Coast Guard Opens Seasonal Air Facility

WAUKEGAN, Ill. – The Coast Guard opened its seasonal air facility in Waukegan, Ill. on Friday, May 23, 2008 to provide enhanced search and rescue services to the Chicago and Milwaukee areas.

The seasonal air facility is located on Waukegan Regional Airport and is open during the traditional boating season which runs Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Two crews and one HH-65C rescue helicopter from Air Station Traverse City, Mich. man the air facility to provide search and rescue services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Air Station Traverse City, Mich. is a year-round air station maintained under the Ninth Coast Guard District to provide multi-mission capabilities in the Great Lakes region. The air station has 150 members and five HH-65C rescue helicopters and ensures that one ready response helicopter is available in Waukegan throughout the summer season.

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