Coast Guard Atlantic Area member presented with distinguished NAACP award

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Coast Guard Lt. Commander K. Moore, was presented the NAACP’s Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award for 2010 at the Department of Defense 36th Annual Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Awards dinner in Kansas City, Mo.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People cited Moore for superior performance while assigned to Coast Guard Sector New York, as the Chair of the Human Relations Council.

“I was shocked and honored to be recognized for all the great things that we accomplished at Sector New York,” said Moore. “It was great to serve and do all of these great things in my hometown of New York City. I would have never been able to accomplish this without the great support of the command, and the men and women of Sector New York.”

Moore reignited the Council’s purpose by improving the local Partnership in Education program and tripling Council membership. His efforts resulted in garnering support for the program from more than 20 schools and universities. An outstanding ambassador for the Coast Guard, he served as a panelist for the 2009 Thurgood Marshall College Fund Leadership Institute, guest speaker at the Public School 184 graduation ceremony, and presenter on the Junior Officer Hero’s Panel for Eclipse Week at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

In addition, he re-established two nationally recognized, professional mentoring groups in the New York area; the National Naval Officers Association Big Apple Chapter, and the Association for Naval Service Officers Admiral David Farragut New York Chapter.

“While Lt. Moore may have been shocked to receive this award, it didn’t surprise me,” said Vice Adm. Robert C. Parker, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area. “The very same qualities he brought to the interview to work on my personal staff are the ones that served him so well in his assignment at Sector New York and especially during the crisis on the Hudson. I’m very happy to see this recognition bestowed upon him.”

The Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award was instituted in 1975 in commemoration of the distinguished service of Roy Wilkins, who established the NAACP Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Department in 1969.

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