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Houston Maritime Gala to Honor Local Coast Guard Members

The Coast Guard Foundation will recognize Coast Guard members serving in Texas during its Texas Salutes the Coast Guard event on November 8, 2023.
A Coast Guard member on the bow of a boat with a cruise ship in the background
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by Ron LaBrec
September 27, 2023

The annual Texas Salutes the Coast Guard event has highlighted the Coast Guard and maritime industry in the city since 2016.

During the event a local Coast Guard crew from Texas will receive a special Coast Guard Foundation award for a recent rescue.

photo of Chris Wiernicki speaking at a podium.
ABS Chairman and CEO will accept a Coast Guard Foundation award on behalf of ABS at the Texas Salutes the Coast Guard event in Houston on Nov. 8, 2023. (Photo courtesy of ABS)

The Foundation will also honor the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), which has been a leader in maritime safety for more than 160 years. Founded in 1862, ABS is a global leader in providing classification services for marine and offshore assets. Through its wide-ranging impact on the maritime transportation system, ABS plays an important role in the uninterrupted flow of commerce on American waterways. The award will be accepted by ABS Chairman and CEO Chris Wiernicki.

The Texas Salutes the Coast Guard dinner brings together industry leaders, government officials, and U.S. Coast Guard members from the region and beyond to celebrate the missions and heroism of Coast Guard personnel. The Coast Guard’s top national and regional leaders are scheduled to attend including the Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Linda Fagan, Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Steve Poulin, and the commander of Coast Guard operations in the U.S. Gulf Coast and Heartland, Rear Admiral David Barata. Coast Guard personnel from the local area will also attend.

Sponsorships and tickets

The event, which includes a reception and dinner, will be held at the Marriott Marquis Houston on Wednesday, Nov. 8, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Foundation is grateful to the many corporations and individuals who are sponsoring the event. Special thanks to major sponsors ABS, Cheniere, Chevron, and Kirby. Sponsorship and ticket information is available here: /events/texas-salutes-the-coast-guard

Title Image: The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Clamp, homeported in Galveston, Texas, worked over 12 hours a day in 100+ degree temperatures in late August to rebuild a navigational range for Sabine Pass at the entrance to Port Arthur, Texas. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

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ABS supports the Coast Guard Foundation in an array of areas including academic enrichment at the Coast Guard Academy. Founded in 1862, ABS is a global leader in providing classification services for marine and offshore assets. For more than 160 years, ABS has remained committed to its mission of helping to protect life, property, and the natural environment.
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Cheniere supports the Coast Guard Foundation across an array of events and programs. Cheniere is a full-service global provider of clean, secure, and affordable LNG.
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Chevron supports the Coast Guard Foundation in a number of areas to include emergency disaster relief. Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies.
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Kirby supports several of the Coast Guard Foundation's greatest needs enabling programs that support the men and women of the Coast Guard. Kirby Corporation is the premier tank barge operator in the United States, transporting bulk liquid products throughout the Mississippi River System, on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, and along all three U.S. Coasts.

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