Chance Encounter

 Lt. Josué Román ’98 (left) and Gunner’s Mate Chief Wayne Gibson ’96  (right) with two Medal of Honor recipients, Don J. Jenkins and Gary B. Beikrich (in civilian clothes), on a unit range training day at GTMO.

Lt. Josué Román ’98 (left) and Gunner’s Mate Chief Wayne Gibson ’96 (right) with two Medal of Honor recipients, Don J. Jenkins and Gary B. Beikrich (in civilian clothes), on a unit range training day at GTMO.

When Lt. Josué Román ’98 reported aboard US Coast Guard Port Security Unit 301 in the fall of 2009, Gunner’s Mate Chief Wayne Gibson ’96, who has deployed to Kuwait & Iraq, had been there a year. But it wasn’t until Lt. Roman transferred from Assistant Boat Officer to Weapons Division Officer in 2012 that both men realized they were Keene State alums and that their time on campus overlapped.

Currently Lt. Roman and GMC Gibson are deployed until spring 2014, attached to the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In civilian life Lt. Roman works as a CPA in Concord, NH, and Chief Gibson works at Worthen Industries in Nashua as the Safety Manager, responsible for safety management of their five U.S. manufacturing plants.