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2019 Salute to the Coast Guard Recap

Posted on October 07, 2019

The Coast Guard Foundation’s 39th Annual Salute to the United States Coast Guard took place on October 4, 2019 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. This signature event is the Foundation’s longest-running tribute dinner and counted more than 400 people in attendance.

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Apply Oct. 1: Coast Guard Foundation Enlisted Grant

Posted on September 25, 2019

The Coast Guard Foundation Enlisted Grant program is designed to assist eligible enlisted personnel in their academic or technical development by providing funding for tuition, fees, and miscellaneous expenses incurred in completing off-duty voluntary education.

The Coast Guard’s Education and Training Quota Management Command (ETQC) are now accepting applications which will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

The program is a reimbursement program, requiring members to expend funds prior to applying and the maximum payable reimbursement per person is currently $500.00.

To be eligible you must be an active duty enlisted member serving in pay grades E-3 through E-6. Or, a selective reserve (SELRES) member on long term active duty orders of 180 days, or more.

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2019 Seattle Dinner Recap

Posted on September 24, 2019

The Coast Guard Foundation hosted its Pacific Northwest Awards Dinner in Seattle on September 19, 2019 at the Bell Harbor International Convention Center.

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Fall Break Programs for Hawaii Coast Guard Families

Posted on September 17, 2019

Are you a Hawaii-based Coast Guard family making plans for Fall Break?

Have you signed-up your kids for after-school or weekend programs that feature sports, fine arts, academic enrichment or outdoor recreation?

If your answer is yes, you may be eligible for a Coast Guard Foundation grant to help cover enrollment and registration costs.

The Coast Guard Foundation Fall Break Camp and Enrichment Program is made possible through the generosity of Norwegian Cruise Line.


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2019 Pacific Northwest Awards to Honor Coast Guard in Seattle

Posted on September 06, 2019

The Coast Guard Foundation will honor an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles for heroic action and mission excellence at this year's Pacific Northwest Awards Dinner in Seattle.

The crew of CG-6596 - LT Jacob Marks, pilot, LT Caleb Wadsworth, co-pilot, AMT3 Ryan Taylor, flight mechanic, and AST3 Richard Nestler, rescue swimmer, will be recognized for their combined effort that saved the life of an injured hiker who fell 100 feet down a cliff face on the southern end of Obstruction Island. Obstruction Island is one of the many islands that make up the San Juan Island chain in Washington State. The aircrew worked closely with Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound and local emergency medical services, who were also on scene. The rescue took place last year on the 4th of July.

“We are inspired by the acts of courage we witness on a daily basis,” said Susan Ludwig, Coast Guard Foundation president. “This rescue case truly exemplifies the lengths that Coast Guard members will go to save a life, and for that, we are honored to say ‘thank you’.”

The Coast Guard Foundation will also honor long-time supporter and former board member Bart Eaton for his support of the organization.

United States Coast Guard senior leadership and local Coast Guard members will be in attendance along with business and industry leaders and community supporters from in and around Seattle.

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2019 Hawaii Dinner Recap

Posted on September 01, 2019

The Coast Guard Foundation hosted its annual tribute to the Coast Guard in Hawaii this summer, but with a fun twist that brought together Hawaii’s best chefs and Coast Guard culinary specialists to prepare local and international cuisine for the 340 assembled guests.

Hosted at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, the August 22 event featured remarks from Rear Admiral Kevin Lunday, Commander of the Coast Guard’s 14th District and Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant of the Coast Guard.

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Coast Guard Foundation Disaster Relief and Response Plan Announced

Posted on August 31, 2019

As the first major hurricane of the season makes it way towards the United States, the Coast Guard Foundation is activating its Disaster Relief and Response Fund so we can be ready to assist Coast Guard members and families who have been impacted by the storm and any other natural disasters this year.

Through our partnership with the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association (CPOA), we distribute financial relief to Coast Guard families impacted by natural disasters. Once the storms subside, we collaborate with local Coast Guard leadership to provide morale support for the units that responded. This support provides opportunity for repairing and restoring the physical spaces where Coast Guard members live and work, and builds community and health/wellness for those impacted.

If you are in need of financial assistance please download this form, and return to the CPOA point of contact, Randy Reid, Executive Director, via email at executivedirector@uscgcpoa.org

You may email executivedirector@uscgcpoa.org or call (703) 941-0395 with any questions.


About the CPOA:

The Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association is unique among service organizations in that it was created by the Chiefs, of the Chiefs, and for the Chiefs of the United States Coast Guard. The CPOA serve Coast Guard through a united network of over 10,000 members and work to advance the interests of its membership through community service, scholarships and fundraising, and by partnering with military and veteran organizations.


How you can help:

We have activated our Disaster Relief and Response Fund to rush assistance to families as soon as it's needed. Please make your emergency gift now so we may help the Coast Guard families impacted by these disasters.

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Supporter Leaves a Lasting Legacy

Posted on August 27, 2019

Eleanor Gilford Buker, a long-time supporter of the Coast Guard Foundation, passed away this month at the age of 99.

Mrs. Buker enlisted in the Coast Guard as a SPAR during World War II, and served from 1943-1946. During her time in the Coast Guard, she served in the research department at headquarters in Washington, D.C. and was honorably discharged at the end of the war with the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

Returning to Danvers, Massachusetts, she married Melvin W. Buker in November 1946 and had two children. They were members of Maple Street Congregational Church and participated in many church activities. She took an active role in her children's pursuits, serving as a Girl Scout leader and attending sports events and musical performances. When her children were older, she worked at Suburban Quality Shop and managed the church's thrift shop.

In retirement, she traveled with her local senior center and was an active volunteer with the Northshore Music Theater company.

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$1,000 Grants Available to Coast Guard Spouses through Pilot Program

Posted on August 26, 2019

New Application Period: September 1-October 15, 2019
Coast Guard Foundation Family Child Care (FCC) Program Grant Program

As Coast Guard families settle into a new school year, many parents are seeking quality, local, affordable childcare options for before and after school, and for children younger than school-aged.

In partnership with the United States Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Foundation’s pilot program is designed to assist Coast Guard spouses in four Coast Guard communities establish their own Family Child Care businesses to provide the kind of child care options that many Coast Guard families find themselves in need of.

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Home To Heal: Foundation Sponsors Home Makeover For Coast Guard Family

Posted on August 21, 2019

In July, the Coast Guard Foundation received a letter from AFI 2019 Coast Guard Spouse of the Year Jessica Manfre informing us of her hope to collaborate with Moving With The Military, a show which celebrates military families with surprise home makeovers, to help a Coast Guard family in Florida.

The Coast Guard family we sponsored for this project was the Coleman family. Petty Officer Bill Coleman, currently serving at Air Station Clearwater in Florida, is a Coast Guard member balancing his duties to the service, his two young daughters, and his wife who is terminally ill with cancer.

“When we heard of the Coleman family’s plight, we knew we had to do something,” said Brian Overcast, Coast Guard Foundation’s Regional Director of Philanthropy, based in Florida. “We all care so deeply about the men and women of the service and it’s our hope by partnering and sponsoring this project that we can give this family the opportunity to begin their healing process.”

Throughout the 5-day project, dozens of volunteers joined to help renovate the Coleman’s house. “The family members are going to be coming into a home which is new and special,” said Overcast. “And a place where they can continue to heal while they’re going through this difficult time.”

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Our 2019 Graduating Class

Posted on July 22, 2019

This year we have over 40 young men and women graduating college thanks to the Coast Guard Foundation scholarship program. Meet three of this year's graduates who have written to share their gratitude for our support.

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Fifty Projects: CGF@50

Posted on July 09, 2019

We set out to select fifty projects to represent fifty years of our history, but it was too difficult to narrow it down to that number. So instead, you'll see slightly more than that. Click through the photos below to view Coast Guard Foundation project photos over the last five decades.

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2019 DC Dinner Recap

Posted on June 07, 2019

The Coast Guard Foundation’s 15th Annual Tribute to the Coast Guard in our Nation’s Capital, held June 4 in Washington, DC at the National Building Museum, celebrated and honored the organization’s fifty years of support to the men and women of the United States Coast Guard.

More than 500 people attended the signature event that raised in excess of $632,000 for the Coast Guard Foundation.

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Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award

Posted on June 06, 2019

The Coast Guard Foundation was presented with the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award on June 4 at our Tribute to the Coast Guard in our Nation's Capital. At the event we recognized our 50th anniversary and showed appreciation for those who have made our work possible.

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2019 San Francisco Dinner Recap

Posted on May 17, 2019

The Coast Guard Foundation hosted its annual tribute on the West Coast on May 14 at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. Community and corporate supporters joined together to pay tribute to the work of the United States Coast Guard and raised $145,000 for the cause.

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Matching Gift Challenge in Honor of Fifty Years of Service

Posted on May 15, 2019

In honor of the Coast Guard Foundation’s 50th anniversary, Leidos, a generous corporate donor, has offered to match every gift received by June 5, 2019-- dollar for dollar -- up to $50,000.

“The support of our donors, coupled with Leidos' matching gift will help close the gap between the services provided by the Coast Guard’s budget and what service members really need,” said Susan Ludwig, president, Coast Guard Foundation. “Through our programs like college scholarships for children of fallen Coast Guard heroes, assistance to families of critically injured members, and morale and recreation support, Coast Guard members can be ready to perform their difficult, often arduous duty.”

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Apply for a CGF Family Child Care Provider Grant - Deadline Approaching

Posted on May 13, 2019

Are you a Coast Guard spouse stationed with your family in Petaluma, Cape May, Staten Island or Kodiak?

Are you interested in opening up your own Family Child Care business?

The Coast Guard Foundation, in partnership with the United States Coast Guard, has launched a program to assist Coast Guard spouses in these four locations. We want to help you open your own child care business. It’s a win-win for you-- and for Coast Guard families who need affordable, quality child care.

This pilot program is made possible by a generous grant from Geico, a strong supporter of America’s military families.

We'll award five grants in each of the four locations- $20,000 total to set-up 20 family child care centers.

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2019 DC Golf Tournament: 25 Years of Success

Posted on May 13, 2019

Back in 1995, Coast Guard Foundation board members in the Washington, D.C. area hosted their first of many golf tournaments -- twenty-five to be precise--to raise funds for Coast Guard Foundation scholarships. That first tournament was organized by directors Brian Pemberton, retired Rear Admiral Ed Gilbert, and Herb Taylor, who all volunteered to kick-start the effort. A full field of 144 golfers signed up and $25,000 was raised at the inaugural event to support the Foundation’s dependent scholarship program.

