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News // Aug 28, 2020

Health + Wellness Support for Cutters Homeported in New England

  • Jennifer Crowley Fyke

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.”

Escanaba and spencer
Boston-based cutters the ESCANABA and SPENCER conduct Coast Guard missions while on the high seas.

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.

Sycamore reliance
The Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore, homeported in Newport, RI, is a black hull cutter and primarily services buoys and other aids to navigation. | The RELIANCE is homeported in Kittery, ME and conducts many Coast Guard missions like search and rescue, drug interdiction, and maritime law enforcement duties.

“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.)

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