Guam – The Coast Guard District Fourteen Commander, RADM Charles Ray, who assumed command of the Fourteenth Coast Guard District on October 22, visited all Coast Guard units on Guam on November 9 and with senior leaders from the Air Force, Navy, and National Guard on November 10.
[RADM Ray onboard the CGC ASSATEAGUE with their commanding officer, LT Lisa Rodman, 3rd from center.]
He started the day with the Coast Guard meeting the Coast Guard Chiefs’ Mess and gave an address clarifying the Coast Guard Commandant’s, ADM Robert J. Papp, instructions regarding “Steadying the Fleet”, focusing on current missions and directives and how the Coast Guard chiefs play a significant role in mentoring others and getting members engaged in training to master their craft.
RADM Ray visited CGC WASHINGTON and ASSATEAGUE, meeting with the Commanding Officers and crews stating, “I am truly proud of what you do every day out here in Guam. You are on the edge of the edge and continue to perform day in and day out.” Next was lunch aboard the CGC SEQUOIA, where RADM Ray was presented a CGC SEQUOIA ball cap as a sign of appreciation for his visit.
At the Coast Guard All Hands meeting at the Naval Base Guam Chapel, RADM Ray addressed the entire Sector shore-side and afloat crews. He again talked about “Steadying the Fleet” and praised Sector Guam for its performance despite being so far out on the supply chain. Several Coast Guard members took the opportunity to voice concerns and make suggestions for improvement. District Fourteen Command Master Chief Michael Ferreira followed up by talking about safety and stressed the need to put safety in the forefront in the wake of several losses of shipmates during the past year.
After a tour of the new Station Apra Harbor facility and a chance to speak with the boat crews, RADM Ray took a tour of Outer Apra Harbor onboard a 25-foot response boat with the Station Apra Harbor Command Cadre, BMC Nicholas Pavlik, BM1 David Callaway, and MK1 Joshua Herring, along with Coxswain BM2 Alanna Impastato. RADM Ray left very impressed, commenting on the unit’s Record of Inspections: “Great tour of spaces; impressed with…transformation…and professionalism of crew. Took fam[iliarization] ride in harbor and beyond; great intro[duction] to AO[R] and challenges. BZ on performance of crew.” The Officer in Charge, BMC Pavlik, had a chance to speak with RADM Ray on some of the unique challenges Guam presents to operational units, as well as, policy concerns effecting Station Apra Harbor. RADM Ray was particularly pleased with the conversation and Station’s OINC [Officer in Charge].
The day ended with a visit to the Coast Guard Guam Auxiliary flotilla meeting at the University of Guam. RADM Ray praised the Auxiliarists in Guam and Saipan for their volunteer service in supporting Coast Guard missions and marine safety programs throughout Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Before departing Guam, RADM Ray met with COL Tod Fingal, 36th Wing and followed with a Joint Region Marianas brief covering anticipated projects on island to include facilities for the anticipated U.S. Marines movement from Okinawa. Time at Andersen Air Force Base was concluded with a tour of the Global Hawk facility courtesy of LTCOL Brandon Baker, where RADM Ray spent time talking about how Global Hawk may be able to assist many of the Coast Guard’s missions in the Marianas. The day finished with a tour of Guam USO and a meeting with GEN Donald Goldhorn, National Guard and ADM Paul Bushong, Joint Region Marianas. Overall the common theme of all the visits tackled ways to bring our units together and improve overall mission efficiency and effectiveness throughout the Marianas and Micronesia.