19 August 2014 – Palikir, Pohnpei
(L-R) LCDR Blocker, President Mori, Ambassador Rosen and Captain Pruett
President Manny Mori meets with Captain James B. Pruett who assumed the role as Commanding Officer of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Sector based out of Guam in July 2014. In his meeting with Captain Pruett, President Mori expressed his and the nation’s appreciation for their role, the continuous cooperation and military protection provided to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
As the Sector Commander, Captain Pruett thanked the President for the warm welcome and acknowledged the assistance and positive cooperation received by staff from both fronts. Aware of how the mechanism works, information sharing with the USCG is significant to operating under the formal channels that illustrates the formal practices that have already been taking place. The USCG Captain announced to the President and his staff that a 378’ High Endurance Cutter will be doing a port visit to the FSM shortly. Further, the nature of Captain Pruett’s visit is to meet with staff members to ensure and optimize a continuous collaboration between the FSM and the USCG. During the formal exchange, both President Mori and Captain Pruett recognized that orange paint on boats is significantly effective for rescue measures.
By re-affirming the nation's continuous appreciation, President Mori concluded the meeting by expressing the strong relationship the FSM has with the United States and the significant role the military carries out by safeguarding the FSM in aspects of defense and security. Also present at the meeting were Lieutenant Commander Joshua N. Blocker, U.S. Ambassador to the FSM, Doria Rosen, Chief of Staff Leo Falcam Jr., and Foreign Affairs Secretary, Lorin S. Robert.