US Coast Guard cutter crew aids Palau and FSM


Saipan Tribune
Friday, May 20, 2011

GUAM-While participating in the international fisheries enforcement and training exchange called Exercise Sea Guardian, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Assateague performed community service and provided clothing and book donations to both the Republic of Palau and the state of Yap, one of four states comprising the Federated States of Micronesia.

Upon arriving in Yap, Assateague delivered more than 20 boxes of books, including educational texts, encyclopedias, periodicals, and novels, for donation to the Yap State Public Library. The cutter also transported clothing, building supplies, and children’s toys to missionaries serving in Yap that were supplied by various donors in the vicinity of the Assateague’s home port of Apra Harbor, Guam.

While conducting training and exercises in support of Exercise Sea Guardian, Assateague’s crew also volunteered their time and efforts to support a variety of construction and community improvement projects in Palau, including painting the local high school and constructing stairways for rural recreational spots. Assateague worked closely with members of the Civilian Action Team and Peace Corps on Palau to develop community projects.

Assateague also visited a local Palauan elementary school, where the crew educated students on the missions of the U.S. Coast Guard and planted coconut trees with local school children.

These community outreach visits are part of ongoing efforts by Coast Guard units based in Guam to make positive impacts to the areas they serve. (USCG)

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