Installation Info: Zip Code: 36608, Area Code: 251

A historic port on a scenic bay, the city of Mobile, Ala., has for centuries been a landing place for ships bearing cargo and goods headed for market. It's unsure if it was the scenery or the location that prompted the Coast Guard to select Mobile as the base for its aviation training center. Whatever the reason, those moving to Mobile will not be disappointed.

It's not only pilots in training who lift off the ground from the Azalea Capitol of the world. The base is home to more than 575 active duty and civilian personnel who take part in training, search and rescue missions at sea, environmental protection, law enforcement, icebreaking, a gulf strike team and aviation engineering.

Those transferring to Mobile will have a hard time running out of things to do. A number of parks, museums, gardens, and a zoo, along with the Azalea Trail and Greek Festival provide lots of opportunities for fun things to do.