DATE SHEET FILLED OUT: 24 OCT 2008 District 5
UNIT NAME: U.S. COAST GUARD YARD Personal Mailing Address: (YOUR NAME)
U.S. Coast Guard Yard
2401 Hawkins Point Road
Baltimore, MD 21226-1797
Commercial Phone #: (443) 250-9473 Fax: (410) 636-7785
Web site: http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg4/yard
Unit’s Mission(s): In continuous operation since 1899, the Coast Guard Yard has built,
repaired and renovated ships for the U.S. Coast Guard for 109 years. We are the
Service’s only shipbuilding and major repair facility and we are an essential part of the
Coast Guard’s core logistics capability. The Yard’s current primary mission is the Mission Effectiveness Project (MEP), which is keeping the Coast Guard’s legacy fleet of
110’, 210’ and 270’ cutters capable and reliable for the duration of their service lives. Without the benefit of a MEP, the legacy fleet would continue to operate with excessive
engineering casualties and reduced operational mission hours. The Yard is also the
host command for Sector Baltimore, the Surface Forces Logistics Center, CGC JAMES
RANKIN, CGC SLEDGE, Station Curtis Bay, ANT Curtis Bay, ESD Baltimore and LSSU
Typical SA/SN & FA/FN Job Assignment: Security/Police Officer or Watchstander at
Columbus Recreation Center. Many non-rates become important members of the Color
Guard, performing at military funerals, Baltimore Orioles and Ravens games, and other
high profile events.
Special procedures for reporting after hours: Check-in at Main Gate and ask for the
How much personal storage space: Closet and dresser space inside each 2 or 3-
person UPH room; limited storage capacity in passageways of UPH; MWR storage.
Uniform normally worn during the workday: Operational Dress Uniform (ODU)
Recommended uniform items in addition to seabag issue: None
Average Temperature: Summer: 70-90’s Winter: 20-50’s
Unit Mutual Assistance Representative / Phone #: Chief, Military Personnel Branch;
What type of continuing education is available within immediate area? The Baltimore
metropolitan area is rich with educational opportunities, offering fine community colleges
(Anne Arundel County CC and Baltimore County CC in Essex and Catonsville) and
nationally renowned universities such as Johns Hopkins, the University of Maryland,
and the University of Baltimore, just to name a few.
MEMBER WITHOUT DEPENDENTS
Is messing available: Yes, the Yard has a superb Galley.
Quarters and/or barracks available: Yes, the Yard’s Fleet Hall offers 34 rooms with 76
beds, includes state-of-the-art television lounges with satellite TV and 60-inch screens,
and a recreation area with video games, ping pong, billiards, air hockey and shuffle
Rate of auto insurance for the typical 18-20 year old:
Single male: Approx. $300/mo.
Single female: Approx. $275 /mo.
Is Unaccompanied Personnel Leased Housing available: No
Where will a single non-rate more than likely live: Onboard the unit in Unaccompanied
Personnel Housing (UPH).
Should member submit Housing application to housing office: Yes, it’s a requirement.
Where do most people bank: The Baltimore metropolitan area is home to numerous
banking institutions. Many military members bank through USAA (via Internet), local
credit unions or large commercial banks.
Is there a credit union in the area: Yes. The Coast Guard Yard Credit Union is located
just outside the Main Gate.
Is there a mall in the area: Yes, there are several malls within a short drive of the Yard.
How many stores? Varies, depending on the mall, but the Baltimore metropolitan area
offers an abundance of shopping opportunities.
MEMBER WITH DEPENDENTS
Cost of average two bedroom apartment in the area: Approx. $800/mo w/o utilities
BAH rate for: E-2: $1,505 per mo w/ depns E-3: $1,505 per mo w/ depns
$1,135 per mo w/o depns $1,135 per mo w/o depns
What is the average wait for a two-bedroom house/apartment: 30 days or less
Housing office phone number: (410) 576-2557/52/62; Fax: (410) 576-2559
Where do most dependents receive medical care: Tricare Prime; member chooses primary care provider that accepts Tricare Prime.
What level of TRICARE is available in the area: Prime
Is DELTA Dental available: Yes
Is it advisable to bring dependents when first reporting aboard: It’s the member’s choice;
temporary quarters are available for dependents (Guest Housing).
