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ISS4 2018

Reservist Magazine is the award-winning official publication of the United States Coast Guard Reserve. Quarterly issues include news and feature articles about the men and women who comprise America's premier national maritime safety and security

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First CG member inducted into Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame Cmdr. Michael Hart was inducted into the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame as one of 30 members being honored for 2018. Hart's service as a Coast Guardsman and as a Marine was recognized in a ceremony held Sept. 7, in Lexington, Ky. Rear Adm. Scott McKinley and Rear Adm. Stephen Day, who served in Port Security Unit 309 with Hart, both attended the ceremony. "It's a great honor to be the first Coast Guardsman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame," said Hart, who retired in 2009 as the commanding officer of PSU 308. After serving two years with the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, Hart went on to serve another 23 years in the Coast Guard Reserve, including additional time overseas with PSUs. In his civilian career, he served with the Louisville Division of Police, retiring in 2000 after almost 30 years in law enforcement. Hart is now active in the Marine Corps League, contributing to veterans' service projects and pistol competitions. � Captain retires after three decades of service On May 19, Capt. Martha J. LaGuardia celebrated her retirement from the Coast Guard after 29 years of service to the country, with more than a third of it spent on active duty. She was presented with the Meritorious Service Medal by her Coast Guard Academy classmate and Ninth District Commander, Rear Adm. Joanna Nunan. LaGuardia spent much of her active duty in law enforcement, including two sea tours, but transitioned to the career field of public affairs around the same time she transitioned to the Reserve. As a public affairs officer, LaGuardia handled cases like the Kennedy plane crash, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the response to Hurricane Sandy. LaGuardia, known as Martha Kotite- LaGuardia in her civilian career, is the author of several books, including some written about the Coast Guard. She continues her work as an author and speaker. � Captain Martha LaGuardia, stands with her family at her retirement ceremony, May 19. LaGuardia retires after 29 years of service in the Coast Guard and Reserve. Photo courtesy of Capt. Martha LaGuardia Cmdr. Michael Hart poses with Rear Adm. Scott McKinley, Senior Reserve Officer for DCO, at the 2018 Kentucky Veteran's Hall of Fame, Sept. 7. Photo courtesy of Rear Adm. Scott McKinley RESERVIST MAGAZINE RETIREE SITREP Issue 4 • 2018 � RESERVIST 35

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