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9th District Great Lakes Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

October 08, 2011


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Public invited to free open house at Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The public is invited to attend a free open house at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Oct. 15, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The purpose of the open house is to highlight the air station’s missions, equipment and highly-trained personnel who serve the Great Lakes region, as well as to celebrate the achievements of 100 years of naval aviation.

The Centennial of Naval Aviation will bring with it several Coast Guard aircraft rarely seen in northern Michigan, including the HC-130 Hercules airplane, the HU-25 Guardian airplane and the newest fixed-wing aircraft in Coast Guard inventory, the HC-144 Ocean Sentry. 

Rain or shine, members of the public are invited to meet: active-duty Coast Guardsmen; members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the service’s volunteer component; and first responders from the Grand Traverse community. Visitors can also get an up-close look at rescue equipment and learn firsthand why Coast Guardsmen are often referred to as the Great Lakes Guardians. Rescue demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. using the air station’s MH-65 Dolphin helicopter will showcase the aircraft’s unique capabilities.

Static displays will include:

  • MH-65 Dolphin helicopter
  • HC-130 Hercules airplane
  • HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane
  • HU-25 Guardian airplane
  • 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Station Charlevoix
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary airplanes
  • Cherry Capital Airport’s Striker 3000 Crash/Fire Rescue Truck
  • Civil Air Patrol search airplane
  • Grand Traverse Sheriff Dive Team & rescue vessel
  • Red Cross First Response Vehicle

Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase with all proceeds benefiting air station morale activities.  This free event is open to the public and will be completely handicapped accessible.   

Editor's Note: For more information on this event, please contact Air Station Traverse City Public Affairs Officer Lt. j.g. Chris Breuer by calling 231-922-8273.  During non-business hours, please contact the duty desk at 231-922-8212.

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