Coast Guard Cutter Reliance Supports Canadian Infantryman

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – A Canadian soldier in Afghanistan, supporting the Global War Against Terrorism, received words of encouragement from U.S. Coast Guard Cutter RELIANCE crewmembers today.

RELIANCE, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, N.H., shipped a retired Coast Guard ensign signed by members of its crew to Canadian Infantryman James Thamer serving in Afghanistan.

RELIANCE’s crew sent the ensign to Master Chief Kozeluh, who solicited Coast Guard cutters for their support for service members deployed overseas. Kozeluh started the program after he shipped an ensign signed by members of his command to his stepson, who is currently serving in Iraq.

The donated ensign had been flown during the course of two law enforcement patrols. The patrols encompassed a wide-range of missions from alien-migrant interdiction operations and counter-narcotics enforcement in the Florida Straits to Living Marine Resource and Maritime Homeland Security off the coast of New England.

The ensign, a time honored symbol of the Coast Guard’s authority to conduct law enforcement at sea, flies proudly above every Coast Guard vessel that has performed these duties since 1790.

Master Chief Kozeluh presents RELIANCE’s Coast Guard ensign to Commander Joint Task Force Atlantic, Rear Admiral Dean McFadden before sending it to a Canadian troop in Afghanistan.

Master Chief Kozeluh presents RELIANCE’s Coast Guard ensign to Commander Joint Task Force Atlantic, Rear Admiral Dean McFadden before sending it to a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan.

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