Shipmate of the Week: Petty Officer 2nd Class Hali Lombardi
Posted by PA1 Bill Colclough, Friday, September 16, 2016
Petty Officer 2nd Class Hali Lombardi, a boatswain’s mate at Coast Guard Station Valdez, Alaska, passed her crew member check ride on the station’s 45-foot Response Boat-Medium earlier this week.
Although she reported to Alaska only two months ago, this is not the first qualification for Lombardi. She is qualified as both a coxswain on the station’s 25-foot Response Boat-Small and a boarding team member for the station’s law enforcement teams. Next week she is scheduled to take her board to become a boarding officer.
Lombardi is also the first lieutenant of the deck department, making her responsible for nine crew members.
“As the first lieutenant, I am responsible for maintenance on the boats, checking supplies and general upkeep for the deck department,” said Lombardi. “I also oversee the rescue and survival systems to make sure the crew is outfitted with appropriate survival gear.”
Over the past eight years, the Coast Guard has taken the Key West, Florida, native to Station Brunswick, Georgia, and the 7th Coast Guard District in Miami, where she maintained records and charts for the aids to navigation section of the waterways management division. While stationed in Key West, she and the crew help commissioned the Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton, the Coast Guard’s eighth Fast Response Cutter.
Since reporting to Alaska, Lombardi has enjoyed finding new hobbies. She enjoys hiking with her dog Chloe, rock climbing and glacier climbing. Lombardi wanted to go to Alaska or Hawaii and was lucky to get one of her top picks.
“It’s beautiful here,” said Lombardi. “I am nervous for the winter, I’ve never lived anywhere it snows. But I’m very excited to experience something new.”
Lombardi’s tour in Alaska is three years, and so far, she is off to a great start. Bravo Zulu, BM2!