Los Angeles, July 13 – Michael Reagan, eldest son of President Ronald Reagan, will be aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) on Monday, July 16, in Bremerton, Wash. Michael Reagan will join members of the Reagan Legacy Foundation and the Santa Barbara Navy League to present sailors with scholarship awards. He will also speak to hundreds of sailors in an “All Hands” gathering.
The ship left its homeport of San Diego in January for a yearlong scheduled maintenance in Bremerton.
“ I am always honored to be with the men and women serving our nation aboard USS Ronald Reagan,” said Michael Reagan. “I am especially proud of their performance during their most recent deployment where USS Ronald Reagan led one of the largest humanitarian efforts in history as the first responder to the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011.”
USS Ronald Reagan was enroute to Busan, Korea, when it was redirected to Japan. USS Ronald Reagan flew more than 350 missions, delivering more than 300,000 pounds of supplies and food to 55 separate locations in support of Operation Tomodachi.
Michael Reagan is founder and chairman of the Reagan Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to advance the causes President Reagan held dear and to memorialize the accomplishments of his presidency. The Reagan Legacy Foundation honors those that serve aboard aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan by offering scholarships for sailors and airmen and their family members. The organization also leads a global initiative to educate youth about the vital role Ronald Reagan played in the fall of communism and the spread of democracy throughout the world. Projects
include a permanent Ronald Reagan exhibit at the Checkpoint Charlie Museum in Berlin and the Liberty Education Tours, a student exchange program offering future leaders tangible education in the principles of liberty as they study the words and actions of President Reagan and other great leaders while visiting sites significant in the history of freedom in the United States and abroad.
The Foundation also supports institutions and non-profit organizations that conduct education and research on the presidency of Ronald Reagan such as the Young America’s Foundation “Reagan Ranch Project” and the Ronald W. Reagan Leadership Program and museum at Eureka College, the President’s alma mater.
The Santa Barbara Navy League is a non-profit organization that provides moral support, recognition and family support to personnel in the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and the U.S.- Flag Merchant Marine. The Santa Barbara Navy League “adopted” USS Ronald Reagan.