Mississippi Native Named Eighth Coast Guard District Enlisted Person of the Year

NEW ORLEANS - (From Left) Rear Adm. Joel R. Whitehead, Commander Eighth Coast Guard District, presents the Eighth Coast Guard District Enlisted Person of the Year Award to Petty Officer 1st Class Michael R. Scott, along with Master Chief Petty Officer Jeff Amatrudo, Command Master Chief Eighth Coast Guard District, in a ceremony held here today.  U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 3rd Class Thomas M. Blue

(From Left) Rear Adm. Joel R. Whitehead, Commander Eighth Coast Guard District, presents the Eighth Coast Guard District Enlisted Person of the Year Award to Petty Officer 1st Class Michael R. Scott, along with Master Chief Petty Officer Jeff Amatrudo, Command Master Chief Eighth Coast Guard District, in a ceremony held here today. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 3rd Class Thomas M. Blue

NEW ORLEANS – Petty Officer 1st Class Michael R. Scott, a Jackson, Miss., native, now an aviation maintenance technician stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Houston received the Eighth Coast Guard District Coast Guard Enlisted Person of the Year Award in a ceremony here today.

The EPOY program is designed to recognize exemplary men and women from the enlisted work force from the rank of seaman apprentice through petty officer first class. Only those personnel who demonstrate sustained exceptional standards of proficiency and conduct, and who’s military appearance and bearing are consistently impeccable, are nominated for this award.

During the past year Scott’s exceptional judgment and strong commitment to excellence has helped Air Station Houston achieve the highest levels of mission accomplishment. Scott’s proactive leadership and superior technical knowledge were the driving forces behind numerous improvements in the Air Station’s engineering department and was a key figure in the successful transition to the upgraded HH-65C rescue helicopter engines.

Scott was hand selected to travel to Air Station New Orleans to research and receive training on the new engines. While training at Air Station New Orleans he documented any special tools and equipment requirements and photographed items of logistical importance. Once he returned he developed a comprehensive maintenance training program that achieved 100 percent aircrew proficiency in the knowledge of the upgraded aircraft. His training program later served as the Coast Guard wide template for other air stations preparing to transition to the HH-65C rescue helicopter.

Scott resourcefully developed or improved key process’ within the engineering department, including the development and implementation of an improved HH-65C engine wash-cart. The improvement enhanced efficiency of the existing wash-cart, which also served as a model for other air stations transitioning to the upgraded helicopter.

Scott’s unique ability, in-depth knowledge and trouble shooting knowledge proved critical to quickly resolving difficult maintenance issues. His attention to detail earned him the designation of primary quality assurance inspector, and the air station gaining an 86 percent aircraft availability rate, which is the best in the HH-65C fleet.

Scott’s concern and devotion to his fellow Coast Guardsmen was apparent when he heard a new member assigned to his unit, had been in a major car accident and was in the emergency room. Scott knew the young airman had no family in the area and decided to rush to the hospital to provide much needed emotional support for the airman. Later it was discovered the the airman would need around the clock extended care. Scott welcomed the airman into his home and provided the care he needed.

Scott further showed his devotion to those he is stationed with when a member of the air station called concerned about the burglary of his house while he was on temporary assigned duty. Scott drove to the member’s home and comforted the family. Scott took time that day to change all of the safety locks in the house and invited the member’s family to stay at his home until the member came home from his temporary assigned duty.

Later the same year the same member’s father died. Scott took leave to help the member and a grieving family move the father’s belongings over 400 miles.

BRAVO ZULU Petty Officer Scott

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