Story last updated at 5/30/2012 - 12:57 pm
Able Seaman George "Gus" Mills, Jr. of Hoonah, Alaska recently received a United States Merchant Marine Certificate and Medal for Outstanding Achievement for his work aboard the USNS Safeguard. Mills works for the Department of the Navy, Military Sealift Fleet Support Command homeport in San Diego, Calif.
The award states: "In recognition of your participation in Operation Tomodachi on providing relief efforts in the wake of the great east Japan earthquake and subsequent tsunami which struck the region March 11, 2011. Your actions demonstrated the extraordinary compassion and devotion to others that have traditionally brought admiration and honor to the men and women who serve in our nation's merchant marine." It was signed by Department of Transportation, Maritime Administrator David Matsuda. The USNS Safeguard responded to and aided efforts in Japan following the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor incident in 2011.
Mills is the son of George Mills and Joyce and Windy Skaflestad of Hoonah.