Coast Guard says thank you with rare open house

Carmen Jaramillo
cjaramillo@ptleader.com
Posted 7/3/19
The local branch of the U.S. Coast Guard will be opening up its 87-foot cutter Osprey for tours this 4th of July.

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Coast Guard says thank you with rare open house

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The local branch of the U.S. Coast Guard will be opening up its 87-foot cutter Osprey for tours this 4th of July. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., community members can visit the boat at the Benedict Street dock behind the Harborside Inn, to learn about what the Coast Guard does, tour the boat and meet the local crew. Executive Petty Officer Kyle Wood said after speaking with many people around town, he realized that many people did not have a clear understanding of the Coast Guard’s role. He said not only is this event meant to help people better understand the Coast Guard, but it is also a “thank you” of sorts to the Jefferson County community. When the U.S. government shut down for 35 days from December to February this past year, many federal employees, including members of the Coast Guard, had to continue working without pay. This put a significant amount of stress on local crew members, Wood said, and without any prompting community members began to drop off donations of food, household supplies and hygiene products to help make ends meet. “It was humbling,” Engineering Petty Officer John Webber said. “You could just feel it, that the community was behind us,” Wood said. “We felt like we needed to do something to show our appreciation.”

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Bill Wise
Thank you to Master Chief Officer in Charge Mike Jennings and the entire crew of the USCGC Osprey for holding an open house on this Fourth of July. I had a chance to talk with some of the crew members - what a delight - great way to celebrate the Fourth. From what I observed this event was enjoyed by the entire spectrum of our community. Congratulations and a job well done. Thank you to the crew taking your Fourth and connecting with the community.
Friday, July 5
Robert Hancok
The Master Chief, Mike Jennings, XO, Kyle Wood, EO, John Webber and the rest of the crew of Osprey provided an excellent example of the finest vessels of the US Coast Guard at the 4th of July Open House. I am sure that they keep that vessel in Full Mission Readiness at all times but it still was a truly remarkable and Inspection Ready vessel that they presented to the community of Port Townsend. Every where I looked I kept seeing my face reflected back at me. It not only shined it truly is a functioning machine and I was duly impressed. As the tours progressed I met the most knowledgeable Petty Officers and they obviously are proud of their profession. These men and women although relatively young present such a worldly and professional demeanor. I am glad they are taking care of us. After the tour the "Chef" of the Osprey along with some help from the Coast Guard Auxiliary that was there, provided a great treat of Hamburgers and Hot Dogs and Sodas. I overheard many conversations of the folks that had enjoyed the tour and I must say that they really enjoyed the great "pay back" to the community provided by "Osprey". Thank you.
| Friday, July 5