Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City hosting open house Sunday afternoon

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City is inviting the public and media to an Open House and Coast Guard Appreciation Day on Sunday, October 4, 2009, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Traverse City Rotary Club is sponsoring refreshments for the public and will be assisting with parking, set-up and clean-up. The event is handicap accessible.

Rain or shine or snow, meet the real-life ‘Guardians’ of the United States Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary. This is a truly unique opportunity to get an in-depth look at multi-mission Coast Guard assets and capabilities, tour the facility, learn about the different rescue equipment and learn first-hand why they are known as the “Great Lakes Guardians.”

There will be several information booths describing the varied missions and responsibilities of the Coast Guard to include environmental response and measures to address aquatic nuisance species, rescue swimmers, Coast Guard recruiters and others.

There will also be an informative ‘State of the Coast Guard’ presentation by the unit’s Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Jon Spaner, as well as a search-and-rescue demonstration by the Air Station’s HH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew at 3 p.m.

The following multi-mission Coast Guard assets and booths will be on display:

  • HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter
  • HC-144 “Ocean Sentry” Maritime Patrol Aircraft from Mobile, AL
  • Coast Guard Recruiter
  • Environmental Protection and Response
  • 25’ Response Boat – Safe RBS
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Surface Boat
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Air Piper Cherokee 180 and Cessna 180
  • Cherry Capital Airport’s Striker 3000 Crash/Fire Rescue Truck

For more information on this event, please contact the Public Affairs Officer at Air Station Traverse City, Lt. Nate Noyes 231-922-8273. During non-business hours, please contact the duty desk at 231-922-8211.

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