A friend to all

One man has dedicated himself to helping disabled veterans. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Steve Woitt, a food service specialist stationed at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, Florida, has volunteered in promoting and coordinating numerous events through the VetSports program. This initiative is nationwide non-profit, whose goal is to use sports as a tool to re-integrate injured military members and veterans into society, as well as help redirect their focus from despair to camaraderie.

Joseph Walker

The spirit of serving others

He spends his weekdays managing his own landscaping company and his weekends patrolling the waterways surrounding Jacksonville, Fla. Those are only two of the reasons why Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Walker is described as a dedicated and talented Coast Guard reservist. Walker, a maritime enforcement specialist, was recently selected as Sector Jacksonville’s reserve enlisted person of the year.

Strengthening partnerships for mission success

In the world of emergency response, one can accurately infer that strong working relationships among all involved parties are crucial to mission success. The Coast Guard, being one of the nation’s top emergency response organizations, works with local agencies throughout the country every day in search and rescue operations, law enforcement cases and even environmental protection missions to ensure the preservation of lives, protection of property and national security, and the conservation of ecosystems and endangered species.