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Gulf Strike Team shows off capabilities at grand opening of the Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center

Posted October, 2012

Story by Lt. Jason Scott
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Gulf Strike Team members joined NOAA leaders, members of Congress, and federal, state, and local emergency response partners at the building dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony of the Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center in Mobile, Ala. on Oct. 15, 2012.

The Gulf of Mexico DRC is a premier coastal crisis support facility devoted to applying relevant coastal and maritime products and services to support real-time incident decision makers' actions in assessing coastal ecological and economic distress. 

The DRC serves as a direct link between NOAA and the decision maker whether it is a public health official, on-scene coordinator, fire chief, emergency management director, or national security official.

Cmdr. Arex Avanni and Lt. Cmdr. Tedd Hutley represented Gulf Strike Team during the ceremony. Lt. Jason Scott, Lt. Aaron Jozsef, Chief Warrant Officer Edgardo Estrada, Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Sawyer, Petty Officer 1st Class Kenny Tucker, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Jakubowski set up and manned the GST’s Hazardous Materials Response Trailer and the Trailerable Aids to Navigation Boat.

The GST crew provided tours and explained National Strike Force capabilities to the attendees from various federal, state, and local response organizations.

GST at grand opening of Mexico disaster response center

The center is only a few miles from the Gulf Strike Team facility in West Mobile. The GST has utilized the new building as a training facility on numerous occasions. It was a great opportunity to strengthen our partnership with NOAA and highlight Strike Team response capabilities as an integral part of multi-agency disaster response and preparedness mission. Mr. Charlie Henry is the director of the DRC and Capt. Michelle Finn (NOAA Corps) is the deputy director.

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