Sector Jacksonville names 2009 active duty and reserve Enlisted Person’s of the Year

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville has selected two Guardians as the 2009 active duty and reserve Enlisted Person’s of the Year.

Petty Officer 1st Class Danial Desjardin was selected as Sector Jacksonville’s active duty Enlisted Person of the Year and Petty Officer 1st Class Kathy Feyer the Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year.

Desjardin, 31, a native of Port Orchard, Wash., is a yeoman and an 11-year veteran of the Coast Guard. He serves as an assistant servicing personnel office supervisor for Sector Jacksonville. His areas of responsibility include payroll certification and delivery, preparing military travel orders and arranging transportation.

“I was very honored and humbled after receiving word that I was selected,” said Desjardin.

“He has established himself as an expert when it comes to handling critical incident stress management cases within Sector Jacksonville’s area of responsibility,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Robert Miller, Sector Jacksonville’s service personnel office supervisor.

“His concern for his shipmates and family members is one of the reasons he stands out. He takes great pride in giving back to his community as evidenced by his interaction within his community,” said Miller.

Feyer, a Miami native, is a yeoman and a 21-year veteran of the Coast Guard. Her areas of responsibility include maintaining pay and benefit records for more than 50 Coast Guard personnel at Station Port Canaveral.

“Feyer goes above and beyond the call of duty to look after the members well being both Coast Guard wise and personally,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Charles Wade. “Her participation knows no boundaries as she is available 24/7 to assist or take care of members issues and regularly comes in on off weekends.”

In addition, she is actively involved with the Soldiers Angels Organization coordinating and soliciting packages for military personnel serving overseas. Feyer also volunteers with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide meals to home-bound Veterans.

“I was so surprised to learn that I received this award,” said Feyer. “I was selected to receive this award is because of the men and women I work with. I truly believe it is the best reserve unit in the Coast Guard and I couldn’t have been selected with out them.”

To be considered for Enlisted Person of the Year Coast Guard members must consistently demonstrate exceptional standards of proficiency and conduct, and whose military appearance and bearing are consistently impeccable. Nominees reflect the Coast Guard’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty. All nominees are role models whom all Coast Guard personnel strive to emulate.

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