Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco

              Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco was completed on February 15, 1941.  The Air Station operated a PBY-5 Catalina and two RD-4 Dolphins.  On November 1, 1941, the aircraft and personnel were placed under Navy command where they continued to conduct Search and Rescue and Coastal Patrols through the end of World War II.  Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco was also tasked with aiding in the construction of the highly classified and secret Long Range Navigation (LORAN) stations in the North Pacific in 1943.  Proving an invaluable asset in this important mission, the San Francisco-based PBY-5 Catalina was instrumental in the completion of the Aleutian LORAN chain by transporting personnel, supplies, and building materials.

              After World War II, the Air Station resumed normal operations under Coast Guard tactical control after release from the Navy on June 30, 1946.  The first helicopter stationed in San Francisco was the HO3S-1 Dragonfly in 1947.  In the early fifties, the Grumman HU-16E Albatross replaced the Air Station’s aging WWII fixed-wing inventory.  This general-purpose amphibian, affectionately known as the “Goat,” proved to be a highly adaptable platform for SAR and LE.  Eventually, the Air Station received the HH-52A Sea Guard helicopter in 1963. Also stationed at San Francisco were the C-130 long-range search and transport aircraft.  The C-130s were moved to the newly constructed Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento in 1978, ending 37 years of Coast Guard fixed-wing aviation presence in San Francisco.  In 1991, Air Station San Francisco received its first HH-60 Jayhawk to replace the H-3 Pelican as the medium-range Search and Rescue Helicopter.  Restructuring in Coast Guard Aviation led to a short stay of the HH-60 in San Francisco; in June of 1996, four HH-65s were moved to San Francisco from San Diego.
              Over the next several years, the air station transitioned to newer model aircraft with the HH-65B in the fall of 2001, the HH-65C in 2006, the MH-65C in the fall of 2008, and finally the MH-65D in the fall of 2012. These changes brought significant upgrades in engine performance, avionics, armament, and navigation. The most significant change to Air Station San Francisco in the last two decades occurred in May 2016 with the opening of forwarding Operating Base Point Mugu in Ventura, CA. After 54 years of honorable service, Air Station Los Angeles closed its hangar doors as Air Station San Francisco assumed the watch, increasing its area of responsibility to over 650 miles of coastline from Dana Point to Fort Bragg. With forward-deployed aircrews operating out of Point Mugu, Air Station San Francisco continues to provide maritime search and rescue, which it has done for seven decades. In addition to SAR, Air Station San Francisco performs Homeland Security missions to secure the busy coastal region that now includes the major Ports of San Francisco, as well as Los Angeles and Long Beach; the largest cargo seaport in the United States and fifth busiest in the world. Today, Air Station San Francisco is one of the oldest continuously operating entities at San Francisco International Airport and occupies approximately 24 acres and 7 buildings.
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Coast Guard Academy

The United States Coast Guard Academy is a top military college granting Bachelor of Science degrees in one of nine engineering or professional majors. Graduates earn a commission as an Ensign in the Coast Guard to serve their nation.

The United States Coast Guard Academy presents an unrivaled opportunity to attend an elite professional college that charges no tuition and guarantees a challenging and rewarding career upon graduation.

Ranked among the nation’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, is proud to educate future leaders of America’s multi-mission, maritime military force. Each year, approximately 200 graduates are commissioned as Coast Guard officers to help ensure the safety, security and stewardship of our nation’s waters.

Mission

“To graduate young men and women with sound bodies, stout hearts and alert minds, with a liking for the sea and its lore, with that high sense of honor, loyalty and obedience which goes with trained initiative and leadership; well-grounded in seamanship, the sciences and amenities, and strong in the resolve to be worthy of the traditions of commissioned officers in the United States Coast Guard in the service of their country and humanity.”

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Unaccompanied Housing- MacDill AFB

Welcome to MacDill AFB dormitories! Our Airman Dorm Leaders (ADLs) manage and maintain world-class facilities for Air Force, Army, Marine and Navy junior unaccompanied personnel.

