Coast Guard members get once in a lifetime opportunity at Ravens Stadium

BALTIMORE - Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony J. Matulonis, a marine science technician at Sector Baltimore, reenlists for four more years of service while standing on the 50-yard line with his shipmates and Lt. Cmdr. Jonathen Andrechik, the administering officer for the ceremony, at the M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, April 8, 2011. Matulonis is a Baltimore native and long standing Ravens fan. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Brazzell.

Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony J. Matulonis reenlists while standing on the 50-yard line. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3obert Brazzell

BALTIMORE — Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Classes Monica Vidal and Anthony J. Matulonis, both marine science technicians at Sector Baltimore, reenlisted for four more years of service during their reenlistment ceremony held at the M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, Friday.

The reenlistment ceremony was conducted by their supervisors Lt. Cmdr. Marie Castillo-Bletso and Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan Andrechik, where, in front of family and shipmates, they gave an oath to defend the Constitution once more.

“I, Monica Vidal, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniformed Code of Military Justice; so help me God,” said Vidal.

Both members said they were diehard Ravens fans and wanted to make their reenlistment ceremony memorable by doing it someplace meaningful.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Matulonis. “I never imagined I would get to walk on the same field that the Ravens play on or to be able to play football with my son while we were there – it was unreal.”

Matulonis, originally from Baltimore, is currently serving as the leading petty officer for the Incident Management Division within Sector Baltimore where he oversees all pollution responses for the Upper Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac River, and the many tributaries that feed these waterways. He also oversees the completion of nearly 200 pollution cases annually.

The group was given the opportunity to tour the stadium, visit the locker rooms and throw around a football on the field.

“It was such a memorable and awesome experience,” said Vidal. “I never thought I would be able to do something like this. It was just the best day ever. I’m so grateful to have had this opportunity.”

Vidal, originally from Middletown, Del., is responsible for conducting safety and security inspections on Coast Guard regulated facilities within Sector Baltimore’s area of responsibility, which includes the Port of Baltimore and the National Capitol Region.

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