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Last Post 13 Aug 2009 02:33 PM by pepperdoggie. 16 Replies.
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03 Aug 2009 10:04 AM
    So my son left Cordova AK this past Sat. and is headed to Sitka. He had his truck packed up and had to be at the ferry dock at 0630. While he was there his Chief showed up with his wife and 2 kids to see him off. That really surprised him. His Chief presented him with a plaque with the Cordova seal on it, in remembrance of the first leg of his journey. Chief also told him there is another plaque in Sitka waiting for him. Chief didn't want to get too sentimental but off to the side the Chief's wife told Brandon that the Chief was going to miss him.
    Earlier in the week the 3 permanent party members had a party for him and bought him a gift. There is a company called Copper River Fleece with not cheap outerwear. They had put their money together and bought him a jacket.
    He will never forget his experiences in Cordova, would have never had them if he wasn't in the CG. My wife, younger son and myself were lucky enough to travel up there this past June and visit him for a week, something we would have never done if he wasn't in the CG. His Chief gave him liberty's while we were there just for that reason. The CG truly is family, they take care of their own. He is in good hands.
    He got off the ferry at Valdez and is now driving 700+ miles through the interior of AK. He drives NE to TOK across the Canadian border and down to Haines AK to board the ferry to reach his next stop at Sitka. Airman program here he comes!! The adventure continues!
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    03 Aug 2009 12:06 PM
    Way Awesome!


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    03 Aug 2009 01:24 PM
    The friends you make at some stations will stay with you forever. Chief's... they act so tough, but they are just big ol' softies! Your son is going to have a beautiful drive! I hope he doesn't have to fly through it and can enjoy just a bit. :)

    Good luck on the Airman program!!!! :-)


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    03 Aug 2009 02:57 PM
    Great story, thanks for sharing! And good luck to your son in his new adventure!
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    04 Aug 2009 10:18 PM
    congratulations!!
    how awesome to be moving on to the next leg of his coastie adventure.

    the captain on the haley presented britt with an awesome plaque and certificate upon her departure from the ship. it is on a shelf with her other military accomplishments so we can be proud!!!


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    05 Aug 2009 03:38 PM
    Excellent post!


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    09 Aug 2009 02:18 PM
    chukles said...
    Excellent post!


    Made me smile. Thanks for sharing, you guys.
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    09 Aug 2009 11:45 PM
    What a touching story, thanks so much for sharing and good luck to you son on his next adventure! I agree about the CG being family~it is amazing! I am so happy that my son decided to join this great Family!!!!
    God Bless!


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    10 Aug 2009 02:19 AM
    Excellent story!!!! That is so cool--very good to hear about your son!!!
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    11 Aug 2009 04:22 PM
    I've posted this story before, but it shows how much the Coast Guard can be very supportive of family.

    In 2003 my son was on the CGC Storis (now decommissioned) smack dab in the middle of the Bering Sea doing a 2 month fisheries patrol. While underway, we had to email him the sad news that his great-grandmother had died in Illinois. He was quite upset, as they were very close. The XO of the ship noticied that he was sad, and asked him the reason. After he gave my son his condolences, the XO immediately spoke to the Captain who called him to his office and informed my son he was diverting the Cutter to Dutch Harbor. He granted an immediate emergency 10 day leave. He also handed him a check for $1000 to cover any expenses he would have. They arrived in Dutch Harbor the following afternoon, where a CG C-130 had been diverted to deliver him back to Kodiak Island. His Yeoman at Kodiak had already booked him a commercial flight to Chicago...and even offered to have someone pick him up at the airport and transport him to the funeral. That was not necessary, as we were able to pick him up and take him home with us. He attended the funeral, and one week later rejoined his Cutter in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

    I was working for a school district at the time, and when I requested 2 days bereavement leave to attend the funeral,  they denied my request because she was not a "blood relative". Ironic and sad that a public institution couldn't treat their employees with the same dignity and respect that the Coast Guard showed my son. I simply called in "sick" so I could attend.

    That's my family's Coast Guard story...And that's when I was completely satisfied that my son would be well taken care of.

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    12 Aug 2009 01:57 AM
    WOW, thats an incredible story!! Story's like that make me feel good and that my son made a great choice.
    He is now in week 1 and haven't had much communication with him which is fine with me. I did hear he had to carry around a mannequin head with him everywhere. When he was asked why he had it with him he said because he was told to. Then someone else asked him he gave the same answer. Then the guy that asked him said," Oh you must be the new swimmer." I laughed.
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    12 Aug 2009 02:26 AM
    Wow what a great story pepperdoggie!! I have never heard of any other organization, company, etc.... showing such care for its people. Seems like the CG is the perfect organization to be a part of!!!

    Pakzone, is your son in boot camp or AST A-school?
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    12 Aug 2009 02:59 AM
    He is in his first week of his Airman Program.
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    13 Aug 2009 09:58 AM
    That is a great story and if the CO was Captain McCauley by chance the last CO of the Storis I am not surprised at all. He is an outstanding leader and one who always takes care of his crew only asking for hard work, professionalism, become qualified and work on your promotions. I sailed with him when he was CO of Firebush back in 1999 and still keep in touch with him and my other CO Capt Craig Gilbert.

    Coast Guard is family and I often refer to it as a Firehouse feeling where everyone works together and depends on each other and eventually become life long friends with many.
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    13 Aug 2009 11:46 AM
    Relentless,

    You mention the Storis & the Firebush... Were you in Kodiak in the late 80's, early 90's? I was trying to remember the name of the 4th boat that was there way back when and I can't come up with it. Yocona, Storis, Firebush & wasn't there another bouy tender??????

    See, even I still have questions! : )


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    13 Aug 2009 02:30 PM
    LOL...but your's are the tough ones I do not know... :-)


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    13 Aug 2009 02:33 PM
    Relentless said...
    if the CO was Captain McCauley by chance
    I believe it was Captain Cerne. My son really admired him alot. He took really good care of the crew. He took them moose hunting in the Aleutians, salmon fishing, and gave the enlisted people liberty in Seattle while the Officers stood watch.


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