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Press Release | May 9, 2024

MEDIA ADVISORY: Coast Guard to hold ribbon cutting ceremony for new multipurpose building in Fort Macon

Editor's Note: Media are asked to RSVP by 5 p.m. Friday, May 10, by contacting Fifth District public affairs at 757-295-8435


  • Adm. Steven Poulin, Coast Guard Vice Commandant 
  • Capt. Neal Armstrong, commander of Facilities & Design Construction Center
  • Capt. Timothy List, commander of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina
  • Crewmembers from Sector Field Office Fort Macon, Marine Safety Detachment Fort Macon, Coast Guard Station Fort Macon, and the patrol boat USCGC Steelhead (WPB 87324).

WHAT: Ribbon cutting ceremony for a new multipurpose building

WHEN: Monday, May 13, at 10 a.m., news media are requested to arrive no later than 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Coast Guard Sector Field Office Fort Macon, 2301 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday for a new multipurpose building in Fort Macon, North Carolina.

Cape Lookout Hall, the new 29,145 square-foot multi-mission facility, will be utilized by members of Coast Guard Station Fort Macon, Marine Safety Detachment (MSD) Fort Macon, the patrol boat USCGC Steelhead (WPB 87324), and Sector Field Office Fort Macon—all subunits under the command of Sector North Carolina.

The new building was constructed in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence to support Coast Guard personnel and the missions of Station Fort Macon, MSD Fort Macon, cutter Steelhead, and SFO Fort Macon and represents the Coast Guard’s commitment to safeguarding our coastal communities. This state-of-the-art facility provides improved operational capabilities and better protection from heavy weather events. It will provide daily workspace for more than 50 personnel & consists of workshops, a boat bay for small boats, training room, berthing rooms for overnight duty crews, cutter offices, a sick bay, gunner’s mate offices, and a fitness facility that will support the health and well-being of all 300 active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel across the entire Fort Macon Campus.

Units residing at Fort Macon are responsible for logistics, prevention, and response missions. Logistical mission support includes naval and civil engineering, finance, human resources, weapons management, electronic support, and medical support of the eight Coast Guard small boat stations, three aids to navigation teams, and five cutters operating across the entire state of North Carolina and beyond.

Station Fort Macon’s crew of 45 active duty and reserve personnel are responsible for the core missions of search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, recreational boating safety, and ports, waterways, and coastal security. Their area of responsibility spans from Ophelia Inlet, North Carolina south to Salter Path, North Carolina and seaward 57 miles. 

The cutter Steelhead is a coastal patrol boat with a crew of 11 active duty. The 87-foot coastal patrol boat is a multi-mission platform designed for search and rescue, law enforcement and fisheries patrols, as well as drug and illegal alien interdiction duties up to 200 miles offshore. The Steelhead has an area of responsibility ranging from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay near Cape Chales and Cape Henry, Virginia to the South Carolina border.

MSD Fort Macon is comprised of 15 active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel. The detachment’s primary responsibilities are marine safety and environmental response for 230 miles of North Carolina coastline from North Topsail beach to the southern outer banks.

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