The Coast Guard Aviation Association’s (CGAA) President’s Award was presented to CDR Gary Gamble, USCG (ret), in recognition of his extraordinary and enduring contributions to the CGAA.
From the Citation
Gary’s impact, and that of his fellow PTEROs, is palpable. “CDR Gamble began his Coast Guard career after commissioning as an Ensign from Officer Candidate School in 1974. His first assignment was at the Port Safety Station in Port Chicago California supervising explosive loading. He then earned his “Wings of Gold’ in 1977 as Coast Guard Aviator #1826. He flew +3500 hours in the HH-52 and HH-65 while deploying aboard Coast Guard Cutters from the Bearing Sea to Antarctica. CDR Gamble’s duty stations include San Francisco, Kodiak, North Bend, Savannah, and ATC Mobile where he retired as Chief of Polar Operations in 1997. Following retirement, CDR Gamble’s love of Coast Guard aviation led him to become the Vice President for Communications and Media for the Coast Guard Aviation Association, an all-volunteer 501(C) 3 organization dedicated to the preservation of Coast Guard Aviation History, and the recognition and support of current Coast Guard Aviation personnel. For over a decade he has been responsible for the formulation and implementation of the organization’s external and internal communications, and the distribution of all pertinent information to our membership and the public. He is a thoughtful and innovative leader who is known throughout the Aviation community for outstanding leadership and vast knowledge of Coast Guard Aviation. CDR Gamble’s initiative, dedication, and leadership are most heartily commended, and in keeping with the highest traditions of the Aviation Association and the USCG.