Coast Guard Names New Enlisted Ancient Mariner

The Coast Guard announced today that Master Chief Petty Officer Richard Vobornik will assume the title of Enlisted Ancient Mariner from Senior Chief Petty Officer Christopher Kukla during a ceremony at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown, VA on July 17.  Senior Chief Kukla is retiring after 30 years of service.  Master Chief Vobornik will become the ninth Enlisted Ancient Mariner since the inception of the program in 1978.

The Ancient Mariner award recognizes the officer and enlisted person with the earliest designation as a permanent cutterman and requires a minimum of 10 years of sea service.  The recipients must personify and uphold the core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty, along with the professionalism and leadership associated with long service at sea.

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