SEATTLE (NNS) -- More than 30 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from both the United States and Canada received recognition during a Navy League of the U.S. (NLUS) Sea Services Luncheon held at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle Aug. 6.
The service members represented senior and junior Sailor, Marine, Bluejacket and Coast Guardsmen of the year for Pacific Northwest commands and from Seattle Seafair Fleet Week visitors USS Green Bay (LPD 20), USS Port Royal (CG 73), USS Kidd (DDG 100) and U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian navy ships.
U.S. 3rd Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt said Sailors and Marines get the best training in the world, work on millions of dollars worth of equipment, are responsible for billion dollar ships and most importantly, lead and work with shipmates in potentially life and death situations.
"Our Navy and Marine Corps provide an environment of continual learning. It is one that is stimulating and rewarding. I personally find the fact that our Sailors and Marines are given incredible responsibility, immediately and at a very young age, tremendously rewarding. There is no other profession where you are entrusted with the degree of responsibility, as early," said Hunt.
"This group represents the reason why our Navies and Coast Guard services are the best in the world," said Navy Region Northwest Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Dave Bisson. "This is the good life – coming to events like this. It's one of the things that makes my job so rewarding. There are a lot of people here who deserve a great deal of recognition."
The annual luncheon, sponsored by NLUS Seattle Council, was held as part of fleet week for the 61th Seattle Seafair. Fleet week activities allow U.S. and Canadian Sailors and Coast Guard personnel to experience the local community and promote awareness of the maritime forces through tours and presentations.