Coast Guard Atlantic Area Selects Enlisted Persons of the Year

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Petty Officer Third Class Angelica R. Hopkins-Slayton, a health services technician from the Coast Guard Cutter Dallas homeported in Charleston, S.C., and Petty Oficer Second Class Martin D. Castellanos, a reserve boatswain’s mate from Tactical Law Enforcement Team (TACLET) South, based in Miami, have been chosen as the Atlantic Area’s 2006 Enlisted and Reserve Enlisted Persons of the Year, respectively.

Hopkins-Slayton of Fredericksburg, Va., is cited for superior performance of duty and demonstrating tremendous energy, commitment, and devotion to duty while expertly assisting in the coordination of medical care, both in port and underway, for over 160 crew members of the Cutter Dallas. She further augmented her already demanding responsibilities by voluntarily serving as the cutter’s Human Relations Council chairman, performing community service and serving as a member of the Damage Control Team.

Castellanos of Boca Raton, Fla., is cited for displaying exceptional leadership, dedication and devotion to duty while serving as Officer in Charge of the Reserve Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET). As the senior reserve member, Castellanos identified a gap in the TACLET South Reserve program and personally recruited five new members from Station Miami Beach, ensuring that each was trained, qualified and equipped to perform deployable operations and local missions. As a member of the unit training staff, he was directly responsible for preparing active duty members for law enforcement missions around the world.

“The achievements of Petty Officers Hopkins-Slayton and Castellanos demonstrate that you don’t have to be in the Coast Guard long to accomplish extraordinary things while demonstrating great leadership and dedication,” said Vice Adm. D. Brian Peterman, Commander, Atlantic Area.

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