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.

2020 Awards

CAPT WILLIAM J. KOSSLER AERONAUTICAL ENGINEER AWARD

LCDR Sean T. Groark


Nomination Summary

1. I am pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 Coast Guard Aeronautical Engineering Officer of the Year Award. This annual award, presented by the Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics, and sponsored by the Coast Guard Aviation Association (CGAA), recognizes individual accomplishments and achievements within the Aeronautical Engineering Program.

2. LCDR Sean T. Groark has distinguished himself through his professional competence, outstanding performance, and overall impact to the Aeronautical Engineering mission and vision. While serving as the Air Station Clearwater Assistant Aeronautical Engineering Officer, LCDR Groark led the fleet in C-130H availability despite supporting the oldest and highest time airframes. During Hurricane Dorian he established an international base of operations supporting CG response. Stepping up to serve as the acting Engineering Officer for 109 days, he faced unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Due to DoD COVID-19 policy, LCDR Groark rapidly coordinated the evacuation and relocation of AUTEC to Exuma Island enabling continuity of operations sustaining international partnerships.

Past Recipients

This annual award, presented by the Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics, and sponsored by the Coast Guard Aviation Association (CGAA), recognizes individual accomplishments and achievements within the Aeronautical Engineering Program.

2019      CDR Jerry J. Krywanczyk


Captain Marion “Gus” Shrode
Flight Safety Award

Air Station Houston Safety Department


Nomination Summary

The 2020 Captain Marion Gus Shrode Aviation Safety Award recipient is Air Station Houston Safety Department.  The Houston safety team tackled major initiatives in water quality research, crew endurance, mishap reporting and training.

Working with 15 federal, state, and local governments and other agencies they uncovered the presence of Polyflouroalkyl substances in the immediate area and were able to verify critical training areas were clear of the substance, allowing for increased hoist training opportunities.  The Houston safety team connected with local agencies to establish tracking, testing and surveilling of the local bay in an effort to prevent personnel exposure to such substances in the future. 

Furthermore, the Houston Safety Department initiated the units first ever Crew Endurance Management program ahead of the upcoming transition to the MH65E, and capturing member data before and after the units COVID-19 duty schedule began.  These efforts created a baseline reference for Houston to evaluate during this summer’s MH 65 Echo transition.  Houston employed a new online reporting tool for vastly improved performance and provided input into numerous ALSAFETY messages. 

Finally, Houston created a comprehensive review of the three most-recent MH-65 Class A mishaps, noting commonalities and cultural norms while focusing on unintended negative consequences of policy and culture.  

Air Station Houston’s Safety Department embodies the Commandant’s guiding principles of Ready, Relevant and Responsive.  Their approach to promoting, educating, and advancing aviation safety at both the unit and enterprise level is highly deserving of the 2020 Captain Gus Shrode Aviation Safety Award.

Past Recipients

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.

2019      Aviation Training Center (ATC) Mobile Safety Department
2018      Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) LCDR Jessica S. Davila, LT John R. Sauve, LT David H. Blue, LT Joseph P. Rozycki, LT Thomas E. Horejs and Lt Michael J. Gereau
2017      LCDR Heather Majeska, LCDR Dave McCarthy, LT Dustin Burton, LT David Wright, LTJG Carter Schlank, AND MST1 Lizette Guiterrez, AirSta Clearwater Av Safety Dept
2016      LCDR James Cooley, CGAS Astoria
2015      LT Daniel Crowley, CGAS Houston
2014      Air Station Cape Cod Safety Department: LT Arthur Mahar, LT Garin Kirkpatrick, LT Kimberly Hess
2013      AS North Bend Safety Department: LCDR Jason Gelfand, LT Caroline Kearney
2012      AS Humboldt Bay Safety Department: LT Kelly Deuterman, LT Terrance Herdliska
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

Captain Frank Erickson
Rotary Wing Rescue Award

Sector Humboldt Bay crew of CGNR 6561
LCDR Derek L. Schramel
LTJG Adam J. Ownbey
AMT3 Tyler S. Cook
AST1 P. Graham McGinnis


