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.
MERITORIOUS PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
Steve Goldhammer, Ptero #1207
CGAA PRESIDENT'S AWARD
Gary Gamble Ptero 1826
Jim Loomis Ptero 1179
Sandra Shofner, USCG Auxiliary Ptero P-3044
The President of the Coast Guard Aviation Association (CGAA) takes pleasure in presenting the President's Award to CDR Gary Gamble, USCG (retired), in recognition of his extraordinary and enduring contributions to CGAA. As the Vice President of Communications and Media, CDR Gamble is responsible for the formulation and implementation of the organization's internal communications, external communications, and the distribution of all pertinent information to our membership and the public. For more than a decade. Gary has ensured that all CGAA published materials, including social media portals, and printed messaging promote, enhance, protect, and advance the organization's brand reputation. CDR Gamble recently led the organization's migration to Office 365 for Nonprofit organizations, which has provided the Ptero leadership team with a full suite of critical business applications in a secure environment, combined with the collaborative, anywhere, anytime availability of the cloud, at no cost to CGAA. With all new technology comes significant integration and user challenge. Without CDR Gamble's extraordinary technical expertise, steady hand for training and guiding system users, and interminable patience, CGAA would undoubtedly suffer losses of performance and volunteer labor. As an integral member of the Executive Board of Directors for many years, CDR Gamble has established himself as a thoughtful and innovative leader. He is held in the highest regard among seniors and juniors alike, and is genuinely sincere in offering constructive counsel and leadership lessons. He always advocates for teamwork and shared successes. Regardless of the complexity of the challenges and opportunities presented to the association, the President and other board members recognize and appreciate CDR Gamble's experienced insights, as a voice of reason. CDR Gamble's initiative, dedication, and leadership are most heartily commended, and in keeping with the highest traditions of the Aviation Association and the United States Coast Guard.
CGAA PTERODACTYL AWARD
CDR Michael G. Brattland, USN Retired, Ptero #P-5463
VICTOR ROULAND AWARD
AST2 James A. Chandler, USCG
Petty Officer Chandler is cited for outstanding achievement while serving as a rescue swimmer on Coast Guard helicopter MH-65 No. 6581, in response to Tropical Storm IMELDA in Southeastern Texas from September 18th through September 20th, 2019.
Tropical Storm IMELDA rapidly developed and made landfall in less than an hour bringing more than 43 inches of rain and catastrophic flooding to the area. On one occasion during the period, battling low ceilings, heavy rain and widespread thunderstorms, the 6581 launched to perform a MEDEVAC of an unresponsive patient with diminishing vital signs. Once on scene, Petty Officer CHANDLER swiftly assessed the situation and prepared the patient for transport. His quick actions resulted in minimum ground time, thereby increasing the patient’s chances of survival. Immediately recognizing the woman’s critical condition, he instructed the Flight Mechanic on the use of a bag valve mask in order to provide her with supplemental oxygen, allowing Petty Officer CHANDLER to focus on chest compressions, providing CPR for the 30 minute transit to Ellington Field. There, the patient was transferred to an awaiting ambulance.
Due to the severe lack of available medical personnel, the ambulance crew requested that Petty Officer CHANDLER continue to provide lifesaving care in the ambulance for the 45 minutes enroute to a hospital. Once there, the patient was stabilized and ultimately recovered. Petty Officer CHANDLER’s efforts directly resulted in the saving of a life. His professional skill, judgment and devotion to duty are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the actions, ideals, and inspiration demonstrated by award namesake, Petty Officer Victor Roulund.
CAPT WILLIAM J. KOSSLER AERONAUTICAL ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
CDR Benjamin J. Norris
CGAS Atlantic City, NJ
CDR Norris distinguished himself through professional competence, outstanding performance, and overall impact to the Aeronautical Engineering community. As the Air Station Atlantic City Aeronautical Engineering Officer and H-65 Prime Unit, CDR Norris improved recognition range, inspection capabilities, and bolstered operational safety of the aging H-65 fleet. He assured the continuous readiness of two SAR aircraft across two districts, two alert RWAI aircraft at the NCRADF, and two alert RWAI aircraft in supporting deployable POTUS Protection Missions. His expertise in Rotary Wing Air Intercept (RWAI) mission support and execution enabled him to streamline the units’ ability to deploy in 72 hours for any CONUS location and enabled a 100 percent mission response. CDR Norris also performed a vital role in the planning of the future RWAI Mission Support Facility. His extraordinary leadership and devotion to training enabled the completion of 482 upgrade sorties and 126 aviation qualifications for pilots and aircrew.
