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Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Mike Sollosi

From American ports to European capitals, a senior U.S. Coast Guard civilian has guided navigation standards and helped to make mariners afer around the world. Mike Sollosi, the chief of the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Standards Division, retired after 42 years of uniformed and civilian service.

U.S. Coast Guard couple completes 87 years of combined service

Master Chief Petty Officer Kat Goguen and Meg Rapelye with their daughter. Photo courtesy of Master Chief Petty Officer Kat Goguen.

Bruce and Christine Riley, two civilian Coast Guard employees, retired after serving a combined 87 years in service to the nation. Bruce was a former U.S. Navy sailor and later a Coast Guardsman. He retired in 1988 from active duty and began working as a civilian in the Vessel Traffice Services branch. Christine worked at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters for the last 35 years working different administrative assignments before managing transportation benefits for more than 1,200 employees and distributing $49 million in transportation benefits to Coast Guard personnel.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Holiday Adopt-A-Teen Gift Bag volunteers

Volunteers from Coast Guard Headquarters pose for a group shot after preparing 210 gift bags at a Gift Drive Packing Party for teens in local communities in Washington, D.C., Dec. 13, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard Headquarters volunteers put together 210 holiday gift bags for teenagers in low-income families in the D.C. area. Forty volunteers packed, loaded and delivered the gifts to the D.C. Housing Authority to distribute to the community. Programs like the Holiday Adopt-A-Teen Gift Drive highlight the Coast Guard’s values of honor, respect and devotion to duty – caring for and serving our community.

Equipping local students for a new school year

Personnel from the Coast Guard Headquarters, Department of Homeland Security, and General Services Administration deliver 323 backpacks for elementary students in three District of Columbia Housing Administration communities. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

This summer, t Coast Guard Headquarters partnered with Department of Homeland Security and General Services Administration personnel on the historic St. Elizabeths campus to donate backpacks and school supplies for kindergarten through fifth grade students in several Washington, D.C., communities. The results of the 2018 Back-to-School Backpack Drive were amazing with 323 backpacks filled with the necessary school supplies to help students start the school year off right.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Don Johnson

Don Johnson directs the Coast Guard Headquarters Chorus during an All Hands holiday concert in December 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Honings.

Don Johnson has spent 45 years of his life with the Coast Guard as an active duty member, civilian and volunteer. He currently works at Coast Guard Headquarters and is a beloved Coast Guard Headquarters Chorus director who has brought a respite for many during the workday through chorus practices or the occasional All Hands concerts. Johnson embodies the Coast Guard’s Core Values while finding ways to bring joy and good humor to those around him.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Headquarters holiday volunteers

Volunteers from Coast Guard Headquarters pose for a group shot after preparing 204 gift bags at a Gift Drive Packing Party for local communities in Washington, D.C., Dec. 13, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Headquarters personnel were asked to donate gift bags for teen boys and girls, filled with gift cards and electronic items such as headphones and portable chargers. Numerous individuals and teams, including those from the Coast Guard Officers Association, contributed cash donations for the drive. In the final tally, the results were amazing — 204 gift bags, a 25 percent increase from last year. Additionally, 40 volunteers helped prepare the gift bags and delivered them to the local community.

Change of Watch: Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard

Today, Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger relieved Vice Adm. John Currier as Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard during a change of watch ceremony at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp presided over the ceremony and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson also attended.