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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AWARDS Meritorious Service Medal CAPT Martha LaGuardia CAPT Wilbur Velarde Coast Guard Commendation Medal MKCS Christopher Pierce MST2 Amy D'Arecca Coast Guard Achievement Medal LT Daren Devlin MK2 Taurean Cooper MK2 Chase Russell LCDR Regina Adams MKC Harold Roebuck BMC Theresa Joyce Commandant's Letter of Commendation LT Mario Monreal MST2 Kelly Homschek MSTC Mike Moreno TAPS Capt. Crook Stewart, Jr., USCGR, 86, of Panama City, Fla., passed away Aug. 23 in his childhood home in Parker, Fla. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Gwyneth, as well as his children, Crook (Vicki), Leigh (Kevin), Kelley (Tracy), and Robert (Danielle) and stepchildren Steve (Ara) and Kimberly. Capt. and Mrs. Stewart also had many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great- great grandchild. After graduating Bay High in 1950, Capt. Stewart attended the Coast Guard Academy and graduated with an engineering degree in 1954. After serving several years on active duty, he transitioned to the Reserve, remaining in the service for a total of 27 years. As a civilian, Stewart initially became a small business owner (Two Crooks Inc.), but after graduating with a master's in engineering from Florida State University, he served as an expert in minesweeping and mine countermeasures gear at the Navy lab in Panama City. During his years at the lab, he worked on special missions in Vietnam, Cambodia, Israel, Egypt, the United Kingdom and at NATO in Brussels, Belgium. Stewart went on to serve as scientific assistant to the head of the Navy's Mine Warfare Branch at the Pentagon. Capt. Stewart enjoyed spending time with family and friends, piloting small aircraft and traveling the world. He was a dancer with the Orlando Beach Boppers and Panama City Bop and Shag clubs; he often attended dancing reunions with the Beach Bums at Panama City Beach and Society of Stranders in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. His family and friends will miss his blue eyes, sweet smile, kindness and sense of humor. He will stay in many hearts and memories. Don't see your award? Need to recognize a shipmate, or the members of your unit? Email us (no citation necessary!) at Hurricane Maria responder recognized In August, Petty Officer 2nd Class Amy D'Arecca was recognized for her exceptional work while in support of the Coast Guard's response to Hurricane Maria in 2017. As a leader of the Vessel Owner Outreach Group, D'Arecca organized a public engagement program, administered detailed case files, prepared thousands of records for legal archive, served as a field responder, and assisted boat owners ensuring the safe return of their vessels. Pictured are Cmdr. Natalie Murphy, D'Arecca and Lt. Jay Perdue. Photo courtesy of Petty Officer 1st Class Loren Johnson. Issue 4 • 2018 � RESERVIST 43

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