Former Coast Guard officer posthumously awarded Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service medal

JUNEAU, Alaska – Rear Adm. Christopher Colvin, commander of the 17th Coast Guard District, posthumously awarded Carl H. Lautenberger the Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service medal in Anchorage Wednesday.

Lautenberger’s wife, Fran, was presented the award during a private ceremony in recognition of Lautenberger’s service for his 30-year career as a Coast Guard officer and an Environmental Protection Agency employee supporting environmental protection and response activities in Alaska.

“Carl Lautenberger was a dedicated public servant who spent three decades responding to oil and other hazardous waste spills in the Alaskan environment and also as the EPA subject matter expert in preparedness planning,” said Chris Field of EPA Region 10. “The recognition by the Coast Guard for his efforts is well deserved and appreciated.”

Lautenberger spent five years with the Coast Guard before joining the EPA in 1986 and participated in the response to the tank vessel Exxon Valdez and cargo vessel Selendang Ayu groundings, the sinking of the motor vessel Monarch in Cook Inlet, the Yukon River Floods of 2009 and 2006 trans-Alaskan Pipeline discharges.

He worked to improve relations and coordination between the EPA, Coast Guard, state and tribal leaders. He served for more than 15 years at the EPA’s Co-Chair of the Alaska Regional Response Team which lead to the development and release of the Alaska Unified Response Plan in 2010.

Lautenberger died in February 2010 and leaves behind a widow, Fran, and son Matt.

The Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service medal is the second highest Public Service award issued by the Coast Guard.

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