Captain Robert J. Paulison awarded prestigious OSPRA award

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Captain Robert J. Paulison, commander of Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi, was awarded the Texas General Land Office’s prestigious 2009 Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act Award April 2, 2010.

“Receiving such a prestigious award is an incredible honor,” said Paulison. “I’m truly humbled.”

For the first time, the award was given to an individual, as a testament to Paulison’s unique and overreaching efforts to foster a collaborative effort between two agencies on the forefront of response and prevention in the Texas coastal region.

“Ever since taking command, I’ve emphasized the importance of partnership and working together,” Paulison explained. “It’s the hard work, dedication, and spirit of cooperation of each and every man and woman throughout all of Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi that made the partnership real and this award possible.”

The OSPRA Award was established by the TGLO, the oldest state agency in Texas, to recognize organizations excelling in their efforts to comply with the state’s Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act of 1991. The Coast Guard’s primary environmental function is the protection of natural resources. This includes the elimination of environmental damage and the degradation of natural resources associated with maritime transportation, fishing, and recreational boating.

“There is no stronger, more positive, or more important partnership in our environmental protection mission than with the Texas General Land Office,” said Paulison.

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