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Relocating to the USCGC Alex Haley


The Alex Haley is a great unit! We focus on safety, professionalism, and teamwork. You will find your shipmates helpful and excited about the job we do. Kodiak is a great place to live but is somewhat remote. Outdoorsmen will find world-class fishing such as Salmon, Halibut,Dolly Varden, also there are numerous mountains to hike. There is a gym at the ISC as well as Fitness Equipment on board. Once qualified, you may be involved in many aspects of shipboard life such as flight deck operations and law enforcement boarding teams. The food is great - Alex Haley has some tremendously talented cooks. Underway morale events include skeet shoots, golf ball drives, bingo, movies and fishing. You can expect to work hard, have fun, and enjoy your tour.

Name of nearest city and distance:
Kodiak, 7 miles

Name of nearest military facility and distance:
Coast Guard base in Kodiak is the largest in the Coast Guard. It includes Air Station Kodiak, Integrated Support Command Kodiak, Rockmore-King Medical Clinic, Communications Station Kodiak, LORAN Station Kodiak, Electronics Support Detachment Kodiak, CGC Munro and CGC Spar. Elmondorf Air Force base and Fort Richardson are located in Anchorage, AK.

Location of nearest exchange and commisary:
There is an Exchange and Commissary on base as well as Post Office, Pizza Parlor and a Convenience Store.

Morale information:
ISC Kodiak has a great Morale program. Besides a base Movie Theater, Bowling Alley, and large Auto Hobby Shop, there are Morale Boats and Campers available for a very reasonable fee. The Gym is one of the nicest in the Coast Guard with a huge indoor pool, large modern weight and cardio rooms, and plenty of other facilities.

What type of continuing education is available in the area:
Kodiak Community College, a satellite of University of Anchorage is in the city of Kodiak and offers classes during evenings and weekends.

Religious denominations in the area:
Catholic church on base and in town, Protestant chapel on base and churches of most protestant denominations in town. Russian Orthodox churches are also local and play a large part in the culture and history of the island.

Members with/without dependents

Is messing available?

Quarters and or barracks available?
Yes, if you have no dependents

Is unaccompanied personnel leased housing available?

Where do most people bank?
Local banks

Is there a credit union in the area?

Is there a mall in the area?
No, but there are ample stores for all needs.

Rate of auto insurance for typical 18-20 yr old single male/female:
No different than continental usa.

Where will a single non-rate more than likely live?
Barracks on base.

Should member submit housing application to housing office?
No, you are entered automatically once you get entry approval.

What is the cost of average two bedroom apartment in the area?
$800-1200/month without utilities.

Is leased housing available?

Is government owned housing available?

Housing office phone#:
(800)-563-4252 ext 141. Ask for a copy of the latest housing Frequently Asked Questions. It will provide a wealth of information that is vital to those seeking housing on base.

Where do most dependents live?
Base housing.

Youth info:
The base has a large Child Care Center and Work Life maintains a list of Child Care providers who are Red Cross certified. There is an Elementary School located just off base as well as two private schools in town. Seasonal sports activities are widely available including youth football, basketball, and soccer programs as well as summer camp programs including a salmon camp, rafting, and a teen center located in the gym. The Kodiak environment is very safe and family oriented with extensive playgrounds located all over the base.

What is the rate of auto insurance for typical young family:
Dependent on auto type/similar to continental us.

Is it advisable to bring dependents along when reporting?

For most general questions, the best resource is the Alex Haley Ombudsman who can assist you and your family with questions about schools, Tricare, etc.

Have a junior member describe the area, job and anything else of interest to a newly arriving member: Kodiak is a small community where the coast guard people are friendly. If you are active and like to do outdoors activities, kodiak is great, although it takes a while to get used to the sun being up/down for most of the day. Kodiak is not that bad if you keep a positive attitude, because you get to learn a great deal, and there are a lot of outdoor activities. There are approximately 30 miles of paved roads in kodiak, so a four wheel drive vehicle is not required to get to work and to town, but getting to areas to fish and ride atv's can sometimes require a truck. Kodiak has all the essentials to get by; it is not in the middle of nowhere, but then again it does not have malls and many stores. There is a walmart, though. Kodiak is very beautiful, and is called the emerald island. It is a small fishing community and most of the people are very friendly.
- From a seaman who has been on board 1 year

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