Coast Guard announces selection of next Silver Ancient Mariner

Washington, DC – Admiral Karl L. Schultz, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard announced today that Master Chief Petty Officer Russell A. Cox has been selected as the fourteenth Silver (Enlisted) Ancient Mariner since the inception of the program in 1978.

Master Chief Cox will assume the title of Silver Ancient Mariner from Master Chief Petty Officer Mathew J. Coppola during a ceremony onboard the Coast Guard Cutter MANATEE (WPB-87363) in Dania, FL, on 31 May 2019.

DCCM Cox is currently stationed at Coast Guard Surface Forces Logistics Command (SFLC) in Baltimore, MD. He previously served as the Damage Control (DC) Rating/Training Manager at TRACEN Yorktown and has served aboard CGC SPENCER (WMEC-905), CGC SENECA (WMEC-906), CGC TAMPA (WMEC-902) and CGC MORGENTHAU (WHEC-722).

The Ancient Mariner title recognizes the officer and enlisted person with the earliest designation as a permanent cutterman and requires a minimum of ten years of sea time. The award recipients must personify and uphold the Core Values of honor, respect and devotion to duty, along with the professionalism and leadership associated with long service at sea.

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