6-21-13

FRA Hosts Coast Guard Caucus Event

FRA hosted its 15th annual Coast Guard Caucus Breakfast this week, an event designed to expand awareness of the Coast Guard’s remarkable service to our nation and promote dialogue between members of Congress and key Coast Guard leaders.

The Caucus is a bipartisan group of 78 lawmakers who share a common interest in the Coast Guard, co-chaired by Representatives Howard Coble (N.C.), the only USCG veteran serving in Congress; Frank LoBiondo (N.J.), Rick Larsen (Wash.) and Joe Courtney (Conn.).  Other lawmakers in attendance included Representatives John Garamendi (Calif.), who is the Ranking Member of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee; Rob Wittman (Va.) and Delegate Donna M.C. Christensen (Virgin Islands), who all praised the versatile, multi-mission service of USCG. FRA PNP Jeff Gilmartin and East Coast Regional President Don Hoover also attended the event.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (MCPOCG) Michael Leavitt introduced Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Bob Papp at the Capitol Hill event, who reminded lawmakers and staff members of the challenges facing the service. Papp acknowledged FRA’s long-standing and strong commitment to the Coast Guard and thanked NED Joe Barnes for his role in helping establish and sustain the Coast Guard Caucus Breakfast. Papp and Rep. Joe Courtney provided a brief update on the planned construction of the U.S. Coast Guard Museum in New London, Conn., and the Commandant also thanked the CPO community for their successful fundraising efforts to refurbish the 85-year old Coast Guard Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery.