From USCGC Valiant
The Coast Guard has named Seaman Gregory W. Jacquet, a Coast Guard Cutter Valiant crewmember, as its active duty Enlisted Person of the Year.
Jacquet received a surprise call from the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Paul Zukunft, and the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Steven Cantrell, to congratulate the 21 year-old from Gwinett, Georgia on becoming the 2016 EPOY.
The EPOY award recognizes exemplary crewmembers from the active enlisted work force, E-2 through E-6. These individuals are selected by a panel of senior enlisted members who evaluate each nominee based on performance, work ethic, military bearing, and standards of conduct. Members selected for this honor serve as role models whom all Coast Guard personnel strive to emulate, reflecting the core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.
Jacquet served as the leading seaman of the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant's deck department. He demonstrated remarkable initiative by qualifying in positions normally reserved for experienced petty officers, while directly overseeing the training of 20 helmsmen, lookouts and boatswain's mates of the watch. He voluntarily assumed additional leadership responsibilities to include spearheading preparations for boat and helicopter standardization assessments, and the bi-annual command assessment of readiness for training. His extraordinary work ethic and attention to detail were critical to Valiant receiving near perfect scores during each assessment.
His skill and readiness to perform the work of a rated Boatswain's Mate greatly enhanced Valiant's operational capacity. His efforts helped interdict eight drug smuggling vessels laden with 4,300 kilograms of cocaine, and interdict and/or embark 221 distressed migrants. Having recently completed a temporary duty assignment aboard the Dutch Warship HNLMS Holland, knowingly delaying his orders to Avionics Electrical Technician "A" school, he served as a helicopter tie-down team member alongside a deployed Coast Guard HITRON aviation detachment. Showing initiative, he assumed responsibility of routine maintenance tasks, allowing the HITRON detachment to focus on more complex maintenance duties.
Steadfastly dedicated to his shipmates and community, he served on Valiant's Leadership and Diversity Advisory Council promoting cultural awareness, volunteered countless hours to Jacksonville food banks and read to school-aged children.
"When I called to congratulate him, he deflected all the credit to his shipmates," said Cdr. Timothy P. Cronin, Valiant's commanding officer. "He believes the personal recognition is just a testament to what the crew has achieved over the last year. I could not agree more."
This is the second year in a row a Valiant crew member has had the honor of being EPOY.
Seaman Jacquet will travel to Washington, D.C. on May 11th for an official recognition ceremony.
Seaman Jacquet is currently attending school in Elizabeth City, North Carolina where he is studying to be an Avionics Electrical Technician.
For more information about Valiant, visit http://www.uscg.mil/lantarea/cgcValiant/