Coast Guard lends a hand for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Coast Guardsmen from Coast Guard Cutter Diligence and Station Oak Island attend the unveiling event for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition which capped a week of 24-hour days with more than three thousand military and civilian volunteers. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn.

Coast Guardsmen from Coast Guard Cutter Diligence and Station Oak Island attend the unveiling event for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition which capped a week of 24-hour days with more than three thousand military and civilian volunteers. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn.

Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is a show known for bringing tears of joy to families who witness a dramatic reconstruction of their homes. During a recent production a few Coast Guardsmen were on hand in Fayetteville, N.C., to participate in the unveiling of a 5,000-square-foot house rebuilt for Barbara Summey Marshall, who served 15 years in the Navy.

First Lady Michelle Obama greets military personnel during a visit to the set of an episode for the television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Obama joined three thousand military and civilian volunteers to give Barbara Summey Marshall, who served 15 years in the Navy, the surprise of her life. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn.

First Lady Michelle Obama greets military personnel during a visit to the set of an episode for the television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Obama joined three thousand military and civilian volunteers to give Barbara Summey Marshall, who served 15 years in the Navy, the surprise of her life. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn.

Marshall shares her home with the Steps N Stages Jubilee House, which provides shelter, support and mentoring services to homeless female veterans. Coast Guard men and women hold close relationships with the communities in which they live and serve, so it was only fitting that they would lend a hand.

Coast Guardsmen were able to participate in the rebuilding of the new home, which started by tearing down the old one. A giant rope was fastened around the house and led across the state of North Carolina to the ocean where a rescue boat from Station Oak Island helped bring the old house down. The rope, as it crossed the state before being handed off to Coast Guardsmen, symbolized the unity of effort and level of support for a woman who was truly affecting change in her community.

More than three thousand military and civilian volunteers worked around the clock to transform Marshall’s 1,600-square-foot house into a 5,000-square-foot home for her work in the veteran community to continue.

After the demanding days of rebuilding by thousands of volunteers, Coast Guardsmen from Coast Guard Cutter Diligence and Station Oak Island attended the unveiling of the new home alongside other servicemembers and members of the community. The presence of the servicemembers signaled not only their support for Marshall but also their utmost respect for her ability to change the lives of homeless veterans.

The opportunity was especially touching for the Coast Guardsmen as they reflected on the Year of the Coast Guard Family – a campaign to foster resilient Coast Guard members and military families.

Click the above image to see a motor life boat from Coast Guard Station Oak Island help tear down the house from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Click the above image to see a motor life boat from Coast Guard Station Oak Island help tear down the house from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

“It was great to see the family’s reaction,” said Ensign Andrew Price, stationed aboard Diligence. “I can only imagine the joy and gratitude they felt towards the crew of Extreme Makeover and all the volunteers that helped build the house. You could definitely tell from the outside that a lot of hard work and professional expertise went into the renovations.”

The episode aired last night and can be viewed online at the Extreme Makeover Home Edition website.

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  • Bear Smith

    Hey all you Coasties ! Just really appreciate your diligent hard work on this project and ALL the other things yall do, that nobody seems to hear about in the news ! My son serves on the Diligence and I could not be more proud of him and his crew. Keep up the good work! Bear

  • Commander Sean Carroll, U.S. Coast Guard

    Shipmates -

    The U.S. Coast Guard was successfully represented on this complex and elaborate Joint Forces project. We are grateful to the men and women in both USCG District Five and USCG District Seven for taking time from their busy schedules to support three separate filming sequences on this well-watched season premiere episode. Bravo Zulu!

    Thank you for telling the Coast Guard story to the American Public!

    Very respectfully,
    Sean Carroll
    Commander, U.S. Coast Guard
    USCG Motion Picture & Television Office
    Los Angeles, California