On Wednesday, February 3rd, a VFW Post 3137 contingency of Comrades and Auxiliary boarded the USCGC James in Charleston to award the officers and crew the Adopt-A-Unit program certificate. At full muster of the Helo-Deck, Commander Rex Brown addressed the crew and presented the certificate to Commanding Officer, Captain Todd Vance and OSCS, Senior Chief Michael McCandless. Also present to escort VFW members and provide a lunch and tour of the James was the Executive Officer, Commander Jacob Cass and Lt. Robert Sherwood.
Pictured: Commanding Officer-Captain Todd Vance, Commander Rex Brown, OSCS-Senior Chief Michael McCandless
The program with our post encourages participation with the James for Welcome Home, Deployments, Yellow Ribbon, Family Days, Community Events, Dinner/Picnics, Holiday Parties, Meetings/Briefings, Funeral/Memorial Services and more. All James personnel as active-duty were encouraged to take advantage of visiting our post and become active members in our proud tradition.
Pictured: Sr. Vice Commander Al Lowry, Auxiliary President Lynn Holgate, Commander Rex Brown, Auxiliary Trustee Martha Brown, Quartermaster Dennis Hamilton, Auxiliary Historian Ed Balasia.
“in accordance with the Adopt-A-Unit program of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. This certificate, along with assistance and support is given to the officers, noncommissioned officers, and enlisted men and women of Coast Guard Cutter James, to show concern, gratitude and admiration felt for those serving our great nation.”