Today, I join our Nation in gathering together with family and loved ones for Thanksgiving dinner. While turkey and stuffing will be served, the sights and sounds will be different from that of many Americans as I spend the holiday with Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in Manama, Bahrain. There is no better place to express my thanks for all those who place Service before self than sitting alongside those defending our country overseas.
It’s the time of year to say thanks to those who deserve it most. I feel extremely privileged to be your commanding officer and want to take this moment to give a big “Thank You!” to you, the crew of Chinook.
This year, for my family, Thanksgiving strikes a deeper chord than ever before. While historical Thanksgiving celebrations focus on the abundance of the harvest, this year we celebrate the abundance of wellness and good health of our loved ones, for we learned the hard way that these things are not a given.
I wanted to thank you for everything you have done for our family. You are a true hero – not just because of your service to our country, but because you always put your family first.
Lt. Natalie Moyer, a HC-130 Hercules pilot currently stationed at Air Station Clearwater, Florida, is not only an active and valued member at her current duty station, she is active in her local community and continuously embodies the idea of service before self.
Hamilton is a name internalized by each and every Coast Guard member. It’s the name held by the “father” of the Coast Guard, Alexander Hamilton and a name that has continued to serve our country in the form of Coast Guard cutters since 1830. The crew of Hamilton, the newest cutter to bear the name, carries forward a more than 180-year tradition of serving aboard a vessel that bears the name of Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, who created the Revenue Cutter Service in 1790.
“The names that will reside on the transom of these wonderful ships will inspire a generation of Coast Guard heroes that will always know their heritage, always know their history and they will always pay appropriate respect to the enlisted heroes that came before them.”
After graduating, he played five NHL seasons on the Chicago Blackhawks, but when duty called, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard to serve as a boatswains mate during World War II. While he served, he continued to play hockey on the Coast Guard Cutters, which formed in 1942. Even though the team was only around for two years, they were a great team that intimidated their opponents. Some even say they were the “the finest non-National Hockey League team ever to perform in league competition.”
As the Coast Guard’s second highest ranking officer, Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger is accustomed to giving commands. However, during an annual culinary showdown at Training Center Petaluma, Calif., roles were reversed as he followed the commands of Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Foley, a Food Service Specialist “A” School instructor, and Seaman Rebeckah Kean, a Food Service Specialist “A” School student.
Members who serve in any of the five armed services earn a highly coveted title that can never be taken from them: Veteran. Coast Guard Veteran Tristan Heaton has utilized the skills and training gained in his service to help other veterans as part of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Adaptive Sports program.