Coast Guard Commander Kristen L. Serumgard presents The Bar Tender: Coast Guard Cutter Fir and Navigation Aids of the Columbia River and Beyond.

Clatsop Community College and the Fort George Brewery are pleased to announce the April event of the 2016-17 first-Thursday Ales & Ideas community lectures.  Thursday, April 6th, CCC hosts US Coast Guard Commander Kristen Serumgard, sharing slides and stories from her post as Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225 foot seagoing buoy tender, homeported in Astoria, Oregon.  Doors open with food and beverage service at 6pm. Seasonal beers on tap, food and other beverages are available for purchase, but no purchase is required. The Fort George Lovell Showroom is located at 14th and Duane St. in Astoria.  Minors are welcome.

The Coast Guard motto, No Bar Too Rough, Too Tough, Too Far, is a fitting subtitle for Kristen Serumgard, who serves as Commanding Officer (CO) for the crew of 7 officers and 41 enlisted men and women who service 115 Aids to Navigation along the coasts of Oregon and Washington in the treacherous waters of the Pacific Northwest.  Locals will recognize the black and red cutter Fir from its local dock at the toe of Tongue Point. A true multi-mission cutter, the Fir also conducts Fisheries Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, and is outfitted with a Spilled Oil Recovery System to respond in the event of an oil spill.  Come enjoy slides and tales from Serumgard’s exciting career at this event which honors CCC and the USCG’s mutual commitment to lifelong education and safe maritime workplaces here in the Columbia Pacific and beyond.


Prior to her position as CO of USCGC Fir, CDR Kristen Serumgard served as the Chief, Aids to Navigation (ATON) and Icebreaker Capabilities Division at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC.  CDR Serumgard has a B.S. in Marine Environmental Science (USCG Academy) and an M.S. in Chemistry (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). She also holds a Master of Unlimited Tonnage upon the Oceans license. She has been awarded three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, one Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and two Antarctic Service Medals.  Serumgard hails from Great Falls, Virginia and currently lives in Hammond, Oregon with her husband, CWO2 Andrew Smith (USCG, retired, Permanent Cutterman) and loveable husky mutt Loki (honorary Permanent Cutterman). In the summer of 2017, CDR Serumgard will head east to New London, Connecticut to take command of the International Ice Patrol.


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