By the close of this year’s May 6 event, which featured 92 golfers teeing off at the Fairfax Army Navy Country Club, another $90,000 had been raised, bringing the quarter century total to more than $2.3 million.

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Coast Guard Foundation Spouse Scholarships Announced

Posted on May 10, 2019

The Coast Guard Foundation is proud and honored to announce a record year of support for our Spouse Scholarship Program. Through both our traditional spouse scholarship program and a special grant from Delta Dental, we awarded $109,500 in aid to support 189 individuals who are pursuing college degrees and professional certifications.

The Coast Guard Foundation is committed to helping Coast Guard spouses earn their degrees and expand their employment options. We are grateful to our generous supporters who made this year’s program possible.

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Zitta Rises to the Challenge: Sea to Stars

Posted on May 10, 2019

Duane T. Zitta, a lieutenant in the Coast Guard stationed in Hawaii as the Command Duty Officer for the 14th Coast Guard District, along with Tom Steidler and Brian Wyland, reached the summit of Mauna Kea, from Hilo, Hawaii on May 3, 2019. This “Sea to Stars” challenge was a 42-mile trek from the ocean to the peak of Mauna Kea at an elevation of 13,803 feet- and raised $2,775 for the Coast Guard Foundation Fallen Heroes Fund.

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2019 San Francisco Awards Dinner Announced

Posted on May 03, 2019

The Coast Guard Foundation’s San Francisco Awards Dinner will be held on May 14, 2019 at the St. Francis Yacht Club and recognize the Santa Barbara mudslide response team for its heroism and mission excellence.

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Coast Guard Cutter BOTTOMS Commissioned in San Diego

Posted on May 03, 2019

The Coast Guard cutter BENJAMIN BOTTOMS was commissioned as the fourth Sentinel-Class Fast Response Cutter to be based in Los Angeles, at a ceremony in San Diego on May 1.

Coast Guard Foundation board member Tom Wetherald presented an $8,000 gift to Commanding Officer Lt. Lennie Day for the crew to begin its morale and wellness fund.

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Blessey Receives Coast Guard Public Service Award

Posted on April 26, 2019

Congratulations to Coast Guard Foundation board member Walter Blessey, Jr.


Blessey, Jr. was presented with a Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award during the American Waterways Operators’ spring convention in Washington, D.C. in early April.

The service award honors his “contributions to the inland marine transportation industry, navigation safety, environmental stewardship, and homeland security during his decades-long involvement with the American Waterways Operators.”

Blessey joined the Coast Guard Foundation Board of Trustees in 2016 and his support for the organization has extended to all core areas of support for Coast Guard members and families.

For more on the award, read the full announcement on the Coast Guard’s Maritime Commons blog.

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Recap: 2019 Tribute in Florida

Posted on April 22, 2019

The Coast Guard Foundation hosted the 25th Tribute to the Coast Guard Seventh District on April 18 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The event was originally scheduled for late January but was postponed because of the partial government shutdown.

The rescheduled date did nothing to dampen spirits- in fact, this year’s event was one of the most successful in years -- with more than 400 people in the crowded ballroom at the Pier 66 Hotel & Marina.

Upwards of $380,000 was raised at the event to support Coast Guard Foundation programs and initiatives that provide education, morale and relief support for Coast Guard members and families throughout Florida, Puerto Rico and the rest of the country.

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Coast Guard Foundation Family Childcare Provider Grants

Posted on April 15, 2019

In conjunction with the Month of the Military Child this April, we are happy to announce a new initiative between the Coast Guard Foundation and the United States Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard Foundation is launching a grant program that will assist Coast Guard spouses who are becoming certified Family Child Care (FCC) providers an opportunity to offset their start-up costs to establish child care businesses in their homes.

Thanks to the generosity of GEICO, a strong supporter of the Armed Forces that has served military customers for more than 80 years, the Coast Guard Foundation will award 20 individual grants of $1,000 each to Coast Guard spouses establishing Family Childcare Centers in government-owned housing at Base Kodiak, Training Center Cape May, Sector New York and Training Center Petaluma. This FCC grant program will be a 2-year pilot.

The Coast Guard Foundation is proud to sponsor a pilot program that, in addition to providing new childcare options for Coast Guard families, will provide employment for Coast Guard spouses, both of which are core areas of Coast Guard Foundation support.


How to Apply:
Coast Guard spouses residing in Coast Guard-owned housing in any of the locations of the pilot who are interested in the FCC grant may contact their local Child Development Services Coordinator (CDSS) listed below for information about becoming a certified FCC provider. Coast Guard spouses transferring this summer to any of the pilot locations are eligible to apply for the FCC grant.

Base Kodiak: Vanessa Bryant, 907-487-5525, Vanessa.D.Bryant@uscg.mil
TRACEN Petaluma: Lena Gavello, 510-437-3237, Lena.M.Gavello@uscg.mil
TRACEN Cape May: Valanda Weston, 609-898-6384, Valanda.M.Weston@uscg.mil
Sector New York: Maura Redy, 718-354-4404, Maua.Redy@uscg.mil

Application criteria for the FCC grant and process for selecting recipients of the grant will be available for review as early as April 29, 2019 at https://coastguardfoundation.org/spousegrant. Or, access the application directly here: CGF-FCC GRANT APPLICATION

There will be two application periods to take advantage of this funding opportunity, May 1 to June 15, 2019, and September 1 to October 15, 2019. Funding will be based on availability.


Point of Contacts:
For the Coast Guard: Dr. Marta Denchfield, Chief, Behavioral Health Services Division at 202-475-5253 or Marta.E.Denchfield@uscg.mil.

For the Coast Guard Foundation: Ms. Sage Williams, Program Director, at 860-535-0786 or swilliams@coastguardfoundation.org.

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Honoring the Coast Guard in District 7

Posted on April 13, 2019

The Coast Guard Foundation’s 25th Tribute to the Seventh Coast Guard District will be held this Thursday, April 18 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Originally scheduled for late January, the event was postponed because of the government shutdown.

“The dinner committee worked hard to find a new date once the shutdown ended, and we’re grateful to have an opportunity to honor the accomplishments of Coast Guard members who live and serve in the Southeast later this week,” said Susan Ludwig, Coast Guard Foundation president. “All of the important program elements will be in place and we thank our event partners for their flexibility and creativity to make this happen, and our generous supporters who continued their support of the dinner and our work.”

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Project Update: Support for Coast Guard Families

Posted on April 13, 2019

The Coast Guard Foundation supported a few projects around the country recently, each one unique to the needs of local Coast Guard units, and with special attention to the members and families who live in work in these communities. Check it out!

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General Charles F. Bolden, Jr. to Serve as the 2019 Coast Guard Foundation Hedrick Fellow

Posted on March 26, 2019

Retired Marine Corps Major General Charles Frank Bolden, Jr. will visit the Coast Guard Academy on March 27 at the 2019 Coast Guard Foundation Hedrick Fellow.

The Coast Guard Foundation Hedrick Fellowship is a longstanding tradition of bringing world-renowned political, military and industry leaders to the Coast Guard Academy to share their wisdom with cadets.

The fellowship program was founded by an endowment from Frank E. and Harriet E. Hedrick in 1982 to bring influential Americans to the Academy in New London for the purpose of interacting with cadets and the faculty in both formal academic seminars as well as informal settings.

While at the Coast Guard Academy, General Bolden will participate in cadet-led academic seminars and attend a dinner in his honor. General Bolden will deliver the Coast Guard Foundation Hedrick Fellowship Address to the corps of cadets in the evening of the 27th.

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Coast Guard Cutter Horne Commissioned in Honor of Fallen Hero

Posted on March 26, 2019

Coast Guard cutter TERRELL HORNE was commissioned as the 31st Fast Response Cutter at a ceremony at Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach on March 22. Coast Guard Foundation board members Bob Montgomery and Dick Symons presented a $10,000 gift to Commanding Officer Lieutenant John Beal for the crew to begin its morale and wellness fund.

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How Do You Say Thank You? | #CGF@50

Posted on March 25, 2019

At each of our ten-year anniversary milestones, Coast Guard Foundation leadership paused to reflect on the organization's accomplishments and recognize those who contributed to its success, and honor the men and women of the United States Coast Guard who serve with honor, respect and devotion to duty.

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CGF Elects New Board Members

Posted on March 25, 2019

Featured Above | Coast Guard Foundation Executive Board | Will Jenkins, Chair; Duncan Smith, Secretary; Cherrie Felder, Treasurer; R. Christian Johnsen, Vice Chair


The Coast Guard Foundation elected six new trustees to the Board this year, and in addition, filled the roles of Vice-Chair and Secretary on the Executive Committee.

The Coast Guard Foundation Board of Directors and Trustees governs the organization and promotes the Foundation’s mission of support to the United States Coast Guard. Each new member will serve three-year terms, commencing in 2019. In addition, a Vice-Chair and Secretary were elected to serve one-year terms.

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James J. Coleman, Jr.

Posted on March 23, 2019

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of James J. Coleman, Jr., Coast Guard Foundation Director since 1997. Mr. Coleman passed away on March 21 at his home in New Orleans.

Suffice it to say, this is a great loss for the Coast Guard Foundation and all who knew and loved Jimmy. A consummate gentleman, he led quietly and by example, and his generosity with our organization, and the Coast Guard Museum Association, and countless other organizations in New Orleans, Newport and many other places, was unparalleled.

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Recap: 2019 Tribute in New Orleans

Posted on March 19, 2019

The Coast Guard Foundation held its 26th annual Tribute to the Coast Guard’s 8th District on March 15 in grand style at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. The more than 400 people in attendance collectively raised more than $488,000 for the Coast Guard Foundation’s programs and projects.

The event honored the efforts of Coast Guard members stationed throughout the twenty-six state region, who have responded to search and rescue calls, protected the marine environment and secured America’s ports and waterways, among other critical missions.

In particular, Coast Guard Station Panama City was recognized for its outstanding response to Hurricane Michael in 2018, a violent Category 4 storm that left its community wrecked and in need of intense clean-up and repair in its aftermath.

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Tribute to the 8th Coast Guard District Awardee Announced

Posted on March 07, 2019

The Coast Guard Foundation will recognize Station Panama City for its outstanding response to Hurricane Michael at this year's Tribute to the 8th Coast Guard District. The event takes place on March 15, 2019, and will feature an address by Coast Guard Vice Commandant Admiral Charles Ray.

