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VIRTUAL: A Brief History of the Coast Guard with Captain Greg Ketchen, retired.

VIRTUAL: A Brief History of the Coast Guard with Captain Greg Ketchen, retired.

 Massachusetts is the birthplace of the Coast Guard.  America’s oldest seagoing service has an exceptionally rich history and those who have served in the Coast Guard here in Massachusetts have made significant contributions to that history. This federal service has evolved into an organization with dozens of missions, some of which may surprise. Most are aware of the role of Coast Guard men and women as first responders, law enforcement officers and boating safety experts but few know that some are oceanographers, combat veterans, arctic explorers and even astronauts.

Greg Ketchen is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Captain living in Osterville, MA.   He is a volunteer at the Coast Guard Heritage Museum located in Barnstable’s Old Customs House and has served as its president for the past six years.   Before moving to the Cape thirteen years ago, Greg’s career included providing support to Massachusetts’ commercial ports as a development consultant, heading operations at the New England Aquarium, and filling a wide variety of Coast Guard jobs. These included performing duties at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, completing assignments as chief oceanographer for the International Ice Patrol and on the faculty of the Coast Guard Academy, and serving as commander of Coast Guard Group Boston and a NATO station in Italy.   He has completed graduate studies in both Physical Oceanography and Business Administration.  He is a frequent lecturer on a variety of topics related to Coast Guard missions and history.

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This virtual event is hosted by the Tewksbury Public Library and is a collaboration between the several Massachusetts libraries.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.


Tuesday, April 16, 2024
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Conference Room
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