Devotion to Duty... after the fight!

USCG Station Indian River Inlet -  Sharing life experiences and fostering positive growth will bring Major General Ed Mechenbier and Lieutenant General Bruce Fister to US Coast Guard Heavy Weather Motorboat Lifesaving Station in Delaware next week. With over 10,000 hours of combined Air Force flight hours, (300+ hours in combat), Generals Bruce Fister and Ed Mechenbier are living aviation legends. 

Major General Mechenbier spent 6 years as a Vietnam Prisoner of War being tortured repeatedly and subjected to some of the harshest conditions imaginable.

Lieutenant General Fister, flew over 7,000 flight hours, 220 combat missions and commanded at the Squadron, Wing, Numbered Air Force and Major Command levels.

“It’s not everyday that small remote stations get General Officers on deck, especially from a different branch of service,” says Rob Powers, founder and host of American300 Tours.  “These two Generals are walking examples of Coast Guard core values in action.”

Resiliency expert Powers says he has been asked why these two Generals are taking time away from their families to visit with the lifesavers assigned to duties under Sector Delaware Bay.  “The answer lies in continued service to their fellow service men and women.”  Powers said.  “These two generals could have focused on retirement and wet fishing lines.  They have earned that.  But instead they want to share their personal stories of heartache and triumph.  Sharing their spirit of never quitting.”

Powers indicates that this is what American 300 Tours are all about.  A spirit of - Never Quit - shared by veterans engaged on a personal level.  “It’s going to be an amazing couple of days as these two Generals open up and share about their personal devotion to duty with over 70 years of honorable service to our country.” Rob Powers said.

For more on the all volunteer efforts of American300 Tours visit: www.American300.org 


American300 is a 501c3 all volunteer nonprofit with a mission of supporting resiliency programming throughout the Department of Defense and Homeland Security.   No federal endorsement of nonprofit is implied or intended - American300.org 

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