Coast Guardsman awarded Career Armed Services Attorney of the Year Award in Juneau, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard Cmdr. William G. Dwyer III was recognized by the Judge Advocates Association as the 2013 Career Armed Services Attorney of the Year for the Coast Guard during a ceremony at the Coast Guard 17th District in Juneau, Wednesday.

The award recognizes the outstanding contributions to the armed services by career attorneys serving as judge advocates. Nominees from each armed service must demonstrate a record of outstanding professional accomplishments, service to the community, service to the legal profession and developing subordinates.

Coast Guard Cmdr. William Dwyer III, celebrates being awarded the Judge Advocate Associations 2013 Career Armed Services Attorney of the Year Award with members of the 17th District legal staff during a ceremony in Juneau, Sept. 18, 2013. Dwyer, the 17th District's staff judge advocate, was recognized for his work providing legal advice crucial to successful planning and execution of several major Arctic operations. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow.

Coast Guard Cmdr. William Dwyer III, celebrates being awarded the Judge Advocate Associations 2013 Career Armed Services Attorney of the Year Award with members of the 17th District legal staff during a ceremony in Juneau, Sept. 18, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow.

Dwyer, the 17th District’s Staff Judge Advocate, was recognized for his work providing legal advice crucial to the successful planning and execution of several major arctic campaigns.

Dwyer was cited for coordinating the Coast Guard’s legal response to the Kulluk grounding, ensuring that legal advice was provided regarding maritime safety, ethics, and fiscal issues related to the application of the oil spill liability trust fund. He coordinated the referral of the high-profile Noble Discoverer case to the Department of Justice and provided legal advice in support of the controlled sinking of the derelict Japanese fishing tsunami-debris vessel, the Ryou-Un-Maru. Dwyer was also the lead attorney in support of the first and only successful maritime winter fuel delivery by the Russian tank vessel Renda and Coast Guard Cutter Healy to Nome in 2011-2012.

“Cmdr. Dwyer is a key member of the 17th District staff and his input, experience level and professionalism are exceptional,” said Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, commander, 17th District. “This award is a great opportunity to acknowledge and thank him for the many valuable contributions he’s made and continues to make while serving the 17th District staff.”

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