Posted by: arbeam | July 24, 2013

Aug 13: Luncheon Speaker Capt Joseph Raymond USCG, Chief of Staff Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound


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USCG LogoThe Coast Guard is celebrating its 223nd 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.

The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council always dedicates our August luncheon to celebrate the Coast Guard birthday.  Our luncheon on 13 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.  Our Guest Speaker is Captain M.W. (Joe) Raymond, Deputy Sector Commander, Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound.

Captain Raymond is a native of Williamsburg, Virginia and graduated with honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1991.  Captain Raymond’s afloat assignments include Deck Watch Officer on Coast Guard Cutter NORTHLAND (WMEC 904), Executive Officer of Coast Guard Cutter ATTU (WPB 1317), Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Cutter SAPELO (WPB 1314), and Commanding Officer and Plankowner of Coast Guard Cutter SHAMAL (WPC 13).  He has also served operationally ashore as the Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit (MFPU), Kings Bay.  Captain Raymond has had numerous DC tours at the Coast Guard HQ, Office of Secretary of Defense, and served on Senator John McCain’s staff.  He is married to the former Kristi Stephenson of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and they have three children, JT, Anna, and Abbie.

Doors open at 11 am and the program begins at 11:45 at the Bangor Conference Center-Trident Ball Room. Cost $ 15/person.


Please call Evergreen Transfer & Storage at 360 674-2762 for your lunch registration. Please call at your earliest convenience.

  • Cut off for reservations is August 6.
  • Please give your name as it appears on your driver’s license.
  • Spell your name to help make certain that it will be correct on the gate access sheet.
  • If you do not have base access, you will need to provide your date of birth.

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