ISS2 2017

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CG Reservists Play a role in CG Arctic Strategy Capt. James Robinson, 1st CG District Reserve Chief of Staff and Senior Reserve Officer, was joined by Sector Southeastern New England Reserve Command Senior Chief Bryan Mastrangelo during a visit to Brown University for a presentation and update on the Coast Guard's role in the Arctic Strategy. Capt. Robinson is also a civilian employee with the Coast Guard in the 17th CG District and is responsible for a team of District reservists as part of the Operation Planning for Arctic Shield. Officer Promotion a Family Affair Capt. Michael Spolidoro was promoted by Rear Adm. William Kelly during a ceremony at CG Headquarters on January 17, 2017. Capt. Spolidoro's wife, Cmdr. Laurina Spolidoro, participated in the ceremony putting on the new captain's shoulder boards. Photo by PA2 Emaia Rise. USS SERPENS Sailors Remembered Members of the Coast Guard family, active, Reserve, Auxiliary, and retired, gathered at the site of the USS SERPENS (AK-97) Monument at Arlington National Ceremony on February 8, 2017; to remember and honor the 250 souls who lost their lives in the largest single disaster suffered by the United States Coast Guard in World War II. The 14,250-ton ammunition ship exploded off Lunga Beach, Guadalcanal, British Solomon Islands, on the night of January 29, 1945. Servicemen were loading depth charges when the SERPENS exploded. The 250 men who died included 193 U.S. Coast Guard sailors, 56 U.S. Army soldiers, and Dr. Harry M. Levin, a U.S. Public Health Service surgeon. Of the 193 Coast Guardsmen, 17 were regular Coast Guard and 176 were reservists. SK3 Xavier Palmer is shown here offering the invocation as part of the Wreath-Laying ceremony. Photo courtesy MCPO Mark Allen, USCGR (ret.) 46 RESERVIST � Issue 2 • 2017

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