Coast Guard, local partners celebrate groundbreaking of new Sector building

Rear Adm. Roy Nash, commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District, speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for Sector Houston-Galveston January 31, 2012. The sector is relocating from Galena Park to Ellington Field in 2013. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Prentice Danner.

Rear Adm. Roy Nash, commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District, joined with Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston and Ellington Field Task Force members, as well as representatives of Mortenson’s Federal Contracting Group to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Sector’s new building at Ellington Field Jan. 31, 2012.

The new building is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2013. It is designed to facilitate the Sector in a more effective manner, and help to provide improved conditions for personnel.

Sector Houston-Galveston is currently located at a 7-acre site on the Houston Ship Channel in Galena Park.  A planning proposal completed in August 2008 recommended the relocation of the unit to Ellington Field.

“The facility will be more efficient and provide better working conditions for our personnel and be less vulnerable to heavy weather conditions,” said Capt. James Whitehead, commander of Sector Houston-Galveston.

The groundbreaking ceremony is the first step toward construction. It provided a chance for industry partners to come together and learn about the plans for the project.

“The new Sector building will have space available for our very important port partners.  It will leverage technology and facilitate communications and synergies with our local, state and federal partners and vastly improve upon our maritime domain awareness,” said Cmdr. Brian Lincoln, chief of the logistics at Sector Houston-Galveston.

Rear Adm. Roy Nash, commander Eighth Coast Guard District, joins with Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston and Ellington Field Task Force members, as well as representatives of Mortenson's Federal Contracting Group to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for the sector's new building at Ellington Field January 31, 2012. The new building is to be completed in 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Prentice Danner.

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