Captain Marion “Gus” Shrode
Flight Safety Award
The Flight Safety Department of AIRSTA Clearwater
LCDR Eric S. Casida, USCG
LCDR Charles A. Lumpkin, USCG
LT Timothy G. Nicolet, USCG
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.
2020 Air Station Houston Safety Department
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
HITRON crew of CGNR 6606
LCDR Jesse Keyser
LT Rachel Rychtanek
AET1 James Mann
In recognition of their heroic efforts during deployment aboard USCGC SENECA. On 08 November 2020, Hurricane Eta ravaged Central America with concentrated destruction and damage in Honduras, causing at least 58 deaths and over $5 billion in damage to critical infrastructure, affecting a population of 2.9 million. Attached to USCGC SENECA, the crew of CGNR 6606 reacted quickly and effectively in assisting the Honduran people from 11-13 November 2020. USCGC SENECA was diverted to the eastern coast of Honduras for Hurricane Aid/SAR support following the impact of Hurricane Eta. TACON was shifted to US Naval Forces Southern Command/US Fourth Fleet, and SENECA received tasking and operated under Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B) and Command Task Force-45 (CTF-45). SENECA was the first maritime asset to reach the eastern side of Honduras, with CGNR 6606 as the first and sole air asset on-scene in eastern Honduras. CGNR 6606 led response operations across a 60-square nautical mile area, from the Honduran shoreline south to the Honduras-Nicaragua border. CGNR 6606 identified and overcame the challenges of operating in an unfamiliar, rural area in foreign airspace, including inadequate and outdated charts, no air traffic control, and a substantial language barrier. CGNR 6606 acquired internet-based DoD JOG charts, assisted in reconnaissance of critical infrastructure in the region, and helped develop a working air rescue plan for relocation of trauma patients and supply aid. This important work was pivotal in laying the groundwork for sustained multi-service air support in the eastern Honduras operating area over the coming weeks. JTF-B tasked CGNR 6606 for a MEDEVAC at a remote, inland location south of Puerto Lempira near the Honduras-Nicaragua border. The aircrew braved 60 miles of unfamiliar mountainous terrain, while navigating under and around low ceilings and thunderstorms with dangerous updrafts and downdrafts. CGNR 6606 located the village, reported severe flooding, and observed significant damage to the village structures and limited infrastructure. CGNR 6606 identified a small patch of farmland with minimal flooding as the primary landing zone and conducted a confined area landing to survivors waiving frantically for assistance. CGNR 6606 was met by two military officers in uniform escorting a third uniformed officer in evident pain. CGNR 6606 ensured the patient was ready for transport and executed low-power margin takeoff, clearing dust and debris for a rapid climb above the surrounding village obstacles. CGNR 6606 proceeded back northbound through precipitation and around localized thunderstorms to transfer the patient. CGNR 6606 was then tasked to proceed to a remote coastal village approximately 30nm Northwest of Puerto Lempira for an urgent MEDEVAC. Once on scene, CGNR 6606 displayed ingenuity by orbiting around the village church to direct citizens to congregate there. CGNR 6606 performed a confined area landing adjacent to the church and identified an elderly, diabetic, double amputee in need of immediate higher medical care. Low on fuel, CGNR 6606 departed to CGC SENECA offshore for refuel and subsequent return. While en route back to the village, CGNR 6606 experienced an AFCS yaw system failure, which significantly increased the difficulty and risk of confined area landings. CGNR 6606 elected to proceed on its assigned mission, conducted another confined area landing, and embarked the wheelchair-bound survivor. CGNR 6606 departed scene facing inclement weather and began to weigh the risks of continued confined area landings with the onset of fatigue and a degraded aircraft. CGNR 6606 identified a primitive dirt strip at the Puerto Lempira Airfield for landing and survivor transfer to an awaiting vehicle. The crew of CGNR 6606’s bravery and aeronautical skill resulted in two lives saved with several hundreds more saved and assisted through delivery of lifesaving supplies and forward operating location establishment for medical and military personnel. Leading the rescue efforts during the critical first few days of the aftermath of Hurricane Eta, the crew of CGNR 6606 demonstrated unwavering dedication to the Coast Guard’s humanitarian life-saving mission. CGNR 6606 confronted flight in an unfamiliar mountainous region with myriad navigation hazards and landed safely in multiple unprepared confined areas. Furthermore, the aircrew leveraged local military and government officials’ expertise while managing “fog-of-war” complexities following a destructive Category Four hurricane in a third-world country. CGNR 6606’s exceptional actions and heroism undoubtedly advanced rescue efforts for eastern Honduras for response to Hurricane Eta, as well as Hurricane Iota, which struck the same area just ten days later. In addition to the above superior aviation acumen, the crew of CGNR 6606 displayed exceptional bravery and phenomenal aerial skill while on the same USCGC SENECA deployment by executing two successful Non-compliant Vessel – Counter Drug interdictions. On a difficult night-time case, the crew of CGNR 6606 expertly maneuvered the MH-65D to engage an evasively maneuvering target of interest that attempted to exploit the aerodynamic limitations of the helicopter by executing aggressive 180 degree turns and running with the wind on the stern of the vessel. CGNR 6606 flawlessly executed disabling fire on the TOI while in an opposing heading profile, in which CGNR 6606 perfectly paralleled the TOI’s heading and speed over water, all while flying backwards and using only the Head’s-up Display for instrumental reference. During the interdiction, the crew was simultaneously compensating for low illumination, reduced visibility, precipitation, and shifting wind patterns. In a timespan of less than two weeks, CGNR 6606 completed two separate Airborne Use of Force cases, which resulted in the interdiction of 1,900 kilograms of cocaine at an estimated street value of $75 million and the detention of 7 narco-traffickers.
