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Sector Lake Michigan Area of Responsibility

Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan

Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan is comprised of 21 Coast Guard Stations/Units that are responsible for 1,638 miles of shoreline and approximately 19,000 square miles of surface water. The Area of Responsibility for Sector Lake Michigan includes jurisdiction in four states: Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan; in addition to the majority of Lake Michigan and numerous intercoastal waterways.

Sector Lake Michigan is responsible for all Coast Guard missions on Lake Michigan and its surrounding navigable waterways including; Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Aids to Navigation, Marine Safety, and Homeland Security.

Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Sector is the operational and administrative commander of the 21 subordinate field units, including 18 multi-mission Stations, 1 Marine Safety Unit, 1 Marine Safety Detachment and 1 Sector Field Office.

Sector Lake Michigan's missions are accomplished by a dedicated workforce of 541 Active Duty, 208 Reserve, and 16 civilian personnel. The Sector's vessel inventory includes 51 boats: 4 47' Motor Lifeboats; 3 41' Utility Boats; 6 45' Response Boat - Medium; 19 25' Response Boat - Small; 1 49' BUSL; and 3 21'/23' TANBs; plus 14 ice skiffs and 1 22' airboat.

The all-volunteer Coast Guard Auxiliary, 9th Western Region, supports Sector Lake Michigan performing a wide variety of operational, educational, support and training missions with 1200 personnel throughout the region.

Sector Lake Michigan is the largest of 35 Coast Guard Sectors in number of field units (21), and the 4th largest in number of personnel. It was established on July 29, 2005, by combining the former Group Milwaukee, Marine Safety Office Milwaukee, Marine Safety Office Chicago, and Group Grand Haven.

The Sector Commander is the operational commander for all missions within his/her area of responsibility. The Sector Commander's legal authorities include Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspections, Federal on Scene Coordinator, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator and Search and Rescue (SAR) Mission Coordinator.

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2420 S. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee, WI. 53207
(414) 747-7100
Site constructed by: LTJG Christopher D. Meyer, Sector Lake Michigan

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