MINNEAPOLIS, MN—A U.S. Coast Guard petty officer assigned to Coast Guard Station Apra Harbor in Guam received The American Legion’s Spirit of Service Award yesterday in recognition of his extensive volunteer efforts.
MK2 Brian M. Gogo serves as a 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.
Gogo participated in the 23rd Annual Guam International Coastal Cleanup 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.
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 Gogo along with Walter Joseph Marm Jr., Medal of Honor recipient, and retired Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Michael Barrett during The American Legion’s 100th National Convention in Minneapolis.
Gogo was honored along with representatives from the others. (PR)