YMCA awards enlisted service members of the year

Alaska, America’s Last Frontier, is home to service members from every branch of the military. Although the beautiful state has much to offer, the harsh environment and distance from the lower 48 can be a tough place to adjust to.

To recognize the sacrifices made in their assignment, two service members from each branch of the military, one active duty and one reservist, as well as two National Guardsmen, are named the Outstanding Junior Enlisted Service Personnel of the Year by the Armed Services YMCA in Anchorage.

“It’s an opportunity for the community to get together and recognize military members,” said Anita Porter, the special projects manager for the YMCA.

The 12 outstanding service members will be acknowledged during the Annual Salute to the Military at the Egan Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage Feb. 17, 2012; 35 years to the day after the first Annual Salute to the Armed Forces, as it was then known, was first held.

The Coast Guardsmen being recognized are Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Peters, a boatswain’s mate at Station Valdez, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeremy Frank, a reservist marine science technician with Sector Juneau.

“I’m proud that we are able to recognize Petty Officers Scott Peters and Jeremy Frank as the Coast Guard Alaska service members of the year,” said Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, the Coast Guard District 17 commander. “They are exceptional representatives for the active duty and reserve Coast Guard men and women serving throughout Alaska and their leadership, professionalism and devotion to duty serve as examples for others to follow.”

Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Peters

Peters, a tactical coxswain on Station Valdez’s 45-foot and 25-foot response boats, goes beyond his required duty to promote a healthy lifestyle at his unit, and is known for the intense workout sessions he offers to the station’s members. He is also involved in various volunteer events, including assisting in the construction of a community ski slope.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeremy Frank

Frank, who was deployed for the Coast Guard response to the Deepwater Horizon spill, is being recognized for his role in the $14 million lightering operation associated with the removal of more than 130,000 gallons of bunker oil and 220,000 gallons of oily waste from the motor vessel Princess Kathleen, a 369 foot passenger vessel that sank near Juneau in 1952.

For more information about the 35th Annual Salute to the Military, contact Anita Porter at 907-552-9622.

For more information about the Coast Guard members being recognized, contact Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst at 907-321-1866.

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