Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: OS3 Kristina Manson

Petty Officer 3rd Class Kristina Manson meets President Barack Obama after being awarded an American Legion Spirit of Service Award at the general session at The American Legion 96th National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Photo by Tom Strattman/The American Legion

Petty Officer 3rd Class Kristina Manson meets President Barack Obama after being awarded an American Legion Spirit of Service Award at the general session at The American Legion 96th National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Photo by Tom Strattman/The American Legion

Petty Officer 3rd Class Kristina Manson is an operations specialist assigned to Coast Guard Communication Station Kodiak, Alaska, where she is regularly the only voice mariners traversing the often treacherous Arctic waters to our nation’s north hear as she passes critical information about changing conditions that could be the difference between making it home safely and sounding the search and rescue alarm. Manson also plays a critical role with the kids who live in the community she calls home, Kodiak.

Spirit of Service Award recipient Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Kristina L. Manson addresses the general sessions at The American Legion 96th National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, August 26. Photo by Tom Strattman/The American Legion.

Spirit of Service Award recipient Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Kristina L. Manson addresses the general sessions at The American Legion 96th National Convention. Photo by Tom Strattman/The American Legion.

For the past year, she has spent a large portion of her free time volunteering at local schools where she personally organized a three day per week homework club, tutoring sessions and read-aloud programs. She is also spearheading the creation of an adult mentorship program, to assist troubled middle school children by providing adult role models to encourage wise life decisions.

“I believe in the spirit of volunteerism and that it is important to be a positive contributing member of any community,” said Manson. “I worked in middle schools before joining the Coast Guard and know just how important and influential volunteers are in an educational environment, especially active-duty military members. Seeing student’s eyes light up when they first see a Coast Guard member make an appearance to step in to help out with school events is heartwarming as well as gratifying.”

Ladie Ann Marcello, an 11th-grade student at Kodiak High School, tests wind resistance in a wind tunnel simulator using Bernoulli's Principles at Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, Jan. 24, 2014. Marcello and her classmates were given the opportunity to meet the crews and tour a hangar at the air station. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings.

Ladie Ann Marcello, an 11th-grade student at Kodiak High School, tests wind resistance in a wind tunnel simulator using Bernoulli’s Principles at Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings.

As a volunteer with the Kodiak High School Women’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program, otherwise known as STEM, Manson mentors and encourages high school women to become involved with STEM disciplines, instilling confidence and future career paths for these young women. She organized field trips for over 50 middle and high school students and coordinated Science Fair engineering projects for the elementary school.

Manson works closely with the Kodiak school principals, and her unit to organize volunteer opportunities. She is energetically involved in the Coast Guard’s Everyone is a Recruiter incentive program, providing field trips and tours of Coast Guard units to local high school seniors preparing for college and the civilian workforce.

“The Kodiak community is small and the Coast Guard has a large presence on the island and the P.I.E program helps us have a positive presence among the Kodiak youth as well as giving back to the community that we live in,” said Manson. “I believe in the program and have seen firsthand just how much the educators and students respond to each volunteer, and appreciate our efforts with students.”

Petty Officer 3rd Class Kristina L. Manson from the Coast Guard recieved the Spirit of Service Award from National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger and Medal of Honor recipient Kyle White during The American Legion's 96th National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Aug. 26. Photo by Lucas Carter.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Kristina Manson from recieves the Spirit of Service Award from American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger and Medal of Honor recipient Kyle White. Photo by Lucas Carter.

Manson has been involved with the Coast Guard’s Partnership in Education, or P.I.E., program since being introduced to it as a non-rate at her first unit and immediately volunteered. When she arrived in Kodiak last summer, she took on the leadership role for the local P.I.E. program where she has inspired her shipmates to get involved with many of them also volunteering throughout the school year. She has revitalized the program, fostering multiple new outlets for personnel involvement that have reached record levels in volunteer hours.

And, her efforts have not gone unnoticed. She was recognized with the Kodiak Island School District’s Volunteer of the Month Award multiple times and recently received national recognition as the Coast Guard recipient of the The American Legion’s Spirit of Service Award for her extensive volunteer efforts.

“Our nation is fortunate to have such dedicated servicemembers as Kristina Manson,” said American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger. “For both her service to America and her community, Petty Officer Manson is a credit to her uniform and to our country.”

Kodiak High school students in the Women in Engineering program take a moment for a photo alongside Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley in Kodiak, Alaska, Nov. 19, 2013. Twenty-nine young women with interests in science and technology participated in the event to learn about potential fields for study and employment in the future. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings.

Kodiak High school students in the Women in Engineering program alongside Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley in Kodiak, Alaska, Nov. 19, 2013. Twenty-nine young women with interests in science and technology participated in the event to learn about potential fields for study and employment in the future. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings.

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