Reservist

ISS3 2018

Reservist Magazine is the award-winning official publication of the United States Coast Guard Reserve. Quarterly issues include news and feature articles about the men and women who comprise America's premier national maritime safety and security

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8 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 G R E G H A L T E R Though he was born in upstate New York, Petty Officer 1st Class Greg Halter's family moved to Florida. He was extremely bright, and, at 17, he was accepted to Florida State University. With a truckload of credit hours, he qualified as a junior in his first year, prompting his student advisor to encourage him to declare a major. With pressure mounting, Halter decided jumping out of an airplane was a lot more fun, so he left FSU to enlist in the Army as an airborne paratrooper. He loved serving, and he was sad to leave the service to care for his son as a single dad. A decade later, Halter got the itch to get back in uniform. With seven years of prior service under his belt, he still had a need to serve. While he was working as a deputy sheriff in Wilmington, N.C., a friend told Halter about the Coast Guard. The friend, a marine science technician, explained the responsibilities of her job field. Halter's interest was piqued, and he arranged to meet a recruiter. His son was in the sixth grade, he was newly married to his wife and there was a lot of "stuff" going on, but joining the Reserve was definitely a family decision. Little did he know the adventure was just beginning. After completing three weeks of basic training, he rolled right into 10 weeks of marine science technician A-school. From there, he mobilized twice for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response, all within 18 months of enlisting. "My wife Dora was there for me; she just picked up the ball and ran with it," Halter said. "She's definitely my anchor, and she keeps me grounded." By the end of his second deployment to Deepwater Horizon, he had moved up from being a safety team member to the safety officer with all of coastal Louisiana under his area of responsibility. "I kind of got indoctrinated by fire and jumped in with both feet," Halter said. In 2013, he moved to Texas to start a new job with the Occupational Safety and firefighter. During his time with Sector Charleston, his tireless work ethic has directly affected Sector Charleston's success by creating a force multiplier for container and facility inspections. Hendrix, a qualified container inspector, led and participated in over 75 container inspections within the Port of Charleston. Additionally, as an instructor at the two-week container inspector college (which he helped develop), Hendrix led eight members from Sector Charleston and Sector Jacksonville to obtaining their inspector qualifications. The leadership skills exemplified by Hendrix are of the highest caliber. His professionalism and expertise was particularly sought after following landfall of Hurricane Harvey. Hendrix quickly volunteered for Title 14 deployment to Houston. During his deployment, Hendrix provided support to Sector Houston's prevention department by working as a facility inspector. Hendrix was responsible for conducting port assessments of the impacted waterways and played a pivotal role in the quick reopening of the Port of Houston, which ultimately aided in the delivery of much needed post-hurricane relief supplies. In addition to his impressive work for the Coast Guard, Hendrix volunteers his time to his community. During 2017, Hendrix participated in a community outreach event talking to a Boy Scout troop about the Coast Guard's marine safety and Reserve programs. In conjunction with this mentorship, Hendrix also provided first aid and CPR training so each member of the troop could earn a Boy Scout First Aid Merit Badge. Additionally, using his experience and knowledge of the Incident Command System from Deepwater Horizon, vessel boardings, pollution responses and his work as a professional firefighter, Hendrix assisted his Local Emergency Planning Commission in Lexington County, S.C., in disaster preparedness by conducting training and assisting with planning for emergency response interoperability under the National Incident Management System. According to Senior Chief Petty Officer James Lee, his selection as EPOY was a combination of military service, volunteer service and work ethic. "Petty Officer Hendrix exemplifies the highest levels of leadership, teamwork and competence in every facet of his life, from his Coast Guard career to his job as a firefighter and his commitment to those in need," said Lee. Hendrix says being selected as the D7 Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year is a very humbling experience. "I am very appreciative of the recognition and support from Sector Charleston leadership and my peers, of my accomplishments both here at the Sector and Coast Guard wide," said Hendrix. � Issue 3 • 2018 � RESERVIST 25 Petty Officer 1st Class Greg Halter and wife Dora stand with Adm. Paul Zukunft at the Eighth District Enlisted Person of the Year dinner March 2.

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