New admiral of central US visits Corpus Christi Coast Guard units

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The newly appointed commander of units within the Coast Guard’s vast 8th District, based out of New Orleans, La., addressed Coast Guardmembers stationed at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi Thursday, located on Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.

The sector was just one of the stops during Rear Adm. Kevin Cook’s two day familiarization tour of South Texas and the Coast Guard units located there. The tour kicked off just five days after he assumed duties as district commander.

The tour also included visits to the Coast Guard Harbor Facility located in Corpus Christi Harbor, Kiewit Offshore Services in Ingleside, Station South Padre Island and Marine Safety Detachment Brownsville.

During his tour, Cook expressed that he was excited to have assumed the role of 8th District commander and that he was interested in seeing the unique operations being conducted in this part of the country where all facets of the Coast Guard are represented.

Cook’s previous assignments include director of the Operations Command Implementation Team in Portsmouth, Va., and deputy commander of the Coast Guard Atlantic Area.

The 8th District covers all or part of 26 states throughout the Gulf Coast and heartland of America.  It stretches from the Appalachian Mountains and the Chattahoochee River in the east, to the Rocky Mountains in the west, and from the U.S./Mexico border and the Gulf of Mexico in the south to the North Dakota/Canada border in the north.

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Rear Adm. Kevin Cook, the new 8th District commander, visits South Texas and the Coast Guard units within the area as part of a two day familiarizarion tour. U.S. Coast Guard photo

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