Cocalico grad, wife honored by Kentucky governor

By on December 2, 2015

 

Lt. Dan McQuate, a 1999 Cocalico High School graduate, and his wife, Shawna Manning McQuate, were recently commissioned as Kentucky Colonels by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.

Photo courtesy McQuate family Lt. Dan McQuate and Shawna Manning McQuate, recently commissioned as Kentucky Colonels, are shown at the Coast Guard Ball. The highest award in the state was earned by each for exemplary work on behalf of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Photo courtesy McQuate family
Lt. Dan McQuate and Shawna Manning McQuate, recently commissioned as Kentucky Colonels, are shown at the Coast Guard Ball. The highest award in the state was earned by each for exemplary work on behalf of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

This is the highest honor bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It recognizes noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to a community, state, or the nation.

McQuate has served 16 years in the U.S. Coast Guard. In June he completed three years of duty in Paducah, Ky., at the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit, where he had regulatory responsibilities for waterfront and commercial vessels operating on 469 miles of the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, and Cumberland rivers.

His Kentucky Colonel commission notes his expertise in leading the response to 500 commercial vessel incidents and more than 1,000 commercial vessel inspections to ensure the safety and security of the Marine Transportation System in the United States heartland.

The award also notes McQuate’s extensive work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the towing vessel industry to insure safe navigation during the drought of 2012-2013. That work impacted positively the nation’s economy and the towing companies and their employees who live in Kentucky.

Shawna McQuate received her commission for service as the voluntary ombudsman for Marine Safety Unit Paducah for all of Lt. McQuate’s tour of duty in Paducah. She was the direct link between Coast Guard family members and the Commanding Officer. Acting as an advocate for family members and the first-ever unit ombudsman, she established a robust program that will help families for years to come.

Shawna McQuate provided incoming family members information about the community, referral resources, and organized many family events. In addition, she spent countless hours volunteering in the community as a member of the Paducah Philanthropic Committee.

Transferred to Washington, D.C., this summer, McQuate was selected for promotion to lieutenant commander.

The McQuates, along with their two daughters, reside in Sunderland, MD. Dan McQuate is the son of Pat and Nancy McQuate, Denver.

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