Perchard Award: First Half 2016

Perchard Featured

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.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Christine Parham, health services technician

Parham earned the MH-60 Jayhawk Perchard Award and is recognized for excelling as an aviation mission specialist-corpsman who demonstrated exceptional perseverance in pursuit of the AMS qualification by devoting significant personal time afterhours to complete the demanding syllabus. As the only qualified AMS corpsman at Air Station Kodiak for a lengthy period of time, Parham tirelessly stood back-to-back duties.

Parham’s medical expertise and assistance were often requested by the flight surgeon and aviation survival technicians for MH-60 and C-130 medevac mission. She has flown on numerous noteworthy cases and has a list of survivors who owe their lives to her ability to provide critical in-flight care.

Petty Officer 1st Class Gregory Mayes, aviation electronics technician

Mayes earned the MH-65 Dolphin Perchard Award and is recognized for his outstanding dedication to helping others. While serving as Alaska Patrol’s training petty officer, Mayes ensured all training records were meticulously kept up-to-date. As a flight mechanic instructor, Mayes provided nine check-ride flights and flew more than 40 flight hours.

Mayes was also deployed as a plane captain, where his leadership was critical to the success during an arduous shipboard deployment in the remote, unforgiving Bering Sea. Mayes’ maintenance planning provided a 100 percent availability rate for a critical operational period, facilitating more than 35 flight hours flown and the identification of 20 boarding targets in support of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro’s law enforement mission. During port calls, Mayes volunteered his liberty time in Dutch Harbor to assist the local radio station with programming.

Mayes was also selected as a primary quality assurance inspector due to his aircraft systems knowledge and superior judgment.

AMT1 Zachary Cain
Petty Officer 1st Class Zachary Cain, aviation maintenance technician

Cain earned the C-130 Hercules Perchard Award and is recognized for his leadership, and exceptional technical expertise while serving as the lead night-shift petty officer, and recently assumed the role of supervisor for the HC-130H prop-shop, where he is responsible for overseeing critical maintenance on complex portions of the aircraft propulsion system.

Demonstrating his dedication to duty, Cain deployed to Japan as the maintenance team leader for over 30 days, in charge of a nine-member flight crew. Cain’s leadership style and work ethic permitted 98.1 operational law enforcement mission hours to be flown, an above average amount for a two-week period. Additionally, Cain liaised with U.S. Air Force counterparts to seek spare parts for the repair of a malfunctioning pressurization system, which threatened to ground the aircraft on the third day of deployment.

SK2 Dustin Rife
Petty Officer 2nd Class Dustin Rife, storekeeper

Rife earned the General Service Award for serving as the unit’s lone requisitioner and handling a workload typically handled by two petty officers. Rife completed 978 purchases and managed 15 Service Maintenance Agreement contracts. Rife persevered through weeks of extended work days and maintained a meticulous attention to detail.

Rife executed over $300,000 worth of purchases to keep the flow of parts, personal protective equipment, and vital services in support of the air station. Rife accomplished this while standing the duty storekeeper watch, providing afterhours warehouse service and was instrumental in the unit wide copier/printer contract migration.

Rife’s efforts helped ensure unit aircraft and facilities throughout the air station’s area of responsibility were maintained and available for critical life-saving missions in the most remote areas of the United States.

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