NAVY LEAGUE CELEBRATES USCG BIRTHDAY AT AUGUST 12 LUNCHEON
The Coast Guard is celebrating its 224nd year on August 4th. One of America’s five armed forces, it traces its founding to August 4, 1790, when the first Congress authorized the construction of 10 “Cutters” (small boats) to enforce tariff and trade laws, prevent smuggling, and protect the collection of federal revenue. Responsibilities added over the years included humanitarian duties such as aiding mariners in distress. The service received its present name in 1915 when the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the U.S. Life-Saving Service to form a single maritime service dedicated to the safety of life at sea and enforcing the nation’s maritime laws. The Coast Guard is a multi-mission, maritime, military service and the smallest of the five Armed Services. Its mission is to protect the public, the environment and U.S. economic interests in the nation’s waterways, along the coast, on international waters, or in any maritime region as required to support U.S. national security interests.
Our Guest Speaker is Rear Admiral Commander Coast Guard District 13. The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council always dedicates our August luncheon to celebrate the Coast Guard birthday. Our luncheon on 12 August will include recognizing outstanding Coast Guard men and women from our three Coast Guard adopted units—Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles; Maritime Force Protection Unit, Bangor; and Station Seattle.
Rear Admiral Richard T. Gromlich serves as the Commander of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District headquartered in Seattle, Washington. As District Commander, he is responsible for U.S. Coast Guard operations and personnel covering 4 states (Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana), more than 4,400 miles of coastline, 600 miles of inland waterways, and a 125 mile international maritime border with Canada.
Prior to this assignment Rear Admiral Gromlich served as the Coast Guard’s first Director of Operational Logistics (DOL), where he oversaw 13 Bases and one Base Detachment responsible for delivering integrated and effective support services to operational commanders. The DOL also coordinated support to Coast Guard assets deployed in domestic and overseas operations.
A native of Milton, Pennsylvania, Rear Admiral Gromlich graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He completed Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida in 1986 and logged more than 3,600 flight hours attaining qualifications as an Aircraft Commander and Instructor Pilot in the HH-65A/B, and as an Aircraft Commander in the HH-60J. In 1997, he earned a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Business. He was promoted to flag rank in April 2011. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit (four awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and two Commandant Letters of Commendation.
This month’s luncheon will be held at the Naval Undersea Museum Keyport. We will be meeting here in September also, until we can sort out base access issues. Doors open at 11 am and the program begins at 11:45 at the Naval Undersea Museum, Keyport
Please call Evergreen Transfer & Storage at 360 674-2762 for your lunch registration.
- Please call at your earliest convenience.
- Base Access is not required at the Naval Undersea Museum
- There is ample parking