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NIA Member Recognized by Department of Defense
Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Nanticoke Indian Association, Inc. is proud to announce the recognition of member, Lt. Ronney C. Wright (USCG) by the United States Department of Defense. As a part of Native American Heritage Month, the US Department of Defense has sought to recognize active serving military personnel of Native American decent.

 

"Wright is an active member of the Delaware Nanticoke Indian Tribe and a graduate of the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. During his tenure at the University of Texas, Lieutenant Wright was awarded the College Student Pre-Commissioning Scholarship. After his graduation, he attended Officer Candidate School at the U.S Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut and was commissioned in September 2005. His first duty station was assignment as a Deck Watch Officer and later Operations Officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter WALNUT (WLB 205). Charged with overseeing eight active duty personnel, he coordinated law enforcement fishery operations spanning across the South Pacific Ocean. While serving as the cutter’s Lead Boarding Officer, he was instrumental in the discovery of multiple foreign vessels engaged in illegal commercial fishing within U.S. Exclusive Economic Zones, one of which resulted in the largest recorded fisheries seizure in Coast Guard History. Upon completing his tour in 2008, he was assigned to Sector Honolulu as an Apprentice-Marine Inspector. There he quickly qualified to conduct safety and security exams of both foreign and domestic vessels. He then was selected to serve as Chief, Port State Control where he supervised 15 active duty personnel in the execution of more than 400 foreign vessel safety examinations within an area of responsibility encompassing 17,000 square miles."

- US Department of Defense Profile (http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2013/1113_native-american/)

 

Lt. Wright was also recently recognized as a 2013 Society of American Indian Government Employees Meritorius Service Award receipient. 

"IT IS MY HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO ANNOUNCE THE 2013 COAST GUARD SAIGE MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD WINNERS, LT RONNEY WRIGHT OF MARINE SAFETY UNIT (MSU) TEXAS CITY AND MR. JOSEPH RUYBE OF THE COAST GUARD FINANCE CENTER.
2. LT RONNEY WRIGHT, MSU TEXAS CITY CHIEF, INSPECTIONS DIVISION, DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF AS A COMMITTED LEADER WHO CHAMPIONS DIVERSITY, OUTREACH PROGRAMS, AND CAREER AND EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE CG WORKFORCE AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. HE IS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE NANTICOKE INDIAN TRIBE AND THE ONLY TRIBE MEMBER SERVING AS AN OFFICER IN THE ARMED SERVICES. LT WRIGHT IS ALSO VICE PRESIDENT OF THE HOUSTON AREA NATIONAL NAVAL OFFICERS ASSOCIATION (NNOA). IN THIS CAPACITY, HE ENGAGED LOCAL BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUAL DONORS TO CREATE A SCHOLARSHIP FUND WHICH GARNERED MORE THAN SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS WHO WILL PURSUE DEGREES IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH (STEM) RELATED FIELDS. A RECOGNIZED LEADER AND ACTIVE VOLUNTEER, LT WRIGHT WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR INITIATING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CLIENT CHOICE SATURDAYS WITH THE GALVESTON COUNTY FOOD BANK. THIS INNOVATIVE PROGRAM LED TO THE RECRUITMENT OF VOLUNTEERS TO WORK SATURDAY HOURS AT THE FOOD BANK, THUS INCREASING THE NUMBER OF FAMILIES SERVED. LT WRIGHT HAS RAISED THE BAR HIGH FOR OTHERS TO EMULATE."

 

 

The Nanticoke Indian Association, Inc. salutes Lt. Ronney C. Wright for his relentless service to the United States of America and for "Raising the bar high for others to emulate." Congratulations!

 

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