The association is an affinity organization specializing in peer-to-peer mentoring for Bay Area Coast Guard members and family.
Earlier in the fall, the Ford Motor Company announced a search for unsung heroes of the Bay area African American community. Nominees “should be outstanding, distinctive and and dedicated living individuals or organizations performing exceptional and impactful work.”
A CGMA member learned in November of the program through KBLX 102.9 FM radio and moved the association to action.
Cates completed 11 years of service in the Bay Area, notable accomplishments include overseeing technology missions involving National Security Cutters, Station Golden Gate, and Bay Area Vessel Traffic System.
Of the association’s choice of nominee, CGMA Bay Area Chapter President Rian Bareuther said, “Mr. Cates is a man known to go above and beyond when it comes to providing nourishment to the hungry minds of the next generation of coast guardsmen. As a mentor he is the natural choice for this [nomination]!”
Honorees will be recognized at a special dinner and program held on Tuesday, December 8th at The Rotunda Building Oakland.