LT Trevor Parra is a Coast Guard Foundation awardee. His unit, the Marine Safety Detachment in American Samoa, received the Admiral John B. Hayes Award for Unit Excellence at the Foundation's 26th Annual Pacific Area Awards Dinner in San Diego earlier this year. LT Parra accepted the award on behalf of the unit.
The marine safety detachment in American Samoa — a remote team comprised of only three members — was recognized for outstanding achievements as a unit. Over the last year, the unit was involved in a number of challenging maritime law enforcement and environmental missions. The detachment coordinated efforts to safely remove 65,000 gallons of aviation fuel from a tanker that sunk more than 50 years ago. The marine safety detachment deployment is a one-year, unaccompanied tour, meaning the personnel serve there without their families. LT Parra noted the special bond that comes from such an intense billet, and accepted the award on behalf of his fellow Coast Guard members.
LT Trevor Parra accepts the Admiral John B. Hayes Award for Unit Excellence on behalf of the Marine Safety Detachment in American Samoa at the Coast Guard Foundation 26th Annual Pacific Area Awards Dinner in August of this year.
"It's definitely challenging," Parra said. "You have to rely heavily on your colleagues for support. Not only at work, but in your personal life as well."
LT Parra, a native of Southern California, was joined at the dinner by his parents and his wife. He thanked his family for their support, and also thanked the Coast Guard Foundation for supporting the men and women of the service throughout the country.
"Everywhere I've ever been stationed, The Coast Guard Foundation has done something to make life better there."