Coast Guard Foundation Dinner… In Boston!

Coast Guard Foundation Dinner

BOSTON - U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Daniel Neptun, Commander, 1st Coast Guard District, speaks during the Coast Guard Foundation Inaugural 1st District Awards Dinner Sept. 15, 2011, in Boston. During the event, the foundation lauded numerous Coast Guard members for their heroic acts during several recent search-and-rescue cases. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson.

The Coast Guard Foundation hosted their inaugural 1st Coast Guard District awards dinner Thursday at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston.

Rear Adm. Daniel Neptun, commander of the 1st Coast Guard District, spoke during the dinner and highlighted the date of the night’s event by heralding Coast Guard and local maritime agency crews for their actions with recent cases.

On July 3, 2010, Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Good Samaritans, state and local agencies safely rescued 168 passengers and six crewmembers from the passenger vessel Massachusetts after it ran aground and began taking on water off the coast of Deer Island, Mass.

Coast Guard Foundation Dinner Award Winners

BOSTON - Crewmembers from U.S. Coast Guard Station Chatham, Mass., and the 1st Coast Guard District attend the Coast Guard Foundation Inaugural 1st District Awards Dinner Sept. 15, 2011, in Boston. Station Chatham crewmembers were recognized by the foundation for the rescue of 11 passengers aboard the 44-foot yacht Bronze Monkey that caught fire July 31, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson.

“The example set by the Coast Guard and our maritime partners in the Massachusetts rescue, as well as the Regional Coast Guard Foundation award winners continue the hallmarks of selfless service and dedication that have characterized our service from its beginning,” said Neptun.

In addition to highlighting the missions of the 1st Coast Guard District and its units, the Coast Guard Foundation also recognized individual members of Coast Guard Station Chatham for their heroic actions for the rescue of 11 passengers aboard the 44-foot yacht Bronze Monkey July 31, 2010.

Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Hussey, Petty Officer 1st Class Josh Perkins, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Martin and Petty Officer 3rd Class rescued the 11 passengers from the Bronze Monkey after the yacht caught fire three miles south of Wychmere, Mass. Within six minutes of arriving on scene, the crew safely rescued all of the passengers from the vessel, which was completely engulfed in flames.

The Coast Guard Foundation hosts various dinners throughout the year to honor the Coast Guard. The foundation was founded in 1969, and it is a non-profit organization that provides programs ranging from educational scholarship opportunities and funding recreational and family-oriented facilities for Coast Guard family members.