Coast Guard Sector Buffalo civilian employee named Education Services Officer of the Year

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CLEVELAND — A civilian employee assigned as the education services officer for Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y., was named the Coast Guard’s 2013 Full-Time Education Services Officer of the Year.

Debra Stancliff, a Tonawanda, N.Y., native, was chosen as the recipient of the award for providing numerous educational opportunities and services to the sector and surrounding units. She worked diligently to coordinate the installation and management of a non-standard network, to increase educational opportunities for active duty and reserve members.

Capt. Brian Roche, commander of Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y., recognizes Debra Stancliff, the unit's education services officer, as the Coast Guard's Full-Time Education Services Officer of the Year during a ceremony at the sector, Feb. 20, 2014.  Stancliff, who officially received the award at an education symposium earlier in the month, demonstrated exceptional performance in the areas of educational leadership, innovative problem solving, and customer outreach.  U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Buffalo

Capt. Brian Roche, commander of Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y., recognizes Debra Stancliff, the unit’s education services officer, as the Coast Guard’s Full-Time Education Services Officer of the Year during a ceremony at the sector, Feb. 20, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Buffalo

Most recently, Stancliff administered the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Personality Inventory to the sector’s senior staff, resulting in a stronger, more cohesive leadership team.

“Stancliff has been instrumental in helping those in her area of responsibility who want to further their education,” said Theresa Henry, the Coast Guard 9th District education services officer.

“She has an extensive background in college counseling and has created forms and procedural guides that have been adopted by other education services officers in the Coast Guard.”

Stancliff was given the award at the Council of Colleges and Military Education Symposium in Savannah, Ga., on Feb. 10 and was formally recognized by Capt. Brian Roche, Sector Buffalo commander, during a ceremony at the sector, Feb. 20.

Stancliff is a married mother of two and has been with the Coast Guard since 2008. She has a degree in Psychology from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., and a degree in Counseling and Human Services from the Canisius College in Buffalo. Before coming to the Coast Guard, she served as the education service specialist at two Army military entrance processing stations.

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