Admiral Rochon served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1970 to 2007. He is a three-time Legion of Merit medal recipient.

As a historian, Admiral Rochon wrote and produced a posthumous documentary honoring the late Alex Haley, father of the legendary novel and film “Roots.” He took the lead on awarding a posthumous Gold Lifesaving Medal for the all-black crew of the Pea Island Lifesaving Station for their rescue in 1896 near the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Admiral Rochon ushered in the Obama family in 2009, ensuring that the nation’s first black family would arrive in style.  He took care of them and their 600,000 houseguests that year. Rochon stepped down in 2011 to work in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection division of the Department of Homeland Security.

Admiral Stephen Rochon has recently served as an advisor to Lee Daniels’ blockbuster film “The Butler,” which is now in its third week at the top spot in the box office. His insight was also used in the recent 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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