Reservist

ISS3 2018

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9 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 : B M 1 A N D R E W M . A R N O L D Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew M. Arnold, a reserve boatswain's mate assigned to Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, was selected as the Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year for the Ninth District. Arnold, who joined the Reserve in 2006, normally serves as the reserve training petty officer for the station, but during last year's incredibly busy summer season, he executed the duties of first lieutenant for Operation Summerstock (a position normally held by an active duty member). There, he was responsible for training, tasking and mentoring more than a dozen junior personnel. As a boarding officer and RBS/RBM coxswain, Arnold is responsible for training future coxswains, crew members and watchstanders. He completed over 200 underway hours as a small boat coxswain without mishap, which directly improved readiness and seamanship of active duty and reserve coxswain and crew. He also is a member of the station's boat crew examination board for active and reserve qualification boards. His expertise and skill has been called upon by the station for previous summer seasons when they experienced shortages of qualified personnel. In 2012, Arnold deployed with Port Security Unit 309 to Kuwait. In his job as a social studies teacher for North Canton, Ohio, public schools, he serves as department chairman. In his spare time, Arnold coaches lacrosse and is currently working on his masters degree in educational leadership. � 1 3 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 : B M 2 T I M P O R T E R Petty Officer 2nd Class Tim Porter from Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay, Ore., was selected as the District 13 Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year. Porter, a native of the Florida Keys, joined the Reserve in 2012 and became an essential part of Station Yaquina Bay, serving as a coxswain on the RBSII and a crewman on the 47- foot motor life boat. As the lead reserve coxswain trainer, his expertise was invaluable as an underway instructor during the station's coxswain college, and his efforts directly resulted in the successful certification of four coxswains. Porter contributed to the station's mission again and again, staying late to help others on completing tasks and qualifications and, at one point, doing points-only drills to augment the active crew during busy fishing seasons. As a seasoned coxswain, he oversaw active duty crew, helping ensure the safety of upwards of 600 recreational vessels per day. Porter, who is president of an investment firm in his civilian occupation, used his background to counsel numerous station personnel (junior and senior, of both components) on their financial well-being. His knowledge, advice and encouragement motivated members to begin, or increase, contributions to their retirement, increasing retention rates and members' financial security. He recently earned his masters degree in personal financial planning. In his spare time, Porter conducts an extensive amount of community outreach. He leads a mentorship program for incarcerated youth. He's worked with Homes for Our Troops and the Financial Planning Association to provide free financial services to wounded veterans. For the last ten years, Porter has run a Thanksgiving outreach through his church in Salem, Ore., which delivers dinner, toys and Christmas trees to families in need. Under his leadership, the event has now grown to serve 1,000 people per year, including the Salem-Keizer school district, local businesses and more than 200 volunteers. "It's humbling and a privilege to work alongside someone who cares so deeply and invests so much into the accomplishments of others," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Thomas Molloy, commanding officer of Station Yaquina Bay. The station's SERA, Senior Chief Petty Officer Carl Boehmer echoed his sentiments. "Petty Officer Porter is a dedicated reserve member and represents our core values both on and off duty," said Boehmer. "He has affected the lives of many families from his selfless volunteering in his community." � Petty Officer 2nd Class Tim Porter receives his award, flanked by his commanding officer, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Thomas Molloy, and SERA Chief Petty Officer Carl Boehmer. Photo courtesy of Station Yaquina Bay. Issue 3 • 2018 � RESERVIST 27

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