Hurricane Michael, a violent Category 4 storm and the third most intense Atlantic hurricane to have ever made landfall in recorded history, slammed into the Gulf Coast near Mexico Beach, Florida, just 25 miles from Coast Guard Station Panama City in October 2018.

Station Panama City personnel, despite experiencing their own major personal losses and family displacement in the wake of the storm, immediately took action to recover the station’s readiness as an operational multi-mission unit and prepared the damaged unit facilities to house and stage hundreds of additional personnel and support equipment.

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Coast Guardsman raises $12,000 for Fallen Heroes Fund

Posted on February 24, 2019

LT Duane T. Zitta, Command Duty Officer for the 14th Coast Guard District in Hawaii, raised $12,000 competing in ultra-endurance races throughout 2018 and early 2019 for the Coast Guard Foundation’s Fallen Heroes Fund.

Zitta, who has been in the Coast Guard for over 15 years, says the initial idea of raising funds was small, but quickly became something bigger than he ever imagined. After setting a goal of raising $5,000, and quickly reaching it, the cause grew and grew.

“When I reflect on the last year of fundraising, training, and racing I can’t help but think of the families who have endured the ultimate sacrifice,” said Zitta. “Every difficult challenge I faced this year was welcomed as I knew that each one of them would raise our goal higher and higher.”

Over the course of the year Zitta had the opportunity to meet with families of the fallen who had heard about his journey, which included the wife and daughter of CAPT Thomas G. Nelson. CAPT Nelson was one of four crew members from Coast Guard helicopter CG-6505 who died when their HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter tragically went down in the ocean five miles off Honolulu airport during a training flight on September 4, 2008.

His daughter, Adriana Nelson, is an alumna of the Fallen Heroes Scholarship which covered 100 percent of her college expenses, traveled to support Zitta’s final fundraising event and together present Linda Naugle, the Foundation’s Regional Director of Philanthropy, with the $12,000 check.

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Celebrating 50 years of the Coast Guard Foundation

Posted on February 15, 2019

Fifty years ago, in the summer of 1969, the idea to form an independent organization which would support cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy was born.

The seeds for the organization were planted some twenty-five years earlier during World War II. On board the Coast Guard transport HUNTER LIGGETT, a young Coast Guard lieutenant, George Holtzman met two Coast Guard members who would later become his lifelong friends, Samuel J. Silberman (Bud) and Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr.

In 1969, then-retired Captain Holtzman turned to his friends for support when he proposed a plan to help his alma mater, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The school needed support, and Holtzman believed private resources could be cultivated to enrich cadets’ quality of life and enhance academic and athletic programs.

At the first board of directors meeting of the newly incorporated Coast Guard Academy Foundation, forty volunteers from all across the country gathered at the Coast Guard Academy. In addition to the three founders mentioned-Holtzman, Silberman and Dickinson- in attendance were G. William Miller, then-president of Textron and later U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Arnold Sobel, a retired Reserve Coast Guard Rear Admiral, and John Church, then active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and a philanthropist with a strong interest in supporting education.

At the time, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy was a lean institution. Because of the Academy’s size, resources for other than government funding were limited. The Alumni Association could be counted on for its support, but the Academy needed resources for larger projects that could provide additional margin-of-excellence programs for the cadets.

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Fallen Heroes: Foundation providing assistance to families, shipmates

Posted on February 08, 2019

Sadly, last week our Fallen Heroes Fund was activated following the deaths of two U.S. Coast Guard members in unrelated incidents. Seaman Ethan M. Kelch of the Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro on Jan. 27, and Chief Warrant Officer Michael L. Kozloski of the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory on Jan. 31.

The Coast Guard Foundation is working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard to coordinate and provide support to the families and shipmates of both during this difficult time.

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Register now for Run to Remember 2019

Posted on February 06, 2019

Each year the Coast Guard Foundation Run to Remember brings together thousands of people to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country, and together we honor their memory through road races, memorial walks and more.

Last year thousands of men, women and children, both military and civilian, answered the call to honor fallen Coast Guard heroes. And thanks to their outstanding endeavor more than $50,000 was raised for the Coast Guard Foundation’s Fallen Heroes Fund.

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Gov. Shutdown: Thank you

Posted on February 05, 2019

We are honored and humbled by the outpouring of generosity and kindness from so many who were motivated to join the Coast Guard Foundation's mission to help those impacted by the government shutdown.

With your support, we were able to provide over $600,000 to families across the country from Hawaii, Florida, Boston, Alaska and everywhere in between.

We are continuing our work responding to the needs of our U.S. Coast Guard families. Thank you for your support and continued care for the U.S. Coast Guard families who serve us all every day.

Semper Paratus,
Susan P. Ludwig
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Apply Now: 2019 Scholarship Season

Posted on February 01, 2019

The Coast Guard Foundation’s 2019 scholarship season is now open for children of active duty, retired, or active duty reserve U.S. Coast Guard members. Applications can be submitted through March 15 with awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

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Gov. Shutdown: Post-Shutdown Update, Continuing Support

Posted on January 26, 2019

With the news that the partial government shutdown has ended, we stand ready to respond to the short and long term needs of our Coast Guard members. We plan to continue our family morale support program, as Coast Guard members and civilian employees assess their needs and we work to fill in gaps and strengthen their core.

We are honored and humbled by the outpouring of support from so many who were motivated to support the Coast Guard Foundation, their own Coast Guard communities and other Coast Guard-serving organizations.

We are grateful to our partner in providing family morale support -- the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association-- and its branches and members all around the country.

To Coast Guard members and families, we salute you, for your honor, respect and devotion to duty in this uncertain and challenging time. It is our honor, as board members, staff and volunteers, to serve you.

There is more work to be done, and we stand with you, working together.

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Gov. Shutdown: FAQs

Posted on January 24, 2019

What are the details of the grant program?
In response to the partial government shutdown, the Coast Guard Foundation is partnering with the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association (CPOA) to provide $100 one-time grants to U.S. Coast Guard families in need. This is defined as active duty, reserve, and retired Coast Guard members and civilian Coast Guard employees. To begin, each of the nine Coast Guard districts will receive a minimum of $25,000 to support local Coast Guard members. We will share the timeline for further support very soon.

Are there specific eligibility requirements or is the grant program open to everyone in the Coast Guard?
The grants are available to Coast Guard families in need. This is defined as active duty, reserve, and retired Coast Guard members and civilian Coast Guard employees.

How and when can I get a grant from the Coast Guard Foundation and Chief Petty Officers Association?
Each CPOA Chapter and their Coast Guard Enlisted Association (CGEA) branch will reach out to their areas of responsibility and let people know that some assistance is available. Please reach out to that CPOA or CGEA contact and request a grant.

There is no Chapter or Branch associated with my unit. How can I access support?
Please check the list of CPOA and CGEA branches on their websites:
www.uscgcpoa.org/organization/cpoa/cpoa-chapters
www.uscgcpoa.org/organization/cgea/cgea-branches
If there is not a Chapter or Branch nearby, please contact CWO Randy Reid (Ret.) at the CPOA national office for direction and eligibility verification.

Will this grant need to be repaid once federal appropriations resume?
No, this support is a grant/gift from the Coast Guard Foundation and does not need to be repaid.

I am currently deployed away from my family during this shutdown period, but they could use the grant. How can I apply for a grant on their behalf?
Please reach out to your CPOA branch and they will work with you to make the grant available to your spouse in your absence.

Is there Coast Guard Legal guidance on the acceptance of a gift card or gift?
Yes, the Office of the Judge Advocate General, Office of General Law, COMDT (CG-LGL) has issued guidance for gift acceptance during a lapse in appropriations. In general, Coast Guard personnel may accept gift cards or even debit cards directly from a donor who is not a prohibited source and the offer is made to all government employees or similar class and is not based on rank or official responsibility. You may read more detail here: https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/budget/FAQ/#ethicalguidelines.

Does accessing a grant through this offer impact my ability to receive other aid or support during the shutdown?
The Coast Guard Foundation and Chief Petty Officers Association does not consider other support you are receiving in granting you this gift. Please check with other support organizations for their policies and guidelines.

I have more questions about the program. Who can I contact to ask a specific question?
Please email our program staff at the Coast Guard Foundation at shipmate@cgfdn.org or reach out to the CPOA at ExecutiveDirector@uscgcpoa.org and we will gladly discuss the program in more detail. Your communication will remain confidential.

We will update this FAQ reference as questions arise.

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Gov. Shutdown: How you can help

Posted on January 16, 2019

Thank you to all of our supporters who have reached out to offer their assistance to families impacted by the government shutdown. We have remained in contact with U.S. Coast Guard senior leadership regarding the needs of the service during this challenging time.

As the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant wrote yesterday in a statement, this is the first time in our Nation's history that servicemembers in a U.S. Armed Force have not been paid during a lapse in appropriations.

Today, we are sending an initial $250,000 in family support to assist those in need during this time. Help us support as many Coast Guard families as possible — give today so we can rush additional funding to units across the country.

While these funds will not cover the $150 million it takes to fund the service's payroll, we can send our help to those who continue to put their lives on the line every day and serve our nation with pride.

Semper Paratus,
Susan P. Ludwig
President

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USCG Aviation Workout to Remember

Posted on January 02, 2019

On February 28, 2019, men and women from across the country will gather at gyms, parks, air stations and on vessels at sea to pay tribute to fallen heroes as part of this year's USCG Aviation Workout to Remember. Formerly known as ‘The 6535 Memorial Workout’ the event was created as a tribute to the four aviation crew members of CG6535, who were lost in 2012 in Mobile, Alabama. Today the annual event honors all of the lives lost in Coast Guard Aviation.

The Workout to Remember is an event to honor those Coast Guard aviators who have made the ultimate sacrifice and support those that they have left behind. Since 2013, the Workout to Remember has raised more than $10,000 for the Coast Guard Foundation’s Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund.

Over the last seven years the Workout to Remember has become more than just a fitness event. It is now a tradition that challenges us, humbles us, and allows us to dedicate a bit of pain and sweat to honor, respect, and remember those who gave everything they had.

We invite you to join the countless patriots who support our cause by completing the workout on February 28, 2019. We also encourage you to help raise funds by collecting donations, or by purchasing one of our 2019 commemorative t-shirts.

