By CHRIS TOMASSUCCI
NORWAY - Rear Admiral Steven E. Day, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, a 1967 graduate of Norway High School and the son of Maria F. Day of Norway and the late Colonel Charles E. Day, has been honored during a retirement ceremony held in Alexandria, Va.
Pictured at the retirement ceremony for Rear Admiral Steven E. Day are the Day brothers, from left: Chief Warrant Officer W-4 Michael F. Day, Rear Admiral Steven E. Day and Chief Petty Officer Chuck Day.
The ceremony was held Dec. 12, 2013, 46 years and 6 months after Rear Admiral Day began serving his country in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Day was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal at the ceremony for his outstanding performance as Director of Reserve and Military Personnel at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. The award was presented by Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., U.S. Coast Guard Commandant.
Rear Admiral Day made history back in June when he was confirmed as director of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and Personnel by the 113th Congress on June 10, 2013, marking the first time in U.S. history a reserve officer assumed the duties and responsibilities of an active service flag officer with congressional confirmation.
Day was also awarded the Legion of Merit for the period of July 2008 through June 2012 for Outstanding Meritorious Service as senior reserve officer, Coast Guard, Atlantic Area.
Honorable military service runs in the family.
Rear Admiral Day's late father, Colonel Charles E. Day, U.S. Army Reserve, received the same award for Outstanding Meritorious Service in the D-Day Normandy Invasion during World War II.
The elder Day was also awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the French Croix de Guerre with Gold Star for Outstanding Meritorious Service during World War II.
Rear Admiral Day's brothers, also members of the Coast Guard, attended his retirement ceremony.
His oldest brother, Chief Warrant Officer W-4 Michael F. Day, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, and his youngest brother, Chief Petty Officer Chuck Day, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve have 74 years combined military service.
Michael said it was a great honor to celebrate with his two brothers.
"It is pretty impressive, to be the first reserve officer confirmed by the U.S. Congress and he's a Norway High School graduate," Michael Day said.
"It was an honor to be there with my brothers."
Chief Warrant Officer W-4 Michael F. Day served 42 years in the U.S. Coast Guard and Chief Petty Officer Chuck Day, a 1971 graduate of Norway High School, served 32 years. And the service doesn't end there.
Their sister, Suzanne Gedvick of Norway also served in the U.S. Air Force and the Michigan National Guard. The Day family has a combined 147-plus years of military service.
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