Ohio Servicemembers Represent Coast Guard at NFL Game


U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Chief Petty Officer Juan Perez


Coast Guardsmen assigned to Lake Erie units in Ohio were honored at the Cleveland Browns’ home season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sept. 11, 2011.

The 11 Coast Guardsmen assigned to units in Cleveland and Marblehead, Ohio, were part of a military contingent made up of every service who manned the “introduction gauntlet” as Cleveland Browns players entered the field.

The game held special significance because it was on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks, demonstrated by the crowd’s support of the servicemembers.

“It was pretty amazing,” said Chief Petty Officer Jason Steele, of Electronic Systems Support Unit Cleveland.

“When we were walking to our seats when we were done with gauntlet, the entire section stood and applauded as we walked by,” he said.


Pictured, left to right are: Petty Officer 2nd Class Cliffton Wolfe, Base Support Detachment Cleveland; Petty Officer 1st Class Scott Hutton, Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center Detachment Cleveland; Chief Petty Officer Jason Steele, Electronic Systems Support Unit Cleveland; Petty Officer 3rd Class Elisha Smith, SILC Det. Cleveland; Lt. Cmdr. Douglas Petrusa, Naval Engineering Support Unit Cleveland; Chief Petty Officer Tommy Dukes, Personnel Services and Support Unit Cleveland; Petty Officer 2nd Class John Eister, Station Cleveland Harbor; Chief Petty Officer Matt Grant, BSD Cleveland; Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Reynolds, 9th District; Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Adkins, Station Marblehead, Ohio; and Chief Petty Officer Juan Perez, Health, Safety and Work-Life Field Office Cleveland.