Nomination Summary

The Captain Frank A. Erickson Award is presented to the Sector Humboldt Bay crew of  CGNR 6561, LCDR Derek L. Schramel, LTJG Adam J. Ownbey, AMT3 Tyler S. Cook, and  AST1 P. Graham McGinnis, in recognition of their heroic efforts on 05 September, 2019,  responding to a report of two critically injured firefighters requiring extraction from  a steep forested area within an active wildfire. Having just completed a two hour training  sortie, CGNR 6561 launched at 2300 and, shortly before midnight, entered a valley obscured  by smoke with no visual horizon, steep terrain, and intense flames. Battling bouts of  vertigo, updrafts, and night vision goggle (NVG) washout from the flames below, LCDR  Schramel established a hover above the hoisting area after multiple attempts. AST1  McGinnis was hoisted to the confined area, where he began to assess the patients and  prepare for a litter hoist until LTJG Ownbey determined there would not be enough time  to hoist the patient and the Rescue Swimmer before needing to refuel. AMT3 Cook aborted  the hoist and CGNR 6515 recovered at a full-service airfield to reassess the mission.  Although they assessed the mission as high risk, the crew determined the mission still  had a reasonable chance of success and would undoubtedly save the lives of both  firefighters. All unneeded items were removed from the helicopter to reduce weight,  increase fuel capacity, and create room in the cabin to hoist both patients. The  crew of CGNR 6515 launched on their third sortie of the day at 0256. Arriving back at  the scene, the crew noticed the fire had advanced down the hill to the edge of the  hoisting area and flanked the clearing on three sides. During the first approach,  updrafts buffeted the aircraft and resulted in a sudden increase in descent rate  that could not be arrested, forcing LCDR Schramel to fly down the hillside to avoid  impacting the trees. He then used an alternative second approach, avoiding the updrafts,  and established a hover with the fire line now at the edge of the clearing. Using linked  trail lines, additional weight bags, and a non-standard Litter Augmented Double Pick-Up  (LADPU) procedure, AMT3 Cook hoisted AST1 McGinnis to the steep slope using nearly all  of the hoist cable. AST1 McGinnis then hauled the litter 25 feet up the steep terrain  and wedged his legs underneath it for support while loading the first firefighter.  AMT3 Cook and AST1 McGinnis recovered the first patient and extracted the 280-pound  man from the litter. AST1 McGinnis injured his back during this process but willingly  re-rigged the litter for another LADPU and was delivered to the hoisting area where the  flames began to climb the surrounding trees. AST1 McGinnis again unhooked from the hoist  and wedged his legs underneath the litter to stabilize it, allowing the second patient  to be loaded. AMT3 Cook was unable to see the hoisting area due to increased smoke but  LTJG Ownbey faintly heard AST1 McGinnis call for pick-upon on the radio. AST1 McGinnis  was then hoisted through the smoke and the second patient was safely loaded into the cabin.  LCDR Schramel used 100 percent engine power to prevent settling into the trees while LTJG  Ownbey provided essential backup of power, position, and altitude. LCDR Schramel flew out  of the hoisting area and passed controls to LTJG Ownbey after total exhaustion from over  30 minutes of precision hoisting. CGNR 6561 then flew to the nearby helibase and transferred  the patients to waiting medical helicopters at 0357.

Past Recipients

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

2019      Aircraft CGNR 6032
LCDR William J. Burwell,  CP: LT Katelyn M. Dacimo,  RS: AST2 Michael W. Kelly,  RS: AST3 Luke M. Headley,  FM: AMT1 Devin R. Lloyd

2018    Air Station Kodiak crew of CG-6593
LCDR Daniel A. Schrader, LCDR Adam L. Mullins, AMT2 Jentzen D. Green, AET1 Gregory K. Mayes, AET2 Jacqueline V. Gutierrez

2017     CGNR 6032 crew, AS Sitka
LCDR Christopher S. Stoeckler, LT Matthew R. Herring, AET3 Class Jeremy A. Reed, AST2 Class Brendan D.Dent, HS2 Class Ryan F. Ransom

2016     CGNR 6032 crew, AS Sitka
LCDR Christopher S. Stoeckler, LT Matthew R. Herring, AET3 Class Jeremy A. Reed, AST2 Class Brendan D.Dent, HS2 Class Ryan F. Ransom

2015     MH-60 CGNR 6033 crew AS Cape Cod
LT John D. Hess, LT Matthew R. Vanderslice, AMT2 Derrick P Suba, AST3 Evan A. Staph

2014     MH-65 CGNR 6515 crew, AS San Francisco
LCDR James Kenshalo, LT Beau Belanger, AST3 Corey Fix, AMT2 Travis Swain

2013     MH60T CGNR 6012 crew, Elizabeth City
LCDR Steven Cerveny, LT Jane Pena, AMT3 Michael Lufkin, AST2 Randy Haba

2012     HH-60 CG-6010 Crew, AS Kodiak
CDR Matthew Breckel, LT John Filipowicz, AMT2 Joshua Harris, AST2 Steven Fischer

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

Air Station Cape Cod crew of CGNR 2313

LCDR Christopher McKay
LTJG Banning S. Lobmeyer
AMT2 Jesse R. Oudman
AMT3 Brandon E. Sabala
AET3 Connor D. Shannon
AET3 Nicolas G. Stewart

