At our 33rd Annual Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard event in New York City last Thursday, Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Bob Papp spoke fondly of the work that the Coast Guard Foundation does, and told a story about how he knows firsthand how long the Foundation has supported the men and women of the service. Unable to attend the event in person, Admiral Papp related a great personal anecdote.
In 1982, Adm. Papp, then a lieutenant, received an award from the 17th Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral James Gracey at our Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard at the Waldorf Astoria. He shared this photo of the moment.
The photo was featured in the Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association Bulletin in November 1982.
The Coast Guard Foundation's award and recognition program is one of the most visible ways we show our support of the Coast Guard and shine a bright light on the amazing work the service does day in and day out. We're proud to know that Admiral Papp's service to his country was recognized by this event, and that the tradition continues to this day, more than 30 years later.
Here's Admiral Papp presenting the 2012 award to Air Station Kodiak in New York City.