SAN FRANCISCO – Two Pacific Southwest-based Coast Guard petty officers were chosen as the 2016 active-duty enlisted person of the year (EPOY) and reserve enlisted person of the year (REPOY) for the 11th Coast Guard District during a recognition banquet, Friday in Petaluma.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Stacy Pagozalski, a yeoman assigned to the 11th Coast Guard District Administration Branch, and Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony Knight, a marine science technician assigned to Coast Guard Sector San Francisco, were selected as the EPOY and REPOY, respectively.
Pagozalski is commended for playing a vital role in executing the district staff’s administrative needs, including the processing of complex orders, travel claims and short-notice passport requests. Pagozalski also filled an integral role in the weigh-in and annual verification season, assisting members with maintaining their health, readiness and the support of their families and loved ones.
In addition, Pagozalski serves as the primary illicit drug-screening coordinator, co-chair of the morale committee and a fitness instructor on Coast Guard Base Alameda.
Knight, who serves at Sector San Francisco’s Incident Management Team Reserve (IMTR), is commended for exhibiting an unprecedented combination of exceptional leadership and technical acumen.
Knight served as an Incident Command System instructor during a three-year beta test program, in which he coached and trained 18 active-duty and reserve personnel. His work with the program served as the catalyst in creating the curriculum that is exported to field-unit personnel. He also serves as the Director of Emergency Management and Business Continuity for the Deptartment of Emergency Management at California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly).
Knight also coordinated and participated in the 2016 “Tip A Cop” campaign which raised $35,000 for the San Luis Obispo Special Olympics Team. In keeping with his dedication to the community, Knight also helped organize the first 2016 “Dining with K-9’s” which raised approximately $33,000 for local police department K-9 programs.
The EPOY program recognizes exceptional, top-performing men and women in the Coast Guard’s enlisted workforce. These individuals are selected by a panel of senior enlisted members who evaluate each nominee against a set of established criteria that include performance, work ethic, military bearing, standards of conduct and a strong community-service commitment.
The regional winners are eligible for national honors along with their peers from other Coast Guard regions across the nation.