We're happy to announce that nearly 150 cutters throughout the Coast Guard received $250 grants to bolster their ship's libraries courtesy of the 2011 edition of the Coast Guard Foundation's "Books for Boats" program.
"Books for Boats" is a long-standing tradition that helps cuttermen who are underway to stay sharp by reading and maintaining their professional libraries. Crews are encouraged to purchase books that are on the Commandant's reading list, or books that suit their general interest. Commandant Adm. Robert Papp compiles the list to enable members of the service to share in a common learning experience.
The commanding officers of the cutters were notified via e-mail that their boat was awarded a grant earlier this week. The Foundation has received a number of phone calls and e-mails from CO's thanking us for the grant.
Here's one from the commanding officer of the USCG Cutter Washington, which is based in the remote pacific island of Guam.
"Thank you very much for this generous gift and continued support of the Coast Guard. The crew is very excited and is working on selecting some books from the Commandant's Reading List to have onboard for longer patrols," wrote LT Dana Rupprecht.
The crew of the Cutter Washington.
"Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands, our area of operations, have a lot of history and a colorful culture so we intend to purchase some books on these local topics to have on hand for new crewmembers," LT Rupprecht continued. "Additionally, this will allow us to have a couple hiking guide books available to help get the crew out and safely exploring all the stomps on Guam, Tinian and Saipan."