Coast Guard crewmember goes above and beyond at Air Station Clearwater

Coast Guard District 7 Newsby Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael De Nyse.

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Performing consistently as a good shipmate, role model and overall go-to guy is easier said than done. A Coast Guardsman stationed at Air Station Clearwater is doing just that on a daily basis.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jon Savage, an aviation maintenance technician at Air Station Clearwater, is raising the bar in his department. As a recent Coast Guard Achievement Medal recipient for superior service at his previous unit, Savage has not skipped a beat and brought his work ethic and great attitude cross-country. Whether it’s the most mundane task in the shop or the most challenging, Savage makes it look easy and his enthusiasm is contagious.

Savage has hit the ground running since his recent transfer to Air Station Clearwater. He routinely completes all tasking to a superior level without any direct supervision.

“Savage has always been one of those guys you can always go to get the job done,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Lamb, an Air Station Clearwater member and Savage’s shop supervisor. “His positive attitude reflects on the rest of his peers and his work ethic is infectious to the rest of his crew.”

Savage, a 35-year-old native of Raymondville, Texas, has been in the Coast Guard for eight years. After being laid off from his civilian job, he was ready to do something with his life with a little more meaning.

“I think my good work ethic is something that just comes naturally, but if I was to credit someone for my inspiration it would my grandfather, who just passed away last year,” said Savage. “He was a devout Christian, World War II veteran, loving husband of 65 years, father and grandfather, and a person I would say had true grit. He always put family first, and never knew the meaning of give up.”

With an infectious smile and great work ethic, Savage influences his shipmates to keep a positive attitude especially during less than desirable tasks and blistering working conditions. In the short three months since Savage reported to Air Station Clearwater, he has demonstrated a vast knowledge in aircraft systems and maintenance procedures, proving to his shipmates he can be relied upon at any time.

“Savage is the type of guy you don’t have to keep under a microscope; you can give him a task and let him go to do it,” said Lamb. “You don’t have to check back with him until the job is done. That to me is huge. We have $20 million worth of aircraft out there, and if you have to keep your eye on somebody all the time, it takes away from what you’re doing as a supervisor for everybody else.”

Savage has been a self-proclaimed ‘grease monkey’ since he could remember.

“I always wanted to get dirty working on tractors, cars, trucks, and now – aircraft,” said Savage. “I love being a mechanic; I like working with my hands and always challenging myself to learn more.

A Coast Guard AMT has a plethora of responsibilities at any given time. AMTs inspect, troubleshoot and repair almost everything at an air station. They service and repair aircraft fuselages, wings, rotor blades, fixed and movable flight control surfaces, and also bleed aircraft air, hydraulic and fuel systems. AMTs also fill aircrew positions such as flight engineer, flight mechanic, load master, drop master, sensor-systems operator and basic air crewman.

“Savage makes it look easy,” said Chief Petty Officer Michael Ethridge, Savage’s senior enlisted supervisor. “On a daily basis we make something that appears to be monumental and we turn it into an easy task to get it done.”

It’s not all about work for Savage. When off duty he prefers spending as much time with his loved ones as he can.

“I enjoy exercising, fishing, shooting, but most importantly spending time with my wife and two boys who joyfully take up most of my free time,” said Savage. “I am blessed with a job I enjoy, even with the ups and downs of it. Blessed with a beautiful wife and two beautiful boys and I owe it all to the grace of God.”

Savage also has great advice and mentoring skills. When asked what he would tell the new Coast Guard non-rate reporting aboard, Savage had this to say: “Everyone has been where you’re at, make the most of it and learn all you can. Even if you’re only in for four [years], take all the knowledge and experience you can out of every day, because you may find yourself using it again at some point in your life.”

Savage demonstrates what it takes to be a good shipmate, leader and all-around Coast Guardsman because of his exemplary adherence to the Coast Guard’s core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty. His actions speak louder than words and because of that, his shipmates follow his lead.

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