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Holidays 2018: Coast Guard Recipes

Posted on December 03, 2018

We asked a few Coast Guard Culinary Specialists for recipes we could share with our Coast Guard Foundation community during this holiday season.

May you enjoy this food with family and friends!

Culinary Specialist is an enlisted Coast Guard rate and those member who earn this rate serve as active-duty members of the Coast Guard deployed on cutters at sea, and at stations, units, and sectors across the country.

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Recap of the 2018 Houston Awards Dinner

Posted on November 20, 2018

More than a year after Hurricane Harvey made landfall and changed the lives of thousands of people in Texas, the Coast Guard Foundation brought more than 400 people together on November 1, 2018 to recognize and honor the Coast Guard heroes who stood up and responded to the devastation by rescuing more than 11,000 people; assessed and secured ports and waterways; and helped their communities rebuild and restore their homes, schools and businesses in the aftermath of the storm.

Chief Warrant Officer Christian Wilson was recognized for his coordination of the Emergency Operations Center that fielded, prioritized and deployed assets to rescue those in peril. Throughout the course of the event, the Galveston County emergency center fielded over 1,500 calls through the 911 system and organized the rescue of more than 3,000 local citizens. CWO Wilson personally managed over 600 of these cases and was responsible for the rescue of more than 2,400 lives.

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Disaster Relief Update: Hurricane Florence and Michael

Posted on November 06, 2018

We are proud to announce that the Coast Guard families impacted by Hurricane Michael and Florence has received $275,000 through our Disaster Relief and Response Fund. In partnership with the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association (CPOA), more than 100 families have been helped to date with this support covering home repairs, temporary living expenses, household goods and appliances, and insurance deductibles.

Coast Guard members impacted are from the areas impacted the most by the storms – those stationed at the Coast Guard’s Special Missions Training Center at Camp Lejune in North Carolina and those stationed in Panama City, Florida.

To support our Disaster Relief and Response Fund please visit: coastguardfoundation.org/disaster-response

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Coast Guard Sector New York's New Family Meeting Center Dedicated

Posted on November 04, 2018

When New York City became the 25th community to earn the designation of “Coast Guard City” earlier this year, the Coast Guard Foundation joined the celebration by awarding a $10,000 grant to Coast Guard Sector New York, to remodel and refresh its Family Meeting Center at its Staten Island base.

After a summer-long renovation under the careful and creative direction of several Coast Guard spouses and the Sector New York Spouses Club, and other volunteers, the space was re-dedicated in September with a gathering of Coast Guard families and leadership.

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Texas Coast Guard Members to be Honored for Heroism, Mission Excellence

Posted on November 01, 2018

The Coast Guard Foundation will recognize Texas Coast Guard members at our Annual Houston Awards Dinner on November 1, 2018.

CWO Christian Wilson, USCG On the evening of august 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall and devastated southeast Texas with catastrophic flooding. The five-day rain event, which brought a historic 52 inches of rainfall to the Texas coast, inundated the Houston metropolitan area and nearby communities, causing thousands of residents, now victims of inescapable flooding, to seek shelter and rescue from first responders.

CWO Wilson served at the Galveston County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during the storm. Though assigned as a Marine Inspector, he seamlessly transitioned to, and led the coordination of, urban search and rescue (SAR) efforts throughout Galveston County. In this dynamic operation, he utilized assets from the Coast Guard, Galveston County Sheriffs, Texas Search and Rescue, Briar-Reno Fire Department, Texas National Guard and the “Texas Navy.”

Throughout the course of the event, the Galveston County EOC fielded over 1,500 calls through the 911 system and organized the rescue of more than 3,000 local citizens. CWO Wilson personally managed over 600 of these cases and was responsible for the rescue of more than 2,400 lives.

At the onset of the storm, CWO Wilson developed a Quick Response Card for the EOC staff to utilize while fielding calls, ensuring that critical pieces of information were recorded. Gathering this information enabled him the ability to prioritize response efforts and increase efficiency of rescue crews.

Most notably, he quickly took action after receiving a plea for help on his personal phone when a photo of elderly wheelchair bound and medically vulnerable residents trapped in waist-deep water at a nursing home went viral. CWO Wilson dispatched two dump trucks to retrieve 15 elderly residents and their caretakers. As the dump trucks drove down the flooded road leading to the nursing home, they were impeded by the substantial outcry for help from flood-ravaged citizens. Determined to rescue as many people possible, CWO Wilson collaborated with the National Guard to dispatch 22 high-water vehicles to recover over 200 Dickinson residents, thus allowing the dump trucks to proceed to the nursing home.

Because of CWO Wilson’s actions, all 15 residents and three caretakers were safely evacuated from the nursing home and transported to shelters where they received critical medical care. CWO Wilson’s unrelenting efforts throughout Hurricane Harvey were truly life changing to thousands of citizens in the local community. The Coast Guard Foundation is proud to honor CWO Wilson for his outstanding service to our nation. His heroism, bravery, and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.


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Announcement: 2018 Guardian Award To Be Presented In Houston

Posted on October 22, 2018

The Coast Guard Foundation’s annual Houston Awards Dinner will take place on November 1, 2018. At the event, the 2018 Coast Guard Foundation Guardian Award will be presented to Chevron Corporation and be accepted by Michael Wirth, chairman and chief executive officer.

The Coast Guard Foundation’s Guardian Award recognizes individuals, companies and organizations who have provided significant support, or have demonstrated exemplary commitment to the Coast Guard Foundation, U.S. Coast Guard personnel and families, or to other service members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Further, the Foundation considers individuals, companies or organizations that have demonstrated significant support to educational and charitable endeavors that promote awareness of maritime affairs, the marine environment and its protection, maritime history, maritime commerce and other related activities to develop maritime expertise or inspire future generations of maritime service.

Chevron has been a leader in supporting the Coast Guard Foundation’s mission and policies nationwide. For more than 32 years, Chevron’s support has been critical for the Foundation’s education, morale and relief programs. The company has supported programs that promote and encourage diversity, STEM programming and margin of excellence programs at the Coast Guard Academy. In addition, the company has provided significant support for the Foundation’s Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund, which allows the Foundation to give full tuition scholarships to children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Chevron is also a leading investor in the Coast Guard Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund. In one of the greatest times of Coast Guard need in recent memory, Chevron’s contributions allowed the Foundation to provide immediate support to Coast Guard families who were negatively impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

In addition to the Coast Guard Foundation, Chevron supports many other humanitarian causes. In 2017 alone, Chevron donated $400,000 to support Mexico’s earthquake recovery efforts, $1 million to Hurricane Irma relief, and $500,000 for Southern California fire relief efforts. Further, Chevron is a recognized leader in providing jobs to military veterans and will work to ensure that once they join the team, veterans have a career.

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Hurricane Season 2018: Coast Guard family in need of assistance?

Posted on October 12, 2018

We have partnered with the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association (CPOA) to distribute financial relief to Coast Guard families impacted by natural disasters and provide morale support at units that are impacted. If you are need of financial assistance please download this form, send to a Command Master Chief who will inform the CPOA point of contact for review.

The CPOA point of contact for this relief effort is Randy Reid, USCG (Ret.) who can be contacted via e-mail: coastguardcpoa@gmail.com and (703) 941-0395.


About the CPOA:

The Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association is unique among service organizations in that it was created by the Chiefs, of the Chiefs, and for the Chiefs of the United States Coast Guard. The CPOA serve Coast Guard through a united network of over 10,000 members and work to advance the interests of its membership through community service, scholarships and fundraising, and by partnering with military and veterans organizations.

How you can help:

With your help, we can be there for these families like we were through last year’s disastrous hurricane season, and already this year following Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael. We have activated our Disaster Relief and Response Fund to rush assistance to families as soon as possible. Please make your emergency gift now so we may help the families impacted by these disasters.

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Recap of the 38th Annual Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard

Posted on October 11, 2018

Five hundred plus gathered in New York City on October 4 to pay tribute to United States Coast Guard, and their heroism and bravery, in particular in the face of great danger.

The New York event, in its 38th year, is the Coast Guard Foundation’s longest-standing salute.

AST2 Sam Knoeppel, USCG, a rescue swimmer, was honored for his bravery and mission excellence during the 2017 hurricane season, in particular, his actions during Hurricane Harvey, when he was deployed to the Houston-area from Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Florida.

In response to the devastation caused by the storm Petty Officer Knoeppel immediately volunteered to reposition to Houston, Texas to assist with search and rescue efforts. Notably, on August 28, Petty Officer Knoeppel deployed from a helicopter in a 150-foot hover to rescue 27 people from chest deep floodwaters, including young children, elderly citizens and a pregnant woman. The following day, he coordinated two complex hospital-to-hospital transfers of patients in dire need of critical care. In both instances the Petty Officer selflessly placed himself in high-risk environments to physically carry patients on a litter to a suitable landing site for helicopter pickup. For the duration of both flights, he performed lifesaving first aid to the patients who were unconscious and not able to breathe unassisted. With the helicopter unable to land at the receiving hospital, Petty Officer Knoeppel again carried both patients 150 yards through ankle deep mud to awaiting emergency medical teams.

Petty Officer Knoeppel, now stationed in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, proved his skills and training were in demand once again this year when he responded to the hurricane that hit the Carolinas and Georgia. Once again, Petty Officer Knoeppel served bravely and honorably and assisted many residents of the impacted region.

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38th Annual Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard Awardee Announced

Posted on October 01, 2018

The 38th Annual Salute to the United States Coast Guard in New York City on Thursday, October 4, 2018 will honor Petty Officer Samuel Knoeppel for his heroism following Hurricane Harvey in September 2017.

Petty Officer Knoeppel served as a rescue swimmer at Coast Guard Air Station Miami, Florida. In response to the devastation caused by the storm in August 2017, Petty Officer Knoeppel immediately volunteered to reposition to Houston, Texas to assist with search and rescue efforts. Notably, on August 28, Petty Officer Knoeppel deployed from a helicopter in a 150-foot hover to rescue 27 people from chest deep floodwaters, including young children, elderly citizens and a pregnant woman.

The following day, he coordinated two complex hospital-to-hospital transfers of patients in dire need of critical care. In both instances he selflessly placed himself in high-risk environments to physically carry patients on a litter to a suitable landing site for helicopter pickup. For the duration of both flights, he performed lifesaving first aid to the patients who were unconscious and not able to breathe unassisted.

