Shipmate of the Week – ME1 Wesley Mundy
Posted by LT Katie Braynard, Friday, June 13, 2014
Routinely working 75-hour work weeks, 17 days straight? It’s a result of the mission, says Petty Officer 1st Class Wesley Mundy, a reservist assigned to the Special Missions Training Center deployment training detachment.
What is this mission? Preparing hundreds of Coast Guard men and women for their upcoming deployments.
Mundy, who lives in Maui, Hawaii, voluntarily accepted orders more than 5,000 miles from his family to share his passion for maritime law enforcement and ensure members of the service are ready for their new assignment.
As a maritime enforcement specialist, Mundy plays a critical role serving as the expeditionary warfare instructor, preparing hundreds of reservists for deployment to the Persian Gulf area of operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He is a full time instructor who has enabled nearly 700 students to become deployment ready in the last two years.
In addition to teaching skills necessary for their upcoming deployment, Mundy also offers students his own personal deployment experiences, allowing them to gain insight into life overseas and prepare for their tour of duty. He routinely dedicates countless hours of his personal time to give students extra training in military tactics and Aikido and even organizes grueling physical training sessions for interested students.
“Mundy’s positive attitude, devotion to duty and ubiquitous smile are positively infectious to other Special Mission Training Center instructors, support staff and students,” said his supervisor, Chief Petty Officer Douglas Schneider.
Along with his primary instructor duties, Mundy also serves as a firearms instructor, law enforcement instructor and is the unit’s first reservist water survival training master. Recognizing several students struggling with weapons systems, he volunteered extra range training, enabling them to build confidence and eventually earn a qualification on weapons systems necessary for deployment.
He takes it upon himself to improve procedures and streamline processes, enabling training to continue unhindered. He created an original weapons performance qualification standard presentation and range pre-firing brief for all firearms instructors, standardizing the process for weapons qualifications. Upon recognizing a necessity of an instructor development course for the Middle Eastern training team, he generated his own curriculum and delivered the innovative instructor course to all training team instructors.
Readying service members for overseas deployments isn’t Mundy’s only mission. In addition to his devotion to the maritime law enforcement mission, he has dedicated his personal time to helping others in need. He opens his home to members serving on temporary duty assignments in the area. When Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Gulf Coast, Mundy set up a donation drive to help those negatively affected and took leave to help rebuild lost homes.
“Petty Officer Mundy stands out not merely because of his extraordinary competence, but rather because of his unflinching loyalty to his shipmates, the service and the mission,” added Schneider.
As a civilian, Mundy works with the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement. As a field supervisor, Mundy coordinates resources and maritime law enforcement operations for a district on the island of Oahu.
Mundy’s commitment to the maritime law enforcement mission, training and the Coast Guard’s core values resulted in his selection for Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year and, as a result, he will be meritoriously advanced to chief petty officer in an upcoming ceremony.
“I am honored to have been selected as Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year,” says Mundy. “I have been fortunate. There is no other way to say it. I am surrounded by stellar performers who are just as deserving, and in some cases, more deserving as I am.”
Congratulations Petty Officer Mundy on this achievement!