Coastguardsman honored by Legion for community service

by Office of Public Affairs, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam
Stripes Guam

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (Aug. 28, 2018) – A U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer assigned to Coast Guard Station Apra Harbor (Guam) received The American Legion’s Spirit of Service Award today in recognition of his extensive volunteer efforts.

MK2 Brian M. Gogo, serves as a 45’ Response Boat-Medium Engineer, Tactical Boat Crewmember, Boarding Officer, and as lead Volunteer Outreach Coordinator. Originally from Guam, he utilized his local network of contacts to coordinate multiple volunteer opportunities throughout Guam. Working with 15 members of Coast Guard Station Apra Harbor, he led all Coast Guard efforts during the 2nd Annual Kid Day Safety Event. This event provided families with a free booklet that included current photographs, fingerprints, and the height and weight of their children to ensure the safety and security of 234 children via a rapid identification method for authorities in the event of an Amber Alert. MK2 Gogo participated in the 23rd Annual Guam International Coastal Clean-Up Day. This event included over 20 locations where trash was collected along the coast of Guam. His efforts resulted in the removal of 180 bags of trash and debris from coastal areas throughout Guam. MK2 Gogo is also an active member of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America program. He has established himself as an outstanding mentor to children in need of a positive role models.

American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan, the first female to hold the position of National Commander in the Legion’s 100 year history, presented the award to Mr. Gogo along with Walter Joseph Marm, Jr., Medal of Honor recipient, and retired Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Michael Barrett during The American Legion’s 100th National Convention in Minneapolis.”

MK2 Gogo was honored along with representatives from the other four armed services and the National Guard at the annual business gathering of the 2- million-member Legion, the nation's largest veteran’s organization.

"Our nation is fortunate to have such dedicated service members as Brian Gogo,” Rohan said. “For both his service to America and his community, Petty Officer Gogo is a credit to his uniform and to our country.”

This is the 19th year that The American Legion has sponsored the Spirit of Service award program.

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