With the helicopter unable to land at the receiving hospital, Petty Officer Knoeppel again carried both patients 150 yards through ankle deep mud to awaiting emergency medical teams.

The Coast Guard Foundation will also recognize International Matex Tank Terminals, a company who has long supported the Foundation’s Scholarship Program, Disaster Relief Fund, special projects at bases and the sailing program at the United States Coast Guard Academy.

The United States Coast Guard Band will perform at the event, as will the United States Coast Guard Academy Glee Club. Admiral Karl Schultz, commandant and Admiral Charles Ray, vice-commandant of the Coast Guard, will attend. Admiral Schultz will deliver keynote remarks. Dinner Co-chairs are Brendan J. Bouchard, Bouchard Transportation and Brian Buckley McAllister, McAllister Towing.

The evening will continue on the tradition of paying tribute to outstanding members of the Coast Guard who have selflessly risked their lives to save others. Hurricane Harvey produced more precipitation than any other tropical cyclone in U.S. history and brought widespread flooding across 28,000 square miles.

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Hurricane Florence: Coast Guard families need us

Posted on September 21, 2018

Yes, I stand with Coast Guard Hurricane Florence responders! Accept my gift to the Disaster Relief and Response Fund today


Friends, since Hurricane Florence made landfall September 14 we have been watching in awe at the Coast Guard’s response... so far these heroes have rescued more than 1,100 people and 400 pets.

Throughout it all, I have been in contact with Coast Guard leadership and today, one week after the hurricane's landfall, I received the awful news that now the rescue efforts are winding down these heroes are returning to their devastated homes – many have lost everything.

We are activating our Disaster Relief and Response Fund to provide assistance to these families. I urge you to donate right away so we may help the Coast Guard families impacted by this disaster.

Semper Paratus,
Susan P. Ludwig
President

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Recap of the 2018 Alaska Awards Dinner

Posted on August 17, 2018

The 2018 Alaska Awards Dinner, held August 14 in Anchorage at the historic Hotel Captain Cook, was at its heart, about “causes bigger than yourself”, as Admiral Karl Schultz so aptly shared during his remarks.

Coast Guard Foundation board member Wally Hickel, Jr., who first founded the Alaska Awards Dinner in 1998, was recognized for his service to the organization and the United States Coast Guard. His two decades of service were acknowledged by many in the room, including Stein Kruse, CEO of Holland America Group.

“Since you started this bi-annual Foundation dinner here in Anchorage, you and your fellow dinner committee members have raised $2 million for the Coast Guard Foundation. You have been unwavering in your commitment to the Foundation and the United States Coast Guard… You have given generously and quite simply put, the Coast Guard Foundation Alaska Awards Dinner would not be possible without you, Wally,” remarked Kruse.

In 2010, Hickel was recognized for his support of Coast Guard service members with a Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award.

After more than 20 years at the helm, Mr. Hickel is stepping aside and Ken Gill, Vice President Matson Alaska will assume the duties of dinner chairman for the next event in 2020.

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Coast Guard Foundation Announces Scholarship Awards For 2018-2019 Academic Year

Posted on August 15, 2018

The Coast Guard Foundation is proud to announce we are awarding a record-breaking 177 new scholarships in 2018. Combined with three multi-year scholarship recipients and two Fallen Heroes Scholars, the Foundation will assist 182 students with $500,000 in support this year.

“I do not know how to fully express my gratitude to you and the Coast Guard Foundation for the impact this scholarship has had on my life,” wrote Jessica Jackson. “I have been able to pay my tuition the past three years without student loans… I am extremely grateful for all the help the Coast Guard Foundation has given me that has allowed me to focus on my studies and my future.”

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Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick to be Recognized for Mission Excellence in Alaska

Posted on August 13, 2018

The Coast Guard Foundation will honor the men and women who serve on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick for outstanding service to the 17th District and our nation at the 2018 Alaska Awards Dinner on August 14.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick and her crew are being honored for their tireless commitment to serve and safeguard the public, protect the environment and defend the Nation’s interest in the Alaska Maritime Region. Throughout 2017, the crew of the John McCormick had an excellent record of accomplishment that promoted the wellbeing of Alaska’s coastline and people.

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Coast Guard Cutter Bruckenthal Commissioned In Honor Of Fallen Hero

Posted on July 27, 2018

The Coast Guard commissioned the 28th Fast Response Cutter into the fleet at a ceremony in Portsmouth, Virginia on July 25. Coast Guard Foundation board member Bob Montgomery presented a $5,000 check to Commanding Officer LT Bryan Kilcoin for the crew to begin their morale and wellness fund.

The cutter is named after Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal, who was mortally wounded during Operation Iraqi Freedom when he thwarted a multi-vessel suicide attack on an oil terminal in the Arabian Gulf in 2004. For his courageous actions, Bruckenthal was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

The Foundation’s Fallen Heroes Fund was established following Bruckenthal’s passing with his widow, Patti, being the first recipient of the Fallen Heroes Scholarship - which covers 100 percent of higher education expenses. With the help of this scholarship, she was able to finish her degree in nursing, a career that was inspired by her late-husband’s life.

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Recap of the 2018 Tribute to the Coast Guard in Our Nation's Capital

Posted on June 08, 2018

The 14th Annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard was held on June 5, 2018 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.  

The event featured keynote remarks from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, Admiral Karl L. Schultz, Commandant, United States Coast Guard, and Admiral Charles W. Ray, Vice Commandant, United States Coast Guard.

“I want to thank everyone here in this room,” said Secretary Spencer. “You are the people who support the men and women of the Coast Guard. Through the tremendous effort that you put forth, you are the light burning on the shore so they can aid those in peril on the sea.”

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Heroes of the Storm To Be Honored in Washington D.C.

Posted on May 24, 2018

The 14th annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard in Our Nation’s Capital will take place on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. The theme for this year’s event is “Heroes of the Storm.” The event will be dedicated to recognizing the Coast Guard heroism during 2017 hurricane rescue, response, and relief efforts - as well as recognizing the Chief Petty Officer’s Association.

Admiral Karl L. Schultz, the current nominee to become the 26th Commandant of the Coast Guard, will deliver keynote remarks. ADM Schultz will assume the duties as Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on June 1, 2018. He previously served from August 2016 to May 2018 as the Commander, Atlantic Area where he was the operational commander for all Coast Guard missions, spanning across five Coast Guard Districts and 40 states.

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Coast Guard Foundation President Visits Puerto Rico

Posted on April 05, 2018

Six months after Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, the final of three back-to-back tropical storms during 2017's historic hurricane season, Coast Guard Foundation President Susan P. Ludwig visited the island to meet the Coast Guard first responders and families to thank them for their incredible service and sacrifice.

Upon arriving on the island Captain Eric King, Commander of Coast Guard Sector San Juan, introduced Susan to the service members whose spouses and children received Coast Guard Foundation support following their evacuation to Florida. During the meeting these heroes told stories of their humanitarian mission on the island during their 12+ hour work days and how they volunteered on their off hours to help those in harms way. Throughout, they also spoke of their relief knowing family members were safe and being taken care of in Florida.

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Recap of the 2018 Tribute to the Eighth Coast Guard District

Posted on March 26, 2018

The first Coast Guard Foundation tribute of 2018 took place on March 2 at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans to celebrate the service’s response to the historic Category 4 Hurricane Harvey. Over six days, the tropical cyclone left thousands stranded in Houston with 27 trillion gallons of rain falling over Texas, making Harvey the wettest Atlantic hurricane ever measured.

Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, Commander of the 8th Coast Guard District, accepted the Coast Guard Foundation award on behalf of the thousands of Coast Guard members from around the country who responded to Harvey.

“Thank you for recognizing this incredible Coast Guard team for what was truly an historic response to a historic Hurricane Harvey,” said RADM Thomas. “For me personally it was awesome to be part of this team that rendered life saving assistance to the citizens of Texas, restored some of our nation’s most critical ports in record time, and mitigated some of the long term environmental impacts of this storm.”

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Coast Guardsman Racing For Fallen Heroes

Posted on March 16, 2018

“I have been running my whole life, I have also been challenging myself to see how far I can push my mind and body as long as I can remember,” says Lieutenant Duane T. Zitta, Command Duty Officer for the 14th Coast Guard District in Hawaii. “It keeps me young and keeps me balanced.”

LT Zitta is a 15-year veteran of the Coast Guard and throughout his career he has displayed his athletic talents representing the service around the country in ultra-marathons, ultra-long distance swims, and ultra-triathlons finishing on numerous podiums as well as being selected as the 2017 Coast Guard Male Elite Athlete of The Year Runner Up.

This year, LT Zitta is competing in 15 ultra-endurance events around Hawaii - with more scheduled to be confirmed soon - including the Honolulu Marathon, KONA Ironman, and Tinman Olympic Triathlon to raise money for the Coast Guard Foundation’s Fallen Heroes Fund.

“I have been involved with the Coast Guard Foundation specifically supporting the Fallen Heroes Fund ever since the string of terrible aviation accidents that plagued us in the mid-2000s,” said LT Zitta. “I was a member of the aviation community and lost some good friends, when I saw how broken and shattered these tragic events left their families I injected myself into the Coast Guard Foundation Run to Remember movement.”

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Ambassador John D. Negroponte to Serve as the 2018 Coast Guard Foundation Hedrick Fellow

Posted on February 28, 2018

Ambassador John D. Negroponte will visit the United States Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 as the 23rd Coast Guard Foundation Hedrick Fellow.

While at the Coast Guard Academy, Ambassador Negroponte will participate in cadet-led academic seminars and attend a dinner in his honor. Ambassador Negroponte will deliver the Coast Guard Foundation Hedrick Fellowship Address to the corps of cadets in the evening of the 28th.

The fellowship program was established at the Coast Guard Foundation by Frank E. and Harriet E. Hedrick in 1982 as a way to bring world-renowned political, military and industry leaders to the United States Coast Guard Academy to share their knowledge and insight with cadets and faculty, providing an opportunity for the Coast Guard’s future leaders to learn from the experiences of America's most distinguished leaders.

Past Hedrick Fellows include William F. Buckley, Jr., former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, former Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor, Warren Burger and Antonin Scalia, former Secretary of State James A. Baker and White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card.

Supporting Coast Guard Academy cadets is an integral part of the Coast Guard Foundation's mission and introducing cadets to prominent leaders is an important step in forming the future officers' leadership skills. The Coast Guard Foundation Hedrick Fellow is a continuing part of that mission.

