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      Robert Council USCG LCDR Ret.

      Previous member of Albuquerque Chapter.  Currently, member of Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano County Chapters.  LIfe Member National MOAA.  Currently since 2015, website adminisrator for CALMOAA Council, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano County Chapters, newsletter editor and Director Communications for Alameda County chapter and Director for Coast Guard matters for Contra Costa County Chapter.  Previously, served as Vice President for Membership for Contra Costa Chapter (2015-2016).

      Currently, Life Member of U.S. Navy League.  Previously served as Treasurer of Albuquerque Chapter. (2006 - 2007).

      Served in Albuquertye Regional Office, Veterans Benefits Administration, 2008 - 2011 and Oakland Regional Office, 2011 - 2013,  after advancing to Senior Veterans Service Representative (GS-11).  While working for VBA, graduated from Veterans Benefits Administration Academy, served as Claims Assistant, Veterans Service Represntative on Predetermination Team, Congressional Inquiry Response Team, Veterans Adjudication Team, Special Operations Team, Homeless Veterans Team and Intake Analysis Team.

      Prior to working for Veterans Benefit Administration, owned , served as CEO and managing broker of real estate brokerage office in Fairfield, CA.   Earned my California Real Estate Brokers License, shortly after retiring from U.S. Coast Guard.  During my real estate career, I served on the Northern Solano Association Realtors Board of Directors and served on one of the nation's first Regional Multiple Listing Service Committees with tasking of designing a multiple listing service that would incorporate, Marin, Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Solano and Northern Solano exisiting data into one large regional data bases.

      Upon retirement from the Coast Guard, I went into real estate in California.  I was familiar with computers so designed a (pre-windows) computer program for real estate that allowed real estate agents to enter a few property search parameters and the program would locate all properties matching that criteria, extract required information from the the results and build a spreadsheet that would build a comparative analysis and recommend sales price, calculate buyers closing costs and sellers net sheets for over 14 different types of loans.  This informaiotn was done unattended, thus freeing up agents to meet prospective clients and build upon their leads networks.

      Served in U.S. Coast Guard, 1961-1986, went to boot camp at Government Island (now Coast Guard Island) in Alameda, CA.  From there, I served onboard a Coast Guard Patrol Gunboat (later redesignated a High Endurance Cutter), built in 1943.  When I reported aboard in Seatle, the ship sill had all it's anti-submarine warfare armament (depth charges, K-Guns, quad 40 mm cannons, hedgehogs and 5"/38 gun). 

      I spent seven years on board that same ship going on Alaska Patrols, Bering Sea Patrols, Ocean Station November and Double Victor patrols.  In 1968, was transferred to a seagoing buoy tender in Astoria Oregon where we serviced buoys along the Oregon, Washington Coast and did Oceanographic Research off Staits of Juan de Fuca (borders Canada and Washington).  On alll the above, we routinely found ourselves being divered to search and rescue missions.

      In late 1968, I received orders to OCS, where upon arrival was notified that I had been promoted to Chief Quartermaster.  Hard joice OCS or the Chief's Quarters.  After 4 months, in Yorktown, VA, I was assigned to a Seagoing Tug (ATF) that had been transferred to the Coast Guard several years earlier.  Shortly, after reporting aboard and assuming duties and gunnery officer, we had a 3"/50 cannon and a couple of .50 cal., we departed for Alaska Patrol.  Same type of patrol work but the ships were getting smaller,  This one was 205 feet long while the Patrol Gunboad was 255 feet long.

      Well, about half way through my assignment, the Coast Guard decided to decommissionthe AFT and replace it with an auxiliary tug (ATA) reassigned from the Navy.  I finished my tour as Ensign about the ATA as Navigator and assistnat ops.  The was assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Taney (patrol Gunboat buiilt in 1937 for the Coast Guard.  The Taney is now a floating museum in Baltimore.  She was in Pearl Harbor, on Dec 7, 1941, and was one of the first ships to place her guns in action and get underway to protect the harbor.  Though older she was a larger ship (327 feet long) than the others I had seved on.  I reported aboard the Taney at Government Island (where I had went to boot camp).  I was assigned duties as First Lieutenant (Deck Department Head). She had just returned a couple months earlier, from duty off South Vietnam.  I was once again, departing only a few days after I had reported aboard, for a Double Victor Ocean Station (transit to Honolulu for refueling, depart for point half way between Honolulu and Midway Island, stay on station for 30 days then depart for Midway Island to refuel and transit to Yokuska.  Get minor repairs done at shipyard and repeat in reverse.  Then we settled into the routine of Navy Refresher Training in San Diego seperated by a couple of Ocean Station Novembers and the occasional deep sea SAR Case.  Somewhere in that time, I was promoted to LTJG and the Deck Department had gotten the hull and topside areas back to peacetime conditons we were given orders to sale the ship to the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore (which was the beginning of her last proud era, serving on ocean station patrols in the Atlantic and a couple of Drug and Alien Interdiction patrols.  She escaped being turned into a reef and became a museum in company with the USS Torsch (submarine), USS Constelation (the frist one).  Watch for updates of my 25 years in US Coast Guard.












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