American Samoa Coast Guard unit receives regional excellence award

11th Coast Guard District NewsSAN DIEGO – Marine Safety Detachment American Samoa received the Admiral John B. Hayes Award for Unit Excellence during the Coast Guard Foundation’s 26th Annual Pacific Area awards dinner in San Diego, Aug. 3, 2011.

The awards dinner was held to recognize specific acts of outstanding heroism, leadership and mission achievement performed in the Pacific region.

Information from the Coast Guard Foundation press release:

The Admiral John B. Hayes Award for Unit Excellence will be presented to Marine Safety Detachment American Samoa for its exceptional gains in maritime safety, security and stewardship in the South Pacific. These include stopping vessels in U.S. waters engaged in environmental pollution activities, and identifying vessels that do not meet safety regulations and those that are drug trafficking. The unit also planned the successful removal of over 65,000 gallons of aviation gas from a sunken tanker, led storm preparations ahead of the landfall of a cyclone, and provided training to increase the competency of unlicensed fishing vessels to reduce accident rates. Comprised of only three Coast Guard members, their remarkable accomplishments in one year’s time have earned the unit the award for outstanding mission achievements.

The Coast Guard Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1969 that supports projects that enhance the education, welfare and morale of Coast Guard members and their families. For pictures of the award recipients, CLICK HERE. For more information on the awards dinner and the Coast Guard Foundation, CLICK HERE.

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