CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - For several decades they have called Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi home, but on Friday the U.S. Coast Guard officially moved into a brand new facility at the Corpus Christi International Airport.
Their new 170,000 square foot building is fully up and running.
A pair of MH65 Dolphins arrived at the airport Friday to a special greeting as they went to Valent Hall, the official new home of the U.S. Coast Guard in Corpus Christi.
Lt. j.g. Jennae Steinmiller said the move ushers in a new era for the Coast Guard.
"The air station moved from hangar 41 on the Navy base out to Valent Hall, and prevention moved from tower two downtown to Valent Hall," Steinmiller said.
For the Coast Guard, it's all about efficiency and safety. Saving lives means getting to those who need help quicker.
"Decisions will be made faster because we're not, you know, working between two different buildings," Steinmiller said. "We're all in the same spot and we'll be able to take off right from here and do all of our missions from home base."
"And now we are bringing everybody together in one roof," Deputy Sector Commander Jason Smith said. "Also both of those buildings certainly had some age on them and now we got a beautiful brand new building and we look forward to fully moving in later on next month."
The building, located just west of the Corpus Christi International Airport, will not only house the Coast Guard's helicopters but also its fixed-wing aircraft. The facility will also be home to around 300 personnel.
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