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The Coast Guard Foundation will hold its annual Tribute to the Eighth Coast Guard District Friday at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
The foundation will recognize units that responded to flooding in West Virginia, Baton Rouge, La., and as a result of Hurricane Matthew in June, August and October 2016, respectively.
Ten members from Baton Rouge, New Orleans and the Ohio River Valley will represent the units at the event. It will feature foundation board member and retired Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen as master of ceremonies.
Keynote remarks will be provided by Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, commandant of the Coast Guard, and Adm. Charles Michel, vice commandant. RADM David Callahan, commander of the Eight Coast Guard District, also will attend.
Since the Great Flood of 1993, Coast Guard sectors along the Western Rivers have developed flood response capability in the form of the Western River Flood Punts. The units consist of small, flat-bottomed boats capable of shallow-water rescues, especially in urban environments.
The foundation said the teams played an integral role during Hurricane Katrina, saving more than 13,000 lives. The flood punts continue to provide critical search-and-rescue capabilities during urban and inland flooding responses. Most recently, the teams provided on-scene support to local law enforcement and conducted numerous rescues.
“The brave men and women of the United States Coast Guard volunteer to put themselves in harm’s way to ensure the safety of others,” Coast Guard Foundation president Susan Ludwig said in a statement.
“Often it goes unnoticed that these individuals live in the area and their families are equally affected by the natural disasters that they are responding to. We are awed by the professionalism and dedication they display in the face of physical and emotional danger. It is our goal to give back to them in their time of need, and we are honored to recognize their sacrifice.”
The foundation supported Coast Guard families affected by the Louisiana floods with more than $75,000 in direct support through a partnership with the Chief Petty Officers Association, providing financial relief for individual families and morale support to units that responded to the floods.