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Alex Haley Journalism Award Alex Haley Journalism Award

2005 Award Winner - Lieutenant Junior Grade Andrew S. Munoz

LTJG Munoz joined the Pasadena Company, Navy League Cadet Corps in 1991 at the age 11. In the summer of 1993 he transferred to the Pasadena Division, Naval Sea Cadet Corps where he would go on to attain the highest cadet rate of Chief Petty Officer. In 1998, LTJG Munoz graduated out of the Cadet program and was enrolled as a Midshipman and he assumed the duties of training officer of the Pasadena Division. He would later transfer to the Long Beach Division and serve as the unit's training officer. He served there there until 2003, leaving after having served as the Executive Officer for 3 years.

LTJG Munoz enlisted the U.S. Coast Guard in 2002 under the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative. Upon completion of Coast Guard Recruit Training in Cape May, NJ, LTJG Munoz returned to Woodbury University where he completed his Bachelors Degree in Business Management. Shortly thereafter he reported to Coast Guard Officer Candidate School (OCS) at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT for 17 weeks of officer indoctrination. LTJG Munoz received his commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard on July 14, 2004.

He then reported to the USCGC STORIS (WMEC 38), homeported in Kodiak, Alaska, where he served as a deck watch officer and boarding officer patroling the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska. LTJG Munoz completed his tour aboard the STORIS in July 2006. He is currently stationed in the Incident Management Division at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach.

LTJG Munoz is currently a member of the NSCC Internet Development Group serving as the National Recruiting Program Administrator. He is also the director of the newly created Personnel Qualifcations Standard Management Group, charged with developing a standards based cadet advancement program for Sea Cadets. LTJG Munoz has escorted 15 advanced training evolutions since 1998.

LTJG Munoz's personal NSCC awards include the NSCC Chairman's Medal, Distinguished Service Ribbon, and the Meritorious Recognition Ribbon (2 awards). His personal military awards include the USCG Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon (2 awards), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and USCG Sea Service Ribbon. He was the recipient of the Coast Guard's Alex Haley Journalism Award for excellence in public affairs for the year 2005.



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