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Coast Guard Northeast names active duty, reserve enlisted persons of the year:Two Northeast-based Coast Guard petty officers were chosen as the 2017 active duty enlisted person of the year and reserve enlisted person of the year for the First Coast Guard District during a recognition banquet Wednesday, at Coast Guard Base Boston.

The Coast Guard Enlisted Person of the Year Program recognizes exemplary performance by the men and woman from the active and reserve enlisted workforce. Nominees reflect the spirit of pride, professionalism and dedication and have demonstrated exceptional performance in the areas of: leadership, job skills, personal and work ethics, Coast Guard knowledge, uniform appearance, military bearing, and community relations.

Petty Officer 1st Class John Joeckel, a marine science technician assigned to the Incident Management Division at Sector Northern New England, was selected at the First Coast Guard District’s Enlisted Person of the Year.

Joeckel was recognized for his work during several high-profile pollution investigations and as a federal on-scene coordinator representative during an ammonia release onboard a fishing vessel in downtown Portland, Maine, and during a 3,000 gallon oil spill on the Fore River, Maine. He conducted 125 pollution responses and investigations across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Joeckel was also selected by Coast Guard Headquarters to serve on a workgroup that overhauled Coast Guard pollution responder training. Finally, he volunteered 550 hours at a local food pantry, formed an advisory board, organized fundraisers which raised $10,000 and increased the food pantry’s ability to serve 800 families.

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Coast Guard Northeast names active duty, reserve enlisted persons of the year:Two Northeast-based Coast Guard petty officers were chosen as the 2017 active duty enlisted person of the year and reserve enlisted person of the year for the First Coast Guard District during a recognition banquet