Coast Guard 5th District recognizes Enlisted Person of the Year

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st class Matthew Montgomery, the 5th District’s Enlisted Person of the Year, poses for a photo with his wife and his command during a dinner reception at the Marston Pavilion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 12, 2019. The reception was held to recognize seven Coast Guardsmen, both active duty and reserve, for their outstanding performance in the service and their local communities. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Shannon Kearney)

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st class Matthew Montgomery, the 5th District’s Enlisted Person of the Year, poses for a photo with his wife and his command during a dinner reception at the Marston Pavilion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 12, 2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Shannon Kearney)

FORT MACON, NC – Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Montgomery, a boatswain’s mate aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Maple, received the 5th District’s Enlisted Person of the Year honors during a ceremony at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Apr. 12, 2019.

Montgomery managed over $1 million in contracts for his cutter, managed and qualified boat crews and watchstanders aboard the Maple, mentored a Coast Guard recruit company at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May  and deployed to the Coast Guard Cutter Walnut to train its crew. He also volunteered over 20 hours of personal time to clean up neighborhoods after Hurricane Florence and assisted two displaced shipmates find temporary homes.

He received a Coast Guard Commendation Medal from Rear Adm. Keith Smith, commander of the Coast Guard’s 5th District, for his outstanding service.

Each year, the Coast Guard selects an enlisted service member from its active duty workforce for this recognition. The honoree epitomizes a spirit of pride, professionalism and dedication, and he or she embodies the Coast Guard Core Values of honor, respect and devotion to duty.

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