For immediate release
February 6, 2019
Lockheed Martin Commits $1 Million to Future National Coast Guard Museum
Industry-leading gift honors longstanding partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard
New London, CT – The National Coast Guard Museum Association announced today it has received a generous pledge of $1 million from Lockheed Martin. The commitment for museum support is the largest to date from the defense industry and will name the Lockheed Martin Saving Lives by Air Gallery. Lockheed Martin has an extraordinary history of supporting the armed services and recognizing their critical role to our Nation.
“The National Coast Guard Museum will inspire young visitors to become our nation’s next problem solvers, innovators, and critical thinkers,” said Capt. Wes Pulver (USCG, Ret.), Museum Association President. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Lockheed Martin on this project that will bring to life the centuries of devotion and sacrifice by Coast Guard women and men, and highlight the innovation and technology that the Coast Guard has developed with industry partners like Lockheed Martin.”
The Museum Association continues to raise funds to establish a digital-age Museum and a waterfront centerpiece in New London, CT adjacent to Amtrak and the ferries along with the future home port of the USCGC EAGLE. The Museum is being designed for Pre-K through Adult audiences with a STEM Discovery Center, multiple exhibit floors and gathering spaces. In 2018, the Museum Association marked its most successful private fundraising year to date, bringing the total amount committed to over $42 million including this gift from Lockheed Martin.
Dale Bennett, executive vice president of Rotary and Mission Systems for Lockheed Martin described the company’s motivation to support the Museum, “Lockheed Martin is humbled to join in recognizing the unsung service of Coast Guard men and women. Our deep investment in helping the U.S. Coast Guard to remain the best in the world is illustrated in this commitment to help bring the National Coast Guard Museum to fruition.”
Nearby the site of the museum, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, developed the HH-60 Jayhawk operated by the U.S. Coast Guard for missions such as search and rescue. With more than 6,400 employees in the area, Sikorsky develops and produces helicopters for the U.S. armed forces and allies around the world as well as commercial helicopters for operators worldwide.
The National Coast Guard Museum will honor and reveal the significance, history, culture, heroism and values of the United States Coast Guard while motivating a new generation of leaders to serve our Nation. The Museum will be a hub of experiential learning that will focus on the remarkable history of the Coast Guard woven into five engaging themed storylines: Defenders of the Nation, Enforcers on the Seas, Lifesavers Around the Globe, Protectors of the Environment, and Champions of Commerce.
About the National Coast Guard Museum Association
The National Coast Guard Museum Association is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charitable organization with a mission to establish the future National Coast Guard Museum, which will educate, engage and inspire visitors by honoring the courage and skill of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard through a variety of artifacts, exhibits, interactive experiences, and educational programs designed to their accomplishments in the past, present and future.
About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 105,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.