Shipmate of the Week – CWO Troy Riedel

Chief Warrant Officer Professional Development Class 01-12 stand for a photo after a day of community service. Chief Warrant Officer Riedel is in the second row back on the far right. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Scott Epperson.

Chief Warrant Officer Professional Development Class 01-12 stand for a photo after a day of community service. Chief Warrant Officer Riedel is in the second row back on the far right. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Scott Epperson.

Written by Chief Warrant Officer Scott Epperson.

Coast Guard missions make a difference in communities in our nation, providing safety and security essential to safeguarding America. But while the service ensures a safe and secure nation on duty, Coast Guard men and women ensure a safe and secure community off duty as well.

Chief Warrant Officer Troy Riedel's outreach efforts positively affected the community and the Coast Guard. Because of this, he was awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. He was recognized not only for the work that he spearheaded but for the all the positive changes that he made. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Scott Epperson.

Chief Warrant Officer Troy Riedel’s outreach efforts positively affected the community and the Coast Guard. Because of this, he was awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. He was recognized not only for the work that he spearheaded but for the all the positive changes that he made. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Scott Epperson.

Chief Warrant Officer Troy Riedel of the Coast Guard’s Leadership and Development Center in New London, Conn., is one of those Coast Guardsmen.

For the past three years, while assigned to the Leadership Development Center, Riedel maintained a close rapport with the manager and staff of the Women’s Center of Southeastern Connecticut. The Women’s Center plays a vital role in the community, as they provide a safe haven for homeless or battered women and their children.

Over a three-year-period Riedel not only volunteered his own time, but he also led a number of teams of chief warrant officer professional development students – more than 100 students in all – in making major renovations to the Women’s Center’s residential homes.

Through his efforts, the Coast Guard volunteers amassed more than 900 volunteer hours, saving the Center more than $10,000 in labor and contracting costs – projects that would have otherwise been abandoned because of a lack of funds.

Whether it was painting, demolition and reconstruction, replacing wood and tile flooring or installing shelving units in the kitchen and living areas, Riedel made sure that repairs were made professionally so the shelter’s inhabitants had a comfortable place to live. He also personally ensured that winterizing of the shelters was done annually by removing air-conditioner units, insulating pipes from the freezing temperatures, and a number of other contributions to the center.

For Riedel, helping the Women’s Center means more than just building up a house; it is about building up an entire community.Quote

“Coast Guardsmen have a commonality – we all desire to be part of something bigger than ourselves,” said Riedel. “There are few greater honors than serving and helping those less fortunate.”

Through his efforts, more than 150 homeless women and children had a safe environment to live in and more than 5,900 domestic violence survivors seeking assistance had a place to call.

Riedel said his efforts could not have been possible without a collection of very talented chief warrant officers and colleagues who assisted him along the way. But that’s what it’s all about; coming together as a team to help out the community.

“I challenge every Coast Guardsmen – especially my fellow chief warrant officers – to donate their time and expertise to a worthy organization in their area,” said Riedel.

Do you know a Shipmate that has done something great for the service, the missions or the public? Please submit your nominations using the “Submit Ideas” link on the right.

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5 Responses

  1. Michaeljwaugh says:

    This does not surprise me. Troy was the best shipmate I ever knew in my 22 years in the USCG. This guy was as modest as he was talented and always brought everyone he served with up to another level. I was fortunate to have been stationed with him twice in my career, and I knew very well, the kind of decent and unselfish man Troy is.
    ~Michael Waugh (USCG, BMC Retired) 

  2. tara says:

    way to go!

  3. Norman Selley says:

    What a pleasure to read about Chief Warrant Officer Riedel and his continued outstanding service to our country and to his community. Troy and I served together at TC Yorktown – his service and performance now is the same as it was then. Great job!

    Norman Selley, CDR, USCG (ret)

  4. pete niles says:

    Troy is a class act, someone we should all aspire to be like.
    Pete Niles

  5. Charliecoro says:

    I agree!  troy brings alot to his students, shipmates and the community!  We’ll be sorry to see him leave new London.