First lady to make Gulf trip

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 17, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama is returning to the Gulf region next week to meet with Coast Guard personnel in Mississippi who have been responding to the massive oil spill.

Mrs. Obama will also christen a Coast Guard cutter named in honor of Dorothy C. Stratton, the Coast Guard’s first female commissioned officer.

The first lady made her first oil spill trip to the region earlier this month when she visited Panama City, Fla., and met with business and tourism officials. President Obama says he plans to return to the region as well in the coming weeks.