Coast Guard District 11 Region names active duty and reserve enlisted people of the year

Story by Chief Petty Officer Sarah Foster

Two California-based Coast Guard Petty Officers were chosen as the active duty Enlisted Person of the Year (EPOY) and reserve Enlisted Person of the Year (REPOY) for the 11th Coast Guard District region during a recognition banquet Friday at Coast Guard Island in Alameda.

Last year’s reserve enlisted petty officer of the year, Petty Officer First Class William M. Hilt, announced the following D11 regional winners chosen from 33 competing nominees:

Boatswains Mate Second Class Calogero A. Lograsso, stationed at Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin in Santa Barbara as the Active Duty EPOY Machinery

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Coast Guard District 11 Region senior leaders Command Master Chief Charles “Rob” Bushey and Rear. Adm. Joseph “Pepe” Castillo flank Petty Officer 2nd Class Calogero A. Lograsso who was named Active Duty Enlisted Person of the Year, Friday, March 9, 2012 at a recognition banquet in Alameda. The EPOY and REPOY program serves to recognize top performers in the Coast Guard who serve as role models and make a lasting impression in the communities they serve and live in. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman David A. Flores.

Technician Second Class Michael A. Caliguire, assigned to the Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team, Novato as the Reservist EPOY.

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Coast Guard District 11 Region senior leaders Command Master Chief Charles “Rob” Bushey and Rear. Adm. Joseph “Pepe” Castillo flank Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Caliguire who was named Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year March 9, 2012 at a recognition banquet in Alameda. The EPOY and REPOY program serves to recognize top performers in the Coast Guard who serve as role models and make a lasting impression in the communities they serve and live in. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman David. A. Flores.

These regional winners will vie for national honors competing against their peers from around the nation.

The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard will recognize the national winners in Washington, D.C., tentatively set for the week of May 7. “I’m proud of Petty Officers Lograsso’s and Caliguire’s accomplishments, their leadership and their unwavering commitment to serve their community—they are the Coast Guard’s success stories,” said Rear Adm. Joseph “Pepe” Castillo, 11th District Commander.

“EPOY is one of the many ways we recognize our stellar performers; this is a special occasion where our members’ active contributions to the community – their home away from home – derive a benefit from their leadership and performance learned in the Coast Guard.”

The EPOY program recognizes exceptional men and women in the Coast Guard’s enlisted workforce who are top performers. Considered as the “best and brightest” from the field, these individuals are selected by a panel of senior enlisted members who evaluate each nominee against a set of established criteria that includes performance, work ethics, military bearing, standards of conduct and a strong community service commitment.

Although it encompasses an area of responsibility to include northern and southern California, Arizona and Nevada, the 11th Coast Guard District is part of a larger Bay Area presence of Coast Guard members who number into approximately 4,000 members serving at small boat stations, buoy tenders, air stations, cutters, training centers, and regional headquarters that coordinate operations throughout California and the Pacific. Coast Guard men and women here perform a variety of missions, including search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, marine safety inspections and fisheries, aids-to-navigation, port security and anti-terrorism patrols, illegal drug and migrant interdiction, and environmental protection.