Guardian of the Week – LTs Hannah Bealon and Randall Black

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Lt. Black was awarded the Department of Defense African American History Month Recognition Award, last week in Atlanta.  (Coast Guard photo)
Lt. Black was awarded the Department of Defense African American History Month Recognition Award, last week in Atlanta. (Coast Guard photo)
Lt. Bealon was awarded the Department of Defense African American History Month Recognition Award, last week in Atlanta.  Photo courtesy of Lt. Bealon.
Lt. Bealon was awarded the Department of Defense African American History Month Recognition Award, last week in Atlanta. ( Photo courtesy of Lt. Bealon)

Last Wednesday Lieutenants Randall Black and Hannah Bealon where recognized as the Coast Guard’s selectees for the 2010 Department of Defense African American History Month Recognition Award during a ceremony in Atlanta.

Bealon, Reserve Status Manager at the Personnel Service Center in Arlington, Va., represented the Coast Guard as its reserve honoree while Black was honored for his active service at the event.

“Some of my family members came,” said Bealon, “and it was a delight to share this accomplishment with them.”

Bealon’s and Black’s accomplishments noted in their awards were for actions both for the service and for their communities.

Black, a pilot at Air Station Sacramento, Calif., was recognized for helping save the live of a downed civilian pilot in Half Moon Bay and also for his contributions to the station as chair of its diversity council and as its civil rights officer. His efforts, in part, led to the unit’s selection as a top federal workplace.

“Black does exceptional work, he is professional officer and pilot,” said his supervisor, Commander Peter Schichtel. “Above all he is a person that promotes leadership and a positive work environment.”

Bealon was recognized for having worked closely with the Deployable Operations Group to assist forward deployed reservists, providing valuable insights to ease the burdens on those deployed enabling them to focus on the mission.

“I felt honored,” she said, “this award shows Coast Guard’s commitment to promoting diversity.” She was also selected for her work as a mentor to disadvantaged youths for the non-profit Straightway Ministries where she serves as chief financial officer.

Congratulations for your recognition lieutenants. Your inspirational service is highly commendable.

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