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Press Release | May 10, 2023

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City to celebrate 25 years of service

Editor’s note: Media interested in attending the ceremony must RSVP to Lt. Jake Martin at 609-677-2222 no later than 4 p.m. on May 11 to coordinate facility access.

WHO: Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City personnel, Rear Adm. Shannon Gilreath, the 5th Coast Guard district’s commander, Capt. Thomas King, one of Air Station Atlantic City’s first commanding officers, and special guest Steve Jablonski, who will recount his father’s role in early military aviation history as one of the service’s first helicopter mechanics.

WHAT: Media are invited to attend Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City’s 25th anniversary run, history exhibit, and anniversary celebration remarks.

WHEN: Friday, May 12, 2023, 9 a.m. – noon. Opening remarks begin at 9 a.m. A 5K run at the air station begins at 10:30 a.m., and the history exhibit and remarks are scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Media may attend any or all three portions of the event.

WHERE: Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, FAA Tech Center; Building 350, Egg Harbor Township, NJ, 08234

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City is scheduled to celebrate 25 years of operations during an anniversary run and ceremony Friday at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township.

Since its creation in 1998, helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City have rescued or assisted 1,310 people. The air crews have flown on more than 7,000 search and rescue cases, dedicating more than 11,000 flight hours to aiding people in distress.

Additionally, air station personnel have saved more than $7,500,000 in property and flown 182,548 total hours, which is equal to more than 20 years serving our nation from aboard the helicopters.

Air station sentinels support a wide range of Coast Guard operations, such as search and rescue, law enforcement, port security, and marine environmental protection for both New England and the Mid-Atlantic.

Air Station Atlantic City crews also provide multiple aircraft and crew members to protect the president’s airspace throughout the United States and our Nation’s Capital on a 24/7 basis in Washington D.C. at the National Capital Region Air Defense Facility, under the operational control of the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

The air station is comprised of 12 MH-65 Dolphin helicopters, two of which are always maintained in a 30-mintue response status to be quickly airborne and enroute at speeds in excess of 155 knots.