First Lady Michelle Obama (center) with Copngresswoman Barbara Lee (left) and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan.
First lady Michelle Obama was at Coast Guard Island in Alameda Saturday morning at what was a wet and windy ceremony to formally commission the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton into active duty.
Along with Coast Guard officials, the first lady addressed a soaked and shivering crowd of a few hundred people as they huddled before the 418-foot ship.
“You are all troopers,” Obama said to the crowd before expressing her thanks to the Coast Guard members and their families.
The first lady also spoke of the ship’s namesake, Capt. Dorothy Stratton, who served as the director of the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve during WWII and oversaw 10,000 enlisted members and 1,000 officers, Coast Guard officials said.