Coast Guard names Air Station Sitka Petty Officer the 2010 Enlisted Person of the Year

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Troy Brevik, an Air Station Sitka aviation maintenance technician, is presented a plaque from Rear Adm. Christopher Colvin Feb. 18, 2011, in recognition of his being selected as the Alaska Coast Guardsman of the year. Brevik and members representing all branches of the military were honored at the 34th Armed Services YMCA of Alaska Annual Salute to the Military. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley.JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard has named Petty Officer 1st Class Troy Brevik, an aviation maintanance technican and a Juneau resident stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Sitka as the service’s 2010 active duty Enlisted Person of the Year by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp.

“Petty Officer Brevik was the units cornerstone during a year when Air Station Sitka overcome numerous challenges, including the transition of a new aircraft, an aeronautical engineering logistics inspection and a unit standardization evaluation,” said Adm. Papp. “Time and time again, Petty Officer Brevik was the first to volunteer for critical leadership roles. He aggressively sought positions of increased responsibility and leadership, making significant positive and long lasting impacts on the unit.”

During the recent transition to the new model of the Jayhawk helicopter, Brevik led his maintenance team through a meticulous inspection of all new aircraft before they were qualified to fly on missions. He led all 55 aircraft maintenance personnel through a training plan in which he addressed the qualifications required for its multi-mission capabilities.

Brevik was responsible for supervising an intensive training program to streamline the aviation engineering department’s transition to the new aircraft. Brevik had to account for 24-hour operations, three daily shifts, heavy maintenance cycles and training others to help meet requirements for the air station to have 45 qualified flight mechanics to be ready for anything at a moment’s notice.

Brevik volunteered for the fire department by presenting 40 hours of instruction during the 2010 Firefighter One Academy and responded to 67 fire calls in turn saving or assisting 70 lives. He spent time volunteering with Sitka Mountain Rescue by educating the public on wilderness safety, provided professional emergency services to those in need of rescue and responded to 35 search and rescue cases.

“I never imagined I would receive this when I joined the Coast Guard,” said Brevik. “It’s an honor and privilege to be wearing the same shoes as everyone else in the Coast Guard and it’s just humbling to receive such an honorable award.”

The Enlisted Person of the Year program is designed to recognize enlisted persons in the workforce in pay grades E-2 through E-6. Nominees must reflect the spirit of pride, professionalism, dedication and must embody the Coast Guard Core Values of honor, respect and devotion to duty. The community service provided by the nominees should enhance the lives of others inside and outside of the Coast Guard. All activities pertaining to the EPOY program should occur during the calendar year of the award presentation.

Brevik will be recognized during an official ceremony held in Washington D.C. during the week of May 27, 2011.


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