From our family, to yours, happy holidays! As we close 2012, we'd like to thank our amazing community for all their support to the Coast Guard Foundation this past year. We are extremely lucky to have you!
Unfortunately, we lost several Coast Guard personnel this past year. Their sacrifice reminds us the dangers of the Coast Guard's mission, and how the Foundation acts as a lifeline in these difficult times. We are proud to support the families of these heroes in their most trying moments.
Six of the eight planned Leadership 44 training vessels have been delivered to the Coast Guard Academy, with the additional two scheduled to be finished early in 2013. We also funded more than $300,000 in Shipmate Fund projects across the country, as well as many other accomplishments, which you'll find below.
Some additional highlights from 2012:
- Awarded 77 college scholarships worth $211,000 to children of enlisted Coast Guard members.
- Distributed more than 800 grants to enlisted members pursuing college or advanced degrees while serving in the Coast Guard.
- Provided 47 education grants to husbands and wives of enlisted members who are aiming to better themselves through higher education.
- Update 80 libraries on-board long distance cutters through our Books for Boats program
- Constructed a playground in Portsmouth, Virginia so that families stationed there would have a safe place for their kids to play (official dedication coming in March 2013).
- Reconstructed the tennis court at Air Station Cape Cod for members there to have an outdoor area for fitness
- Provided pre-paid calling cards for Coast Guard members stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba so the crew members there can call home to their families
- Raised vital funds to provide relief to family members of the Crew of CG-6535, which was lost in Mobile, Alabama, which allowed family members to travel long distances to attend memorial services for their fallen loved ones.
- Supported memorial services at the Air Training Center in Mobile for the Crew of CG-6535, Air Station Kodiak and most recently, for Senior Chief Terrell Horne in California.
- Sent more than 600 holiday cards to Coast Guard members serving overseas.
- Provided Christmas stockings for new recruits who will spend the holiday at basic training in Cape May, New Jersey.
The holiday card project was a lot of fun for everyone involved. Cards and notes came from near and far- preschoolers at the Family Development Center at the Coast Guard Academy, cadets at the Academy, Coast Guard members and families, auxiliarists, high school kids and ordinary everyday Americans, who wanted to show their support at the holidays. We've received notice that the cards were in hand and being distributed to those stationed so very far from home this time of year.
I look forward to continuing to grow the Foundation's support for the men and women of the Coast Guard. From all of us here at the Foundation, I wish you happy holidays, and a healthy, happy new year.
Anne B. Brengle, President