Celebration held to recognize Camden County’s designation as nation’s first Coast Guard Community

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KINGS BAY, Ga. – Members of the Camden County, Ga., community and the Coast Guard came together Friday to recognize and celebrate Camden County’s official designation as the nation’s first Coast Guard Community.

The Coast Guard Cities program allows the Coast Guard to formally recognize those cities which have made special efforts to acknowledge the professional work of the Coast Guard men and women assigned to their area and have made Coast Guardsmen and their families feel at home in their home away from home.

Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey Fallon, a Coast Guard K-9 handler, works with his dog during a K-9 demonstration at a luncheon in Kings Bay, Ga., Friday, April 25, 2014 to recognize and celebrate Camden County's official designation as the nation's first Coast Guard Community. Coast Guardsmen from Maritime Force Protection Unit Kings Bay and Maritime Safety and Security Team Kings Bay, the two Coast Guard units in Camden County, provided demonstrations for luncheon attendees. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)

Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey Fallon, a Coast Guard K-9 handler, works with his dog during a K-9 demonstration at a luncheon in Kings Bay, Ga., Friday, April 25, 2014 Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen

While 15 other cities have been designated by Congress as Coast Guard cities, Camden County is the first county to be named a Coast Guard Community. Camden County comprises Kingsland, Ga.; Kings Bay, Ga., and Woodbine, Ga., and is home to Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit Kings Bay and Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Kings Bay.

The Camden Partnership hosted a luncheon at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, during which the Coast Guard proclamation was read and presented. A Camden County Coast Guard Community Celebration Day proclamation was also read, designating May 17, 2014, as Coast Guard Community Celebration Day for all of Camden County.

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