Saluting the family heroes – our military children

11th Coast Guard District NewsALAMEDA, Calif. — In true military tradition of promoting family values, Coast Guard Base Alameda celebrated the Month of the Military Child Friday by hosting family-friendly festivities in the Emlen Tunnell Gymnasium and surrounding area. Children were entertained with fun-filled activities such as face painting, bounce houses, games, live music and a petting zoo.

“Our families, our children, make the greatest sacrifices and are our true heroes; they serve too,” said Capt. Gary Spenik, Base Alameda Commanding Officer. “I’m glad this opportunity is set aside to honor them and their selfless contributions to our missions. We want our precious children to feel loved and appreciated for what they do best—being our family cheerleaders!”

April is the Month of the Military Child, which was originally established in 1986 by then Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. This month-long occasion recognizes the important role military children play in the lives of its members and the courage and sacrifices they must make growing up in a dynamic military household.

There are more than 1.2 million military children, with either one or both parents in service, who must endure the same aspects of military life as their parents. Despite frequent moves, parental deployments, and adjusting to make new friends, military children with strong ties to their community have learned to gain strength and thrive in spite of these challenges.

Base Alameda, as part of a larger Bay Area presence for the Coast Guard, hosts several shore and cutter-based commands including the newest cutters Bertholf, Waesche and Stratton and is the base operations for the 11th Coast Guard District and the Coast Guard Pacific Area command. More than 4,000 Coast Guard members and their families call the Bay Area home.

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