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Tribute to the Coast Guard's 8th District Awardee Announced

Posted on February 27, 2018

The Coast Guard Foundation will recognize the responders to Hurricane Harvey at this year’s Tribute to the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 storm that hit Texas late August 2017. It caused $125 billion in damage and affected 13 million people from Texas through Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Harvey made landfall three times in six days. Two feet of rain fell in the first 24 hours. At its peak, one third of Houston was underwater with the flood forcing 39,000 people out of their homes and into shelters.

When hurricanes hit, the men and women of the United States Coast Guard drive the boats and man the cutters, fly the aircraft and protect the ports, carry relief and stand the watch, and above all, bring hope to where there is despair and a confidence in the response to the citizens they swore to protect.

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Disaster Relief and Response Update

Posted on February 12, 2018

In the immediate aftermath of the multiple natural disasters in 2017, our Disaster Relief and Response Fund was there to rescue the rescuers. Over 30 days, the United States Coast Guard saved over 12,000 lives and its helicopters and planes flew over 2,400 hours. Throughout this incredible response, many members were personally impacted with these first responders often being the first victims.

During Hurricane Harvey, we worked onsite with the Coast Guard Disaster Response Team to quickly assess and issue support to Coast Guard members in Texas with personal property damage, catastrophic loss, and immediate needs of housing, food and transportation. We engaged the Chief Petty Officer Association on a national level to distribute our initial relief funds within 2 days of requests.

Once Hurricane Irma struck Florida and the Caribbean, and Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico, our response pivoted to assisting Coast Guard families that were evacuated from their homes with limited belongings, to new temporary housing in Florida. Thanks to our generous supporters, these families were met on the tarmac with VISA cards to help cover their immediate needs like clothing, toiletries and family essentials. Some of these evacuees have returned to their homes in Puerto Rico to address their cleanup and rebuilding efforts, while others remain displaced, living in temporary housing, while their Coast Guard spouses are still deployed to the devastated areas.

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Coast Guard Foundation hurricane relief update, Thanksgiving gathering for families

Posted on December 05, 2017

With the holiday season in full swing, we are filled with gratitude and appreciation for you and your support of Coast Guard families impacted by the recent natural disasters through our Disaster Relief and Response Fund.

From the outset, we recognized this is a long-term assistance project. In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we quickly assessed and issued support to Coast Guard members in Texas with personal property damage, catastrophic loss, and immediate needs for housing, food and transportation.

Once Hurricane Irma struck Florida and the Caribbean, and Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico, our response pivoted to assisting Coast Guard families that were evacuated from their homes, to new temporary housing in Florida. While some have returned to their homes and are addressing their cleanup and rebuilding efforts, many more remain displaced, living in temporary housing, while their Coast Guard spouses are still deployed to the hurricane-ravaged areas.

For these families, they have needed to establish a new sense of normalcy; enrolling their children in local schools, establishing support systems for child care, and seeking temporary employment when possible. It has not been an easy task - one Coast Guard spouse who has received our support has a five week old newborn - but as we have come to see with the Coast Guard family, they are resilient and thankful for their safety and security, even in unexpected locations and situations.

For the Thanksgiving holiday, we organized a special gathering for families who are living in temporary housing in a central Florida community so they may still celebrate the holidays as a community.

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Recap of the 2017 Tribute to the Seventh Coast Guard District

Posted on November 30, 2017

The Coast Guard Foundation and its supporters gathered on November 16, 2017, to honor those serving in the Coast Guard’s Seventh District who responded to historic hurricanes and natural disasters during in the last year. In all, the U.S. Coast Guard saved 11,000 lives and over 1,500 pets during Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma.

More than 200 flights were performed by Coast Guard Seventh District heavy lift aircraft bringing in excess of 2.5 million pounds of supplies and assistance to affected areas. More than 20 Coast Guard cutters homeported in the district responded supporting the delivery of generators, medical supplies, food and water, and repairing critical water pumps in isolated regions like Vieques, Puerto Rico.

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Tribute to the Seventh Coast Guard District Awardees Announced

Posted on October 31, 2017

The Coast Guard Foundation will honor Coast Guard members who have responded to hurricanes and natural disasters in the southeast region during in the last year, including the most recent hurricanes - Irma and Maria - at the 2017 Tribute to the Seventh District in Fort Lauderdale on November 16.

Following Hurricane Harvey’s Texas landfall, which called on many Seventh District assets to support the response there, the month of September brought two more hurricanes to the area. Irma and Maria, both category-five hurricanes, did not impact a city or a region, but all of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and the entire state of Florida, as well as coastal regions of Georgia and South Carolina. The storms brought 185 mile-per-hour winds, mass destruction and catastrophic flooding to the area.

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Recap of the 37th Annual Salute to the Coast Guard

Posted on October 31, 2017

The 37th Annual Salute to the Coast Guard was held on October 5, 2017 in New York City, to honor Coast Guard heroics from around the country. The evening honored BM1 Walter Kendall of Coast Guard Station Erie and Coast Guard Auxiliarists Robert & Patti Brody of Coast Guard Station Rochester who received the Foundation’s National Award for Heroism.

BM1 Kendall rescued six people trapped inside a sinking 27-foot boat on Presque Isle Bay in Pennsylvania. Coast Guard Station Erie’s CG-45757 crew responded to the report and during the rescue, two people became trapped inside the cabin.

BM1 Kendall leaped from the bow of the CG-45757 swimming to the nearly submerged vessel and successfully rescued the first of the trapped individuals. Aware that the other person was still inside the vessel without means of escape, he heroically saved her life by reaching inside the vessel’s starboard side window, bracing against the hull, and pulling her through with only seconds to spare before the boat sank.

“To the Coast Guard Foundation, thank you,” said BM1 Kendall receiving his award. “I would also like to thank Coast Guard Station Erie, Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, and most importantly to the crew of the CG-45757 - without them, six lives would not have been saved on July 23, 2016.

“I was just a part of the puzzle that day; I did what I thought was right, I did my job, and there was no way I was going to stand there and watch somebody perish in front of me.”

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37th Annual Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard Awardees Announced

Posted on October 01, 2017

The Coast Guard Foundation has selected BM1 Walter Kendall of Coast Guard Station Erie and Coast Guard Auxiliarists Robert & Patti Brody of Coast Guard Station Rochester to receive the National Award for Heroism at the 37th Annual Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard in New York City on October 5.

At the event, the Foundation will also acknowledge the response and rescue efforts of the service during the last three weeks of hurricane activity in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean.

BM1 Kendall will be honored for his heroic actions in July of last year when he rescued six people trapped inside a sinking 27-foot boat on Presque Isle Bay, Pennsylvania. Coast Guard Station Erie’s CG-45757 crew responded to the report and immediately evacuated four of the six persons onboard. The remaining two people were trapped inside the cabin as the vessel began to sink.

BM1 Kendall leaped from the bow of the CG-45757 swimming to the nearly submerged vessel and successfully rescuing the first of the trapped individuals. Aware that the other person was still inside the vessel without means of escape, he heroically saved her life by reaching inside the vessel’s starboard side window, bracing against the hull, and pulling her through with all his might with only seconds to spare before the boat sank beneath the waves.

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2017 Pacific Northwest Awards Recap

Posted on September 25, 2017

The 2017 Pacific Northwest Awards was held on September 13 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle to honor Coast Guard heroics and mission excellence from throughout Washington and Oregon to Alaska and beyond.

The evening recognized the crew of the Motor Life Boat Invincible of Station Grays Harbor based in Westport, Washington. The evening saw the crew reunited with the man they rescued during a dangerous nighttime rescue in October 2016. For their exceptional courage and skill, BMC Brant Soderlund, BMC Jeremy Culican, BM2 Jacob Hylkema, and MK1 Kevin Trapp received the Coast Guard Foundation Award for Heroic Action.

“Approximately around midnight I was just getting ready to cross the bar, it was so dark I couldn’t see anything, and then the ferocious winds hit disabling my sail,” said Awele Ndili, recalling the rescue. “At that point the Coast Guard team started making their way out, and I can’t tell you how glad I was to see that green and red light coming out of the darkness - I want to thank this team from the very bottom of my heart.”

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Coast Guard Foundation hurricane relief update, matching gift opportunity

Posted on September 20, 2017

A Message from Coast Guard Foundation President, Susan P. Ludwig

Over the last few weeks, I have been working closely with the Coast Guard to assess the immediate needs of our Coast Guard members and their families impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and now Maria.

I’m proud to report that our Disaster Relief and Response Fund has already rushed $275,000 in support to help the Coast Guard families who are suffering the most. But the need is still great, and we are receiving new requests for assistance every day.

To help, generous Coast Guard Foundation supporters Doug and Carolyn Comrie have agreed to match every gift we receive online - up to $50,000 - to assist the Coast Guard Foundation Disaster Relief and Response Fund. To help us get this support to families as soon as possible, the match will apply for donations received between September 22 and October 6.

I would like to thank both Doug and Carolyn for their extraordinary support of the Coast Guard Foundation. Year after year, the Comries have provided direct support to our Coasties with their most critical needs.

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Emergency Support: Help Coast Guard Members Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Posted on August 29, 2017

A Message from Coast Guard Foundation President, Susan P. Ludwig

You’ve seen in the news how Hurricane Harvey has devastated Houston and the surrounding areas.

As we see the hurricane rescue efforts unfold, we bear witness to the skill and expertise of those who serve.  These brave Coast Guard service members are working around the clock in high winds, torrential rains, and flooding conditions to help those in Texas and surrounding areas to higher ground. 

While they are working tirelessly to rescue thousands, for many, their own homes and possessions have been destroyed by the storm.  Your generosity will allow the Coast Guard Foundation to provide immediate emergency support, and long-term relief to these heroic men and women and their families, as the rescue efforts turn to restoration and rebuilding.

To donate to the Disaster Relief and Response Fund and help the Coast Guard Foundation meet the critical needs facing the men and women of the Coast Guard, please visit coastguardfoundation.org/Harvey.

Let us come together to support these brave men and women and their families. I urge you to donate right away so we can provide emergency support to our heroes as soon as possible. Your gift will also help meet other critical needs facing the men and women of the Coast Guard at this time.

