First Lady visits South Mississippi today

PASCAGOULA, MS

America’s first lady will be in South Mississippi later this morning. Michelle Obama will participate in the christening of the Coast Guard National Security Cutter Stratton at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Pascagoula.

The christening will mark a historic day where the legacy of the first female Guardians, the SPARs, is honored and remembered. Named for Captain Dorothy Stratton (1899-2006), the cutter honors her contributions not only as the first woman accepted in to the Coast Guard in 1942, but also, as a trailblazer for all future female Guardians to come.

Stratton, known for coining the name SPARs, led the 10,000 enlisted women and 1,000 commissioned officers that made up the SPARs during World War II.

“I am honored to serve as sponsor of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, named after one of the most extraordinary women to serve our nation in uniform,” said the First Lady during the keel laying ceremony almost one year ago to the day.

This will be Mrs. Obama’s second visit to our state since her husband became president. She was in Jackson last March to promote her Let’s Move Campaign that targets childhood obesity.

Trang Pham Bui will cover the First Lady’s visit to our community and will have that story for you later today on wlox.com and WLOX News.

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