American Legion Post 210 honored a pair of local veterans during its Fourth Annual Veterans Banquet held this past Saturday at Caswell Pines Golf Club. 

Commander Chaning D. Burgess and Lieutenant Commander Nicole S. Burgess were both guests of honor and speakers at the annual event. 

Both currently serve in the Coast Guard where Chaning serves as the Ethnic Policy Advisor to the USCG Commandant where he is responsible for policy development management, planning, coordination and execution of the United States Coast Guard's service wide Diversity and Inclusion programs that oversees 80,000 military and  civilian employees. Nicole is the Deputy Chief of the U.S. Coast Guard International Port Security Program where she is responsible for policy that directs global operations and coordinates with multiple agencies assessing foreign port security for effectiveness of anti-terrorism measures and recommends action to reduce risk of terrorist attacks on the United States. 

Nicole is one of 45 African-American women that have the rank of Lieutenant Commander. 

Chaning and Nicole have been married for 24 years and currently reside in Waldorf, Maryland. Their son, Officer Candidate Chaning D. Burgess, Jr. is currently attending Officer Candidate School in New London, Connecticut.