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 (AS/SFO) Port Angeles Third Quarter 2015 Enlisted Person of the Quarter (EPOQ) 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 Avionics Electrical Technician Third Class (AET3) Daniel Hamilton, with a soaring eagle statuette engraved with his name following introduction by the station’s Commanding Officer, Captain Andrew Eriks. Eriks and Command Master Chief, AETCM David Ozuna, also detailed their achievements that led to Hamilton’s selection as a key unit leader in 2015. In addition to the Navy League statuette, Hamilton will have his name inscribed on a plaque located in the lobby of the Station’s MacDiarmid Hall, and will receive a commemorative knife, a 48 hour special liberty pass, and a designated parking spot for the next three months.
The Coast Guard has been present at Port Angeles for over 150 years. The current AS/SFO 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.
According to his citation, Hamilton was a valued member of the Aviation Engineering Department and took-on three other collateral duties beyond his normal workload as an Avionics Electrical Technician. As a Flight Mechanic, he flew over 40 hours during the quarter–well above the required four hours per month–and conducted nine Search and Rescue cases. During a hectic and often minimally-staffed transfer season, Hamilton strongly supported the unit’s operational readiness by often standing a one-in-three duty rotation for a total of 23 duty days in the quarter.
Petty Officer Hamilton was also selected as the Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound’s Sector-Wide Enlisted Person of the Quarter for the 4th Quarter 2015. The citation for this next-level award described how Hamilton performed a job normally assigned to a Senior Petty Officer and completed several challenging mission-critical repairs to Station helicopters and field equipment. He also demonstrated loyalty to his crew on three separate occasions and responded to fatigued duty sections by arriving early to assume Duty Flight Mechanic responsibilities. A proponent of professional development, Hamilton mentored three Petty Officers by completing a thorough and accurate systems training on the HH-65D helicopter. He also volunteered more than 20 hours building signs and various maintenance projects in Washington State University’s public gardens on the Sequim and Port Angeles campus.