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Questions about Valdez,Alaska
Last Post 01 Nov 2017 12:43 PM by Old Guard2. 5 Replies.
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17 Oct 2017 10:43 AM
    Hello-
    My son is leaving basic training and going to Valdez,Alaska. I don't even know where to begin with the questions! How long will he be there? Will his housing be furnished? What does he Need to bring with him? What should I ship out there? Any information about being stationed in Alaska would be helpful! Thank you!
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    17 Oct 2017 12:55 PM
    Hi Ruth, I lived in Valdez for 4 years. It was a while ago but I loved it. You absolutely need to plan a visit, if it is at all possible. Let's get some answers... He will likely be there until he goes to A School. That could be anywhere from 6 months to 3 years. It depends upon what he might want to do and how quickly he can get his qualifications done at the unit. I'm guessing he is single?? There used to be barracks, I do believe there still are. If they are not full, he will live there. It is furnished. There is a galley so he will eat. If the barracks either don't exist or are full, he will get BAH and live on the economy. He should bring what he thinks he needs... all of his uniforms, of course, civilian clothes, warm coat, boots, laptop, towels, maybe his own blanket. Sometimes the sheets and blankets provided aren't that wonderful, they'll suffice, but most like their own. I would wait to ship anything until you know what he wants that he left behind.

    Alaska is amazing. Valdez is on the road system. We used to drive to Anchorage every 4 to 6 weeks. Sometimes you just have to get out of town. It is about a 5 hour drive and it is gorgeous. The fishing is fantastic. The scenery is second to none. What else might you like to know?
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    18 Oct 2017 10:03 AM
    FISH ON!!!!!! Valdez is small, rustic and a hunter and fisherman's paradise. The weather is a bit warmer then the interior. Is he driving? Warm gear is a must. Suggest a visit to REI, or LL Bean. A pair of thinsulate lined gortex boots or shoe pac's for the winter. Chest waders for fishing, good camping gear, an extra pair of warm gloves that are gortex. I spent three years south of Fairbanks and had a blast, but I like the outdoors.
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    01 Nov 2017 12:15 PM
    My Coastie graduates 11/3/17 and is heading to Alaska. Does anyone know the visitor dress code for the ceremony? Is it casual or Sunday best?
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    01 Nov 2017 12:43 PM
    Keep this in mind.... Your Coastie is going to be in uniform and very, very proud to show you. Do you want to be standing there in jeans and a Beach Boys t-shirt from 1968? You don't need to be in a tuxedo, you don't even need to be in a 3 piece suit. But you should dress appropriately.
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    Where in Alaska? Congratulations. Be sure to visit if you can.
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