ISS3 2018

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5 T H D I S T R I C T R E S E R V E E N L I S T E D P E R S O N O F T H E Y E A R : M K 1 M I C H A E L W E B B The Fifth District recognized Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Webb of Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach, N.C., as their Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year. The Texas native has served as a reservist at the station for more than 15 years. He joined the Coast Guard after meeting a petty officer who offered him a tour and boat ride. "After my encounter with the active duty crew at Station Wrightsville Beach and learning more about the Coast Guard's mission, I knew it was the right choice," he said. "Being afforded the opportunity to give back to our nation by protecting the community is something I am incredibly proud of." Webb is not only an outstanding member of the engineering department, he's instrumental in ensuring the training and administrative requirements are met for all members assigned. His collateral duties include crewmember, truck and trailer operator, first aid/CPR instructor, communications watch-stander and boat crew examination board member. Over the last year, Webb led the Station Wrightsville Beach reserve crew as the acting SERA for six months, increasing readiness and deployability, and guiding his shipmates through interactions with Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, work-life programs and challenging life events. The crew maintained a 90% deployability status. For almost two decades, Webb's made himself an expert in fire safety. He's a fire academy instructor at Durham Technical Community College and works as an assistant fire marshal/fire plans examiner with the Durham County Fire Marshal's Office in Durham, N.C. His professionalism and knowledge have earned him recognition again and again within his occupation as a previous "firefighter of the year" and "rescue officer of the year." Webb serves as a pillar in the community, spearheading a youth fire-setting intervention program to help prevent youth from starting fires and demonstrates the possible catastrophic effects. Collaborating with Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer, Webb guarantees that the homes built are equipped with sprinkler systems in order to protect the house and families. An Eagle Scout, his enthusiasm and dedication to service is showcased through his involvement with a local Boy Scout troop where he continues to train future leaders. Webb's superior leadership, community involvement, mission support and commitment to service upholds the highest traditions and values of the Coast Guard. � 7 T H D I S T R I C T R E S E R V E E N L I S T E D P E R S O N O F T H E Y E A R : M S T 1 J O H N H E N D R I X After working extensive hours as a firefighter, Petty Officer 1st Class John Hendrix arrives at Sector Charleston on his drill weekend, where he is affectionately greeted by both active duty and reserve members. He eagerly discusses the plan of the weekend with the training officer. He then spends his weekend helping the Reserve members become well trained and qualified crew members. He inspects their gear and puts in the extra effort to make sure they have the necessary tools, ensuring the operational safety and mobilization readiness of all Sector Charleston reserve members. Due to his dedication and work ethic, Hendrix was named the Seventh District's Enlisted Person of the Year-Reserve Component. Hendrix is an exemplary reservist. His nomination came as a direct result of his outstanding work with the Sector Charleston inspections division while balancing his career as a professional Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Webb is congratulated by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Eric Johnson. Petty Officer 1st Class John Hendrix stands with members of Sector Charleston. 24 RESERVIST � Issue 3 • 2018

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