North Carolina Coast Guard reservist receives national leadership award

5th Coast Guard District NewsOAK ISLAND, N.C. — Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Abigail Rainey Scrocco of Station Oak Island is scheduled to be awarded the Coast Guard’s Master Chief Angela M. McShan Inspirational Leadership Award.

To receive the award, nominees must exemplify the Coast Guard’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty; demonstrate exceptional leadership traits; display a keen sense of ethical conduct; motivate others to excel in mission performance; and foster the spirit and intent of diversity.

Scrocco earned the award for her work maintaining Station Oak Island reserve personnel at the highest rate of readiness of all Coast Guard stations in the U.S. Reserve readiness is a critical component in the Coast Guard’s rapid response to major incidents such as Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Reservists must be ready to deploy at a moments notice to locations all over the country.

During the height of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Scrocco was deployed to Houma, La., for two months and provided administrative support to hundreds of personnel at the command post.

In her civilian capacity, Scrocco is a library media specialist and computer teacher at St. Mary’s School in Wilmington, N.C. She also volunteers extensively with local social outreach ministry through her church and serves as the communications director of Touched by Suicide, an organization that provides support to those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Scrocco will be recognized at a formal ceremony Aug. 11, in Washington D.C.

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