Foundation honors U.S. Coast Guard in Pacific Northwest

STONINGTON, Conn. – The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of Coast Guard members and their families, will hold its annual Pacific Northwest Awards Dinner in tribute to the United States Coast Guard on Wednesday, May 25, in Seattle, Wash.

In addition to honoring the Coast Guard, the event will also raise funds to support the Coast Guard Foundation’s projects and programs.

The gala’s co-chairs are business leaders Joe Huley, vice president and general manager of N C Power Systems, and J. Florian Gruber, global sales director for Caterpillar Marine Power Systems. Expected guests include ADM Robert J. Papp, Jr., Commandant of the United States Coast Guard; VADM Manson K. Brown, Commander of the Pacific Area; RADM Gary Blore, Commander of the Coast Guard’s 13th District; RADM Thomas Ostebo, the impending Commander of the 17th Coast Guard District; and Coast Guard Foundation Chairman Ross Roeder.

Four Coast Guard member will be honored with the Heroic Action Award for a dramatic rescue in 2010. Those receiving the award are Air Station Port Angeles CG-6603 crew members Lieutenant Jason Bustamente (Beverly, W.V.), Lieutenant Kelly Higgins (Tigard, Ore.), AMT2 Samuel Allen (Ehprata and Quincy, Wash.) and AST3 Michael VonBormann (Johannesburg, South Africa).

The award for Exceptional Performance of Duty will go to Master Chief Ronny Jackson (Sedalia, Mo.) of Marine Safety Unit Portland. Jackson will be recognized for leadership, professionalism and devotion to duty as Chief of the Engineering Division.

“We are thrilled to honor the men and women who wear the Coast Guard uniform and celebrate their heroic efforts,” said Anne Brengle, president of the Coast Guard Foundation. “Our awards dinner is a great opportunity to show our support and gratitude for their inspiring, selfless service.”

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