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A Time-Honored Tradition - The U.S. Coast Guard Academy's Regimental Review


The Regimental Review, a time-honored tradition at the United States Coast Guard Academy, is a symbol of discipline, leadership, and precision. It is a rite of passage for cadets and a platform to honor those who have left a lasting impact on the maritime industry.


"For decades, Dr. James S. C. Chao has led the way in environmental stewardship, safety, and training on the seas. His personal story is the embodiment of the American dream and an inspiration to us all," as highlighted by Rear Admiral Michael J. Johnston, Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.


"I am deeply honored to be recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy," said Dr. Chao. "This institution represents the highest ideals of service, courage, and devotion to duty. To

have an opportunity to review the parade of young cadets training to be future leaders of the Coast Guard fills me with immense pride in this incredible nation we all call home."


The Regimental Review is a ceremonial event where the entire Corps of Cadets march on Washington Parade Field in precise formation, led by the Regimental Commander. This age-old tradition instills cadets with characteristics of poise, leadership, and confidence, preparing them for future roles as Coast Guard Officers.


At the recent Regimental Review on Friday, October 27, 2023, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy celebrated the exceptional achievements of Dr. James S.C. Chao, Founder of Foremost Group and of the Chao Family Foundations. The Academy, known for its dedication to service, courage, and duty, honored Dr. Chao for his lifelong dedication to environmental stewardship, safety, and maritime training.


Dr. Chao's story is a remarkable testament to the American dream. Hailing from a small farming village outside of Shanghai, he became the youngest sea captain of his time at the age of 29. His legacy in the maritime industry is a source of inspiration for cadets and maritime enthusiasts alike.


Dr. Chao's journey led to the founding of Foremost Group, an industry leader celebrated for integrity, reliability, and its commitment to service. As Foremost Group approaches its 60th anniversary, it continues to be an early adopter of green technology, boasting one of the world's most eco-friendly bulk carrier fleets.


Dr. Chao's emphasis on seafarer training and safety on the seas has been integral to Foremost Group's success, emphasizing the importance of responsible maritime operations.


Dr. Chao and his late wife, Mrs. Ruth Mulan Chu Chao, have dedicated their lives to philanthropy and education, earning recognition as a prominent and accomplished American family.


The Regimental Review not only serves as a time-honored tradition but also as a platform to honor individuals like Dr. James S.C. Chao, whose dedication and achievements continue to inspire future leaders in the maritime industry.

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