Thankful for: My crew

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we reached out to Coast Guard members, families and friends to see what they were thankful for this holiday season. All week long, Compass will be sharing these stories of thankfulness from in and around the Coast Guard community. The below post was written by Lt. j.g. Andrew Price, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Chinook, to express his gratitude to his crew.

Thankful for: My crew

Written by Lt. j.g. Andrew Price

To the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Chinook,

Thanksgiving is upon us! 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.

Each of your actions impacts our ability to carry out the mission, whether that’s navigating a restricted waterway or ensuring the afternoon meal is served on time.

The hard work, devotion and initiative you show every day with these actions has created an environment onboard that you should all be proud of. You have each directly impacted Chinook’s ability to successfully and effectively carry out challenging search and rescue cases, detailed commercial fishing vessel examinations and risky maritime security missions in support of the country’s most critical infrastructure and elected officials.

Families and crew members from Coast Guard Cutter Chinook. Photo courtesy of Lt. j.g. Andrew Price.

Families and crew members from Coast Guard Cutter Chinook. Photo courtesy of Lt. j.g. Andrew Price.

Although we are often unseen or underappreciated until someone is in need of Coast Guard assistance, the diligence you show day in and day out is vital to ensuring we are always ready for the call.

Such was the case when a lobster fishing boat sunk 40 miles off the coast of Block Island earlier this year. Your professionalism was on display as we safely transited a shallow channel during nighttime hours before steaming three hours offshore in very heavy weather conditions ensuring the vessels last know position was located and four fishermen were safely recovered.

This thanksgiving, take a minute to consider the multitude of New England families that are no longer missing a loved one at sea or who, before next Thanksgiving, we are able to protect, defend or rescue from peril.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families and thank you for all you do!

Lt. j.g. Price

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