Bangor petty officer is Coast Guard's Enlisted Person of the Year
April 17, 2012 · Updated 9:32 AM
SEATTLE — Jayme L. Reed, a Health Services Technician 2nd Class stationed in Bangor, is the U.S. Coast Guard's Enlisted Person of the Year.
Petty Officer Reed was recognized at the Coast Guard base in Seattle on April 13 for being selected as the Coast Guard's Pacific Northwest Enlisted Person of the Year. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael P. Leavitt then announced that Reed had been selected as the 2011 U.S. Coast Guard Enlisted Person of the Year. She will be recognized during ceremonies in Washington, D.C. the week of May 11.
The Enlisted Person of the Year, or EPOY, Program is designed to recognize exemplary men and women from the active and reserve enlisted work force. Nominees demonstrate sustained exceptional standards of proficiency and conduct, their military appearance and bearing are consistently impeccable, and they are role models whom all Coast Guard personnel strive to emulate.
Originally from Concord, N.H., Reed was recognized for her high degree of clinical knowledge, her ability to liaison with other Department of Defense medical professionals and her flawless management of clinic operations. Her dedication and overall efforts exceeded command expectations.
In addition to her primary duties, Reed served as the Unit Health Promotion Coordinator and Command Duty Officer. As UHPC, she provided fitness and nutrition guidance to unit personnel, and while off duty coached and mentored unit personnel at the Naval Base Kitsap Fitness Center. As CDO, she played a critical role in unit physical security and executed the daily routine in support in current operations.
Reed has competed in several marathons throughout the county for charity, and raised funds for cancer research and Seattle’s Children’s Hospital. She spent countless hours assisting a blind athlete in completion of swimming and distance running training in preparation for upcoming competitions, and acted as the athlete’s guide as they jointly completed three half-marathons.
Reed graduated with honors from Worcester State University with a bachelor of arts in communications studies and health education, and is currently enrolled in graduate studies through Penn State University, pursuing a master’s degree in homeland security and defense.
“The EPOY, and all that were nominated, are the epitome of the Coast Guard’s core values of ‘Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty’ and I am pleased to work alongside them and extremely honored recognize them,” said Master Chief Jason M. Vanderhaden, Command Master Chief of the 13th Coast Guard District.
The other Pacific Northwest EPOY nominees are:
3rd Class Petty Officer Christopher Davis, USCGC Mellon, Seattle.
1st Class Petty Officer Shaun Filipe, USCGC Polar Star, Seattle.
3rd Class Petty Officer Torrey Finley, Electronic Support Detachment, Astoria, Ore.
1st Class Petty Officer James Koon, Port Security Unit 313, Everett, Wash.
1st Class Petty Officer Timothy Kurr, Maritime Safety and Security Team, Seattle.
Seaman Zakary Michaels, USCGC Blue Shark, Everett, Wash.
1st Class Petty Officer Traci Mullins, Sector Columbia River, Astoria, Ore.
Seaman Ashley Ryder, Group/Air Station North Bend, Ore.
1st Class Petty Officer Jamie Thielen, National Motor Lifeboat School, Ilwaco, Wash.
3rd Class Petty Officer Nick Wall, USCGC Alert, Astoria, Ore.