Reservist

ISS3 2018

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Health Administration as a compliance officer, and he transferred to Sector Houston-Galveston. Three years later, Halter accepted a position with the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C., working on the Presidential Transition Team for seven months, setting the foundation for his nomination as the Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year for the Eighth District. "When a solicitation came out for a sharp first class petty officer to be a part of the Presidential Transition Team, the first person I thought of was Halter," said Lt. Cmdr. Omar Barajas, reserve program administrator at Sector Houston-Galveston. "We've got a lot of great reservists here at the sector, but some people are those 'stand outs,' and he was one of them," said Barajas. It was only five days after moving to D.C. that he was mobilized for Hurricane Harvey, landing him back at his old stomping grounds as a safety officer for the Hurricane Harvey ESF-10 Charlie Branch for pollution and vessel recovery in Port Arthur, Texas. "Petty Officer Halter was an exceptional safety officer monitoring safe operations for more than 100 federal, state and local responders," said Lt. JoEllen Arons of the Atlantic Strike Team. "He oversaw pollution mitigation for displaced vessels and provided vital support to the command staff during VIP visits." "I owe all of my career opportunities to the Coast Guard," Halter said. "My last three jobs are a direct result of being a Coast Guard reservist." Building effective relationships seems to be a common thread throughout Halter's career, an element he fosters by giving credit where it's due and recognizing the people that have enabled him to succeed. Halter, shies away from taking credit for his successes, citing his wife as the person who holds down the fort at home and keeps the ship running straight. According to Halter, she's the first person he calls when an opportunity comes his way. "I say, 'Hey, you know the Coast Guard has an opportunity…,' and she's always supportive and says, 'Have fun, be safe and I love you'." � 1 1 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 E 1 G L E N N H Y Z A K Petty Officer 1st Class Glenn Hyzak, a reserve maritime enforcement specialist assigned to Coast Guard Sector San Diego, was honored as the Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year for the service's Pacific Southwest region during a ceremony April 5 in Alameda, Calif. The Texas native joined the Coast Guard in 2004, and has served in various law enforcement billets including two tours at Maritime Safety and Security Teams and a tour at Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team, where he was part of the law enforcement detachments as well as the training staff. Two years ago, Hyzak joined the Reserve, bringing a wealth of law enforcement knowledge and experience with him. "He's changed the way our law enforcement program on the reserve side of the house is run by leaps and bounds," said Senior Chief Petty Officer Adam Mowbray, reserve liaison for the the Sector San Diego enforcement branch. "ME1's a great guy and it's never about him, it's always about others." "I can't help but be involved, I always want to know what's going on and help out where I can," said Hyzak, who serves as a law enforcement instructor at his unit, ensuring high standards of training for his shipmates. "You always want to give 100 percent on the training, because you never know when that person's going to be a part of your boarding team. I want to have everyone at the same level of training and just always pursue more." As a qualified boarding officer, Hyzak conducted 20 boardings, two shore side ferry terminal boardings, and seven interagency law-enforcement operations with local and federal law agencies in the San Diego area. Hyzak was part of the Coast Guard's 2017 hurricane response. He deployed to the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Maria where he conducted security missions in the affected area. "We did courtesy patrols for the active duty members who were evacuated off the island," said Hyzak. "We were able to check on their houses, make sure they were still standing and look out for our shipmates." Hyzak finished his bachelors in criminal justice in early 2017 and is currently working toward his masters. He plans to attend law school. � Petty Officer 1st Class Glenn Hyzak performs weapons maintenance. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Amanda Dunford. 26 RESERVIST � Issue 3 • 2018

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