The Coast Guard's busy transfer season is under way, and on the USCG Cutter Steadfast many outgoing members recently received honors in addition to their new assignments.

Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Richard Temperton earned a Coast Guard Achievement Medal. He will transfer to Station Washington, D.C., where he will drive 25-foot response boats.

Lt. j.g. Nicole Tesoniero received a Commandant's Letter of Commendation. She is leaving for the cutter Nunivak, based in Key West, Fla.

Machinery Technician Chief Robert Fish landed a Coast Guard Achievement Medal. While he's up for a transfer, Fish won't go too far: He's heading to the cutter Alert, homeported beside the Steadfast in Astoria.

Food Services Technician Chief Mark Cushing received a Commandant's Letter of Commendation. His new assignment is to the Integrated Support Command in Kodiak, Alaska.

In addition, a senior Coast Guard member recently retired after 29 years of service, including a decade in the local area. Chief Warrant Officer Jay Murphy received a departing Coast Guard Achievement Medal at his recent retirement ceremony.

Pictured above, Chief Warrant Officer Jay Murphy reads his departing comments as Steadfast's commanding officer, as Cmdr. Matt Gimple, and the executive officer, Lt. Cmdr. Dale Shepardson, look on.

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