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April 6, 2013

Ashtabula-based Coast Guardsman named 9th District Enlisted Person of the Year

CLEVELAND — Petty Officer 2nd Class William Campbell, a boatswain’s mate stationed at Coast Guard Station Ashtabula, Ohio, was recognized during a formal ceremony Friday, for being named the 2012 9th Coast Guard District Enlisted Person of the Year.

Campbell was recognized at his unit by Rear Adm. Mike Parks, 9th Coast Guard District commander, who also awarded Campbell a Coast Guard Commendation Medal.

Capt. Steve Wischmann, commander of Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, also recognized Campbell as the Coast Guard Sector Buffalo Enlisted Person of the Year.

“Campbell is an excellent example of a Coast Guardsmen,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer James Dean, Station Ashtabula’s officer in charge.

“He is devoted to leadership and duty at work, home and in the community.”

In addition to his extraordinary performance of duty, Campbell voluntarily coordinated and participated in multiple community outreach programs including Earth Day clean-up, Habitat for Humanity, and “Shop with a Cop” where youth wards of the state shop for gifts with law enforcement officer volunteers using donated money.

In 2012, Campbell mentored more than 450 area students on the Coast Guard core values and boating safety.

Campbell has served in the 9th District since the beginning of his Coast Guard career. Notable, in 2009, while stationed at Coast Guard Station Erie, Pa., he was called to help a good Samaritan who had recovered a person from the water. Once on scene Campbell and his crew searched the area to find another vessel with three more injured people and gave them assistance. For their actions Campbell and crew received a Congressional citation.

Campbell was recently awarded the Coast Guard McCune Award for Maritime Law Enforcement Excellence, which recognizes outstanding actions accomplished while performing law enforcement and homeland security missions on the Great Lakes.

The award links the outstanding performance for today to the heritage of Merle McCune, commander of a picket boat in the 1920’s. McCune was particularly effective in countering a growing maritime smuggling threat during prohibition and earned a reputation as one of the pre-eminent counter-smuggling boat commanders on the Great Lakes.

Stretching from northern New York state to northern Minnesota, the 9th Coast Guard District encompasses the five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway, and parts of the surrounding states, including 6,700 miles of shoreline and 1,500 miles of shared international border with Canada. Out of about 1,700 members in the district who are in the eligible enlisted rates only one person is chosen as the active duty EPOY of the Great Lakes.

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