Coast Guardsman recognized for outstanding performance while assigned to Cleveland unit

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CLEVELAND — A Terryville, Conn., native and 2003 graduate of Terryville High School was recognized for his outstanding performance throughout 2013, at a ceremony, Friday, in the Coast Guard’s 9th District front office in the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building in downtown Cleveland.

Petty Officer 1st Class James Coppola was recognized as the 9th District staff’s 2013 Enlisted Person of the Year and the Enlisted Person of the Quarter for the 1st quarter of fiscal year 2014.

He was also presented a Coast Guard Commendation Medal and various tokens of gratitude from representatives of the Navy League Cleveland Council, Cleveland Area Chief’s Mess and North Coast Ohio Officer’s Association.

Petty Officer 1st Class James Coppola, a native of Terryville, Conn., is recognized as the Coast Guard 9th District staff's 2013 Enlisted Person of the Year as well as the Enlisted Person of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2014 by Catherine Owen, president of the Navy League Cleveland Council, April 4, 2014. Coppola was recognized for his outstanding performance as an operations specialist in the 9th District's Command Center as well as his efforts in community service.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Dave Foucault

Petty Officer 1st Class James Coppola, a native of Terryville, Conn., is recognized as the Coast Guard 9th District staff’s 2013 Enlisted Person of the Year as well as the Enlisted Person of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2014 by Catherine Owen, president of the Navy League Cleveland Council, April 4, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Dave Foucault

Coppola was recognized in part for his outstanding competence as an operations specialist assigned to the 9th District Command Center. During a command center standardization visit in November, Coppola scored a 100 percent on both the command duty officer test and a search-and-rescue scenario, the only person during the standardization period to do so in the entire Coast Guard. In addition, Coppola attended the Air Force’s Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, where he received the John Levitow Award, the highest honor bestowed upon students in Air Force training schools, for graduating first out of the 220 attendees.

Coppola also showed excellent leadership skills by steadfastly mentoring and training fellow command center personnel in the areas of CDO, situational unit controller and operational unit controller. By performing these duties, he assisted in ensuring the 9th District command center personnel continuously honed their specialty skills in their quest for proficiency.

“I feel like I have had a storybook Coast Guard career,” said Coppola.

Coppola has also displayed a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for community service as he has dedicated many hours volunteering for the Cliff Cares Project, a local city improvement revitalization project, and the Honor Flight Network, which honors WWII veterans. He also volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in Knoxville, Tenn., while attending the AFNCOA.

Coppola is departing the 9th District and will soon report to Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia, the largest Coast Guard unit outside of the United States.

He has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and has been selected to attend Officer Candidate School upon returning from his tour at PATFORSWA.

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