Ratings present at the unit: BM, DC, FS, GM, HS, MK, SK, YN
Name of nearest city and distance: Baltimore, MD; downtown is approximately 8 miles from the Yard.
Name of nearest military facility and distance: U.S. Army Fort George G. Meade; 25 miles.
Location of nearest exchange and commissary: Small Coast Guard Exchange on base; no commissary on base; nearest commissary is on U.S. Army Fort George G. Meade, about 25 miles away.
Religious denominations in the area: Most all denominations available in local area. A Protestant Chaplain is assigned to the Yard on a full-time basis.
Area of responsibility if not a cutter: The Coast Guard’s only major ship building and
repair facility servicing cutters from Atlantic to Pacific. In addition, the Yard provides support services such as medical, administrative and MWR to visiting ships and tenant commands.
Uniform to report in: Service Dress Blue or Tropical Blue Long
If sponsor is not available, member should ask for: Officer-Of-the-Day (443) 250-9473.
Any other info a newly arriving apprentice needs to know: There is a USO facility available at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and the average taxi fare to the Yard is $30.00.
Job descriptions here at the Yard vary from working at the Columbus Recreation Center, where you help maintain a large facility that includes a full gymnasium, weight room, cardio area, outdoor pool, racquetball court and locker rooms. Additionally, the watch stander will manage a morale gear rental inventory, as well as collect funds for pool admissions on a seasonal basis in addition to resale items offered at the gym. The watch stander’s missions are vital to ensure this
first-class health and fitness facility is readily available to provide eligible patrons with a means to keep physically fit and healthy, which ensures operational readiness standards remain high. Watch standers also provide logistical support in the set-up and breakdown of numerous types of ceremonies, which include changes of command, retirements, and special observances. The watch stander also helps manage a host of annual athletic tournaments, such as basketball, softball, tennis, Sports Day.
Members assigned to the Security/Police Branch receive extensive training with attendance at resident courses held at either the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) or Aberdeen Proving Grounds Police Academy. The Yard Security/Police Force also undergoes rigorous Use of Force Training, including Pepper Spray qualification, as well as frequent visits to the Firing Range. The Yard Security/Police is comprised solely of active duty Coast Guard members who are responsible for the safety and security of the 113- acre industrial base that employs over 1,500 military and civilian personnel.
SEE ATTACHED HOUSING LETTER or contact Janet L. Bonds (410) 576-2562.
2401 Hawkins Point Rd. Commanding Officer Baltimore, MD 21226-1797 United States Coast Guard Yard Staff Symbol: Phone: (410) 576-2562 Fax: (410) 576-2559
From: J. L. BONDS Reply to C-11
Local Housing Officer Attn of: Janet L. Bonds
Subj: HOUSING WELCOME LETTER
Ref: (a) CG Housing Manual, COMDTINST M11101.13(series)
1. Let us first congratulate you on your orders to the Baltimore Metropolitan area and outlying
units. Once you’ve settled in, you should find this area has much to offer in every way. There
are excellent schools for children, an abundance of entertainment and activities for any age group
or lifestyle, a multitude of educational institutions for those pursuing higher learning, some of the
nation’s best medical facilities, a culturally diverse population like nowhere else, and too many
culinary and shopping delights to number. The purpose of this letter, however, is to inform you
as thoroughly as possible regarding the current housing situation for those personnel assigned to
units serviced by our Local Housing Office.
2. As you may have heard, the Coast Guard is reducing its Leased Housing Program drastically,
and the U.S. Congress has mandated that your Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) be brought
up to meet 89% of the average cost of housing. The remaining 11% is what is called “out-of-pocket” costs that the U.S. Congress has determined is the portion you are responsible for.
Enclosure (1) identifies what your BAH will be upon your arrival to your new unit. Our office
has compared these figures to the averages for a Coast Guard lease, and overall, the figures come
very close to matching 89% of what we pay for rent and utilities on the leased housing we
currently have under contract. What all this means is that there are less personnel eligible for
Coast Guard Leased Housing than ever before. In our area, where we have no owned quarters, this mandate requires us to deny quarters to many of you who may have been eligible at their old
3. If you are currently single and have orders to the Baltimore area, you MUST contact the
Yard CMAA regardless of your pay grade to determine whether you will be mandatorily
assigned to reside in the CG Yard Barracks. Do not commit yourself to a private lease
agreement until you have received a release from assignment to the barracks. The CMAA can be
reached at (410) 636-4166. Once released from the barracks, give us a call to have your name
put on a referral list for single personnel looking for roommates, or email us at
4. If you are married, but plan on coming to our area without your family, you should know that there is no military housing, barracks or otherwise, for voluntary geographic bachelors. You will
have to bear the expense of finding a place to stay on the economy. We can, however, place
your name in the referral program mentioned above for single personnel.
