Welcome Aboard Guide
USCGC ACTIVE (WMEC 618)
Port Angeles, WA 98362
CGC ACTIVE is assigned primarily to law enforcement and search and rescue duties. The law enforcement duties involve counter-narcotic operations, fisheries, and environmental protection. To add to its diverse mission capability, ACTIVE also participates in public relations activities such as the Portland Rose Festival and Seattle Sea Fair.
ACTIVE’s deployments are normally scheduled for 45 to 55 days. Inport periods for maintenance are scheduled between deployments, lasting four to six weeks. Every four years the ship undergoes a major maintenance period lasting six to eight weeks.
Port Angeles is the largest city on the Olympic Peninsula. The approximate population of the town and the surrounding area is 18,000. In 1999 the United States Coast Guard was the 3rd largest employer in Port Angeles. Port Angeles is located in the northeastern section of the Olympic Peninsula between the Strait of Juan De Fuca and the Olympic Mountains.
Port Angeles is a picturesque seaport city nestled at the foot of the magnificent Olympic Mountains. Hurricane Ridge is the #1 scenic attraction at Olympic Park, located only a couple of miles up Race Street. The wilderness setting and wholesome environment provide a casual outdoor lifestyle filled with adventure as well as relaxation.
Port Angeles is 80 miles northwest of Seattle via state highways and ferries. Greyhound busses also offer regular service between Port Angeles and Seattle. Additionally, Port Angeles is a gateway city to Victoria, British Columbia, only 18 miles across the Strait of Juan De Fuca by ferry. Black Ball Transport has provided daily year round service on M/V COHO for over 26 years. Travel time is approximately 90 minutes each way. In the summer season, the VICTORIA EXPRESS provides two round trips to Victoria a day, only taking 55 minutes each way.
Public School Information
Port Angeles School District
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Web Site: http://www.portangelesschools.org/
Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce
The Port Angeles Chamber of
Commerce is a membership organization representing the community of
Port Angeles and the surrounding area. As the Chamber of Commerce
they concentrate their marketing efforts within the natural boundary
made up of Crescent Lake to the west, and Sequim Bay to the east.
The majority of the membership of the Chamber is made up of
individuals and businesses within the City limits of Port Angeles
which is a community of just under 20,000.
Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE) may be paid in the Continental United States (CONUS) under Joint Federal Travel Regulations (JFTR). A maximum entitlement of ten days TLE is authorized. You qualify for TLE if you stay in temporary lodging upon your arrival here. For further information on TLE and other pay entitlements contact your unit Yeoman. If you have e-mail capabilities you can reach our Yeoman at
CG Mutual Assistance
Coast Guard Mutual
Assistance offers a Housing Assistance Program, which is intended to
assist service members and their families obtain housing in a new
area under PCS orders. There are two types of loans available under
Purchasing Assistance- This
program helps career-minded Coast Guard service members and their
families purchase homes by providing loans to help pay for the
closing costs associated with purchasing a residence. The intent of
this program is to enable service members who would otherwise be
unable to own a home to purchase a residence in the local
community. What is included as closing costs? Loan Origination
Fees, Appraisal Fees, Attorney Fees, Title Insurance, Survey Fees,
and Prepaid Expenses.
Rental Assistance- The
purpose of the Rental Assistance Program is to assist the eligible
personnel in the private leasing of family or personal quarters
through loans for security deposits and utilities. This may include
housing security deposit, utility deposits (except SAT/Cable TV),
and real estate brokerage fees.
For specific information
regarding these programs, contact your local Mutual Assistance
HOUSEHOLD GOODS SHIPMENT
Upon your arrival to Port Angeles, contact the Transportation Officer at Integrated Support Command Seattle at (206) 217-6507 to find out the status of your household goods, even if you are not in a position to accept delivery.
Temporary storage is authorized for a period of 90 days. An additional 90 days may be authorized, providing it is properly requested and justified in writing. If you are going to be living onboard, make arrangements with the Transportation Officer to keep your goods in storage until you are eligible for housing. Storage changes occurring beyond the period authorized will be borne by you. Temporary storage is not authorized in connection with local moves.
