Coast Guard to honor employee of 42 years

YORKTOWN, Va. – The Coast Guard is scheduled to honor a civilian employee retiring after 42-years of service to the Coast Guard Friday at Training Center Yorktown, Va.

Billie Rae Hill, a Chincoteague, Va., native and graduate of Chincoteague High School, began her civil service career in 1958 as a procurement clerk at Naval Air Station Chincoteague and worked several government jobs through the next 19 years. In 1977 she was hired by Lt. Cmdr. Jim Loy, who would later become the Commandant of the Coast Guard, as the secretary of the Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in Yorktown.

Hill worked at OCS for 21 years until it was relocated to the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., in 1998. While employed at OCS, former Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole, presented Hill with the Secretary’s Award for Excellence at the 17th Annual Secretary’s Awards in Washington D.C. on September 12, 1984. Following her employment at OCS she worked as an administrative assistant and “Plank Owner” for the International Maritime Officers School where she continued to work until her retirement.

Former Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Jim Loy, ret., will preside over the ceremony.

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