Below is a news release from D8. What I found interesting here is,
“Station Memphis is the second of five new Coast Guard stations to be commissioned in the Coast Guard 8th District’s Western Rivers Sectors.”
The push for new infrastructure seems to be working. Also note the statement, “…. is deployable to the Gulf of Mexico for hurricane flood response.” apparently in response to the repeated need to respond to flooding in the Eight District.
U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Heartland
Coast Guard to commission new unit in Memphis
WHO: Capt. Ryan Rhodes, Sector Lower Mississippi River commander, Cmdr. Erick Neussl, Sector Lower Mississippi River deputy commander, Lt. Jamal Scarlett, Sector Upper Mississippi River chaplain, Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Rollins, Station Memphis prospective officer-in-charge.
WHAT: Commissioning ceremony for Coast Guard Station Memphis
WHERE: FedEx Event Center, 415 Great View Drive East, Cordova, TN 38018 (Suite 103)
WHEN: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 (Media should arrive no later than 9:30 a.m.)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Coast Guard is scheduled Tuesday to commission its newest station, Coast Guard Station Memphis, during a ceremony at the FedEx Event Center in Cordova, Tennessee.
The station is responsible for search and rescue, recreational boating safety, ports, waterways, flood response, and coastal security. The station’s area of responsibility ranges from mile marker 720 to mile marker 750 on the Mississippi River, numerous lakes in Arkansas, and is deployable to the Gulf of Mexico for hurricane flood response. The station is equipped with two 29-Foot Response Boat-Small II and three shallow-water response boats.
Station Memphis is the second of five new Coast Guard stations to be commissioned in the Coast Guard 8th District’s Western Rivers Sectors.