Coast Guard Air Station to be presented with 3rd consecutive drug interdiction award

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard NewsSACRAMENTO, Calif. – U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento will receive the United States Interdiction Coordinator (USIC) Fixed Wing Aviation Award for superior performance in the interdiction of illicit drugs during the 2011 calendar year, Monday, August 20, 2012, at the air station located at McClellan Airfield.

R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy will present the award.

Aircrews operating Sacramento-based Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft provide advanced surveillance and tracking of drug trafficking vessels off the coasts of California, and the Caribbean and Easter Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central America.  In 2011 Air Station Sacramento crews flew nearly 2,000 hours on counternarcotics patrol resulting in the seizure of more than two tons of marijuana, approximately 4.5-tons of cocaine and the apprehension of 28 narco-terrorists.

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