Semper Paratus,

Susan P. Ludwig

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Coast Guard Foundation Announces Record Number of Scholarship Awardees

Posted on August 08, 2017

For the 2017/18 academic year, the Coast Guard Foundation is proud to announce a record 166 new scholarship awards to assist Coast Guard families pursue the goal of higher education. Combined with multi-year scholarship recipients and three Fallen Heroes Scholars, the Foundation is supporting 179 students totaling $500,000 this year.

“It is with extreme gratitude that I write to thank you for awarding me the Coast Guard Foundation scholarship - my family and I are eager to see the great opportunities this scholarship will open up for me,” wrote Sidney Jones in a letter to the Foundation. “Thank you for this incredible honor. It is a privilege to be a Coast Guard Foundation scholar.”

Of the new students receiving Coast Guard Foundation scholarship this year, four are class valedictorians and two are salutatorians; 27 had a high school GPA of 4.0 or higher, and one-third are STEM majors.

“The brave men and women of the Coast Guard are the epitome of dedication and commitment,” said Susan Ludwig, president of the Coast Guard Foundation. “Their children have again and again demonstrated that they too hold themselves to that same high standard. We are proud to give back to these young individuals by investing in their future. We believe that it is an investment that will benefit these families and ultimately our country.”

Our scholars represent the Coast Guard in their schools and communities and have all consistently shown the service’s core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty in their pursuit of academic achievements and service to others.

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Foundation Presents $5,000 Morale Gift at Coast Guard Cutter Bailey Barco Commissioning

Posted on June 26, 2017

The Coast Guard commissioned the 22nd fast-response cutter into the fleet at a ceremony in Juneau, Alaska on June 14. Coast Guard Foundation board members Cherrie D. Felder and Robert Montgomery presented the crew with a $5,000 gift for their morale fund during the ceremony.

The Bailey Barco is the second fast response cutter to be commissioning in Alaska this year. Bailey Barco will be harbored in Coast Guard Base Ketchikan alongside the Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick which was commissioned in April.

The 154-foot vessel is designed to patrol coastal regions and features advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment. The Bailey Barco is the latest vessel in the Coast Guard’s continuing fleet modernization efforts and will conduct law enforcement, search and rescue, environmental protection, and homeland security tasks.

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Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly To Keynote DC Tribute

Posted on June 05, 2017

The Coast Guard Foundation is proud to announce Secretary John F. Kelly will deliver keynote remarks at the 13th Annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard in Our Nation’s Capital on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

Secretary John F. Kelly is the fifth and current United States Secretary of Homeland Security. He is a retired United States Marine Corps general and the former commander of United States Southern Command.

Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, currently serving as the 25th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, will also deliver keynote remarks. The event will be hosted by John Roberts, the chief White House correspondent for FOX News Channel and Kyra Phillips, CNN Anchor/Correspondent- Investigative and Documentary News.

This annual tribute in Washington D.C. honors the men and women of the service and raises funds and awareness for the programs and projects of the Coast Guard Foundation. Last year, the Coast Guard Foundation and supporters gathered to honor the Coast Guard and celebrate 100 years of Coast Guard aviation.

The evening’s honored guest was Sergei Sikorsky, son of Igor Sikorsky, the inventor of the practical helicopter, and a World War II Coast Guard veteran. Mr. Sikorsky served in a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter test and development squadron as a helicopter mechanic, and participated in some of the first search and rescue missions.

The Tribute to the United States Coast Guard in Our Nation’s Capital event chairs are Coast Guard Foundation board members Admiral Thad Allen, USCG (Retired) and Ms. Corrine Kosar and will be held at the National Building Museum, 440 G Street NW, Washington, D.C..

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Recap of the 2017 Tribute to the United States Coast Guard in Houston

Posted on May 31, 2017

The second annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard in Houston was held on May 24 to honor Coast Guard heroism in the Lone Star State. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston's Air Station Houston crew CG-6581 received the Coast Guard Foundation Award for rescuing two fishermen whose vessel capsized leaving them stranded in Galveston Bay for more than 60 hours.

The search and rescue operation began on April 25, 2016, with Coast Guard rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, small boat crews and numerous state and local partners involved. During the first aerial search, Air Station Houston crews discovered the men's abandoned fishing boat. Using this navigational data, the watchstanders at Command Center created search points for aerial crews with the fishermen's most likely location.

With this knowledge, CG-6581 launched their MD-65D helicopter in the early morning of April 27 to search for the men. Pilot LT Zachary Gross, Co-Pilot LT Josh Scritchfield, Flight Mechanic AMT2 Nikki Moore, and Rescue Swimmer AST2 Jesse Weaver focused throughout the day to find the men, and before returning to Sector due to low fuel their final aerial search located the two men injured but alive, clinging to the rusty pipes of an old oil wellhead.

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Air Station Houston To Receive Coast Guard Foundation Award

Posted on May 08, 2017

The Coast Guard Foundation has selected Coast Guard Air Station Houston to be honored at the 2017 Tribute to the United States Coast Guard in Houston on May 24.

In the early morning of April 27, 2016, the crew of CGNR 6581 - LT Gross, LT Josh Scritchfield, AMT2 Nikki Moore, and AST2 Jesse Weaver - launched in their MH-65D helicopter to search for two fishermen whose boat was capsized by a large wave.

LT Gross and his crew were performing the final Coast Guard aerial search on this case. The search and rescue operation began two days earlier with Coast Guard rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, as well as Coast Guard small boats and numerous state and local partners engaged in a search for the men.

Finally, on the third day and after severe thunderstorms passed through the area the night before, the crew of CGNR 6581 located the two men injured but alive, clinging to the rusty pipes of an old oil wellhead.

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Coast Guard Aviation Workout To Remember Raises Over $2,000 For Fallen Heroes Fund

Posted on April 05, 2017

The 2017 USCG Aviation Memorial Workout to Remember has raised $2,300 for the Coast Guard Foundation’s Fallen Heroes Fund. Aviation crews from around the country shared their events on social media and raised money through this year's commemorative t-shirt, which featured one star on the back for every fallen Coast Guard aviator.

Formerly known as ‘The 6535 Memorial Workout’ following the tragic loss of four aviation crew members in 2012 from Mobile Bay, Alabama, the annual event now in its fifth-year honors all lives lost in Coast Guard Aviation.

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Foundation Presents $5,000 Morale Gift at Coast Guard Cutter Lawrence Lawson Commissioning

Posted on April 04, 2017

Coast Guard Foundation President Susan P. Ludwig presented the crew of the newly commissioned Coast Guard Cutter Lawrence Lawson with a $5,000 gift for their morale fund during the vessel’s commissioning ceremony in March 2017.

The Lawrence Lawson and crew are homeported in Cape May, where they will perform multiple Coast Guard missions along the Mid-Atlantic coast from New Jersey to North Carolina such as law enforcement, search and rescue, and protecting America’s infrastructure.

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2017 Tribute to the Eighth Coast Guard District Recap

Posted on March 29, 2017

The first Coast Guard Foundation tribute of 2017 took place on March 10 at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans to celebrate today’s Coast Guard heroes in America's Heartland. Coast Guard units that responded to multiple flooding events in 2016 received the Coast Guard Foundation Award.

Ten members from Baton Rouge, New Orleans and the Ohio River Valley represented the Coast Guard’s Western River Flood Punts (WRFP) units and were honored for their heroism and mission excellence.

“2016 was a very big year for our flood punt team. In every case, they sprung into action and saved a lot of lives,” said Rear Admiral David Callahan, commander of the 8th Coast Guard District. "To the flood punt teams, I want to say thank you, we’re proud of you, and we’re proud to call you shipmates," added Callahan.

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Former EPA Chief, Governor of New Jersey To Serve As 2017 Hedrick Fellow

Posted on March 19, 2017

Christine Todd Whitman, who served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the first woman governor of New Jersey, will visit the Coast Guard Academy on March 24 as the Coast Guard Foundation’s 22nd Hedrick Fellow.

The Coast Guard Foundation Hedrick Fellowship is a longstanding tradition of bringing world-renowned political, military and industry leaders to the Coast Guard Academy to share their wisdom with cadets.

Governor Whitman lead the EPA from January of 2001 until June of 2003 and was the 50th Governor of the State of New Jersey from 1994 until 2001. She is president of the energy and environmental consulting firm The Whitman Strategy Group and the author of a New York Times best-seller called It’s My Party Too.

As Governor, Christie Whitman was recognized by the Natural Resources Defense Council as having instituted the most comprehensive beach monitoring system in the nation. As EPA Administrator, she is credited with promoting environmental improvements such as watershed-based water protection policies and implementing landmark brownfields legislation to promote the redevelopment and reuse of previously contaminated industrial sites.

The fellowship program was founded by an endowment from Frank E. and Harriet E. Hedrick in 1982 to bring influential Americans to the Academy in New London, Conn. for the purpose of interacting with cadets and the faculty in both formal academic seminars as well as informal settings.

Past Hedrick Fellows include former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter; former Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia, Sandra Day O'Connor and Warren Burger; former Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper; and former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card.

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Connecticut High School Hockey Team Raise Funds For Fallen Heroes

Posted on February 17, 2017

Guilford High School Ice Hockey Booster Club has donated $2,568 to benefit the Coast Guard Foundation’s Fallen Heroes Fund and Scholarship Fund. The donation was a result of the ice hockey team’s ‘Holiday Hockey Invitational’ hosted on December 27-30 at Yale’s David S. Ingalls Rink in New Haven.

The tournament drew teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine over the multi-day event. In addition to each team’s donation, the booster club collected donations in lieu of game admission fees.

“We chose the Coast Guard Foundation after considering the far-reaching scope of the vital services the Coast Guard provides our shoreline community, state and nation,” said Ralph Russo, the boys’ team coach. “We are more aware and appreciative of these services due to the positive contributions of active and retired Coast Guard members and their families who live in our community.”

Loralyn Cropper, Regional Director of Philanthropy, Northeast, received the donation from Ralph Russo, Boys Ice Hockey Coach, and Kyle Dwyer and Rick Sandella, senior team captains, in a presentation at Guilford High School on February 16.

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Shipmate Fund Upgrades Coast Guard ANT Sabine Gym

Posted on February 08, 2017

Aids to Navigation Team Sabine is located on the Sabine Channel in Southeast Texas on the Texas-Louisiana border and facilitate the transporting of $250 million a day of economic activity.

The crew of 11 service 400 aids to navigation for mariners to safely travel, working tirelessly in all weather conditions ensuring buoys and navigation markers are in proper working order for traffic using the waterways.

