2015 Coast Guard 17th District Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year

Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Rosenthal, the Alaska Coast Guard Reservist of the Year, speaks at the Armed Services YMCA 39th Annual Salute to the Military in Anchorage, Alaska, Feb. 20, 2016. Rosenthal was selected to represent the Armed Services award recipients on stage. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning)

Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Rosenthal, the Alaska Coast Guard Reservist of the Year, speaks at the Armed Services YMCA 39th Annual Salute to the Military in Anchorage, Alaska, Feb. 20, 2016. Rosenthal was selected to represent the Armed Services award recipients on stage. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning)

Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Rosenthal, a reserve maritime enforcement specialist, was named the 2015 17th District Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year and was recognized at the Armed Services YMCA 39th Annual Salute to the Military in Anchorage, Alaska, February 20, 2016.

 

Rosenthal’s nomination came as a result of his outstanding work with Sector Anchorage’s enforcement division while being a fulltime student and maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average.

 

The Coast Guard Reserve is an important resource for the Coast Guard and reserve members complement active duty personnel in a wide range of missions. Rosenthal serves as the reserve advisor for Sector’s enforcement division, fulfilling a job above his rank and supervising four reserve maritime enforcement specialists.

 

Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Rosenthal, the Alaska Coast Guard Reservist of the Year, and Petty Officer 1st Class Russell Dever, the Alaska Coast Guardsman of the Year, hold their awards at the Armed Services YMCA 39th Annual Salute to the Military in Anchorage, Alaska, Feb. 20, 2016. The YMCA awards coincide with Rosenthal and Dever being named the 2015 Coast Guard District 17 Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year and Reserve Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning)

Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Rosenthal, the Alaska Coast Guard Reservist of the Year, and Petty Officer 1st Class Russell Dever, the Alaska Coast Guardsman of the Year, hold their awards at the Armed Services YMCA 39th Annual Salute to the Military in Anchorage, Alaska, Feb. 20, 2016. The YMCA awards coincide with Rosenthal and Dever being named the 2015 Coast Guard District 17 Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year and Reserve Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning)

Rosenthal was instrumental in coordinating members from three units to establish safety zones in Dutch Harbor and served as a boarding officer to enforce the safety zones. Prior to the Dutch Harbor deployment, Rosenthal volunteered his personal time to ensure the members had the proper uniforms and gear to effectively accomplish their missions.

 

“I was doing my job, and I was doing it the best I could,” said Rosenthal. ”I could not have done any of this without my family and command and it means the world to me that what I do makes a difference.”

 

When Rosenthal is not drilling or in class, he volunteers his time to mentor teens at a local church, participate in community cleanup events, coach fellow reservists and assist Sector Anchorage’s Chief Petty Officer Mess at the Atwood Military Lounge. As a certified emergency medical technician, Rosenthal was also the first emergency responder to four car accidents.

 

“Petty Officer Rosenthal goes well beyond the Reserve obligations of one weekend a month and two weeks a year,” said Ensign Kim Jenish, the station manager for Sector Anchorage’s enforcement division. “He is a true example of selflessly looking out for others, both in uniform and civilian life.”

 

 

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