Unaccompanied Housing (UH) is provided for all unaccompanied military in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than 3 years of service. Each resident is provided a private sleeping room, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living. (Room arrangements may vary depending on building type)

Unaccompanied residents in the rank of E-4 with greater than 3 years of service and above are not required to live in the dorms and will live off base in the local community. See Housing in the Local Community section for information and assistance on securing housing.

All dorms on MacDill are three-story balcony accessed facilities. Common areas include television rooms, laundry, gaming rooms, a library and even a Cyber Café with free Wi-Fi.

Since 2008, MacDill has constructed two dorms in the style of “DORMS-4-AIRMEN” or Quads. Each quad contains a private bedroom, walk-in closet and bathroom, dining area, living room, kitchen, and laundry closet.

Amenities
– Themed dayrooms throughout campus
– Movie theater room with widescreen TV, Bose surround sound, Blu-ray player and stadium leather seating
– Library/study dayroom with donated books available for checkout
– Wingman’s café where residents may cook their own meals
– Two flat-panel TVs in the kitchen or the dining area
– Restaurant-style booths
– Bar stools and tables for small or large gatherings
– Cyber café with oversized couches, chairs and flat-panel TVs
– Four laptops connected to a commercial internet service
– Wi-Fi available for personal wireless devices

Restrictions
– No overnight guests, pets, minors or unauthorized personnel (co-habitation is prohibited)
– Residents may not remove furnishings from UH facilities
-­ Tobacco use is not authorized in the dorms or within 25 feet­
– No open flames ­
– No underage drinking/drug use
– No fireworks and firearms allowed in dorms, but weapons may be turned into the Security Forces armory for storage
-­ Quiet hours are 24/7
– Suites and Quads are assigned by gender. Males and females may be in the same facility, but there are no mixed-gender suite/quad assignments.

Base Specific Policy
During your orientation, the Airman Dorm Leader (ADL) or UH Management Office representative will inform you of all Air Force and base-specific policies. Please contact your ADL within the first 2 duty days after your arrival to schedule your in-processing appointment.

UH Management Office Staff
The UH Management Office is staffed with professionals that can assist with all of your housing needs. Staffs vary but can be comprised of non-commissioned officers (NCO), Senior NCOs and some bases have civilian employees. The assigned military are Airman Dormitory Leaders. These members are highly motivated personnel dedicated to ensuring that residents receive quality service. ADLs will provide you guidance and advice on UH life as well as mentor you on succeeding in the Air Force.

Assignment Procedures
As soon as you are notified of your assignment contact your gaining unit and request to be assigned a sponsor. Your sponsor will be another military member assigned to your unit and will assist with your move. The sponsor or gaining unit must then contact the UH Management Office to notify them of your impending arrival date and work to secure you a dormitory room.

Planning Your Move
Prior to travel, arrange to meet your sponsor or someone from your unit upon arrival at the gaining installation. If possible, send a copy of your PCS orders to your sponsor to provide to your ADL. This will make it easier for your sponsor to acquire a room for you and for the ADL to reserve you a room and load you in their system as an in-bound resident.

If you arrive on a business day during normal duty hours, have your sponsor escort you to the UH Management Office. Your ADL will schedule an in-processing briefing appointment where they will take you through the process of checking your room, performing a move-in inspection, and inventory the allotted furnishings and supplies. If you arrive on the weekend or after normal duty hours, have your sponsor make arrangements to pick up your room key and linens from your ADL until you can meet with them at a later date.

Resident Responsibilities
You will be expected to keep your room and any shared living space clean and tidy. Cleaning supplies and equipment can be provided to you at your request. You will also be accountable for your room and the furnishings provided. Residents may be held liable for any damages beyond normal fair wear and tear. See your ADL or UH Management Office representative if you have any questions about your resident responsibilities.

