Guardian of the Week – ME2 Anthony Emanuele

ME2 Anthony Emanuele stands in front of a mural at MSST 91107 in Staten Island, N.Y.  Photo courtesy MSST 91107

ME2 Anthony Emanuele stands in front of a mural at MSST 91106 in Staten Island, N.Y. Photo courtesy MSST 91106

Sometimes our Guardian of the Week is chosen because they’ve worked hard and achieved something great.  Sometimes they are the type of shipmate who is always there in a pinch when someone else is in need.  And sometimes it’s because of their willingness to go above and beyond what the service asks of them.  Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony Emanuele is all of these things and more.

Emanuele is a maritime enforcement specialist at MSST 91106 in New York where he has positioned himself as an expert on maritime law enforcement.

“Emanuele’s technical ability and profound knowledge of maritime law enforcement and Coast Guard procedures were evident when he developed a specialized boarding method for the Iraqi Marines,” said Lt. Cmdr. Michael Hosey, commanding officer of MSST 91106.

Emanuele rappels from a helicopter to the USS Intrepid in New York.  Photo courtesy MSST 91107

Emanuele rappels from a helicopter to the USS Intrepid in New York. Photo courtesy MSST 91106

From November 2008 to March 2009 Emanuele was temporarily assigned to Law Enforcement Detachment 107 and the Naval Transition Team Umm Qasr, Iraq.  There he trained 12 platoons of Iraqi Marines on how to conduct law enforcement boardings and was an integral part of developing curriculum for this important program.

The boarding method he developed for the Iraqis is so efficient it saves the Iraq government over $200,000 dollars a day said Hosey.

Back in New York, Emanuele is always willing to go the extra mile for a shipmate or for the mission.  Earlier this year he injured his knee but did everything he could to not let it affect the unit.

“He delayed his surgery to keep the unit fully operational,” said Lt. j.g. Daniel Delgado, operations boss at 91106.  “We had the mobile training team come through and he’s one of our top shooters so he stuck around to coach the rest of the team.”  Even when he did have his surgery he came back early and worked hard to take care of any administrative functions he could while he recovered said Delgado.

He routinely works on holidays, weekends and after hours to make sure the mission gets done said Hosey, adding that Emanuele still finds time to volunteer in the community and forge strong partnerships with outside agencies.

“His performance and professionalism is undoubtedly reflected by the scores of positive feedback I continuously receive from his superiors, fellow shipmates and representatives from local law enforcement agencies,” said Hosey.  “He truly exemplifies the Coast Guard core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty.”

Working at the MSST is not easy duty and being on the maritime law enforcement team is even more demanding because of all the specialty knowledge working on a boarding team requires.

“A couple members who reported weren’t thrilled about being on the MLE team and he took them under his wing and showed them all of the cool stuff you get to do,” said Delgado.

Qualifying as a boarding officer requires a great deal of training.  The basic Boarding Officer Course at Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Charleston, S.C., is over a month long.

“Emanuele personally coached and led 25 active duty and reserve crew members through a rigorous MLE training program, resulting in 23 members receiving the full BO/BTM qualification,” said Hosey.

Helping and inspiring others to be their best is the mark of a truly great leader.  Emanuele isn’t just a outstanding performer he elicits the best from those around him and that is a very special quality.  Bravo Zulu shipmate!

Emanuele and other members of MSST 91107 train at a shoot house with simunition. Photo courtesy MSST 91107

Emanuele and other members of MSST 91107 train at a shoot house with simunition. Photo courtesy MSST 91106

Do you know a Coastie that has done something great for the service, the missions or the public? Please submit your nominations for Guardian of the Week using the submit link on the right.