2015 Coast Guard 17th District Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year
Posted by PA3 Meredith Manning, Tuesday, February 23, 2016
The 2015 Coast Guard 17th District Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year is Petty Officer 1st Class Russell Dever, a damage controlman aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Maple, homeported in Sitka, Alaska.
On February 20, 2016, Dever was recognized at the Armed Services YMCA 39th Annual Salute to the Military.
Dever’s nomination came as a result of his outstanding work aboard the Maple, where he went above and beyond the call of duty.
Dever serves as the damage control training team leader, a job usually reserved for the engineer officer. He has earned many qualifications aboard the Maple including command duty officer, buoy deck rigger, small boat davit captain and fire marshal.
In 2016, Dever wrote and managed over 150 challenging damage control drill scenarios. During tailored ship’s training availability, an intensive training period aboard cutters, Dever effectively managed 28 drills and contributed to the crew passing with a score of 96 percent.
“Dever is a huge inspiration to our crew,” said Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kimberlin, the engineering officer aboard the Maple. “It is amazing how he can handle so much on his plate and continue to take care of his shipmates. He is a phenomenal person and sailor, we are lucky to have him.”
While underway, Dever utilized materials onboard to install a fabricated rubber railing on the cutter’s small-boat to eliminate sawing motion and impact to the hull during hoisting. He also submitted a proposal for the alteration to be made to the rest of the fleet.
While in port, Dever repaired damage to the water lines under the ship’s pier and rebuilt the catwalk system allowing easy access for maintenance and inspections.
Amongst the Alaska buoy tender fleet, Dever has been recognized as an expert on damage control. He has assisted many fellow engineers to become proficient damage controlmen.
In his free time, Dever organized the Maple’s annual haunted ship food drive and open house. The haunted ship had more than 650 visitors and raised nearly one ton of dried food for local food banks.
“I am extremely honored to have been selected for this award,” said Dever. “Being able to stand with the other military award recipients was an experience that I will never forget. It was very humbling to meet these fine men and women and hear some of their achievements. This award wouldn’t be possible the great mentors and dedicated shipmates who have helped along the way.”