Four Coast Guard cutters homeported in New England received health and wellness support this spring through the Coast Guard Foundation’s emergency response program designed to help Coast Guard units impacted by the pandemic.
“Coast Guard cutter crews work around the clock while underway to keep us safe and our nation secure,” said Susan Ludwig, Coast Guard Foundation President. “Brief port calls typically provide a way for crew members to rest and recharge while on long deployments. With limits in place to keep service members healthy and ready to serve, this program provided critical funding at exactly the right time.”
Generous support from First Command allowed the Coast Guard Foundation to award these grants to the ESCANABA and SPENCER (Boston), SYCAMORE (Newport, RI) and RELIANCE (Kittery, ME). First Command regional offices in Concord, New Hampshire; Newport, Rhode Island; and Boston and Lexington, Massachusetts partnered with the Foundation to deliver the support.
The grants provided for basic necessities, fitness equipment, game nights, and other morale-enhancing activities.
“On behalf of the CGC SPENCER crew, I want to thank you for your continued dedication and commitment to the wellness of SPENCER,” shared Commander T.C. Rodzewicz, Commanding Officer. “The Coast Guard Foundation and First Command have played a fundamental role in helping the crew, and their families maintain positivity and overcome the challenges that come with choosing to serve in the armed forces.”
(RELIANCE: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Gagnon. Other photos by U.S. Coast Guard.)