Nomination Summary

The Commander Elmer F. Stone Award is presented to the Air Station Cape Cod crew of CGNR 2313, LCDR Christopher McKay, LTJG Banning S. Lobmeyer, AMT2 Jesse R. Oudman, AMT3 Brandon E. Sabala, AET3 Connor D. Shannon, and AET3 Nicolas G. Stewart, in recognition of their heroic efforts on 24 July, 2019, responding to an emergency position- indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) for the trimaran S/V ISHMAEL, 330 miles offshore Cape Cod. S/V ISMAEL was in the middle of a major convective system with lines of embedded thunderstorms that the crew of CGNR 2313 battled both on scene and during their transit to the stricken vessel. Through limited text messages with the master, who was the lone soul onboard, via the EPIRB, it was reported that part of the trimaran had broken away and the vessel was flooded up to the cabin. When they arrived on scene, the crew of CGNR 2313 encountered continuous moderate turbulence, the maximum allowable for the aircraft, visibility of less than one mile, and 500 foot ceilings. While searching on NVGs below 500 feet, CGNR 2313 continuously battled severe low-level wind shear, causing altitude losses ranging from 200 to 300 feet and air speed fluctuations of 20 knots. Battling low illumination, poor radar picture, and several malfunctions of the Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera, LTJG Lobmeyer was able to locate a barely visible light from the vessel using NVGs. AET3 Stewart provided critical backup to the pilots as they battled turbulent conditions by moving up to the cockpit to help watch for airspeed and altitude deviations during aerial deliveries. This left AET3 Shannon alone to work a degraded FLIR and to manage all external communications while AMT2 Oudman and AMT3 Sabala readied the crew and aircraft to conduct aerial deliveries. With visibility of less than one mile, the pilots were unable to see the vessel until almost directly over it. LCDR McKay manually maneuvered the aircraft in moderate turbulence to conduct precise last-minute adjustments needed to give them the best chance of conducting an accurate drop. After three aborted attempts, CGNR 2313 successfully deployed a radio can, followed by an Ariel Sea Rescue Kit 16 and a Self-Locating Datum Marker Buoy. The radio proved vital in allowing search crews over the next ten hours to relocate the vessel via radio direction finder and communicate with the master. It also enabled the master to coordinate with a Good Samaritan to safely disembark the vessel.


Past Recipients

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

2019      CREW CGNR 1720:   LT Erik Wyrick, LT Terrell Jackson, AMT2 Greg Knigh,t AT2 Trenton Garza, AMT2 Garth Booye, AT3 Kevin Blair, AMT3 Colby Smith
2018     Air Station Barbers Point Crew of CG-1703 LCDR Sean H. Bartonicek, LTJG Evan C. Swinghamer, AET2 Beau F. Fisch, AET2 Andrew M. Davis, AMT2 Ryan A. Cabrera, AET2 Jeremiah J. Strombeck, AET3 Shawn M. Feleppa
2017      CREW OF HC-130 1790, CGAS Barber's Point LCDR Antone Alongi 
LT Matthew Chase, 
AMTC James Starr,
 AET1 CLASS William Osterhout, 
AET2 CLASS Robert Wandell, 
AMT2 CLASS Jeremy Andrews, 
AMT2 Daelyn Chaney
2016      CREW OF HC-130 1790, CGAS Barber's Point LCDR Antone Alongi 
LT Matthew Chase, 
AMTC James Starr,
 AET1 CLASS William Osterhout, 
AET2 CLASS Robert Wandell, 
AMT2 CLASS Jeremy Andrews, 
AMT2 Daelyn Chaney
2015      HC-144 CGNR 2309 crew, CGAS Cape Cod LT Jamison R. Ferriell, LT Erik J. Price, AMT3 Eric C. Woods, AMT3 Christopher S. Lelyo
2014      HC-144 CGNR 2309 crew, CGAS Cape Cod LT Dustin Lee, LT Steven Vanderlaske, AMT1 Stephen Underwood, AMT3 Eric Woods
2013      HC-130J CGNR 2004 crew, CGAS Elizabeth City LT Michael Myers, LTJG Frank McIntosh, AMT3 Eric Laster, AMT3 Jesse Embert, AMT1 Hector Rios, AET1 Joshua Adams, AET3 Joshua Vargo
2012      HC-130 CGNR 1790 crew. AS Kodiak LT Israel Young, LT Jeanine Menze, LCDR Michael Benson, AET1 Roderick Hanson, AMTC Paul Henning, AET3 Dane Butler, AMT1 Jared Morrison, AET3 Clark Patterson
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 Mudge

Chief Aviation Machinist Mate
Oliver Berry
Aviation Maintenance Award

AMT2 Jaime J. Marrero

Air Station Sacramento


Nomination Summary

1. CG-41 is honored to announce the recipient of the annual Chief Oliver F. Berry Aviation Maintenance Award. This annual award, presented by the Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics, and sponsored by the Coast Guard Aviation Association (CGAA), recognizes an enlisted Coast Guard aircraft maintainer who demonstrated exceptional performance and enhanced the overall quality of Coast Guard aviation maintenance.

