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'NASCAR Salutes' Coast Guard training center

June 20, 2012, Official Release,

NASCAR will honor military members representing the U.S. Coast Guard from the Petaluma (Calif.) Training Center on Sunday at Sonoma through a patriotic initiative called "NASCAR Unites -- An American Salute." As part of the program, NASCAR invites active duty, wounded warriors, veterans, and military families to races throughout the year for NASCAR-style VIP experiences. The patriotic initiative involves the NASCAR community and fans during a six-week summer period between Memorial Day and Independence Day weekend to support U.S. military families.

This weekend, NASCAR will host 13 military members and their families for a daylong interactive at-track experience, including a meet-and-greet with Sprint Cup Series drivers, special invitation and recognition at the drivers' pre-race meeting, private tour of the Cup Series garage, pit-road access to witness the driver introductions/national anthem, and special seating in the grandstands.

'An American Salute'

NASCAR Unites is celebrating America and supporting U.S. military families.

The mission of the Coast Guard Training Center at Petaluma is to develop the Coast Guard's workforce to support and execute all Coast Guard missions. The Training Center provides world-class performance-based training, employs resources efficiently and effectively, ensures all operations are environmentally friendly, and provides superior quality of life for its residents, making it the best place to live, work and train. Military members represent a wide range of military service from two to 36 years and many who have served all around the world.

The U.S. Coast Guard is one of the five armed forces of the United States and the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security. Since 1790, the Coast Guard has safeguarded our nation's maritime interests and environment around the world. The Coast Guard is an adaptable, responsive military force of maritime professionals whose broad legal authorities, capable assets, geographic diversity and expansive partnerships provide a persistent presence along our rivers, in the ports, littoral regions, and on the high seas. Coast Guard presence and impact is local, regional, national and international. These attributes make the Coast Guard a unique instrument of maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship.

Some of the soldiers and other honorees attending Sunday's race include:

-- Chief Warrant Officer James Feeley, accompanied by son, James. Feeley has served in the military for 25 years, serving as an information systems manager for bases in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Bodega Bay (Calif.), and many more. Feeley has won many awards, including the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the USCG Achievement Medal, and the Permanent Cutterman's Pin. One of his favorite NASCAR memories was watching races on satellite TV aboard the USCGC Tahoma during patrols in the Caribbean.

-- Chief Petty Officer Sean Moriarty. Moriarty has served in the military for 21 years, attaining many awards including the Commendation Medal, Achievement Medal, and six Letters of Commendation. He is currently stationed at the Training Center in Petaluma, and his favorite NASCAR driver is Carl Edwards.

-- Petty Officer Steven Williams, accompanied by wife, Rachel. Williams has served for 12 years all around the country, and has earned an Accommodation Medal and two Achievement Medals. He is currently stationed at the Training Center in Petaluma, and his favorite driver is Danica Patrick. This is Williams' first race.

-- Future Surface Combatant Michael A. Field, accompanied by wife, Lori. Field has served the military for 29 years. He served for the Coast Guard all around the country, and currently serves as a food service specialist at the Training Center in Petaluma. While serving, Field acquired two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, seven Coast Guard Good Conduct Medals, the Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon and the Coast Guard "E" Ribbon. One of his favorite NASCAR memories was growing up around small tracks and spending time with his friends who were family members of Cale Yarborough.