Coast Guard Sector Key West commander recognizes Auxiliarist

Coast Guard District 17 NewsKEY WEST, Fla.– An award presentation recognizing a Coast Guard Auxiliarist was held at Sector Key West, Fla., Wednesday.

Auxiliarist Phillip L. Goodman, Assistant Seventh Coast Guard District Staff Officer for Auxiliary Public Affairs-South Flotilla 13-1, received the Coast Guard Auxiliary Letter of Commendation for his outstanding performance of duty from January 2010 to December 2011.

Goodman, an auxiliarist for three years, displayed broad administrative skills and inspirational leadership by developing unique programs that brought the Auxiliary outreach safety activities to the public’s attention.

In addition, Goodman worked with Sector Key West crewmembers to assure the Auxiliary forces retained a level of readiness to respond to contingencies such as tropical storms and oil spills.

Goodman’s enthusiastic attitude and motivation to assist with on going missions resulted in being selected to deploy to the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in New Orleans, La., where he worked with a Coast Guard Contractor Monitoring Team searching for oil and managing the contracted clean up crews.

“As a result of Mr. Goodman’s volunteerism and consistent time investment, he was trained and qualified for deployment,” said Capt. Pat DeQuattro, commander, Coast Guard Sector Key West. “Preparation today equals performance tomorrow. The Coast Guard team is grateful for Mr. Goodman’s service.”

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed, volunteer component of the Coast Guard, an invaluable force multiplier, whose members assist the active-duty Coast Guard in most mission areas.  If you’d like to learn more about or join the Coast Guard Auxiliary in the Florida Keys, call 888-470-5566 or visit

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