The Coast Guard awarded Ben
Stoppe the Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award in
November 2011 for his work as the Treasurer for over six years of
the Coast Guard Aviation Association – Ancient Order of the
It was a complete surprise
for Ben & was awarded at the annual convention, or “Roost” in
Mobile, AL, after the CGAA had passed out all our annual aviation
rescue awards (rotary & fixed-wing), maintenance & safety awards.
The outgoing president, CAPT
Mont J. Smith, USCG (Ret.), got the CG Distinguished PS Award, and
two other officers (VPs) of the Association, got the same award as
Ben received. Ben was completely surprised.
(from left to right): the admiral’s aide (don’t remember her
name), CAPT Mont Smith, VADM John Currier (reigning Ancient
Albatross), CDR Ben Stoppe, and SCPO Peter MacDougall (reigning
enlisted Ancient Albatross).