CGC Alex Haley crewmember named USCG 17th District Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year

Petty Officer 1st Class Brent Taylor displays a commemorative plate given awarded to him by the Armed Forces YMCA of Alaska during a ceremony honoring his nomination as the U.S. Coast Guard's 17th District 2014 Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year in Anchorage, Alaska, Feb. 13, 2015. Taylor was nominated for his many accomplishments aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley and his many contributions to the Kodiak community. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Petty Officer 1st Class Brent Taylor displays a commemorative plate given awarded to him by the Armed Forces YMCA of Alaska during a ceremony honoring his nomination as the U.S. Coast Guard’s 17th District 2014 Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year in Anchorage, Alaska, Feb. 13, 2015. Taylor was nominated for his many accomplishments aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley and his many contributions to the Kodiak community. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

The Coast Guard 17th District 2014 Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year is Petty Officer 1st Class Brent Taylor, a Louisiana native, serves as an electronics technician aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley homeported in Kodiak, Alaska.

Taylor’s nomination came as a result of his outstanding work as lead petty officer of his division and the time he has devoted to his shipmates, the community of Kodiak and his personal growth as a petty officer.

“Petty Officer Taylor flawlessly manages his duties as the lead petty officer of the electronics and communication division,” said Cmdr. Steven White, CGC Alex Haley commanding officer. “His dedication to the mission, extensive knowledge and experience with onboard electronics systems and loyalty to his shipmates maximized the crew’s operational readiness and makes him extremely worthy of this award.”

Among Taylor’s many accomplishments throughout 2014, he led a 10-person team in the overhaul and replacement of the cutter’s 2-ton shipboard radar antenna, supervised and planned the “Haunted Haley” canned food drive event in October and qualified as an Underway Officer of the Deck, a qualification normally held only by officers. Taylor also hosted the Kodiak Cub Scout Den, introducing children to Coast Guard operations and missions including firefighting, search and rescue and law enforcement. In support of Alaskan communities, Taylor also led fundraising efforts for the Kodiak Charity Auction, led beach cleanup and community service in Nome and organized a Women in Engineering luncheon for students involved in Kodiak’s Partnership in Education program.

“I am both humbled and honored by this award,” said Taylor. “When I think all of my shipmates that conduct the Coast Guard’s missions in District 17, I cannot help but feel proud that I was selected from such an outstanding group of people. My shipmates are some of the most dedicated professionals with whom I’ve ever had the privilege of working, and I would like to thank the crew and officers of the Alex Haley. No one earns an award like this alone. I feel truly blessed!”

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