Watchstanders

Shipmate of the Week – OS1 Ronnie Leavell, OS2 Will Lengyel and OS3 Brittany Doss

A line of strong thunderstorms moved through west Florida in late September, bringing with it 45-knot winds and heavy downpours that significantly reduced visibility. Although command center watchstanders issued marine information broadcast, the storm caught many boaters off guard. Phones rang off the hook and radios blared with transmissions from distressed boaters. By storm’s end the watch team responded to the highest volume of distress calls in the sector’s history, answering more than 60 reports of distress. It was a night of remarkable dedication to duty by watchstanders at St. Petersburg; it was a night they dubbed SARmageddon.


Leading from the front: SK1 Joshua Figueredo

The dictionary definition of leadership is, “the capacity to lead, or the act or an instance of leading.” Yet to Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., crewmembers the definition of leadership means much more. That was highlighted when Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Figueredo, a storekeeper, was awarded the Douglas A. Munro Award for Inspirational Leadership.