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Coast Guard names enlisted persons of the year

• Mar 28, 2017 at 5:00 PM

The official U.S. Coast Guard blog last week posted stories of its two enlisted persons of the year.

While neither serves in West Michigan, the post is worth reading because it says a lot about the service that is near and dear to Grand Haven’s heart.

The Enlisted Person of the Year program recognizes exemplary men and women from the active and reserve enlisted workforce who reflect the Coast Guard’s core values of “honor, respect and devotion to duty.”

The writer, PA2 Diana Honings, said the two Coasties honored this year “demonstrate sustained exceptional standards of proficiency and conduct, and their military appearance and bearing are consistently impeccable.”

Seaman Gregory W. Jacquet is being recognized as the 2016 Enlisted Person of the Year (active duty component) and Petty Officer 1st Class Nicole K. Cimino is the 2016 Enlisted Person of the Year (Reserve component).

Jacquet served as the leading seaman of the Coast Guard cutter Valiant’s deck department. Honings said he “demonstrated remarkable initiative by qualifying in positions normally reserved for experienced petty officers, while directly overseeing the training of 20 helmsmen, lookouts and boatswain’s mates of the watch.” Among many other things, Jacquet volunteered countless hours to Jacksonville food banks and read to school-age children.


Cimino, a gunner’s mate, serves as the lead petty officer for Port Security Unit 313’s weapons division. She proved that a part-time job can be performed with full-time devotion, Honings wrote.

Jacquet and Cimino are schedule to be recognized during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on May 11.

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