11th District names Persons of the Quarter

ALAMEDA, Calif. - Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer Wilhite (left), and Ms. Ivorita Perry (right), with Rear Adm. Joseph "Pepe" Castillo, 11th District commander, were recognized as Enlisted Person of the Quarter and Civilian Person of the Quarter during an all-hands meeting held on Coast Guard Island Tuesday, April 26, 2011. This quarterly selection of stellar enlisted and civilian performers recognizes their outstanding leadership and community service contributions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Levi Read.

Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer Wilhite (left), and Ms. Ivorita Perry (right), with Rear Adm. Joseph "Pepe" Castillo,

ALAMEDA, Calif. — A local Petty Officer and a civilian government employee, have been named as the 11th Coast Guard District’s employees of the quarter for thier significant contributions to the missions of the Coast Guard

Named as the employee’s of the quarter were:

Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer Wilhite as the enlisted person , and Ms. Ivorita Perry as the civilian government employee.

The awards were presented to the recipients by Rear Adm. Joseph “Pepe” Castillo, 11th Coast Guard District commander, at an all-hands meeting held Tuesday, April 26, 2011 on Coast Guard Island.

“Appreciation for a job well done and acknowledging selfless dedication to service embodies the tenets of the Enlisted Person of the Quarter and Civilian Person of the Quarter Program,” said Master Chief Terence Vanderwerf, Command Master Chief for the 11th Coast Guard District. “We highlight our best performers who lead by example and serve to motivate their shipmates, as well as their superiors.”

Wilhite is a yeoman assigned to the district’s front office to assist the district’s command staff with travel plans, schedules, award write-ups, district wide announcements, and conference organization among many other things. Perry also works in Alameda and is assigned as an auxiliary affairs specialist for the Northern region branch, which includes 1,600 volunteer Coast Guard Auxiliary members.

The EPOQ and CPOQ program recognizes exceptional men and women in the Coast Guard’s workforce who are top performers. Considered as the “best and brightest” from the field, these individuals are selected and evaluated using a set of established criteria that includes performance, work ethics, military bearing, standards of conduct and a strong community service commitment.

Although it encompasses an area of responsibility to include northern and southern California, Arizona and Nevada, the 11th Coast Guard District is part of a larger Bay Area presence of Coast Guard members who number into approximately 4,000 members serving at small boat stations, buoy tenders, air stations, cutters, training centers, and regional headquarters that coordinate operations throughout California and the Pacific. Coast Guard men and women here perform a variety of missions, including search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, marine safety inspections and fisheries, aids-to-navigation, port security and anti-terrorism patrols, illegal drug and migrant interdiction, and environmental protection.

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