2. AMT2 Jaime J. Marrero of Air Station Sacramento has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Chief Oliver F. Berry Aviation Maintenance Award. Demonstrating exemplary leadership, competence, technical expertise and superior mentorship, he played a key role in the success of Air Station Sacramento and the HC-27J program overall.

AMT2 Marrero's unparalleled technical knowledge resulted in being selected to work with Rolls Royce during the gearbox re-pinning overhaul effort, a task that led to the all-weather airworthiness recertification of the HC-27J earlier this year.

AMT2 Marrero used his metalsmith artistic expertise to mentor others while conducting first-in-service repairs to the CG's newest asset. Demonstrating exceptional skill as the foremost metal-work expert at the unit, he routinely led junior teams through intricate repairs, including wing and flap well, main landing gear door and fuselage repairs. This opportunity greatly developed their talent and their interest in this perishable skill-set, bolstering the next generation of Coast Guard Spartan metal workers.

AMT2 Marrero served as the Coast Guard's maintenance subject matter expert on the HC-27J's inaugural site visit to La Paz, Mexico. His efforts directly aided in the permanent establishment of international partnerships and ensured future successful deployment opportunities to La Paz and other sites within Mexico.

AMT2 Marrero's exceptional leadership, sustained extraordinary performance, and drive for personal and professional excellence embody the attributes of
Chief Oliver Berry.

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.

2019     AET1 Brittany Bryant
2018      AET2 Zoltan Peter, C-27 Asset Project Office (APO)
2017      AMT1 John Levi T. Berg, Aviation Logistics Center
2016      AMT1 Jeremiah D. Branscomb, Aviation Logistics Center
2015      AMTC Joshua E. Vogan, CGAS Barbers Point
2014      AMT2 Christopher J. Roode of CGAS Elizabeth City
2013      AMTC Kevin Deininger, CGAS Barbers Point
2012      AMT1 Lawrence Peranto, CGAS Kodiak
2011      AMT1 Jacob Linder, CGAS Humboldt Bay
2010      AMT1 Frank Fontanez, ATC Mobile
2009      AMT2 Brandon Smith, CGAS San Diego
2008      AMT2 Bryan Patrick, CGAS San Francisco
2007      AMT2 David Parker, CGAS Houston
2006      AMT1 Cletis Milan, CGAS Elizabeth City
2005      AMT1 Randy Losada, CGAS Miami
2004      AM1 Brad Barrington, CGAS San Diego
2003      CWO Pete Fonticoba, CGAS Miami


The Victor Roulund Rescue Swimmer Meritorious Achievement Award

Awarded every 2 years, last awarded in 2019:

CDR Ken Coffland, CG Aviator 1600
CDR Hugh O’Doherty, CG Aviator 1732
CAPT Dana Goward, CG Aviator 1825
LCDR Dick Wright, CG Aviator 1914

Nomination Summary

The Victor Roulund Rescue Swimmer Meritorious Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Rescue Swimmer Program through sustained superior performance, significant initiative in technology or tactics, and unique or extraordinary accomplishments in other areas associated with the Program. This award is sponsored by the Coast Guard Aviation Association and established in 2015.

This award is named in honor of AD2 Victor Roulund, who was assigned to Air Station SanFrancisco, when in late December 1955, he was participating as a flight mechanic aboard CG­1305, an HO4S helicopter. His crew faced daunting weather and rescue challenges in the vicinity of the Yuba River in northern California, where countless homes and people were seriously stricken in extreme flooding conditions throughout the region. AD2 Roulund voluntarily accepted a very risky rescue attempt, after being hoisted down to a trailer home which was floating down the river. Using hand tools and quick intuition, he broke into the home which was nearly fully submerged, and rescued a woman who was completely disabled, and later placed her into the rescue basket for a successful hoist. AD2 Roulund and his fellow aircrew rescued a total of 138 people during a grueling 12 hour period of nonstop action. All four aircrew were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. AD2 Roulund’s actions have since been considered the first example of typical mission challenges faced by present day Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers.

CGAA Rescue Swimmer Meritorious Service Award Criteria

Past Recipients

2017   
ASTCM John F. Hall, USCG
ASTCM Scott Dyer, USCG (Ret.)
AST1 Richard “Rick” McElrath, USCG (Ret.)

2015   
ASTCM Thomas “Buck” Beaudry, USCG (AIRSTA Miami)
ASMCM Larry Farmer, USCG (Ret.)
ASTCM Joseph “Butch” Flythe, USCG (Ret.)
ASMCM Darell M. Gelakoska, USCG (Ret.)