Coast Guard All Hands sends out a bravo zulu to James J. Coleman Jr., president and chairman of the board of directors of the National Coast Guard Museum Association, on his recognition as the 2012 Coast Guard Spirit of Hope award. Coleman has steadfastly supported the Coast Guard and its people for decades. He has served on the Coast Guard Foundation board since 1997 and was one of the founding members of the National Coast Guard Museum Association in 1999.
Coleman was specifically recognized for his unwavering support over the past 15 years to establish a national Coast Guard museum to honor the commitment, accomplishments and sacrifices of Coast Guard men and women. The Coast Guard is the only military service without a national museum despite being born in the earliest days of our republic as the Revenue Cutter Service in 1790. The museum will preserve and project the history of the nation’s oldest continuous seagoing service including the role Coast Guard men and women have played in every war involving the United States.
The Spirit of Hope Award is named after Bob Hope, comedian and actor, who is noted for his work to entertain the U.S. armed forces during World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and other military actions. The award characterizes the values he embodied.
“We honor these people because they honor us … [and] make life a little better for our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and the Coast Guard,” said Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld at the Spirit of Hope ceremony. “I’m immensely proud of … all the … awardees today for the contributions they’ve made to our wonderful people in military service.”