Juneau based Coast Guardsman awarded top honor at Air Force leadership school

JUNEAU, Alaska – The United States Air Force presented Coast Guard Sector Juneau’s Petty Officer Second Class Thomas Albert with the John L. Levitow Award on Friday, October 29, 2010, at the graduation dinner for Airman Leadership School in Anchorage Alaska.

The John L. Levitow Award is presented to the most distinguished graduate, and is the highest honor awarded by the leadership school. The selection criteria for the award are based on objective and performance evaluations, as well as instructor and peer leadership points.

Albert was the first member from Sector Juneau to receive the prestigious award from the five week leadership skill development course. He was also the only Coast Guardsman from his class.

Albert attributed his success in this class to the rest of his flight (classmates) and instructors, “For my success in Airman Leadership School, I need to give credit to others. My own personal drive could only go so far in this course. My classmates and instructor took me in and made me one of their own. They put me at ease since day one when, as one of our flight goals, they modified “Leave no Airman behind” to include me: Leave no Airman/Coastie behind.”

Albert’s primary job at Sector Juneau is as an inspector for maritime transportation facilities and an explosive load monitor. Additionally, he positively contributes to the local community through participation in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program, Southeast Road Runners, and the Coast Guard Enlisted Association.

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