The Coast Guard Foundation announced its 31st event honoring the Coast Guard on the West Coast.
The foundation’s Pacific Area Awards Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco. This year the event will have a special focus: “Defending our Maritime Cyber Domain.”
Adm. Charles D. Michel, the Coast Guard’s vice commandant, and Christopher J. Wiernicki, chairman, president and CEO of the American Bureau of Shipping, will be the keynote speakers. They will discuss emerging cyber threats and the need to improve protection and preparedness postures in shipboard and port environments.
Michel is a 1985 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and holds a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Earlier this year he became the first four-star vice commandant in Coast Guard history.
“The men and women of the United States Coast Guard not only enforce maritime law, preserve the environment and protect our homeland on land, sea and in the air; they also protect us from cyber threats,” Coast Guard Foundation president Anne Brengle said in a statement.
“These brave individuals who serve our maritime community on so many fronts deserve our gratitude and support. We are humbled to recognize their service at the Pacific Area Awards Dinner in San Francisco.”