Coast Guard Aviation Association

Coast Guard Aviation Association Awards

Each year the Coast Guard Aviation Association honors active duty aviation personnel by recognizing outstanding achievement. Recipients of these awards are chosen by the United States Coast Guard. Awards include the The Victor Roulund Rescue Swimmer Meritorious Achievement Award, the Captain Gus Shrode Flight Safety Award, the Chief Oliver Berry Aviation Maintenance Award, the Commander Elmer Stone Fixed Wing Rescue Award, and the Captain Frank Erickson Rotary Wing Rescue Award. See below for award descriptions as well as past and present recipients.

Captain Marion “Gus” Shrode Flight Safety Award

Air Station Humboldt Bay Safety Department LT Kelly Deutermann USCG LT Terrance Herdliska USCG

Nomination Summary

The safety department was selected by the commandant’s staff for outstanding performance from among the impressive nominations of other aviation safety departments and individuals. These officers invested tremendous effort to re-invigorate and expand the unit’s safety posture. Efforts included a new focus upon the units existing Operational Risk Management (ORM) program and instituted innovative new checks and balances to complement the unit’s safety program. They promoted a safety culture combining transparency with accountability, crucial elements to program success. The safety department augmented standard quantitative ORM criteria with subjective criteria based on dedicated sterile space for pre-flight ORM discussions and the command instituted a formal procedure validating crewmembers input for inclusion in the ORM process. The team also adopted high visibility safety promotion efforts based on crew input from initial check-in to a formal and comprehensive safety assessment during a member’s check-out. They established a frequent rotation of impressive guest speakers on a regular basis throughout the year and promoted safety in advance of long holidays, prior to transfer season, and efforts that promoted safe operations and flight discipline throughout the entire year. The safety department distinguished itself during numerous complex mishap investigations, demonstrating expertise and analytical intuition in well-written messages to the aviation community. These achievements promoted aviation safety and reinforced a climate of professionalism, aviation expertise and proficiency.

Awards Summary

The Coast Guard Aviation Association annually presents the Captain Marion “Gus” Shrode Aviation Safety Award to recognize superior performance and outstanding contributions to Coast Guard aviation safety. Captain Shrode was a pioneer in the development of Coast Guard aviation standardization programs, including publication of the Coast Guard’s first aircraft standardization manual. Captain Shrode was also instrumental in creating the Coast Guard’s Aviation Training Center in 1966, served as the Aviation Safety Chief, and completed seven years of continuous aviation command with distinction.

2011 AS E-City Safety Department: LT Jeremy Davis, LT Thomas Huntley, LT Nicholas Hazlett
2010 AS Los Angeles Safety Department: LT Patrick Dill, LT Barry Miles, LT Joel Cooper (RAN)
2009 LT Robert Fitzgerald, CGAS San Francisco
2008 AS Clearwater Safety Department: LT Rob Donnell, LT Josh Fitzgerald, LTJG James Bates and MST1 Jon Gebo
2007 AS Atlantic City Safety Department: LT Brian Potter and LT Frank Fusco
2006 Sector Corpus Christi Safety Department: CDR John Danaher, LT Juan Posada and Ms Jammie Fisher
2005 LT Sean O’Brien, CGAS Houston
2004 AS Kodiak Safety Department: LCDR Brian Washburn, LT Jeremy Smith, LT Timothy Eason and Mr. Scott Tobias
2003 LT Richard Bates, HITRON Jacksonville
2002 LT Charles Carrulo, AS Atlantic City
2001 LT John Rivers, CGAS Miami
2000 CWO Chirstopher Toupin, AR&SC
1999 LT Randy Emery, CGAS Atlantic City
1998 LT David Scott, CGAS Borenquen

2012 Erickson Award

Captain Frank Erickson Rotary Wing Rescue Award

CREW OF HH-60 CGNR 6010 AIR STATION KODIAK, AK. LCDR Matthew Breckel, LT John Filipowicz AMT2 Joshua Harris, AST2 Steven Fischer

Nomination Summary

The Captain Frank A. Erickson award goes to the Air Station Kodiak crew of CGNR 6010 in recognition of their heroic efforts on 25 January 2012.

