Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw takes ESGR employers on familiarization cruise through Straits of Mackinac

Great Lakes Coast Guard News
CHEBOYGAN, Mich. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw hosted military members and employers enrolled in the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve during a familiarization cruise under the Mackinac Bridge and surrounding areas Monday.

Nearly 50 ESGR employers boarded cutter Mackinaw in St. Ignace, Mich., and experienced a two-hour cruise under the bridge and through Round Island Pass before returning to St. Ignace, in order to enhance their understanding of Coast Guard missions and capabilities.

“The crew and I were honored to host these distinguished guests onboard,” said Cmdr. Michael Davanzo, commanding officer of Mackinaw. “We appreciate everything they do for all the armed services — not just the Coast Guard.”

The ESGR is a Department of Defense agency that promotes cooperation and understanding between reserve component servicemembers and their civilian employers and assists in the resolution of conflicts that may arise due to an employee’s military commitments.

To learn more about the ESGR, visit www.esgr.mil.

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Members of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve are given a tour of the bridge of Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw as the crew breaks ice during a familiarization cruise under the Mackinac Bridge and on the Straits of Mackinac, Feb. 4, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Erin Nolan

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Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Justin Glassey describes the diesel generators onboard Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw to members of the Indiana National Guard during a familiarization cruise for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve under the Mackinac Bridge and on the Straits of Mackinac, Feb. 4, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Erin Nolan

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  1. Paul Ryan says:

    FANTASTIC story about a FANTASTIC day! USCG has been an outstanding partner with Michigan ESGR for many years. WELL DONE to CDR Davanzo and the entire crew of MACKINAW. Professionalism and hospitality toward ESGR’s guests (from Michigan and Indiana) were present in abundance.

    Paul Ryan
    CAPT, US Navy Reserve (Ret)
    State Chair, Michigan ESGR