5. If you are accompanied by your family to the Baltimore area, the likelihood of your being ineligible for leased quarters during your tour here is very high, so we at the Local Housing
Office have prepared ourselves to assist you as much as we possibly can. The housing nearby at
Fort George G. Meade in Odenton, MD, has been taken over by a private contractor (Picerne
Military Housing, Inc.) who is remodeling the units and charging members the exact amount of
BAH you receive for rent. They may have a waiting list, but you are eligible to reside in their
quarters if you desire. They will not accept an application prior to your reporting in, so if you
plan on living in their quarters, you should also plan on finding a temporary arrangement until
your name comes up on their waiting list. It is also recommended that you preview the type of
housing unit you would be assigned to before deciding to apply for their quarters. Their office
can be reached at (410) 672-4570. We have also negotiated an Inter-Service Support Agreement
(ISSA) with the Army at Aberdeen Proving Grounds to the northeast of us, and you are eligible
to reside in their quarters if you don’t mind the commute. They can be reached at (410) 316-
6. If you are being transferred to USCG Station St. Inigoes or ANT Potomac, we have negotiated an ISSA with Naval Air Station Patuxent River to allow our personnel to live in Navy
Family Housing. They usually have a waiting list during the height of transfer season, so you
should contact them in advance. They can be reached at (301) 342-3846.
7. If you are being transferred to the USCG Station Annapolis or the new Boat Forces Washington, DC, you may want to take advantage of the ISSA existing with Andrews AFB
Summerfield Housing. This ISSA is negotiated through the CG Headquarters Housing Office,
but all Coast Guard personnel stationed within a 50-mile radius are authorized to live in these quarters. Their office can be reached at (301) 808-7300.
8. Please ensure that if you are assigned quarters under any of the ISSAs described above, you must contact the applicable Coast Guard Housing Office to ensure your BAH is stopped and redirected to the host command to pay for your quarters. The quarters at Aberdeen Proving
Grounds, Naval Air Station Patuxent River and Andrews AFB are monitored for payment by this
9. In an effort to offer you as many alternatives as possible, we have expanded our “Set-Aside”
program, in which certain apartment communities offer military personnel priority and certain
discounts. We have adjusted our mission to proactively search for reputable lessors and “weed
out” those who would not have your best interests in mind. We are very familiar with all
neighborhoods and their pros/cons, and have developed relationships with local agencies and
complexes that you may find very helpful in locating an affordable and acceptable place to live.
Finally, another new service we are offering is our “Private Home Inspection Program”. We will
make ourselves and/or our forms available to anyone who would like to have a thorough,
documented walk-through of their new residence on the day they move in. In order to coordinate
such an inspection, please contact our office as far in advance as possible so we can work you
into our schedule.
10. Finally, to assist us in determining whether you are eligible for Coast Guard Housing and to
assist us in placing and/or helping you, please complete enclosures (2) and (3). If you are not
eligible for quarters, you will require a “release” from our office to receive your PCS Dislocation
Allowance. We cannot provide that release to you without a completed Application for
Government Housing (CG-5267). We understand that you may have many questions you would
like to ask, or information you would like to have, so please don’t wait too long before
contacting us. We can help you best if we know what you need before you arrive. We know how stressful moving can be and how important it is to have peace of mind. Our knowledge and
experience in such a large metropolitan area can provide you with as much information as
possible to make an educated decision in choosing your new residence. This will hopefully
make your transfer to our area a positive move for you and your family. We can be reached at
(410) 576-2562 or on email on the Coast Guard Intranet or at Janet.L.Bonds@uscg.mil.
Encl: (1) 2008 BAH Rates
(2) Application For Assignment To Military Housing (CG-5267)
(3) Housing Information Worksheet