Canaveral-based Coast Guardsmen recognized for role in space shuttle missions

Southeastern Coast Guard News
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — Coast Guardsmen were recognized for their efforts in the thirty-year space shuttle program during a Coast Guard reunion ceremony, Saturday aboard Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral.

During the space shuttle program, which began Apr. 12, 1981 and ended Feb. 24, 2011, Canaveral-based Coast Guardsmen provided support for 135 manned space flight missions and were responsible for more than 550 square miles surrounding the Kennedy Space Center.

Canaveral-based Coast Guard recognized for role in space shuttle missions

Capt. Tom Allan, commander Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, accepts a proclamation from Rob Medina, director of community relations for Congressman Bill Posey, Saturday, May 4, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jessica Potter)

Congressman Bill Posey’s representative Rob Medina presented a proclamation to Capt. Tom Allan, Commander Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, for the behalf of all Coast Guardsmen who were involved in the space shuttle program.

“This proclamation is for the meritorious service and commitment of Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral’s active duty, reserve and auxiliary members who supported National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) space shuttle missions,” said Medina. “Their service was critical to the safety of the public and to the safety of the shuttle missions.”

Brevard County Commissioner Chuck Nelson presented Coast Guardsmen with a resolution for their successful and valuable role in the space program missions.

“Brevard County is home to United States manned space flight and the United States Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral crew has played a critical role during all 135 NASA manned space flight shuttle missions,” said Nelson. “With each mission attracting up to 200,00 viewers, often including dignitaries, Congressmen, Senators and Presidents of the United States, the safety of the public was paramount and the Coast Guard ensured this.”

Canaveral-based Coast Guard recognized for role in space shuttle missions

Capt. Tom Allan, commander Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, accepts a proclamation from Rob Medina, director of community relations for Congressman Bill Posey, Saturday, May 4, 2013.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jessica Potter)

Capt. Tom Allan presented a proclamation on the behalf of Governor Rick Scott, which recognized May 3-4, 2013 as Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral Reunion Days for the crew’s commitment to duty.

“This reunion ceremony is a great opportunity to recognize those who have done so much over the past thirty years,” said Allan. “Not only for the shuttle launches but also for the vigilant watches that were stood daily to ensure the safety of the port and safety for all citizens of Canaveral.”

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