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U.S. Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award Presented to Robert J. Flynn

Award Presented Posthumously on October 8 to Daughter Christine Flynn Devine

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that at its 35th Annual Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard, which was held in New York City on October 8th, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Paul Zukunft, presented the U.S. Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award to Robert J. Flynn. The highest commendation bestowed to a civilian by the Coast Guard, the award was presented posthumously to his daughter, Christine Flynn Devine. Flynn was Chairman of the Coast Guard Foundation’s Board of Directors at the time of his passing on February 20, 2015.

“All of us at the Foundation are deeply moved, not only to have been fortunate enough to share Bob’s passion, but to bear witness to the Coast Guard recognizing him in this way,” said Anne Brengle, president, Coast Guard Foundation. “The New York Tribute was such a successful evening and it was the perfect setting to honor a truly wonderful and selfless man.”

In acknowledgement of the contributions and importance of Flynn’s service to the Foundation and in tribute to his service in the United States Coast Guard, the Robert J. Flynn Pathway to Achievement Fund was established after his death. The Fund was created to help the Coast Guard Academy recruit and retain a diverse cadet corp. An initial $50,000 grant was presented to the Coast Guard Academy this fall.


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