Portland, Oregon native serves 22 months responding to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

13th Coast Guard District NewsPORTLAND, Ore. — Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Mahn, a reservist with Coast Guard Station Portland, recently returned from an extended tour of duty for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response.

Mahn was called to active duty in August, 2010, and remained on active status for the 22 months following her report date.

During her tenure on the response, Mahn worked more than 1,500 hours as a Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique team member. SCAT teams perform a crucial role in environmental crisis response. Teams collect data on shoreline oiling conditions, preparing field maps and forms detailing the areas surveyed and making specific cleanup recommendations.

Mahn also served as the public relations outreach representative for the team.

“Petty Officer Mahn was placed in a role of great responsibility,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer James Richardson, an environmental liaison with the Gulf Coast Incident Management Team. “As a third class petty officer, she was in the unusual role as a federal representative on a major historic environmental response.”

Her most recent duty assignment was that of executive aid to the Federal On-Scene Coordinator.

“Jennifer’s contributions have been essential to the continued response efforts,” Richardson said. “Her perseverance, devotion to duty, initiative and flexibility are highly commended.”

In addition to working long and varied hours, Mahn also volunteered her time to serve as an assistant coach to the Gulf Breeze High School junior varsity softball team in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

Mahn has recently been accepted into Smith College School of Social Work, where she will be pursuing a master’s degree in social work.

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