Coast Guard Sector San Juan celebrates Hispanic Heritage observance event

Coast Guard District 7 NewsSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan personnel celebrated their Hispanic Heritage observance event at Coast Guard Base San Juan Tuesday.

The event featured Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar as well as cultural musical and dance groups provided by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.

“This was a great event that allowed Sector San Juan personnel to value the service and heritage of Hispanic service members in the U.S. Armed Forces,” said Capt. Drew Pearson, Sector San Juan commander. “Honoring, learning and respecting our shipmates’ various cultures makes the Coast Guard a stronger organization.”

As the event’s guest speaker, Alomar addressed more than 200 Coast Guard service and family members and thanked them for their service. He also expressed the importance that leadership, dedication and hard work played in his success on the field, and how his family’s support allowed him to achieve his lifetime dream to become a Major League Baseball player. Alomar also had the opportunity to experience the professionalism and skills of Coast Guard boatcrews during a familiarization ride in San Juan Harbor aboard a Coast Guard’s multi-mission 45-foot Response Boat-Medium.

Sector San Juan service and family members were also able to experience a folklore dance exhibition by the Gíbaro dance crew, and performances by musical groups Andante and Pleneros Con Sabor. They also enjoyed an array of dishes prepared by Sector San Juan Galley personnel representing different Hispanic cultures throughout Latin America, and witnessed a Paso Fino horse demonstration from the Insular Association of Paso Fino Horses in Puerto Rico.

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