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ISS4 2018

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Building roofs for churches on the other side of the world Before Chief Petty Officer Phillip Zonn was a police officer, and before he was a Coast Guard reservist, he had another career: for more than 10 years, he worked as a construction superintendent. There, he learned to do small home remodeling projects from woodworking to plumbing to installation. This valuable set of skills gave him the ability to help others less fortunate, so when the congregation of Weems Creek Baptist Church was forming a team of men to build roofs for several churches in Tanzania last summer, Zonn, a member of Sector Baltimore's Vessel Boarding Security Team, was among them. He bought his own ticket to the other side of the world—a 22-hour flight, plus another full day of van and bus rides through the hot Tanzanian countryside. Zonn and the team were met by a crew of half a dozen local men to build four roofs. As the superintendent of the crew of more than a dozen men doing construction in a third-world country, Zonn had his work cut out for him. Money was scarce in the towns, and power wasn't always available. He and his team built the trusses for the roofs by hand, dealing with crooked, warped wood and a dearth of supplies. Luckily, because he'd done a similar trip to Ghana last year, he remembered not to take anything for granted. "We used to bring our power saws, but most of the villages we're building for don't have generators," said Zonn. "Some of them have been saving for like five years just to build the roof." Despite the problems, Zonn said he admired everyone's positive attitudes. Even with the hindrance of a language barrier, the crew of Americans and Tanzanians stayed focused, and progress came quickly as they added the tin roofs. "We don't even speak the language, but it's like, 'You believe in God, we believe in God, awesome, let's put this roof on this church and we'll call it a day,'" said Zonn. "At the end of the day, it all works out." Zonn said a highlight of the trip for the American crew was visiting the schools and handing out soccer balls to the children, and he tried to put it into perspective. "As a cop, I'm usually seeing people on their worst day, because they made a bad decision or they committed a crime or whatever, but to see these kids there, playing with a ball of trash tied up with a string… we gave them a few soccer balls, and the kids were so happy. Americans, we complain about everything, but these guys, they're excited to be alive, have fresh water, make good food. These kids, it's like their whole world gets changed because someone dropped off a soccer ball." Zonn and the crew finished two of the four roofs before their four-week trip came to a close, and he was happy to get home to the smiles of his own two children. � PSU veteran honored at JINSA awards ceremony On Aug. 31, 2018, Lt. Emily H. Brockway, currently assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters, was selected for recognition at the Jewish Institute for National Security of America's 16th Annual Grateful Nation Awards Ceremony. The ceremony was held in Washington Oct. 10. Brockway displayed exceptional service and volunteer efforts while deployed for 11 months in 2016 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Freedom Sentinel. As the sole Coast Guard member assigned to U.S. Navy Coastal Riverine Squadron EIGHT's 70-person detachment, Brockway served as the Antiterrorism Officer and Operations Officer, Commander Task Group (CTG) 68.6, to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. She developed and coordinated force protection packages for high- value assets (HVA), totaling more than 34,000 hours of seaward security for critical maritime infrastructure in the Port of Djibouti. � Lt. Emily Brockway was among six members of the military who received JINSA's Grateful Nation Award Oct. 13, 2018, along with Maj. Cade A. Reedy, Master Sgt. Daniel P. McKnight, Lt. Cmdr. Jacob Romelhardt, Master Sgt. Michael L. Settles, and Staff Sgt. Jason T. Pacheco. Photo courtesy of JINSA Chief Petty Officer Phillip Zonn spent a month in Tanzania putting on roofs for local churches. Zonn's group also brought donations of eyeglasses and toys to families there. Issue 4 • 2018 � RESERVIST 33

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