By Jeff Brown
The RCM Military Service Support Committee would like to bring Rotarians’ attention to the commissioning of the USS Milwaukee taking place on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the Milwaukee County Veterans Park on the beautiful downtown Milwaukee waterfront. The ceremony is open to the public, however, admission tickets are required. Tickets are available on the USS Milwaukee Commissioning website at www.ussmilwaukeelcs5.org.
The USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) will arrive a week before its commissioning and be will be moored a short distance from the home of the RCM at the Milwaukee War Memorial. This will be the first commissioning of a U.S. Navy warship in the Great Lakes since 2008 and will make the USS Milwaukee the only U.S. Navy warship ever commissioned in her namesake city, in the state she was built. Not only was the ship built in Wisconsin, the two diesel power plants that are a part of the ships propulsion system are built by Fairbanks Morse Engine based in Beloit as well. That is something for all Wisconsinites to be very proud of.
The Military Service Support Committee members would like to encourage you to participate by coming out to see this historic event. The RCM Community Trust made a contribution $5,000 for the commission ceremony of the USS Milwaukee.