Friday, March 15 was a banner day for Coast Guard families at Base Portsmouth in Virginia, where the Coast Guard Foundation dedicated a brand new playground.
Foundation President Anne Brengle was joined by Captain Joel Dolbech, commanding officer of Base Portsmouth, RADM Stephen Ratti, commander of the 5th Coast Guard District, and RADM Richard T. Gromlich, director of operational logistics, to officially dedicate the playground.
The playground project is a great example of how the Foundation helps Coast Guard families in real ways.
"My own kids are grown now, but it seems like just yesterday we were meeting friends at our local park," Brengle. "It was how we established roots in town, and how we developed lifelong friendships, and my wish for all of you is that this playground, can give each and every one of you a safe, welcoming place to form a community and develop those same important life-long relationships. "
The playground equipment was generously funded by a grant from Lockheed Martin Corporation. The playground is not the only project the Foundation has contributed to the base either. Nearby the new equipment stands a softball field that the Coast Guard Foundation built in the early 2000's. Now, families who are watching a game can keep their kids busy on the playground.
"Thank you to Lockheed Martin for being with us to dedicate the playground equipment. Thank you for your commitment to the Coast Guard Foundation, and the members of the service. You've been long-time supporters of the Foundation, and we are so very thankful to you for making this playground possible," said Brengle.
"The dedication was capped off with Base Portsmouth children testing out the new slide, bars and rock climber and cake and refreshments for all.