This summer I have been fortunate enough to spend my second phase at Station Castle Hill in Newport Rhode Island. The station has constantly been busy between search and rescue cases and logistics for numerous events such as the internationally televised America’s Cup. However, yesterday was one of the most important days of the summer. It marked the retirement of the Commanding Officer, Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Guthlein. Mr. Guthlein not only was the CO, but also the Ancient Keeper of the Coast Guard, which is designated to the senior boat forces member. Mr. Guthlein who retired with 35 years was definitely a pool of knowledge and understood all the aspects in his field. During the Change of Command, as the new CO, Mr. Roberts and Mr. Guthlein did their personnel inspection he said to me; “Remember this.” In his closing speech he talked about legacy and how he was often questioned what his would be. Mr. Guthlein’s address to all in attendance, however, was that he has no legacy. He explained how the next day the cooks would arrive make breakfast and the crew would come down and do what they have done everyday at Station Castle Hill. Mr. Guthlein’s legacy was being part of the Long Blue Line and fulfilling the needs of the service wherever he went.
This summer has been an amazing experience filled with incomparable opportunities and the humility and passion that a man who has done his job for 35 years is one thing I will definitely remember.
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