Coast Guard: 100th Anniversary Tours and Family Benefits

US Coast Guard Cutter Tampa will be in the Port of Tampa this weekend to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

The 100th Anniversary of the Coast Guard Cutter TAMPA will be celebrated in Tampa with public tours of the vessel Saturday.

The first USCGC TAMPA was launched in 1912 and then based in Gibraltar during World War I. While escorting a convoy in the Bristol Channel on September 26, 1918, the TAMPA was sunk. There were no survivors: 111 Coast Guardsmen, 4 Navy men, a captain and ten seamen of the Royal British Navy, and five civil employees, a total of 131 persons, lost their lives according to the USCGC TAMPA History.

The crew of the fourth Coast Guard Cutter Tampa is based in Portsmouth, Va. However, they’re bringing the cutter to Tampa for the 100th anniversary celebration.

WHO: Crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa.

WHAT: Will host public tours.

WHEN: Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Tampa Port Authority, berth 269, cruise terminal three, 815 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Fla., 33602.

When it comes to military families, the Joining Forces folks want to make sure Coast Guard spouses understand the benefits and resources available according to an article by Military Homefront:

One example of this innovative approach targets families who do not have access to a military child development center. In this case, the Coast Guard provides a child care subsidy to families so they can use child care in their local area. Within the past year, the Coast Guard child care subsidy program was expanded to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for Coast Guard families. Now, more than 550 Coast Guard families nationwide participate in the subsidy program, a 40 percent expansion since 2011.

You can read more about the White House Joining Forces initiative and focus on Coast Guard families HERE.

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