The actions of this aircrew resulted in seven lives saved. Encountering icing conditions throughout their transit, CG 6010 arrived on-scene to find that the F/V Heritage had sunk and the crew had abandoned ship. Five members made it into a life raft and two others were floating in their survival suits. With ice accumulating on the aircraft, battling 60-knot winds and 25-foot seas, the crew expertly positioned CG 6010 in a hover over the survivors. Despite the challenging conditions, CG 6010 continued hoisting in the sub-freezing conditions, recovering two survivors. With five survivors still in the life raft, CG 6010 was able to locate a Good Samaritan to recover the remaining survivors. The crew’s superlative aeronautical abilities, initiative, bravery, and teamwork were evident throughout this mission. Congratulations to the crew of CG 6010!

PAST RECIPIENTS

The Frank Erickson Award recognizes Rotary-Wing aircrews who have demonstrated exceptional performance while engaged in search and rescue operations.

2011 HH-60 CG-6013 crew, AS Kodiak
LCDR JAMES HARKINS, LT CHRISTOPHER STOECKLER, AET2 DAVID BALL, AST2 MICHAEL GERENT

2010 HH-65C crew, AS Atlantic City
LCDR Sean O’Brien, LT Neal Corbin, AMT2 Ian Berg, AST2 David Downham

2009 HH-60J crew, AS Clearwater
LCDR Mark Turner, LTjg Daniel Cathell, AMT2 Jason Menezes, AST3 Jon Geskus

2008 HH-65 crew, AS Kodiak
LT Timothy Schmitz, LT Greg Gederner, AMT2 Alfred Musgrave, AST2 Abram Heller

2007 HH-65 crew, AS Kodiak
LCDR Joseph Carroll, LT Devin Townsend, AST1 Willard Milam, AET2 John Maghupoy

2006 HH-60 crew, AS Sitka
LCDR William Simmons, LCDR Walter Horne, AMT3 Karl Schickle, AST3 Jon Houlberg

2005 HH-65 crew, AS Kodiak
LT Timothy Eason, LT Robert Kornexl, AMT3 Gibbons

2004 HH-60 crew, AS Kodiak
LCDR Joseph Uxmann, LT Jeremy Smith, AMT2 Joseph Triechel, AST2 Joshua Mitcheltree, HS2 Marc Capra

2003 HH-65 crew, AS Humboldt Bay
LVCDR Even Grant, LT Andrea Sacchetti, AMT2 Raymond Morris

2002 HH-65 crew, AS North Bend
CDR Douglas Kaup, LT Steven Detton, AVT3 Benjamin Berman, AST3 Erick Biehn

2001 HH-65 crew, AS Savannah
LT Lance Belben, LT Sean Morrisey, AMT3 Curtis Winn, AST2 Jason Mathers

2000 HH-60 crew, AS Sitka
LCDR Robert Yerex, LT james O’Keefe, AMT1 Christian Bloanco, AST3 Noel Hutton

Commander Elmer Stone Fixed Wing Rescue Award

CREW OF HC-144 CGNR 2306 – CGAS MIAMI, FL LT Israel Young,LT Jeanine Menze LCDR Michael Benson, AET1 Roderick Hanson AMTC Paul Henning, AET3 Dane Butler AMT1 Jared Morrison, AET3 Clark Patterson

Nomination Summary

The commander Elmer F. Stone award goes to the Air Station Kodiak crew of CGNR 1790 in recognition of their efforts on 25 Jauaary 2012

CG 1790 launched during the pre-dawn hours to provide support to CG 6005, which launched from Air Station Kodiak to rescue the crew of the F/V Kimberly. CG 1790 arrived onscene, established communications after COMMSTA Kodiak lost radio contact with CG 6005, and entered an orbit while combating winds ranging from 80 to over 100 knots. Hurricane force winds in such close proximity to the terrain generated heavy localized turbulence and caused un-commanded climbs and descents in excess of 200 feet, forcing both pilots to work to control the aircraft. After the first H-60 was unable to hoist the survivors, CG 1790 remained on station acting as onscene commander. After a second H-60 arrived, the crew of CG 1790 handled all communications with sector anchorage, three H-60s, and a second C-130. The actions of CG 1790 were critical to the successful rescue of 11 persons.

