drivers licenses must be in English. If none of the above criteria are met and the international student would like to obtain an Alabama driver’s license, please inquire with the ATC IMSO.

If you are authorized to drive, remember that it is your responsibility to obey all state and local traffic rules. ATC Mobile and the local communities rigidly enforce "traffic laws." Of particular concern is violation of the rule prohibiting "driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol." This rule is strictly enforced and carries very strong penalties if violated. Seat belts must be worn at all times on and off the installation.



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The Aviation Training Center dining facility is available to international military students attending training at the school. The dining facility offers three meals a day -- breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The charges for these meals are as follows:

There are no additional dining facilities at ATC Mobile and commercial/public dining facilities are located approximately 2-3 miles outside the front gate.

See your base map for the location of its dining facility or inquire at the ATC Mobile IMSO Office.


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Flight suits, or appropriate flight gear are authorized year around at ATC Mobile for each respective country.

International military students should bring civilian clothes. Since the winters are mild and the summers are extremely hot, light weight winter wear and light weight summer wear are recommended.



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Identification cards will be provided to you if ATC Mobile is the first duty station in your ITO.  Those personnel who are not eligible for an identification card will be authorized commissary and Base Exchange privileges using their ITOs. The identification card will allow you to use various facilities and services available to military personnel at ATC Mobile. In order to be issued an identification card, you will need to complete a DD Form 1172 (Application for Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card), which will be provided to you by the IMSO Office. After completing the DD Form 1172, you will be issued an identification card (DD Form 1172). Any student who loses an identification card should immediately report the lost card to the Security Police and to the IMSO Office.   Do not lend your identification card to anyone. Safeguard it and protect your privileges at all times.

“No Borders” Program

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The United States Coast Guard (USCG) Aviation Training Center is proud to present our “No Borders” International Military Student Officer Program. This program is specifically designed to allow our local community to virtually cross into other international borders and educate themselves on the USCG and various cultures of our international friends.

The USCG International training program consists of international students from Albania to Zaire. One new international student begins some type of Coast Guard training each day. Furthermore, there are over 400 courses attended each year including 145 weeks of on the job training. Each year the Aviation Training Center is visited by several international military officers for aviation related training. Some of the international visitors have agreed to conduct speaking engagements/presentations of their countries for local community organizations during their visits here in Mobile.

Our primary international military students that visit the Aviation Training Center on a recurring basis are the Israeli’s. Other countries that have visited the Aviation Training Center in the past are: Tunisia, Romania, Malta, United Arab Emirates, Benin, Morocco, Uruguay, Cypress, Estonia, Ireland, Poland, Taiwan, Japan, and Australia. By allowing our international visitors to visit your organization, you will be able to cross over international borders and learn a great deal about the USCG and our many International partners.

ATC Mobile Courses

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The Aviation Training Center targets aviators that fly the HH-60J, HH-65, HU-25 or an airframe of similar design. Each pilot will attend a week-long course consisting of multiple simulator rides challenging each individuals aircraft system knowledge, situational awareness and judgment. These courses are identical to the proficiency training received by each Coast Guard aviator at ATC Mobile on an annual basis.

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant (G-CI) can help identify courses that are available. For more information regarding courses available, please visit their website at:

Telephone (202) 267-2956

Simulator/Classroom Decorum

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Food and drink are not permitted in the simulators at ATC Mobile at any time. Coffee and soft drinks are available in the FTS break room and can be purchased during breaks from your simulator session. Messing has already been addressed above. Care should be taken to protect materials and furnishings from spills.

Smoking is authorized in designated smoking areas only. Designated smoking areas are established outside and adjacent to the FTS (simulator) Building.  These areas will be identified to students during the class introduction on the first day.  Personnel smoking in these areas are requested to use provided receptacles for disposal of residue.

Students can expect their simulator session (2 – 4 hr period) to fall between the times of 0800 to 2100 daily. All students are expected to be arrive 30 minutes prior to their simulator session for a pre-brief with their instructor.  A course schedule will be provided during the first day of class, or via email if prearranged with the IMSO.

Emergency Leave Procedures
If you are required to depart the course prior to graduation because of an emergency, immediately contact the IMSO office.


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Under no circumstances will weapons be stored or kept in government quarters.  All weapons must be registered with the Security Police, Law Enforcement Section. Violations of firearms regulations require a formal report to your home country, which could result in early termination of training.

Links from these pages to non-Coast Guard sites are provided as a customer service and do not represent any implicit or explicit endorsement by the United States Coast Guard of any commercial or private issues or products presented there.


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