“Together with my shipmates, we’re beginning the most important milestones in the life of a cutter,” said Capt. Doug Fears, Hamilton’s commanding officer and the most senior member of the crew. “The Cutter Hamilton is now officially in active service to execute the most challenging maritime security, law enforcement, and national defense missions.”
Tag: Linda Kapral Papp
Being the spouse of an ‘ancient mariner’ provides a unique perspective into the world of Coast Guard cutters and life at sea. However, Linda Kapral Papp, wife of retired Adm. Bob Papp, is getting a different view of the cutter fleet through her new role: sponsor of the Coast Guard’s fourth National Security Cutter, Hamilton.
In October, Hamilton was christened by it’s sponsor, Linda Kapral Papp, wife of retired Adm. Bob Papp. In the months since, the cutter has been put through a series of tests culminating in sea trials to determine the readiness of the vessel to support Coast Guard missions. Yesterday, the Coast Guard formally accepted delivery of Hamilton at a ceremony in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
This time of year is fraught with worry for any military family on the move. But this summer has an added level of uncertainty as it is the first INCONUS moving season requiring Coast Guard families to apply for mandatory housing. There are pros and cons to living in military housing, so we thought we’d help sort it all out.
It is hard to believe that a year has passed here at From the Homefront. In our first column, we set our goals – specifically to make sure Coast Guard families’ voices are heard and to start conversations together about what matters in our lives. You honored me resoundingly by sharing your stories and experiences, and by doing so, we have shown thousands of readers what it means to be a Coastie.
It was 1958 when a Korean War veteran settled into post-war life with his family at a farmhouse in Connecticut. He found work as a state trooper and converted the bottom of his farmhouse into apartments for extra income. In 1960, a Coast Guard ensign and his wife moved into the apartment. The Korean War veteran had a son who became fascinated with the Coast Guard and was invited to sail overnight aboard the ensign’s ship, Coast Guard Cutter Owasco.
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp recently presented a Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award to Mrs. Lois Bouton, “The Coast Guard Lady,” at her home in Arkansas.
Spring is a time of renewal so it is only fitting we take this opportunity in the opening days of the season to renew our appreciation for our military spouses. Over the past several weeks, Coast Guard spouses across the country have been honored by a variety of sponsors for their selfless work supporting Coastie families and, in turn, allowing their loved ones to focus on supporting Coast Guard missions.
After reading a previous From the Homefront column about concerns Coast Guard families expressed about family life, Linda Kapral Papp agreed to have a conversation about the issues brought forward. She used her years of experience as well as the knowledge gained as the ombudsman-at-large to respond to everything on the list.
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp and Mrs. Linda Kapral Papp send holiday greetings to Coast Guard personnel and their families.