Ozuna praised Warner for his
contributions to the station.
“I’ve only been at the station for
about a month, but Petty Officer
Warner is one of the first outstanding team members I was told about.
On very short notice, he put together
a deployment group and went out
there to do an outstanding job conducting many of the traditional
Coast Guard missions such as law
enforcement, counternarcotics, marine interdiction, etc. He used his
expertise gained 3,000 miles away
[at his former duty station in Miami]
to staff a crew, supervise them and
seamlessly execute the mission.”
Machinery Technician 1st Class
Petty Officer Michael O’Connor
was the Maritime Force Protection
Unit-Bangor second quarter 2015
EPOQ. He was introduced by his
Division Leading Petty Officer,
Machinery Technician Chief Joey
Munn. The unit’s Commanding
Officer, CDR Michael Schoonover,
also was present.
Munn emphasized the importance of O’Connor’s role in the unit.
“Mike’s been an outstanding
shipmate this past quarter. He sin-glehandedly revitalized the entire
Craft Operating Deficiency Report.
He also was a strong mentor to
junior personnel within the unit.
“We recently had a bunch of
new non-rates come in — something we’ve never had before in
this unit. Mike’s senior leadership
helping bring them up to speed
quickly through qualifications and
pointing them in the right direction set them up for success.”
Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Joe
Westwood was the U.S. Coast Guard
Station Seattle 2014 EPOY. He was
not able to attend the luncheon, and
was represented by Boatswain’s
Mate Chief Jeff Wildes, Station
Seattle Reserve Section Leader.
Westwood’s citation details how
he executed 28 search and rescue
cases as the small boat coxswain,
accumulating a total of 364 under-
way hours. He saved 11 lives and
more than $47,000 in property.
Westwood also led the command
with 68 Ports, Waterways and
Coastal Security escorts for the
nation’s largest ferry system.
Palm Beach Presents
Several members of the Palm
Beach, Fla., Council convened at
Coast Guard Station Lake Worth
Inlet July 24 for the presentation of
Guardsman of the Quarter awards.
Council President Jack Hanscom and his wife Jianying were
joined by retired Coast Guardsman
Jerry Nelinson, departing and
incoming Coast Guard liaison reps
Eric Rydstrom and Sonia Foster,
and Vice President of Maritime
Affairs Ken Lee.
Station Lake Worth Commanding
Officer Chief Warrant Officer 4 Greg
Gibson introduced the two Coast
Guardsmen of the Quarter and cited
their many contributions to a significant upgrade and refurbishment of
the station’s systems and facilities. He
also introduced the new station
Executive Officer, Chief Matt Parker.
Nelinson presented the Navy
League plaque and $100 honorarium to Damage Controlman 2nd
Class Brian Syzmanski. Rydstrom
presented duplicate awards to
Damage Controlman 2nd Class
Gibson then thanked Rydstrom
for his years as liaison rep between
the Coast Guard and the Palm Beach
Council. He cited Rydstrom’s generous contributions and attendance at
station holiday parties and his penchant for picking up the bar tab at
some Coast Guard events. He presented Rydstrom with a handsome
Station Lake Worth challenge coin.
Hanscom then introduced
Foster as the council’s newly
appointed liaison rep. Foster has
had a strong association with the
Coast Guard through her extensive
Coast Guard Auxiliary activities
and looks forward to working with
Station Lake Worth Inlet to contin-
ue the council’s support to the sta-
tion and its outstanding Coast
Guard men and women.
Hanscom also presented a $200
gift card to Gibson for the station’s
Morale, Welfare and Recreation
fund, a token appreciated by all the
service members present.
Two weeks earlier, Hanscom and
Council NOSC Liaison Representatives Dan Pedrick braved the heat at
NOSC West Palm Beach family day
at Okeehelee Park to present six
Sailor of the Quarter (SOQ) awards.
They were accompanied their wives,
Jianying and Elinor.
NOSC Commanding Officer
LCDR Steve Johnson presented
the command awards, and Pedrick
presented the Palm Beach Council
Sailor of the Quarter awards.
The award winners were, from the
Reserve contingent: SOQ, Master at
Arms 1st Class Nicolas Hernandez;
Junior SOQ, Boatswain’s Mate 2nd
Class Alvino Willis; and Bluejacket
of the Quarter, Hospital Corpsman
2nd Class Elvis Tejada. From the
full-time staff, winners were: SOQ,
Personnel Specialist 1st Class (AW)
Jasper Battle; Junior SOQ, Logistics
Specialist (AW) Carrie Stone; and
Bluejacket of the Quarter, Personnel
Specialist 3rd Class Garrett Sears.
Each award consists of a plaque and
a $100 bill.
USS William P. Lawrence
The Memphis Council recently had
an opportunity to attend the 2015
Friends and Family Day Cruise
aboard USS William P. Lawrence at its
homeport in San Diego. Thirteen
Navy League members and colleagues enjoyed the hospitality and
the demonstrations of the highly
capable Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer on July 23, according to Council Member Trish Sorce.
The Memphis Council is a new
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