Petty Officer 1st Class Jeff Melitski shows off his Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year award. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: ME1 Jeff Melitski

The Coast Guard prides itself on honor, respect and devotion to duty for the men and women in its ranks. Once a year, a member of the Coast Guard is selected as the top performer in the service for the active duty and the reserve component through the enlisted person of the year program. For 2017, the Coast Guard recently selected New Jersey native Petty Officer 1st Class Jeff P. Melitski as the Coast Guard Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: AST2 Jonathan Kreske

What is your definition of heroism? While to some the first definition that comes to mind might be a one-time heroic action, we would like to provide you with a different type of example. Not just a single act in the heat-of-the-moment, but a consistent display of extraordinary heroism. A consistency and perseverance demonstrated in decision-making and problem-solving where an individual, on more than one occasion, moves beyond their training and everyday duties, and applies those skills in the service of others.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: YN2 Dan Mims

“Investing time into these youth is investing into our future,” said Mims. “These are our future politicians, our bankers, business owners and future leaders of our country. Taking a few hours of my time to positively invest into them is like making a financial investment for retirement.”