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USCG Breaks Ground on New Facility at CC Airport

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

A groundbreaking Monday morning officially kicked off construction of a brand new U.S. Coast Guard headquarters at the Corpus Christi International Airport.

The new facility will house active duty Coast Guard personnel through round the clock shifts. The ceremony included Coast Guard and local dignitaries as the first shovels were sunk into the ground.

The new facility will contain 170,000 square feet of both hangar and office space located on almost ten acres of land at the airport. The Coast Guard's main rescue aircraft will be deployed from the new facility.

"This is going to be the first of it's type for the Coast Guard. It will house, when it's completed, our combined sector and air station which will include three MH-65 Dolphin Helicopters and three HE-144 Maritime Patrol Aircraft which is the newest, most technologically advanced aircraft in the Coast Guard's fleet," said Coast Guard Spokesperson, Te-Ali Coley.

Among those who will be berthing at the new building is Coast Guard Petty Officer Jon Disalle. Disalle brought along his wife and new baby to the ceremony. Disalle says as a helicopter rescue swimmer, his job puts him first at many emergency scenes.

"There are times at night in storms where we have to go out and we are alone. And we're the first ones there and we are working by ourselves. And that's what separates the rescue swimmer from all other branches. we work alone," says Petty Officer Disalle.

The new building will include a command and data center, berthing areas for ready crews, food service and a fitness center. The installation is expected to be completed in a little more than a year from now.

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