Perchard Award: Second Half 2016

Twice a year, Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak recognizes four air station members for their exemplary performance and superior technical, aviation, professional, and leadership abilities with three Lt. Robert A. Perchard Memorial Trophies and one General Service Award.

The Lt. Robert A. Perchard Memorial Trophy was established in 1963 by the parents and friends of the late Lt. Perchard, who gave his life in company with his fellow crewmembers while serving as co-pilot aboard a Grumman HU-16E Albatross on a rescue mission in Alaska.

AET2 James Rizer

Petty Officer 2nd Class James Rizer, aviation electronics technician

Rizer earned the MH-60 Jayhawk Perchard Award and is recognized for his outstanding dedication and exemplary skills as a flight mechanic on two challenging search and rescue cases. On Oct. 30, 2016, Rizer and his crew conducted a night medevac from a crab vessel while forward deployed to Cold Bay, Alaska. He skillfully conned the helicopter over the pitching deck of the vessel and recovered the patient via a basket hoist despite 10-15 ft seas, heavy rain, and winds gusting over 74-mph.

Three weeks later Rizer demonstrated his prowess as a flight mechanic when he was once again on a medevac at night; this time from a bulk carrier over 1,000 miles west of Kodiak. Rizer expertly delivered the rescue swimmer and litter to the deck of the vessel and recovered the injured mariner despite 25-foot seas and winds exceeding 63-mph.

Rizer is known for his constant involvement in risk management and ability to keep the crew engaged. His knowledge of aircraft systems and ability to troubleshoot aircraft discrepancies away from home station have proven critical to the success of several long-range search and rescue cases and deployments.

AST1 Micah Franklin

Petty Officer 1st Class Micah Franklin, aviation survival technician

Franklin earned the MH-65 Dolphin Perchard Award and is recognized for his exceptional adaptability during a recent Bering Sea deployment, demonstrating a “can-do” attitude and a willingness to help achieve the aviation detachment’s goals. During his deployment Franklin accumulated 30 flight hours and was instrumental in the short-notice offload of the helicopter support kit, coordinating the storage, inspections, and transportation of all rescue and survival equipment for the helicopter and crew.

Franklin also provided aviation career guidance to several junior enlisted personnel from Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau, helping them to choose a rating best-suited for their interests. As the AVDET subsequently shifted tactical control to a new cutter and repositioned for weather, Franklin’s willingly remained behind in Cold Bay and awaited a commercial flight, requiring him to remain several additional days before returning home. His flexibility allowed for the Bering Sea cutter and helicopter to remain operationally ready and allowed a fuel surplus for the helicopter to make its return flight to Kodiak.

As a seasoned rescue swimmer, Franklin contributed to training sessions on emergency procedures and aircraft systems, and helped develop plans for hoisting and operations. After each flight, he remained involved by assisting with the post-flight inspections, conducting maintenance, and assisting with hangaring the aircraft.

AMT1 Jake Barnett

Petty Officer 1st Class Jake Barnett, aviation maintenance technician

Barnett earned the C-130 Hercules Perchard Award and is recognized for his outstanding dedication to duty, exemplary leadership, and exceptional performance. In the past six months, Barnett flew over 185 hours while prosecuting three law enforcement flights, nine seach and rescue cases, 16 logistics flights, and three test flights. His professionalism and unwavering dedication was evident in response to six consecutive search and rescue cases while on duty. On one widely publicized SAR case, Barnett played a critical role by providing constant backups to the pilots while on scene in low instrument meteriological conditions and maximized the C-130H’s on scene endurance during the sinking of the fishing vessel Alaska Juris. Barnett’s efforts enabled the aircraft to remain safely airborne for 11.4 hours, resulting in the vectoring of good Samaritan vessels to recover 46 people from the Bering Sea.

Barnett was recognized by the wardroom as consistently performing above what is expected of his paygrade and positions. Barnett seamlessly performed the duties of the T56 engine shop chief in his absence, and developed an innovative system to track over five million dollars of Type 2 inventory.

Barnett also excelled as a flight engineer examiner, scripting combined pilot/flight engineer checkrides that carefully crafted relevant, unique, and challenging scenarios tailored to individual training. He devoted significant personal time to teaching others on the hangar deck, imparting his skills and experience to more junior aircraft maintainers.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Rousey, intelligence specialist

Rousey earned the General Service Award and is recognized for providing essential key briefings to flight crews for law enforcement missions that were vital in the identification and prosecution of several fishing violations. He was instrumental in the production of six field intelligence reports that were disseminated throughout Pacific Area command and was directly responsible for preparing and providing over 70 law enforcement briefings for flight crews and over 90 maritime domain awareness briefings. These critical briefings provided accurate and real-time data of ice-pack movement, Bering Sea Total Allowable Catch percentages, and fishing fleet locations within the EEZ and along the Maritime Boundary Line for vessel incursions.

Rousey’s keen awareness of deployed assets directly contributed to the production and delivery of those same reports to four Alask Patrol crews and 16 Arctic Shield crews. This production of data was maintained while serving as the only intel specialist in the shop, and included 18 straight days of duty.

Rousey assisted the operations duty officer on multiple occasions in which he voluntarily came back to the office after hours upon hearing of long-range missions. Rousey quickly utilized computer programs to identify good Samaritan vessels in the area that were then relayed to airborne C-130s to hail and vector in to assist. These search and rescue cases included the sinking of fishing vessel Alaska Juris, in which 46 crew members were saved, and the medevac of a severely injured man aboard fishing vessel Blue North, 276 miles northwest of St. Paul.

Additionally, Rousey displayed great initiative to completing his E-5 rating performance qualification standards through monthly video teleconference training sessions with Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center Pacific to pursue core competency rating requirements while at a remote unit. Building on his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, Rousey is enrolled in a Master’s degree program in Organizational Leadership and was selected from to participate in the Coast Guard’s first Enlisted Communications Advisory Group.

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