Commander Elmer Stone
Fixed Wing Rescue Award
Air Station Barbers Point crew of CGNR 1720
LCDR Tucker Rodeffer
LT Jack Emmons
AMT2 Jacob Desmarais
AET3 Anders Forsberg
AMT2 Charles Camarda
AET2 Trenton Garza
AET3 Clinton Carpenter
In recognition of their heroic efforts on 22 December 2020, District 14 received a request from the island nation of Kiribati for assistance with Search and Rescue (SAR). A fisherman from Betio Temakin, Tarawa, had disembarked three friends at an atoll to go spearfishing. When he did not return in his 20 ft wooden skiff, they notified the authorities. Since all possible staging locations for the case were closed due to COVID-19, the Air Station Barbers Point duty crew worked with State Department officials and the Republic of the Marshall Islands to secure Kwajalein Atoll, the first time a Coast Guard crew had been allowed landing access since the pandemic began. After arriving in Kwajalein, the CGNR 1720 crew was placed in strict quarantine when not in flight and subject to daily screenings involving twice daily temperature and blood oxygen checks, a protocol and operational template which has since been implemented to enable numerous SAR crews to operate from this location. The search effort involved five days deployed away from home station and consisted of 29.4 hours of searching and a total of 45.2 hours flown. During three days of searching, the crew flew four hours round-trip from Kwajalein and navigated more than 500 NM through convective activity, embedded thunderstorms, and turbulence to reach the search area. On the final day of the search and in the last search box, the Basic Aircrewman sighted an object in the water from the left hand scanner window. The Sensor System Operator quickly identified the object as the missing skiff. The survivor was clearly emaciated from spending five days at sea without food or water. The Navigator detected a fishing vessel 25 NM north of the skiff, but a language barrier prevented effective communication. Working with a translator at District 14, the Radio Operator vectored a good-Samaritan vessel, the F/V JABUUK, toward the skiff. After two hours on-scene, the Flight Engineer of CGNR-1720 noticed an unidentified, co-altitude helicopter en-route to their position.
CG-1720 quickly maneuvered to de-conflict with the other aircraft and assisted with expediting the rescue. The helicopter had launched from the F/V JABUUK. CGNR-1720 remained on-scene and served as cover while the good-Samaritan and the helicopter rescued the emaciated fisherman. Superior airmanship, comprehensive aircraft and procedural knowledge, well veiled operational risk management, and exceptional crew coordination all combined to successfully complete the unit’s most complex rescue of 2020 resulting in one life saved.
Chief Aviation Machinist Mate
Aviation Maintenance Award
AMT1 Derek S. Ross
ALC Elizabeth City Medium Range Recover Product Line
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.
2020 AMT2 Jaime J. Marrero, Air Station Sacramento
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
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.
ASTCM John F. Hall, USCG
ASTCM Scott Dyer, USCG (Ret.)
AST1 Richard “Rick” McElrath, USCG (Ret.)
ASTCM Thomas “Buck” Beaudry, USCG (AIRSTA Miami)
ASMCM Larry Farmer, USCG (Ret.)
ASTCM Joseph “Butch” Flythe, USCG (Ret.)
ASMCM Darell M. Gelakoska, USCG (Ret.)