SEATTLE — The Coast Guard recognized Port Orchard, Washington, resident Chief Warrant Officer Joel Moore, support officer, Coast Guard Cutter Mellon, as the 47th Master Cutterman during a cermony aboard the cutter, which was underway in the Bering Sea, Coast Guard Day, August 4.
Moore was presented with a Letter of Appreciation signed by Adm. Paul F. Zunkunft, commandant of the Coast Guard and by Capt. Darren McLenon, commanding officer of the Mellon, and Moore was also awarded the Coast Guard Commendation Medal during the ceremony.
“How fitting to celebrate this prestigious and historic event on the Coast Guard’s 226thAnniversary in the world’s most dangerous environment, the Bering Sea,” said McLenon. “Because of Chief Warrant Officer Moore the Mellon is one of the best cutters in the fleet, and the Coast Guard is a better service.”
Chief Warrant Officer Moore currently serves as the support officer of the Mellon, with more than 20 years of total sea time during his Coast Guard career. Following a brief stint in professional baseball’s minor league system, Moore joined the Coast Guard in 1992 and began his career as a Seaman Apprentice aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay, which was homeported at Governor’s Island in New York. He has since served aboard nine Coast Guard cutters and at one Coast Guard small boat station.
The Coast Guard’s Master Cutterman program was created in April 2007, to formally recognize servicemembers who have distinguished themselves throughout their careers with more than 20 years of at sea service. The first Master Cutterman certificate was presented to Chief Warrant Officer Paul Dilger at his retirement ceremony in July 2007. While many Coast Guardsmen have proudly been named as permanent cuttermen, serving more than five years afloat, only a select few have endured the rigors of sea duty for 20 years.