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Local Coastie Nominated as Unsung Hero


The Coast Guard Mentoring Association has nominated Chief Warrant Officer Rodney Cates as an unsung hero.

This week, the Alameda-based Coast Guard Mentoring Association (CGMA) announced that it has nominated Chief Warrant Officer Rodney Cates, a 28-year veteran of the United States Coast Guard, as a nominee for the Ford Freedom Unsung award in the category of Military.

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.

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