Our Shipmate Fund makes a real difference for units like ANT Sabine, providing items that aren't covered under the federal budget for Coast Guard members to promote fitness and morale.

“On behalf of Aids To Navigation Team Sabine please accept my sincere appreciation for the Coast Guard Foundation's generous Shipmate Fund donation,” wrote BM1 Brady Wallner, Executive Petty Officer at Aids to Navigation Sabine, in a letter to the Foundation. “With that donation ANT Sabine was able to purchase a spin bike for our gym. The crew will cherish this bike for years to come and will afford them the opportunity to maintain a happy healthy lifestyle.”

In 2016, the Coast Guard Foundation’s Shipmate Fund provided $680,000 to provide performance-enhancing equipment to keep members ready for their demanding jobs, recreation equipment to enjoy family time, and technology to help with on-the-job learning.

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Coast Guard Foundation Provides Assistance To Fallen Coast Guardsman Family, Shipmates

Posted on February 05, 2017

One of the Coast Guard Foundation's most solemn missions is to provide comfort to family and Coast Guard members who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Sadly, in January 2017 the Foundation’s Fallen Heroes Fund was activated following the death of LTJG Devin Hepner.

LTJG Hepner was from Logan, Utah and based in Astoria, Oregon serving at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River’s Marine Safety Unit Portland. He was attending the Investigating Officer Course at Yorktown Coast Guard Training Center in Virginia when he was found unresponsive in his barracks room and transported by local emergency medical services to Mary Immaculate Hospital where he later died.

To support both members at the Sector and family of LTJG Hepner, the Foundation funded a memorial service at Air Station Astoria so all who knew LTJG Hepner may grieve, and celebrate the life of their colleague.

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Foundation Attends Blackthorn Memorial Service

Posted on February 01, 2017

January 28, 2017, marked the 37th anniversary of the sinking of the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn which claimed the lives of 23 crew members, the Coast Guard’s worst peacetime disaster.

Coast Guard Foundation President Susan P. Ludwig, Regional Director of Philanthropy Brian Overcast, and board members VADM D. Brian Peterman, USCG (Ret.) and VADM Richard D. Herr, USCG (Ret.) were in attendance at the memorial service in St. Petersburg, Florida.

“I was honored to attend the Blackthorn Memorial and pay tribute to the 23 fallen crew members,” said Susan P. Ludwig, president of Coast Guard Foundation. “This annual commemoration is a moving tradition and remembrance to those who lost their lives that day. We will always remember them.”

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Foundation Welcomes Fast Response Cutter Rollin Fritch With $5,000 Morale Gift

Posted on January 05, 2017

Coast Guard Foundation President Susan P. Ludwig presented the crew of the newly commissioned Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch with a $5,000 gift for their morale fund during the vessel’s commissioning ceremony in November, 2016.

The 154-foot fast response cutter (FRC) is the 19th commissioned into the fleet and is based in Cape May, New Jersey - the first FRC stationed outside Florida and Puerto Rico. Fritch’s area of operations includes coastal and inland waters from North Carolina’s southern border to parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and is designed to patrol closer to shore replacing the 1980s-era Island-class 110-foot patrol boats.

The cutter is named after Seaman 1st Class Rollin Fritch, who died Jan. 8, 1945, during a battle off the coast of Luzon in the Philippines. Fritch, a member of a gun crew aboard the USS Callaway, bravely remained at his post as an enemy aircraft collided with the vessel. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal.

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2016 Tribute to the Seventh Coast Guard District Recap

Posted on November 18, 2016

The Coast Guard Foundation and its supporters gathered on November 16, 2016, to honor and celebrate the achievements of those serving in the Coast Guard’s Seventh District - a district which encompasses an area of 1.8 million square miles and shares operational borders with 34 foreign nations and territories.

This evening served as the 23rd annual event and recognized the members from Coast Guard Sector San Juan who received the Coast Guard Foundation Award for rescuing 511 people aboard ferry vessel the Caribbean Fantasy after its engine caught fire.

“In my 25 years associated with the Coast Guard, I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder or more thankful to be associated with the Coast Guard as that day in August when this team came together,” said Captain Robert Warren, Commander of Sector San Juan.

The events that unfolded on August 17 mark the largest Mass Rescue Operation in U.S. waters in 60 years, with Sector San Juan leading the rescue with port and interagency partners. Over the course of several hours, men, women and children embarked life rafts or made a harrowing descent down the vessel’s steep Marine Evacuation Slide to be met by Coast Guard men and women who pulled them to safety.

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Announcement: New President of the Coast Guard Foundation

Posted on November 15, 2016

The Coast Guard Foundation Board of Directors and Trustees has announced that Susan P. Ludwig, the Coast Guard Foundation’s current Director of Regional Philanthropy, Northeast, will assume the duties of President of the Coast Guard Foundation at the beginning of 2017.

The announcement comes after the organization’s Annual Meeting on November 16. Susan will assume her new position in January following Anne B. Brengle’s retirement this December.

“We welcome Susan to this new role as President at the Coast Guard Foundation and look forward to working with her to grow the organization, increase engagement and ultimately impact the men and women of the United States Coast Guard in very real and significant ways,” said Will Jenkins, Coast Guard Foundation board chairman.

With ten years of non-profit fundraising and administration work, coupled with two decades of experience working in corporate sales and product management, Susan is well positioned to lead the organization, its board and staff through a nationwide effort to increase awareness for the Coast Guard and the Foundation and strengthen support for programs that benefit Coast Guard members and their families.

Susan grew up sailing with her father on the Chesapeake Bay, and has seen the Service in action throughout her life. Her family has a proud military history with both her grandfather and father serving in the Navy, and brother serving in the Army.

Susan joined the Coast Guard Foundation staff in 2013 as the primary fundraiser and relationship manager for Coast Guard Foundation programs and investors in the Northeast of the United States.

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Foundation supporter donates yacht to Coast Guard Academy

Posted on November 04, 2016

Long-time Coast Guard Foundation supporter W. Hall Wendel, Jr donated his 42-foot Hinckley Sou’wester ‘Integrity’ for use in the Coast Guard Academy’s Coastal Sail Training Program.

The yacht was donated in honor of his friend and mentor the Honorable G. William Miller. Secretary Miller was a founding director of the Coast Guard Foundation, a Coast Guard Academy alumnus, and served as Federal Reserve Chairman and Treasury Secretary during the President Jimmy Carter administration.

This is the third boat donated by Mr Wendel to the Academy’s waterfront program and sailing team. The Coastal Sail Training Program runs all summer long at the Academy in New London, Connecticut, providing cadets the opportunity to apply hands-on training to the navigation, sailing, seamanship, and small boat operation skills learned in the classroom.

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Foundation Honors Ensign Richard ‘Ricky’ Davies through Fallen Heroes Support

Posted on November 01, 2016

Taking care of Coast Guard families is one of the Coast Guard Foundation’s most solemn, and important tasks. It’s thanks to our supporters that we stand always ready to act in times of tragedy and help families and Coast Guard members grieve without having to worry about the financial burden during these difficult, heart-wrenching situations.

Sadly, this October our Fallen Heroes program was activated to support the family, friends, and shipmates of Ensign Richard ‘Ricky’ Davies.

Davies, 22, was a 2016 Coast Guard Academy graduate who in June reported aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as a Deck Watch Officer.

To honor the life and memory of this dedicated shipmate the Foundation worked closely with the Coast Guard to provide a memorial service at the Academy with a reception, flower arrangements, and airline tickets and buses for Davies’ family and shipmates from the Tahoma to be present.

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Announcement: Admiral Robert E. Kramek Scholarship Fund

Posted on October 24, 2016

The Coast Guard Foundation has established the Admiral Robert E. Kramek Scholarship Fund to honor the service of the 20th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard who passed away October 20, 2016.

Adm. Kramek served as Commandant from 1994 through 1998 and led a storied career of service which began in 1961 when he graduated with honors from the Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.

He was a lifelong learner and attended four graduate schools, including the University of Michigan, John Hopkins University, the University of Alaska, and the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he graduated with highest distinction. His Masters of Science degrees include Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering Management.

To recognize the importance that education played in his life, an initial gift from the Jenkins Gann Foundation has been made in Adm. Kramek’s memory. It will be the Foundations first “needs-based” scholarship open to all children of Coast Guard officers and enlisted members.

Support for education is a cornerstone of the Coast Guard Foundation’s commitment to the men and women of the United States Coast Guard and their families. This is one of the best ways we can thank our brave men and women for their steadfast service to our nation, while also ensuring their children can afford to reach their higher education dreams.

Family members have asked in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Coast Guard Foundation’s Admiral Robert E. Kramek Scholarship Fund through this link.

Gifts in Adm. Kramek’s memory can also be made by mailing: Coast Guard Foundation, 394 Taugwonk Road, Stonington, CT 06378; or by calling (860) 535-0786.

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Retired Coast Guardsman raises $4,000 for Fallen Heroes Fund

Posted on October 23, 2016

On August 20, Coast Guard veteran Lt. Scott White crossed the finish line in his 4,371 mile journey across the country to Bike to Remember the Coast Guard’s fallen heroes.

The Pacific to the Atlantic journey took him off the beaten path through small town America chronicling his ever changing scenery, terrain, and emotions through social media.

Lt. White was “overwhelmed” by the tremendous support he received, including from many still wearing the uniform and also those who have retired and transitioned on to other chapters in their lives. He proudly served in the Coast Guard for 30 years, and having recently retired to civilian life himself, was looking for the opportunity to give back to the Coast Guard community.

“I know that the Coast Guard Foundation is always there to enhance the lives of Coast Guard men and women,” he said. “So being able to contribute to a community, my Coast Guard family, was important to me.”

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Recap of the 36th Annual Salute to the United States Coast Guard

Posted on October 06, 2016

The 36th Annual Salute to the Coast Guard was held on October 6, 2016 in New York City, to honor Coast Guard heroics from around the country. The Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf received the Foundation’s National Award for Heroism with 12 members of the Bertholf representing the crew who were honored for their work interdicting 19 drug-smuggling vessels in some of the most prolific and inherently dangerous counter-drug pursuits in Coast Guard history.

From May 2015 to April 2016, the Bertholf and her detachments completed two deployments to the Eastern Pacific totaling 213 days away from homeport. During these deployments, the team detained 58 suspected narco-traffickers and prevented over 50,700 lbs of narcotics - with a street value of over $806 million - from reaching the United States.

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