ISS3 2017

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g M1 n icholas s turges, psu 309, selected as 9th d istrict Reserve e nlisted p erson of the Year Petty Officer 1st Class Nicholas Sturges was selected as the Ninth District's Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year. This highly- motivated, key member of Port Security Unit 309's weapons division specializes in the support of weapons, ammunition and training requirements for a 140-member, deployable, specialized force. Sturges provided support to three successive operations: the 2016 Republican National Convention, the Grand Haven, Mi., Coast Guard Festival, and the Navy Expeditionary Combatant Commander's Embarked Security Training in Little Creek, Va. His other accomplishments included; conducting and assisting over 280 PQS training sessions, qualifying 364 of 386 members (94%) on weapons, and coordinating 20 range training dates, resulting in the expenditure of over 59,000 rounds of ammunition with zero mishaps. Sturges volunteers with Girl Scout Troop 867 in Indianapolis, Ind., and serves as the unit health promotion coordinator, offering personal, customized nutrition and exercise programs to his shipmates – even providing weekly follow-up contact and encouragement outside of drill weekends. He regularly visits Troop 867 to educate members about the Coast Guard's national security and humanitarian missions, and he developed a handmade holiday greeting card program for Troop 867. Sturges continuously strives to serve as the role model for the lead-by-example principle. His presence and mild-mannered course instruction style as a fire arms instructor (FAI) has allowed, and continues to allow, weapons training to be an invaluable and enjoyable learning experience, despite the hazardous environment for thousands of Coast Guard members over the years. Petty Officer Sturges is applauded for his devotion to duty within the Coast Guard and service around his community. — Submitted by Master Chief Jeff Dougherty GM1 Nicholas Sturgis giving fire arms instruction after a course of fire at the range M st 1 a nthony J. k night, s ector s an Francisco, selected as 11th d istrict Reserve e nlisted p erson of the Year Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony J. Knight, was selected as the Eleventh District's Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year, is an exemplary citizen and reservist. Knight was selected to participate in the Incident Management Team's beta test, in which he provides training as an ICS instructor and a subject matter expert. In this capacity, he transcended his MST duties, rapidly demonstrating his worth as a citizen-sailor emergency manager. Knight currently serves as the director of emergency management and business continuity for the department of emergency management at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Knight created the Campus Disaster Preparedness Executive Council and serves as a member of San Luis Obispo County's Public Health Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee (PHEPAC). He helped coordinate (and participated in) the 2016 Tip-A-Cop, which raised $35,000 for the San Louis Obispo Special Olympics Team. He helped organize "Dining with the K-9s," which raised $33,000 for local police departments' K-9 programs. Knight also raised $2,500 for the Officer Down Foundation fundraiser. Knight uses the knowledge obtained in his civilian career, coupled with experience from previous employment (FEMA, NASA, local fire department, and Santa Clara County Public Health Department), to benefit the Coast Guard as a whole. He is an outstanding role model with enthusiasm and passion to seek out new opportunities. — Compiled by Cadet 1/c Sydney Vignola Vice Adm. Fred Midgette, Coast Guard Pacific Area commander, congratulates Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony Knight after he was named the reserve enlisted person of the year at a ceremony March 10, 2017 in Petaluma, Calif. Photo by PA2 Cory J. Mendenhall Issue 3 • 2017 � RESERVIST 19

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