Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MST3 Jennifer Crocker

Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Maya Connell

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Crocker stands for a photo upon receiving the International Ice Patrol's Enlisted Person of the Year award in New London, Conn. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Crocker stands for a photo upon receiving the International Ice Patrol’s Enlisted Person of the Year award in New London, Conn. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The U.S. Coast Guard International Ice Patrol staff has recently selected Sumerduck, Virginia, native Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Crocker as the unit’s 2017 Enlisted Person of the Year.

Crocker, a marine science technician, displayed outstanding leadership and commitment to the unit and service. As an ice observer and aircrew member, she has flown more than 117 patrol hours and assisted in the detection of more than 1,700 icebergs aboard the Coast Guard HC-130J Super Hercules airplane. Her vigilance as an ice observer ensured the safety of vessels transiting the North Atlantic shipping lanes significantly contributing to the Ice Patrol’s unparalleled 105-year safety record.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Crocker enters iceberg information into a tracking program called BergTracker during an iceberg reconnaissance deployment. BergTracker is a program that logs iceberg location, size, shape and sea ice concentration. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Crocker enters iceberg information into a tracking program called BergTracker during an iceberg reconnaissance deployment. BergTracker is a program that logs iceberg location, size, shape and sea ice concentration. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Crocker served as one of the unit’s collateral public affairs officers processing information and media requests from national and international news outlets. After an unexpected surge in icebergs, driving the iceberg limit into the transatlantic shipping lanes two months earlier than historical averages, Crocker expertly addressed more than 70 media requests and participated in several on-camera interviews.

Further, Crocker coordinated the 2017 Titanic Memorial Wreath Ceremony and the Greenland Patrol Memorial Ceremony, ensuring the successful execution of these historically significant and meaningful events. In preparation for the Greenland Patrol Memorial Service, Crocker arranged for keynote speakers with some local officials to include New London, Connecticut, Mayor Michael Passero and Senator Kathy Cook, retired.

In the community, Crocker’s outreach and stewardship were evident in her volunteerism to visit local schools and educate students on the history, significance, and mission of the International Ice Patrol. Her visits with students from Father Doyle, Pine Point Elementary, Griswold Elementary and Stonington High School helped promote the unit’s mission within the local communities. In addition, she represented her unit at the Groton New London Aviation Day, presenting a dynamic display depicting the sinking of the Titanic and the impact of this tragic event on the maritime and aviation communities.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Crocker tosses a wreath from the back of a Coast Guard HC-130J Hercules aircraft as part of the 2017 Greenland Memorial Service. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Crocker tosses a wreath from the back of a Coast Guard HC-130J Hercules aircraft as part of the 2017 Greenland Memorial Service. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Through her dedication, leadership and professionalism, Crocker serves as a role model to her peers and embodies the Coast Guard’s core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty.

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