Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: 2015 Coast Guard civilian employees and non-appropriated funds employees of the year

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Each and every day, Coast Guard civilians uphold the Coast Guard’s core values of ‘Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty’ while working alongside uniformed members.

Each year the Coast Guard recognizes few of those civilians for their performance of duty and adherence to the Coast Guard’s core values.

This year John Berry, George Aldrich and Ronald Viands were name the 2015 Civilian Employees of the Year and John Riley and Terri Leach were named the 2015 Non-appropriated Funds Employees of the Year.

John Berry

John Berry

John Berry

John Berry is currently assigned as the painter supervisor in the Aviation Logistics Center (ALC) Industrial Operations Division in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, where he supervises three painter leaders and 18 painters during both day and night shifts painting government aircraft and aircraft components.

Berry excels in all aspects of this critical job and set the example for other employees to follow. Berry organized teams in the paint shop to tackle the various task such as painting 64 helicopter and over 9,000 aircraft parts. He educated his employees to understand the ALC work priority system and used the lists to identify and resolve problems. Due to exceptional use of teams and organization, the shop delivered aircraft back to our customers an average of two days ahead of schedule on every aircraft, enabling assets to return to operational service two days sooner.

Due to Berry’s exceptional reputation for quality, his shop was selected to paint an HH-52 helicopter to museum quality which is displayed in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. In addition, he was selected to paint an HU-25 aircraft for a permanent static display at Base Elizabeth City. Berry also worked to develop the technical data for painting historical aircraft paint schemes to celebrate the Centennial of Coast Guard Aviation.

Berry resolved or mitigated 18 longstanding safety issues including multiple OSHA violations for an atmosphere containing high concentrations of the worst chemical used on base, a known carcinogen.

George Aldrich

George Aldrich

George Aldrich

George Aldrich is the facilities engineer department head at Coast Guard Base Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.

In addition to overseeing a major move of the base, Aldrich also oversaw all planning and preparations for the approach of Hurricane Joaquin to properly secure all Base Charleston facilities in multiple locations. In the aftermath of the storm, which brought substantial flooding from a record 26.88 inches of rain in the area in less than three days, he responded to numerous calls of roof damage and structural erosion at local and outlying stations. His superb attention to detail and outstanding technical acumen were essential in the documentation of damage and allowed for a repair effort to be completed promptly and correctly.

Upon the arrival of Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton to its new homeport of North Charleston, it was discovered that the brow and brow stand configuration was inadequate to handle the tidal changes at the pier, which was configured based on tidal conditions in Northern California. Aldrich’s unique knowledge of tidal shifts on the Cooper River provided valuable insight into a new design to allow the cutter to moor with a safer brow & brow stand configuration. Aldrich’s recommendations drove the new design and standardization to create the one brow & brow stand configuration for all cutters of the same class, regardless of homeport.

Aldrich also volunteered as a state constable for South Carolina. Aldrich worked with Charleston County Sheriff’s Metro-Marine Unit patrolling the waterways of Charleston County, conducting boating inspections, issuing tickets for water violations, and responding to boating accidents.

Ronald Viands

Ronald Viands

Ronald Viands

Ronald Viands is the Electro Group General Foreman at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Maryland, and is responsible for the management and oversight of the Yard Electronics, Electrical and Ordnance Shops, consisting of 85 civilian employees at the Coast Guard’s only shipyard and largest industrial facility.

Viands skillfully led the Electro Group in the successful completion of 24 cutter dry docks and dockside availabilities, over 80 on-the-road installations, 9 casualty response trips and 7 cutter decommissioning removal projects in 2015. Despite resource constraints and numerous technical and logistical challenges, Viands ensured all projects were completed on or ahead of schedule and frequently under-budget while maintaining highest quality standards.

Viands is a strong advocate for professional development and made significant strides toward improving training and promotion opportunities for the Yard’s 517 person industrial workforce.

Viands arranged for 26 Yard personnel to attend technical schools and local technical training classes and led the Yard’s Trades Training Program. This four-year electrical and electronics apprenticeship program provides high school graduates with a chance to obtain technical certification and on-the-job experience by working directly with experienced Yard tradesmen. He routinely worked with Community College of Baltimore County teachers to develop curricula, schedule classes, review grades and classwork and provide additional assistance to struggling students. This highly successful program resulted in 75% of graduates being offered permanent positions at the Yard and is absolutely vital to the long-term sustainability of the Yard’s workforce and continued development of close ties with the greater Baltimore area.

Viands is also deeply rooted in his community. He led Electro Group’s “Adopt a Family” program by supporting three families each year in the economically depressed west Baltimore community. Viands brought his team together coordinating fundraisers, identifying families, Christmas shopping, wrapping and delivering presents and holding children’s charity events making a lasting impact on multiple families.

John Riley

John Reiley

John Reiley

John Riley is the Coast Guard Exchange (CGX) System chief operating officer at the Community Services Command (CSC) in Chesapeake, Virginia, who oversees the operation of 64 retail stores in 23 states and Puerto Rico.

Under his leadership, the CGX achieved the second highest net profit performance ever with over $5.8 million in net income. This was a 57 percent increase over the prior year. He also developed a plan to complete the CGX’s first self-inventory, saving the CGX $100,000 in expenses for the year.

Riley worked to develop a multi-year capital investment strategy and cash management plan that continues to deemphasize tobacco sales in stores and replace that revenue stream by growing the aggregate footprint of the CGX. As part of the “Fit Forward” campaign, the CGX launched a partnership with the Campaign for Tobacco Free Youth at all 64 locations. Almost 7,000 customers signed pledge cards to “Quit or Commit” to not use tobacco products. Riley continues to lead the way on the focus of healthy lifestyle choices within the CGX.

Working with Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA), Riley offered $10 off coupons for customers for a $ donation to CGMA, raising over $12,500 for CGMA. The CGMA campaign was a significant benefit to Coast Guard members and their families.

Terri Leach

Terri Leach

Terri Leach

Terri Leach is an account technician in the sales audit division of the Finance Department for the CSC, responsible for auditing approximately $157 million in annual retail sales for the CGX.

Her extensive knowledge of the credit card process has prevented over $335,000 in loss revenue due to credit card discrepancies. By taking on additional responsibilities, Leach generated a savings of over $50,000 in labor costs.

Leach collaborated with the CGX in Kodiak, Alaska, and a third party gas vendor to assist Kodiak with new government gas billing requirements. She also created a new worksheet that saves 2 to 3 labor hours per month. Her efforts prevented loss of revenue and provided excellent customer service to Base Kodiak.

She also participates in the Partnership in Education program at B.M. Williams Primary School. She volunteers as a mentor assisting special needs students with various tasks, provides one on one instruction to different students.

Congratulations to all the award recipients and nominees!

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