Tag: Michael Leavitt

Shipmate of the Week – MCPOCG Michael Leavitt

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After three decades of serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, it’d be hard to narrow down the most vivid memory, compelling moment or proudest accomplishment. But for Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael Leavitt, there was no hesitation to key in on what really mattered to him throughout his career – Coast Guardsmen and their families.

Selection of Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard

Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Cantrell assumed the duties of the Atlantic Area command master chief in May 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Moments ago, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp announced the selection of Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Cantrell as the next Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard. “A number of

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Honoring BM3 Travis “OB” Obendorf

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Dark rain clouds broke away to clear blue skies Thursday afternoon as mourners quickly filled the available 750 chairs. The Coast Guard Base Alameda crew quickly added rows of seats as the crowd grew and time drew near for the memorial service to pay tribute to Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Obendorf. His family, shipmates from across the country, high ranking officials both civilian and military, and representatives of law enforcement agencies from Alameda, Oakland and as far away as Alaska all assembled to celebrate the life that was cut short Dec. 18, 2013. Obendorf died in a Seattle hospital from injuries he sustained on Nov. 11, 2013, while serving aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche during a search and rescue case near Amak Island, Alaska.

Commandant’s Veterans Day message

Veterans Day was established as Armistice Day in 1919 to commemorate the Allied victory and honor the heroism of service members killed during World War I. Veterans Day is now a time to remember all those who have answered the call of duty to protect and preserve the promise of this great Nation. For over 223 years, the men and women of the United States Coast Guard have answered the call.

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.

Lest we forget

Update: A statement issued after the ceremony by Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Jane Holl Lute has been added in paragraph four. Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Jane Holl Lute, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp (right) and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael Leavitt (left)

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