Alaska-based Coast Guardsman recieves award for financial stewardship excellence


Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Schinke

Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Schinke is a storekeeper with Base Kodiak in Kodiak, Alaska. He was recently recognized for his excellence in financial stewardship. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

By Auxiliarist Drew Herman

Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Schinke, head of the Base Kodiak comptroller division, has been recognized as the winner of the 2012 Coast Guard Chief Financial Officer Award for Excellence in the E-6 and below category.

With a work philosophy of “find it, fix it, and make it work,” Schinke has made himself highly valued at the largest base in the service. Coast Guard Base Kodiak provides operational support for more co-located units than any other, including Air Station Kodiak, three cutters and a communication station. 

Originally from Arizona, Schinke was posted to Kodiak in 2010. He has also served in Tennessee and Missouri.

He thinks it’s ironic that he found his way to the storekeeper rate and his current career, because he hated accounting class in college. But now he enjoys the challenge of merging training with practical experience.

 “You have to see the day-to-day life of how it works,” he said.

Lt. Kristin DeWinter, Base Kodiak deputy comptroller is Schinke’s supervisor. She called him a “go-to person” relied on by the many units in Kodiak.

“He cares about his job, he cares about his subordinates,” she said. “He will get you your answer.” 

According to the award citation, Schinke “demonstrated superior financial acumen while leading five personnel and managing 28 accounts with an annual budget of over 30 million dollars during a five month period while acting as Base Kodiak’s comptroller department shop chief. Additionally, he enhanced internal controls by consolidating all funds certification responsibilities within the comptroller department. He also implemented a budget monitoring which was used to improve efficiency standards and enhance communication between the base comptroller department and other departments.”

In a few weeks Schinke leaves for an independent billet in Freeport, Texas.

“We’re going to miss having him here,” DeWinter said. 

The Coast Guard Chief Financial Officer Awards for Excellence recognize those personnel who have made outstanding contributions to Coast Guard operations in the fields of financial management, comptrollership, acquisition, procurement and logistics.

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