BSU Ketchikan recognizes Enlisted Person of the Year


BSU Ketchikan EPOY

KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Petty Officer 2nd Class Bettina Watson, a storekeeper at Base Support Unit Ketchikan, poses with Ken Horn, of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4352, Sherrie Yunker, Branch manager of the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, and Hunter Davis, American Legion Post 3 Post service officer, during her BSU Ketchikan Enlisted Person of the Year award ceremony Feb. 1, 2012. Local businesses and groups, as well as the BSU Ketchikan command, recognized Watson for all her hard work. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Renee Hellinger.


KETCHIKAN, Alaska – Petty Officer 2nd Class Bettina Watson, a storekeeper with Coast Guard Base Support Unit Ketchikan, was recognized BSU Ketchikan 2011 Enlisted Person of the Year at a ceremony Feb. 1, 2012.

Cmdr. T. Wade Gesele presented Watson with her citation and a Coast Guard Achievement medal. Local community representatives from the VFW, American Legion and Alaska USA Federal Credit Union also presented Watson with certificates of appreciation during the ceremony. 

The Enlisted Person of the Year demonstrates exceptional performance and leadership and exemplifies the Coast Guard core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty. The Ketchikan area Chief’s Mess reviews potential candidates and submits one nomination to the base commander, who approves candidacy selection.  Alaska’s Enlisted Person of the Year recognition program, sponsored by Coast Guard District 17 in Juneau, selects one winner from each of the unit winners and then forwards the winner on to compete for the Coast Guard’s overall Enlisted Person of the Year recognition program. 

Watson’s impressive contribution to Ketchikan’s active duty members and families, the local community, and Coast Guard units throughout Alaska was instrumental in her being selected and forwarded for the statewide competition.

Watson is in charge of shipping and receiving for Coast Guard units throughout Southeast Alaska. She coordinated the donation of a fire suppression training cart to South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, which saved the Coast Guard $80,000 and improved the readiness of local emergency responders. She is a Health Promotion Coordinator and active member of the morale committee, working to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle, and planning family friendly events throughout the year. She approaches every task with a positive attitude and encourages others around her to grow both personally and professionally, providing a superb example to Coast Guardsmen in Ketchikan and throughout Alaska.

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