Coast Guard, Astoria City Council members celebrate Coast Guard city re-designation

Members of the Astoria City Council and the commands of local Coast Guard units meet to commemorate the re-designated of Astoria, Ore., as a Coast Guard City in Astoria, June 5, 2016. Astoria was first designated as a Coast Guard City in 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

Members of the Astoria City Council and the commands of local Coast Guard units meet to commemorate the re-designated of Astoria, Ore., as a Coast Guard City in Astoria, June 5, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

ASTORIA, Ore. — The city of Astoria was re-designated a Coast Guard City, affirming its support of the Coast Guard units and service members that call Astoria home, in a service held Monday.

Members of the Astoria City Council and the commands of local Coast Guard units met to commemorate the occasion and celebrate the communities’ ongoing partnership.

Among the attendees were Arline LaMear, mayor of Astoria, Capt. Bill Timmons, commander of Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, Cmdr. Patrick Culver, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Alert, Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Condit, commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment and Chief Petty Officer Darren Culiver, representing the Coast Guard Cutter Fir.

Astoria is home to more than 1,000 members of team Coast Guard, including active duty, reserve, civilian, auxiliary and families. Local Coast Guard units include Sector Columbia River, Coast Guard Cutters Alert and Steadfast, both 210-foot medium endurance cutters , Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot sea-going buoy tender, Aids to Navigation Team Astoria, Station Cape Disappointment and the National Motor Lifeboat School.

“The welcoming and supportive environment that the residents of Astoria provide to the Coast Guard directly supports the service’s missions,” said Timmons. “It provides an atmosphere in which Coast Guard men and women have a positive environment to recuperate when they are off-duty, and prepare to perform their missions when the time calls.”

Coast Guard cities have made special efforts to acknowledge the professional work of the Coast Guard men and women assigned to their area. Making Coast Guard men and women and their families feel at home in their home away from home is an invaluable contribution to morale and service excellence.To date there are a total of 21 Coast Guard cities. To see which cities are considered Coast Guard cities visit: https://www.uscg.mil/community/cities.asp

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