Coast Guard Foundation Awards

On May 2, 2008 the Coast Guard Foundation held its annual awards dinner. There were 3 primary awards given out, the Admiral John B. Hayes award for Unit Excellence, the Admiral James S. Gracey Award for Professional Excellence and the Admiral Chester R. Bender Awards for Heroic Excellence.

Chief Petty Officer Leigh W. Johannsen, a Boatswain’s Mate, of New Richland, Minn., received the 2007 Coast Guard Foundation Admiral James S. Gracey Award for Professional Excellence. Named after the seventeenth Commandant of the Coast Guard, the award is given to Coast Guard members displaying professional excellence.

The 2007 Coast Guard Foundation Admiral John B. Hayes Award for Unit Excellence was presented to Group/Air Station Astoria, Aids to Navigation Team Astoria and Station Tillamook, for their rescue and support efforts during an unprecedented winter storm that devastated the Pacific Northwest region in December 2007.


The crew of Coast Guard rescue helicopter 6525 from Air Station Kodiak received the 2007 Coast Guard Foundation Admiral Chester R. Bender Award on May 2, 2008. Named after the fourteenth Commandant of the Coast Guard, the award recognizes Coast Guard members for heroic efforts.



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