PAST RECIPIENTS

The Elmer Stone Award recognizes Fixed-Wing aircrews who have demonstrated exceptional performance while engaged in search and rescue operations

2011 HC-144 CGNR 2306 CREW, AS MIAMI LT STACIA PARROTT, LTJG DANIEL FEIRMAN, AET1 THOMAS MORRELL, AMT2 CASEY GREEN, AMT2 JACOB EIDE, AET3 JEREMY CHURCH

2010 HC-130 CREW, AS BARBERS POINT LT DAVID SHOOK, LTJG PHILLIP ORTEGA, AET1 ROBERT BLUME, AET2 MICHAEL HOUSE, AMT3 CASE MCCRODEN, AMT3 PAUL JOHNSON

2009 HC-130 CREW, AS SACRAMENTO LCDR CHE BARNES, LT RANDALL BLACK, AMT1 ANDREW KASTEN, AMT1 RANDALL PURDY, AMT1 JASON FERGUSON, AET2 NATHAN LACROIX, AET2 BRENNAN BRIDGEFORD, AMT3 JOSEPH MACKEY

2008 HC-130 CREW, AS KODIAK LT STEVE MCKECHNIE, CDR PAUL TITCOMBE, AMT1 SHAWN CALLIS, AET1 KEVIN DURYEA, AET3 JASON MADDUX, AMT3 COREYT STROBEL, AMT3 COLLIN SPENCER

2007 HC-130 crew, AS Elizabeth City LT Paul Beavis, LT Edward Ahlstrand, AMT1 Trey Jones, AET3 Jesse Bennett, AMT2 Stacey Sorenson, AET3 Ryan Cantu, AMT3 Casey Green

2006 HU-24 CREW, ATC MOBILE LT ANTHONY CELLA, LT STEVEN TALICK, AMT2 RALPH TURNER, AMT3 BOBBY ACREE, AET2 ANDREW GOODISON

2005 HC-130 CREW, AS KODIAK LCDR TODD SCHMIDT, LT STEVEN MCKECHNIE, AMT1 KEVIN KEARNS, AET1MARTIN, AMT2 NORIEGA, AMT2 THOMAS AUITO, AET2 SCOTT MARET

2003 HC-130 CREW, AS ELIZABETH CITY LCDR MICHAEL CALLAHAN, LT ALAN HANSEN, AMTC HOWARD REED, AVT2 PHILIP BENTON, AVT3 BEAU STOUGH, AVT2 BENNET DURHAM, AMT3 CHRISTOPHER TEALL, AMT1 THOMAS BAUGH, AMT3 WENDY MUSSER

2002 HU-25 CREW, AS CAPE COD LT CURTIS SUMROK, LTJG ROB BARTHELMES, AMT2 THOMAS ARNETTE, AVT2 WILLIAM SHRADE

2001 HC-130 CREW, AS CLEARWATER LCDR KIRK BARTNIK, LCDR GEOFF BORREE, LT RONALD DEWITT, LT JONATHAN SPANER, AMT1 STEPHEN

2000 HC-130 CREW, AS ELIZABETH CITY LCDR BILL THOMPSON, LCDR JOHN KEETON, AMT1 JOHN NICHOLSON, AMT1 TIM WALLER, AT1 MIKE MCCLEARY, AMT2 ED HOLLAND, AT2 PAT MU

2-12 Berry Award

Chief Aviation Machinist Mate Oliver Berry Aviation Maintenance Award

AMT1 Lawrence Peranto of Air Station Kodiak, AK

Nomination Summary

Demonstrating exceptional leadership, superb technical expertise, and professionalism, AMT1 Peranto played a key role in Air Station Kodiak’s Aviation Engineering Department as a Quality Assurance Inspector, H-60 Shop Supervisor, and Enlisted flight Examining Board member. His relentless work ethic, exemplary technical expertise, and significant efforts mentoring and leading the workforce proved invaluable for the sustained high level of readiness of Air Station Kodiak. Assuming a leadership role for the dissemination and meticulous adherence of applicable technical standards, AMT1 Peranto’s expertise was crucial for the completion of the most complex and challenging maintenance evolutions. Additionally, his direct and timely involvement in the H-60 depot process, augmenting the inundated workforce, greatly aided overall H-60 Periodic Depot Maintenance productivity and enhanced H-60 fleet readiness.

AMT1 Peranto’s inspirational leadership, tremendous technical knowledge, and unwavering commitment to the hangar deck workforce have contributed greatly to the success of Air Station Kodiak, the Aeronautical community, and the entire Coast Guard.

PAST RECIPIENTS

The Coast Guard Aviation Association annually presents the Chief Aviation Machinist Mate Oliver F. Berry Aviation Maintenance Award to an aviation technician who has demonstrated exceptional performance and enhanced the overall quality of Coast Guard aviation maintenance.