Coast Guard begins operation at seasonal air facility in Waukegan, IL

9th Coast Guard District News
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich., opened its seasonal air facility in Waukegan, Ill., Friday, in order to provide increased search and rescue capabilities and faster response times throughout the Lake Michigan area during the summer months.

Like the Air Station Detroit-operated AIRFAC Muskegon, which also opened Friday, Coast Guard Air Facility Waukegan is a seasonal air facility that operates annually from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. It is located at Waukegan Regional Airport.

Forward-deployed to AIRFAC Waukegan, two crews and one MH-65C rescue helicopter from Air Station Traverse City stand ready to provide search and rescue services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Air Station Traverse City is a year-round Coast Guard facility, established in 1946 and located on the southern end of Grand Traverse Bay in northern Michigan. Both Air Station Traverse City and AIRFAC Waukegan are maintained under the Ninth Coast Guard District to provide multi-mission capabilities in the Great Lakes region.

 

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