Coast Guard names Pacific Southwest enlisted persons of the year

Petty Officer 1st Class Jason McNally (center), a boatswain’s mate assigned to Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay, is joined by Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, Coast Guard District 11 commander, and Master Chief Petty Officer Ryan Fahlenkamp, Coast Guard District 11 command master chief, as he is named the district’s enlisted person of the year during a ceremony in Alameda, California, March 1, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory Mendenhall /Released)

Petty Officer 1st Class Jason McNally (center) is joined by Rear Adm. Peter Gautier and Master Chief Petty Officer Ryan Fahlenkamp as he is named the district’s enlisted person of the year during a ceremony in Alameda, California, March 1, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory Mendenhall)

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Two Pacific Southwest-based Coast Guard petty officers were chosen as the 2018 active-duty Enlisted Person of the Year (EPOY) and reserve enlisted person of the year (REPOY) for the 11th Coast Guard District during a ceremony, Friday at Coast Guard Island in Alameda.

Petty Officer 1st Class Jason McNally, a boatswain’s mate assigned to Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Gould, a boatswain’s mate assigned to Port Security Unit 311 in Los Angeles, were selected as the EPOY and REPOY, respectively.

McNally is being recognized for championing the inaugural Bodega Bay-area search and rescue (SAR) council which brings together 20 agencies to discuss capabilities, communications and response posture. As a result of the SAR council, he organized two multi-agency search and rescue drills that created marked improvements in coordination and execution in life-saving response.

McNally also instructed a comprehensive boat crew member college that certified nine 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crewmembers in less than half the time usually required for similar instruction. McNally also supported his community in the wake of two massive wildfires, organizing a holiday toy drive providing gifts totaling over $500 to local children.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Gould (center), a boatswain’s mate assigned to Port Security Unit 311 in Los Angeles, is joined by Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, Coast Guard District 11 commander, and Master Chief Petty Officer Richard Baenen, Coast Guard District 11 reserve command master chief, as he is named the district’s reserve enlisted person of the year during a ceremony in Alameda, California, March 1, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory Mendenhall /Released)

Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Gould (center), is joined by Rear Adm. Peter Gautier and Master Chief Petty Officer Richard Baenen as he is named the district’s reserve enlisted person of the year during a ceremony in Alameda, California, March 1, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory Mendenhall)

Gould is currently serving at Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where his leadership abilities have been instrumental in the success of the unit’s mission. He directly contributed to Port Security Unit 311’s operational readiness to deploy through his participation on the training team that certified nine crewmembers, 12 underway engineers, 16 tactical crewmembers and two tactical coxswains. Gould consistently volunteered to work on his days off, assuming extra patrols to cover for members who were on leave or conducting required training.

The EPOY program recognizes exceptional, top-performing men and women in the Coast Guard’s enlisted workforce. These individuals are selected by a panel of senior enlisted members who evaluate each nominee against a set of established criteria that include performance, work ethic, military bearing, standards of conduct and a strong community-service commitment.

The regional winners are eligible for national honors along with their peers from other Coast Guard regions across the nation.

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