Inspection Program
The Installation Commander establishes a base-wide UH inspection program focused on health and safety. Squadron Commanders and unit First Sergeants implement the inspection program and visit rooms to ensure that all residents from their squadron comply with installation standards.

Bay Orderly Program
UH, residents are expected to assist in the cleaning and upkeep of common areas and shared facilities of their “home.” You will periodically be detailed to perform essential cleaning and minor maintenance around the UH campus.

Dormitory Councils
The Dormitory Council is the forum by which residents of an individual dormitory or group of dormitories address concerns about their living environment with a panel of their peers. The purpose of the council is to establish standards for all residents, present solutions for problem areas, establish positive recreational activities, and identify facility and furnishing improvements. Participation at your location is a chance to be involved in shaping your living environment and provides an opportunity for personal growth and development in the areas of leadership and personal relationships. Ask your ADL or UH Management Office representative about how you can get involved.

Termination
It is mandatory for unaccompanied residents in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than 3 years of service to reside in UH. An E-4 residing in UH reaching 3 years of service may be authorized to move out of UH and into local community housing. Contact your ADL for procedures you must follow to clear your room. In certain circumstances, such as to make space available for more junior military members, you may be authorized to move out of UH before reaching E-4 with greater than 3 years of service. The most senior residents are released first. Your ADL or UH Management Office representative will advise residents when early release is necessary.

Space Available Rooms
When there is an excess of dormitory rooms, personnel in the ranks of E-4 with greater than 3 years of service and above may be eligible to reside in UH on a space-available basis. Personnel must send requests to their First Sergeant who will submit them for review and approval with the 6th Mission Support Group Commander through his/her Superintendent.

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Poulsbo Arts Festival

Poulsbo Arts Festival is an annual festival in August that features handmade arts and crafts such as jewelry, ceramics, metal and woodworking, fabric, and photography. There is live music, food, art raffles, and a children’s area all on the waterfront.

The festival brings together an array of handmade arts and crafts, accompanied by food booths and live music and dance. There is something for all the family to enjoy including a children’s arts corner, original design jewelry, metal, ceramic, wood, and fabric art, plus raffles, art demonstrations and much more.

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Blackberry Festival

The Bremerton Blackberry Festival is held each Labor Day weekend, rain or shine on the picturesque Bremerton Boardwalk.
This FREE, family-friendly festival takes over Bremerton’s picturesque waterfront over Labor Day weekend. From modest beginnings in 1990, the berry-fest has evolved into THE summer-ending extravaganza for the Puget Sound.
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MacDill Air Force Base

MacDill Air Force Base is located seven miles south of Tampa, Florida, on the southwestern tip of the Interbay Peninsula in Hillsborough County. This area once had been used as a military staging area during the Spanish-American War but did not become a military installation until much later. In 1939, the War Department selected Tampa to receive one of several new military airfields and worked out arrangements for the transfer of the land.

Mission

The MacDill AFB is an Air Mobility Command (AMC) base capable of rapidly projecting air-refueling power anywhere in the world. Organized into four groups to carry out a two-fold mission of air refueling and airlift support to the two Unified Commands based at MacDill. MacDill is home to the United States Central Command and United States Special Operations Command and 51 other tenant units.

Population

  • Joint Service Active Duty: 19,900
  • Joint Service Civilians: 2,900
  • Family Members: 34,600
  • Retirees: 37,900

The Tampa Bay area’s population is slightly over 3 million.

MacDill Teammates include 927th ARW, USCENTCOM, USSOCOM, JCSE, 33 Mission Partners, and 57 Coalition Nations.

  • Joint Service Active Duty 19,900
  • Joint Service Civilians 2,900
  • Family Members 34,600
  • Retirees 37,900
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Hair by DANI

Dani is an independent Stylist that has been doing hair since 2008 and is Vidal Sassoon and Aveda trained. She has spent most of her career at a high end Bellevue salon and is now an independent stylist. Dani is proficient in cuts, colors, Brazilian Blowouts, and extensions.

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