You might say Lt. C.K. Moore, the new commanding officer at Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, was born to his job. The ‘C.’ stands for Commander.

It was also his father’s first name, said Moore, 38. “But when I joined the Coast Guard I switched to using initials. It was too confusing.”

He joined at age 21, after having fun rather than studying at college for two years, he said.

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His first assignment was in Atlantic City, where he watched a change-of-command ceremony as a nonrate, the Coast Guard’s lowest enlisted position. Impressed, he decided to pursue becoming an officer.

Moore qualified for officer candidates school after eight years of hard work, graduating in 2003. Along the way he also earned college and post-graduate degrees.

His assignments have put him into the middle of historic events. He was the on-scene commander Jan. 15, 2009, when Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III successfully set down US Airways flight 1549 on the Hudson River off Manhattan. Moore led the Coast Guard effort to evacuate passengers and stabilize the plane.

He also worked on the maritime safety and security team in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf of Mexico, and traveled the southern region as an aide to the Atlantic area commander after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil drilling accident, he said.

Moore lives in Toms River with his wife, Lakisha, a chemical engineer, and their two young children.

His Atlantic City assignment ends in 2015, when he’ll be “exactly at the 20-year mark. So I could retire where I started,” he said. “But I’m having way too much fun to do that.”

Gala honoree

Academy of Culinary Arts alumnus Kevin Scull, of Egg Harbor Township, will be the 30th anniversary Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala culinary honoree on March 14.

Scull, a member of the class of 1985, is the director of food and beverage at Golden Nugget Atlantic City, a member of the Academy of Culinary Arts Advisory Board, and an adjunct instructor. He and his wife, Carrie, have two sons.

Benefit festival

Hematologist Julianne Childs, D.O., of Marmora in Upper Township, has organized the ninth annual Hope Music Fest at Yesterday’s in Marmora to benefit the Love of Linda Cancer Fund and Gilda's Club South Jersey, at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23. Tickets $25. Call 609-926-2699.

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