The Seattle Council was honored to support
several invitation-only events held as part of
the festivities marking the commissioning of
the National Security Cutter Munro on April
in downtown Seattle.
The council hosted a VIP Reception March 31, a VIP
Breakfast April 1 before the commissioning and then
a light lunch after the commissioning. VIPs invited
included Coast Guard guests, Seattle Navy League
sponsors and board members, among others.
Navy League Organizational Development and
Awards National Vice President Tom Jaffa and his
wife, Diane, a national director and Northwest Region
vice president, served as co-chairs with Chairman
Matt Miller on the Commissioning Committee and in
organizing the reception, breakfast and lunch events
hosted by the Seattle Council. Miller is a retired Coast
Guard captain and president of the Seattle Council.
Miller and Tom Jaffa presented plank-owner
plaques to every member of the crew after the Seattle
Council adopted the ship.
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft
presided over the commissioning ceremony to accept
the sixth National Security Cutter into the fleet at
Pier 91 in Seattle. Brian Cuccias, president of Ingalls
Shipbuilding, which built the cutter, also spoke at the
event, according to a report from the Coast Guard.
The cutter was commissioned in Seattle to honor the
only Coast Guard Medal of Honor recipient, Signalman
1st Class Douglas Munro, who was buried in the veterans’
section of Laurel Hill Memorial Park in Cle Elum, Wash.,
after he sacrificed his life to save the lives of more than
500 U.S. Marines at Guadalcanal during World War II.
The 418-foot Legend-class cutter will be home-ported in Alameda, Calif.
Lake Washington & Everett Salute Healy
The Lake Washington & Everett, Wash., Council
held its “Annual Healy Dinner” March 8 at the Bellevue Red Lion hotel to honor members of the crew and
hear about Coast Guard medium icebreaker’s recent
missions. More than two-dozen crew members and
four representatives of Healy prime contractor GE
Energy Power Conversion U.S. Inc. joined council
members for the event, according to a report in the
council’s Voyager newsletter.
Guests enjoyed a St. Patrick’s Day buffet before
Council President Pete Stiles invited the GE Energy
Power Conversion representatives, most of whom had
traveled from Pittsburgh for the dinner, to the podium.
David Muniz described the services the company provides for the vessel, which include ongoing electronics
training, and the long-term relationship between Healy
and GE Energy.
Stiles then introduced Healy’s commanding officer, Capt. Jason Hamilton, who detailed the cutter’s
most recent four-month deployment. During its Arctic
West Summer mission from June into October, Healy
examined the ecosystem of the Chukchi Sea above the
Bering Strait with the crew and embarked science party
Seattle Council Supports
Munro Commissioning Activities
BY PETER ATKINSON, DEPUTY EDITOR
Crew members aboard the Coast Guard National Security Cutter Munro
gather with Seattle Council President Matt Miller and Navy League
National Vice President Tom Jaffa, at front with banner, March 30
aboard the ship. Miller and Jaffa presented plank-owner plaques to
every member of the crew after the Seattle Council adopted the cutter,
which was commissioned in Seattle April 1.