CGC Sycamore crew lends a hand in Yakutat

CGC Sycamore crew members clear brush for a children's playground in Yaktutat, Alaska.

CGC Sycamore crew members clear brush for a children’s playground in Yaktutat, Alaska.

On March 10, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore assisted the community of Yakutat with clearing brush for over three hours to help make way for a new children’s playground.

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Brandt, head of the Sycamore’s deck department, helped organize the cutter’s participation in the event and coordinated the community project with Martha Indreland, the assistant finance director of Yakutat.

“It was a great example of interagency cooperation, and a fun way to meet the people that we serve,” Brandt said. “In three short hours we were able to clear land for a playground, build a relationship with the community, and spend time with generous, kind people.”

After the work was complete, the crew and community of Yakutat enjoyed a potluck-style barbeque dinner.

The Sycamore was open for tours throughout the day, and welcomed a group of elementary school students aboard along with numerous local residents. The community outreach project was highly successful and paved the way for future events involving the Sycamore crew and the Yakutat community.

The Sycamore is a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender homeported in Cordova. The cutter’s crew performs aids to navigation, search and rescue, and maritime environmental protection missions throughout the vast Alaska waterways.

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