Training Center Petaluma Civilian Employee Honored with National Award

PETALUMA, Calif. – A Rohnert Park woman has been named the Coast Guard’s top civilian employee of 2007. Mrs. Lena M. Gavello, an education specialist and assistant director for the Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma’s Child Development Center (CDC), received the award from the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Thad Allen. Gavello has worked for the Coast Guard for seven years as a child care teacher and became CDC’s assistant director in April 2006.

“Her outstanding performance of duties and responsibilities during the extended absence of the CDC Director last year was truly remarkable,” said Capt. Brian Marvin, commanding officer of the training center located near Two Rock, seven miles west of Petaluma. “She stepped in as the CDC Director and performed responsibilities well above her pay grade while still performing all her own job duties in an outstanding manner,” he said.

The “Civilian of the Year” award is presented each year to an employee who demonstrates outstanding leadership, achievements in job responsibilities and exemplifies Coast Guard Core Values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty. Gavello was selected from employees from around the nation nominated by their commands. She received a crystal plaque, gifts certificates from sponsors, a Coast Guard gold watch and a monetary cash award. Among her award winning accomplishments were managing special needs services for children, coordinating a new standard operating procedure manual for the CDC, and ensuring compliance with the California Child Food Program and the National Association for the Education of Young Children standards.

“It’s no surprise to me that Lena was selected,” said Larry Streeter, Gavello’s supervisor and director of the training center’s Morale, Well-being and Recreation program. “I nominated her because of her strong leadership skills and her demonstration of the Coast Guard’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty. She immerses herself in the CDC operations to ensure that the mission of serving children and parents is accomplished to the highest possible level. Her outstanding and incredible service moved the CDC staff to continue in a spirit of teamwork and dedication to the kids,” he said.

Training Center Petaluma graduates 4,000 students a year supplying the Coast Guard with proud new Chiefs, cooks, medics, storekeepers, yeomen, as well as information technology, electronics, and operations specialists.

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  1. Congratulations to Mrs. Gavello!