Representing the Service
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The Master Chief and the Mascot
1/26/2012 6:08:18 AM
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael P. Leavitt takes care to not disturb Coast Guard Station Annapolis' mascot Rosie, during an all-hands meeting with the unit January 9, 2012. Rosie was a given to the station as a gift from the Coast Guard's 20th Commandant, Adm. Robert E. Kramek. Since mankind first took to the seas thousands of years ago, they always brought along members of the animal kingdom with them on board their ships. Coast Guard crews followed this ancient custom and adopted numerous varieties of mammals and birds, among others, as mascots and brought them along on their voyages. Many times these animals were actually enlisted in the service, complete with service and medical records, uniforms, and their own bunks. Quite a few even lived to a ripe old age and enjoyed a well-earned retirement ashore. Many of the shore units too adopted a mascot to help them around the station and when they ventured out on a patrol or a rescue. All Coast Guard mascots have served just as their human counterparts have, with courage, honor, and are "Always Ready" to go to those in need of assistance. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Third Class Cristofer Madrid)