Heartland Unit Highlight: Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge
MSU Baton Rouge recently incurred a tragedy within our small Coast Guard family when the Executive Officer's
daughter passed away. Addison Nell Robertson was only four-and-a-half months old when she died due to complications after heart surgery on March 19, 2019. She fought bravely in her short time here on Earth and to acknowledge that bravery and strength, and to show support to the XO's
family, a couple of members, Petty Officer Hubert and Petty Officer Foran came up with the idea to do a Workout to Remember. They pitched the idea to the rest of the unit and everyone decided to complete the workout as a unit in teams. The workout was based on Addison's
birthday, October 30, 2018, and went as follows:
40 minutes - As many rounds as possible:
Run 100 yards
20 air squats
18 tire flips
The run and tire flips were conducted as a team. Each person could pledge a certain amount per round they though their team would complete and any donations made would be distributed to a charity chose by the XO. The teams were made up of a variety of skill and strength level with the purpose to have friendly competition, but also to encourage everyone to push yourself through obstacles and difficulties, help out your team, and be tough in times of struggle. This workout showed how resilient and strong we can be as a team and Coast Guard family in support of the XO and his family during this incredibly difficult time in their life.
MSU Baton Rouge did the workout on April 3, 2019, including the XO and his dad. There were 4-5 people on each team. In total the unit completed 45 rounds resulting in 103,500 yards ran, 10,350 burpees, 31,050 crunches, 20,700 air squats, and 810 tire flips. They raised over $1,100 to be donated to Up with Downs, a local charitable organization that works to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome, raise funds for education, research and advocacy programs, and create a positive impact on the local community.
Bravo Zulu to all personnel at MSU Baton Rouge for showing up and participating and proving exactly what it means to be a Coast Guard family and demonstrating the strength, character and support we all have for one another.