Posted by: arbeam | November 13, 2014

Coast Guard Enlisted Standout Recognized by Navy League

Ken Sweeney (right), representing the Navy League of the United States Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council, recognizes U.S. Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles Third Quarter 2014 Enlisted Person of the Quarter, DC2 Daniel Delpriore (center) along with the station's Commanding Officer, CDR Andrew Eriks (left).

Ken Sweeney (right), representing the Navy League of the United States Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council, recognizes U.S. Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles Third Quarter 2014 Enlisted Person of the Quarter, DC2 Daniel Delpriore (center) along with the station’s Commanding Officer, CDR Andrew Eriks (left).

Port Angeles, Washington. The Navy League of the United States (NLUS) Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council recognized the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles Third Quarter 2014 Enlisted Person of the Quarter (EPOQ), Damage Controlman Second Class First Class Petty Officer (DC2) Daniel Delpriore during a recent Command All Hands gathering. One of the missions of the NLUS is to support the men and women of the sea services and their families.

At the ceremony, Navy Leaguer Ken Sweeney presented Delpriore with a soaring eagle statuette engraved with his name following introduction by the station’s Commanding Officer, Commander Andrew Eriks. Eriks also detailed Delpriore’s achievements that led to his selection as a key unit leader in 2014. According to the citation, DC2 Delpriore’s diligent and devoted efforts to mission support have made an indelible mark on this unit, his supervisors, and his subordinates. He demonstrated the greatest work ethic while maintaining a terrific sense of humor that kept his shop in good spirits during the most stressful of times.

During the third quarter, Delpriore aided five Coast Guard Patrol Boats during their dock side availabilities by performing five high level Maintenance Procedures. He also provided emergency repairs to raw water piping systems on USCGC SWORDFISH and USCGC SEA LION that saved the Coast Guard several thousands of dollars in contractor costs.

Delpriore consistently overcame obstacles with bold enthusiasm and a stable demeanor that is critical to his repeated success. When tasked with replacing a deteriorated log boom barrier with a more effective system, he spent countless hours researching barrier systems, then pre-assembling connecting components, as well as anchoring and mooring devices. Delpriore organized a work party to disassemble and remove the old boom, and created a shore line manufacturing group to assemble all components. Demonstrating uncanny resourcefulness, Delpriore’s team completed the entire improvised evolution in just two days using hand tools to assemble the boom barrier, a flat bottom boat to disconnect and ferry old and new components, and a John Deere tractor to haul the old log boom out of the water.

The U.S. Coast Guard established the Enlisted Person of the Year (EPOY) program, which is fed by EPOQs from the preceding year, to recognize exemplary men and women from the active and reserve enlisted work force. Nominees reflect the Coast Guard’s core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty. Only those enlisted personnel who demonstrate sustained exceptional standards of proficiency and conduct, and whose military appearance and bearing are consistently impeccable, are nominated. Each unit’s winner then competes at the next higher organizational level until one Coast Guard-wide active duty and one reserve EPOY are selected. The Coast Guard has been present at Port Angeles for over 150 years.

The current Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles is a dual-mission unit charged with both Operational and Support responsibilities.

Operational responsibilities include conducting Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement/Homeland Security and Resource Protection activities in an area that includes the Strait of Juan De Fuca and the northwestern coast of Washington around the Olympic Peninsula to the mouth of Puget Sound. The unit also provides logistical support to other Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound units located on the Olympic and Quimper Peninsulas and the northwest coast of Washington.

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