Coast Guard honors students during ribbon-cutting ceremony at Astoria

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ASTORIA, Ore. — Coast Guard Sector Columbia River personnel hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a newly-installed HU-25 Falcon jet display in Warrenton, Friday.

Sector Columbia River and Tongue Point Job Corps personnel and students attended the ceremony, along with various community leaders, to honor Coast Guard aviation history at Air Station Astoria and the partnership between Sector Columbia River and Tongue Point Job Corps Center.

Job Corps students worked over the past few months to construct a 76-foot diameter concrete pad for the Falcon to be displayed upon. The students and their supervisors were recognized for their efforts during the ceremony.

Willis Van Dusen,  Mayor of Astoria, Oregon, Capt. Bruce Jones, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River commander and Tita Montero, Tongue Point Job Corps Center business and community liaison, cut a ribbon in recognition of the newly completed HU-25 Falcon jet display project during a ceremony at Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Oregon, May 9, 2014.Tongue Point Job Corps students and personnel worked closely with Coast Guard Sector Columbia River personnel to plan and complete the project.U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn

Willis Van Dusen, Mayor of Astoria, Oregon, Capt. Bruce Jones, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River commander and Tita Montero, Tongue Point Job Corps Center business and community liaison, cut a ribbon in recognition of the newly completed HU-25 Falcon jet display project at Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Oregon, May 9, 2014. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn

“It was so impressive watching the fine young men and women of the Job Corps concrete and masonry trade school build this display pad,” said Capt. Bruce Jones, Sector Columbia River commander. “They worked hard, often in the pouring rain, completing a complex project. Any future employer should be happy to bring them aboard.”

HU-25 Falcons flew from Air Station Astoria from 1983-1995. This particular aircraft, CG 2104, was retired at Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., last June and arrived at Air Station Astoria shortly thereafter.

“Our traditions are very important to us in the Coast Guard,” said Jones. “We are fortunate to be able to display this HU-25 as the fleet leaves active service and becomes part of our history. Along with the buoy, anchors, motor lifeboat and Lighthouse Service bell already on display, it will serve as a daily reminder of our proud legacy of Coast Guard service in the Pacific Northwest.”

Click the photo for more from the work and the ceremony.

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