Broward Council Members and Friends
Soon we will be getting back to our regular schedules with schools starting and vacations over. It has been a hot summer, as usual, and we face a couple more months of this heat before temperatures begin to fall. While cooler temperatures would be welcome here, the Navy League and the Coast Guard are looking at much colder conditions-those in the Artic. China and Russia are also focusing on the Artic and both are adding to their fleets of ice breakers. The US has one ice breaker, the 42 year old Polar Star, which is well past retirement. Congress is being asked to approve $750M for a new replacement. Additionally, a request for new ship procurement and readiness of $26.6 billion needs approval. This will increase our fleet of ships to 355. Additional ships are much needed to maintain not only peace but to insure open and safe waters for commerce.
Happy Birthday to the US Coast Guard on August 4th and to the Marine Corps Reserve on August 19th.
It has been our pleasure to attend a number of Coast Guard events this summer from recognizing EPOQs to changes in commands and a retirement. Also, thanks to Glenn Wiltshire for collecting and delivering school supplies from Dollar Tree stores for distribution to the Coast Guard.
Our next dinner meeting will be in September. It will be a joint council meeting with the Fort Lauderdale Council. This event will focus on the Sea Cadets and the activities they participated in during the summer. This is always a favorite program and you won’t want to miss it.
See you then.
Larry M. Ott