Tag: Chief Petty Officers Association

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Kodiak Chief Petty Officers Association

A Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing member and Vic Laird, a retired Coast Guardsman, fish in Saltry River on Kodiak Island, Alaska, July 25, 2017. The Kodiak Chief Petty Officers Association partnered with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and hosted six veterans to Kodiak for a week of fishing. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Fly fishing has a way of healing a person, especially when that person is an active duty or military veteran who has been negatively affected in some way while serving his country.

For eight years, the Chief Petty Officers Association of Kodiak, Alaska, has provided a way for veterans to come to Kodiak Island and escape into nature to heal. Volunteers donate their time and resources to coordinate and organize a week of fly fishing to provide a way for others to rehabilitate physically and emotionally.

Remembering 9/11: Flags Across America

Sporting t-shirts with the motto, "Our heroes will not be forgotten," Flags Across America volunteers remember American Airlines Flight 77, hijacked by terrorists on 11 September 2001 and crashed into The Pentagon. Photo courtesy of retired Coast Guard Reserve Force Master Chief Petty Officer Mark Allen.

The U.S. Coast Guard Flags Across America program, sponsored by the Washington, D.C., Chapter of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association, gathers on Sept. 11 each year to honor the 184 American patriots who gave their lives on 9/11 at the Pentagon. Sporting t-shirts with the motto, “Our heroes will not be forgotten,” the Flags Across America volunteers remembered American Airlines Flight 77, hijacked by terrorists on 11 September 2001 and crashed into the Pentagon after it took off from Washington Dulles International Airport.

Flags Across America

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The sun began to rise as Coast Guard families, recruits, scouts and cadets gathered at Arlington National Cemetery. At 65 degrees with blue skies and the sun’s golden rays shining through autumn leaves, it was an iconic fall day; a day to honor the history, traditions and heritage of servicemembers past and present.

A memorial by our own to our own

The area where the Coast Guard World War I memorial, which honors the fallen crewmembers of the Cutter Seneca and Cutter Tampa, was placed is commonly referred to as Coast Guard Hill. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Tamargo

More than three million visitors arrive at Arlington National Cemetery’s hallowed grounds each year to pay their respects to American patriots. Scattered throughout the cemetery’s rolling hills, guests can also visit dozens of memorials. Sitting proudly atop a hill – sandwiched between sections 4 and 8 – is one of these memorials. It’s the Coast Guard Memorial.

Adm. Papp on the role of the chief

Adm. Papp

The United States Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association held their 43rd Annual Convention in Daytona, Fla., from August 15 to 19. At their annual convention, chiefs and their retired counterparts meet to discuss issues facing Coast Guard leadership over the past year and work towards solutions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd

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