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Installation Overview --Coast Guard Station Juneau, Alaska


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Installation Overview --Coast Guard Station Juneau, Alaska

Juneau is located in Southeast Alaska and is Alaska's Capital City. In Juneau there is only 40-Miles of road, which has no access to the surrounding cities. The only way to reach these cities is by Ferry or Airplane.

Juneau is located in the Tongass National Forest, the largest temperate rainforest in North America. The rainforest does give Juneau its fair share of rain, however it also keeps the temperatures fairly mild with highs in the mid 30's in the winter, and high 60's in the summer. It is in the mildest climate zone in Alaska. Annual precipitation is 92 inches in downtown Juneau, and 54 inches ten miles north at the airport. Snowfall averages 101 inches. Juneau also enjoys very long summer days with nearly 18 hours of daylight during early summer!

Juneau is an isolated community. The only two ways to get to Juneau are by Airplane or by the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) Ferry. The flight from Seattle is a 2-3 hour flight. The Seattle to Juneau flight is usually non-stop, unless you get booked on the more scenic flight making various stops in Southeast. The AMHS Ferry departs from Bellingham, WA and it is a 3-day boat ride to Juneau making ports of call in Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg and lastly Juneau. The trip on the Ferry is beautiful, but provide yourself with plenty of reading material. It rains a lot in Juneau and the weather may prevent you from arriving at the airport at the scheduled time. If this happens ensure that you contact the Station and let either the OOD or the XPO know.

Driving through Canada

Anyone with a criminal record including misdemeanors or minor offenses may be barred from entering Canada as members of an Inadmissible Class. More information is available on the Canadian Embassy. Personnel and accompanying dependents who meet the criteria for Inadmissible Class and barred from entering Canada shall perform airline travel to Kodiak.

Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS)

Reservations should be made as soon as possible. Reservations can be extremely limited. Travel must be paid by the centrally billed travel account through SATO Travel 800-753-7286. Members require proof of paid tickets to board and orders must reflect authorization to travel ferry system. Pets require health and rabies certificate issued not more than 30 days prior to boarding. If traveling through Canada bring no fee passports for dependents, birth certificates, proof of vehicle liability insurance, proof of sufficient funds to handle emergencies and rabies vaccination certificates for pets.

As of January 1, 2007, per ALCOAST 113/07, Active Duty members on PCS orders may transit through Canada with orders and valid military identification. All dependents transiting through Canada must possess an official no fee passport. Active Duty members who require passports for deployment may obtain them once they arrive at their new unit.

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