You should personally oversee the
unloading and unpacking of your household goods. Be sure you check
each carton and individual item off the inventory list. Missing
and/or damaged items should be annotated on all forms before you
sign them. Obtain copies that are signed by the carrier’s
representative. Whenever in doubt as to what is expected of you or
of the carrier in any given situation, contact the Transportation
In the event your household goods are lost or damaged during transit or while in storage, contact the Claims Officer onboard ACTIVE immediately. The HHG Claims Officer is normally YN1 Joseph who can be contacted at Victor.M.Cruz@uscg.mil
GROUP PORT ANGELES, WA
Port Angeles is also home to U.S. Coast Guard Group/Air Station Port Angeles. The Air Station has a compliment of 16 officers/pilots, 31 enlisted/aircrew, and three HH-65A helicopters.
The Air Station CO is also
the Group Commander. Group Port Angeles includes CGC CUTTYHUNK, CGC
ADELIE, CGC Wahoo, CGC Swordfish, Medical Clinic, Exchange, ANT
Team, Electronics Shop, CGC OSPREY (Port Townsend), and two coastal
SAR stations (Neah Bay and Quillayute River). The total Group
personnel allowance includes 20 officers, 154 enlisted, and 6
civilian employees. The Group is located on Ediz Hook, a narrow
strip of land encircling Port Angeles Harbor.
Group Port Angeles also has
a Morale Locker offering boating and fishing equipment, camping and
travel gear, home and garden tools, and sports equipment. Contact
the Morale Custodian at (360) 417-5978/5811/5841 for further
Group Port Angeles
· Primary Care
provider for all Active Duty Crewmembers. Active’s Health Service
Technician is responsible for making all Active Duty appointment.
· Dependents who
are not enrolled in TRICARE Prime can utilize the clinic for their medical care.
routine-care appointments can be obtained within one week.
urgent-care appointments are seen on the same day.
can also be filled at no cost.
· The Clinic is
closed every Thursday for training.
· You can contact the Group Clinic with any questions regarding TRICARE Benefits and Health Care (360) 417-5895 between the hours of 0800-1600.
This program is available to
all Active Duty personnel and their Dependents through the
Department of Health and Human Services. This program provides
confidential, short-term counseling and problem solving assistance
at no cost to Coast Guard Beneficiaries. The phone number is
1-800-222-0364. For additional information, contact the ship’s
Health Services Technician or your supervisor.
Other Area Military
Treatment Facilities (MTFS)
Bremerton Naval Hospital is
approximately 75 miles from Port Angeles. The general information
line is (360) 475-4600.
Madigan Army Hospital is
approximately 120 miles from Port Angeles. The general information
line is (253) 968-1110.
Local Hospital (www.olympicmedical.org)
Olympic Memorial Hospital is
located in Port Angeles. The general information line is (360)
457-8513 or (360) 417-7000.
TRICARE Prime is available.
See the enclosed Primary Care Manager listing. If you are currently
on TRICARE Prime do not disenroll until you have
arrived in Port Angeles and have chosen a new Primary Care Manager.
You will be covered by means of portability. If you need to be seen,
enroute to Port Angeles, for non-emergent, you must contact TRICARE
for authorization. Emergencies must be reported to TRICARE within 24
TRICARE Phone numbers
Health Care Information
Coast Guard Health Benefit
additional information or questions contact the ship’s Health
TRICARE Family Member Dental Plan by United Concordia
-This is elective insurance,
which the Active Duty Member must enroll and pay for with a monthly
-If you have previously enrolled in United Concordia please refer to the enclosed United Concordia providers in the Port Angeles area.
When ACTIVE is inport,
report in to the Quarterdeck in the Tropical Blue uniform. The
Quarterdeck watchstander will contact the ship’s officer for further
If ACTIVE is underway,
report to Group Port Angeles Administration Office in the Tropical
Blue uniform and talk to the ACTIVE YN at (360) 417-5815.
Arrangements will be made for you to meet ACTIVE at the next
available port call. If you are meeting ACTIVE in a foreign port it
is recommended that you wear civilian clothes when reporting
If you fly into Port Angeles, you can arrange to have a crewmember meet you or you can take a taxi to Ediz Hook Coast Guard Base.
Directions from Seattle and