Cape May Coast Guard units host area dignitaries

Congressman Jefferson Van Drew stands on the stern of a Station Cape May small boat while receiving a tour of Training Center Cape May, April 12, 2019. Official U.S. Coast Guard photos by Seaman Isaac Cross

Congressman Jefferson Van Drew stands on the stern of a Station Cape May small boat while receiving a tour of Training Center Cape May, April 12, 2019.  Official U.S. Coast Guard photos by Seaman Isaac Cross

CAPE MAY, N.J. – New Jersey Rep. Jefferson Van Drew, Assemblyman R. Bruce Land, and approximately 20 veterans and members of the Atlantic County Veterans Advisory Board received a tour of U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, Coast Guard Station Cape May, and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch, Saturday.

Members from Training Center Cape May, Station Cape May, Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch, and Auxiliarists from Flotilla 8-2 provided an in-depth tour covering topics ranging from Coast Guard history to current missions.

“The Atlantic County Veterans Advisory Board is beyond grateful for the opportunity to learn about, and observe, the most unique branch of the military and the heroes that contribute to our economic, national, and border security,” said Michael Schenck, a member of the ACVAB. “Furthermore, we are greatly honored that Congressman Van Drew is attending. He is a great friend to the participants on this trip; veterans, family members of veterans, and future veterans.”

“We are proud to have had the opportunity to showcase Coast Guard Training Center Cape May and the various operational units stationed here to Congressman Van Drew and the veterans who attended the tour,” said Capt. Owen Gibbons, commanding officer of Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. “The congressman’s advocacy at the highest levels of government is incredibly important to maintaining a ready, relevant and responsive service.”

Van Drew has been serving as the U.S. Representative for New Jersey’s 2nd congressional district since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the New Jersey State Senator from the 1st Legislative District from 2008 to 2018.

Land has been a representative of the 1st Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly since he was sworn into office on January 12, 2016.

The ACVAB, which consists of members from Atlantic County and veterans themselves, helps to ensure that county governments remain responsive to the needs of veterans and their families.


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