9th Coast Guard District Names Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year

9th Coast Guard District News
DULUTH, Minn. — A Minnesota-based Coast Guardsman was recognized during a formal ceremony Saturday morning for being named the 2012 9th Coast Guard District’s Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year.

Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Rofidal, a maritime enforcement specialist stationed at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Duluth, was named the Reserve EPOY for the 9th Coast Guard District.

Rofidal was recognized at his unit with a special visit by Capt. John Bingaman, chief of staff of the 9th Coast Guard, who also awarded Rofidal a Coast Guard Achievement Medal.

“Petty Officer Rofidal, through his exemplary commitment to Coast Guard missions and servant leadership, really exemplifies our service’s core values,” said Cmdr. Kenneth R. Bryan, commanding officer of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Duluth. “His individual contribution, and those of the entire Reserve cadre throughout the 9th Coast Guard District, is absolutely critical to team Coast Guard meeting missions and serving the public.”

In addition to his extraordinary performance of duty, Rofidal voluntarily served as chairperson for the Eden Prairie Veterans Memorial Committee in charge of coordinating the Memorial Day tribute.

In 2012, Rofidal liaised with Coast Guard historians, and staff at the National Personnel Records Center and the Officer Down Memorial that resulted in the successful verification of 11 Coast Guard reservists, allowing their names to be engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Rofidal continues to proudly serve with distinction in the 9th District as he has since the beginning of his Coast Guard career.

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 eight 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 and reserve EPOY of the Great Lakes.

Throughout his career, Rofidal has deployed to various responses around the country and taken part in several memorable events.

Capt. John Bingaman (right), chief of staff of the 9th Coast Guard District, recognizes and presents Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Rofidal, a Coast Guard reservist assigned to Marine Safety Unit Duluth, Minn., with the 9th Coast Guard District’s Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year award at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Duluth, May 18, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Elmer Engman

Capt. John Bingaman (right), chief of staff of the 9th Coast Guard District, recognizes and presents Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Rofidal, a Coast Guard reservist assigned to Marine Safety Unit Duluth, Minn., with the 9th Coast Guard District’s Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year award at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Duluth, May 18, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Elmer Engman

Capt. John Bingaman (right), chief of staff of the 9th Coast Guard District, recognizes and presents Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Rofidal, a Coast Guard reservist assigned to Marine Safety Unit Duluth, Minn., with the Coast Guard Achievement Medal at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Duluth, May 18, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Diane Martinek

Capt. John Bingaman (right), chief of staff of the 9th Coast Guard District, recognizes and presents Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Rofidal, a Coast Guard reservist assigned to Marine Safety Unit Duluth, Minn., with the Coast Guard Achievement Medal at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Duluth, May 18, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Diane Martinek

 

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