Bravo Zulu: Coast Guard elite athletes of the year, unit sports team of the year

The honor of elite athlete of the year is achieved by hard work, dedication and skill. The title is bestowed on one Coast Guard female and one male athlete each year. These athletes reached this high level of athletic success on their own time, after performing their military duties and responsibilities. Recently, the Coast Guard announced the two Coast Guard active duty members that earned this award for their athletic accomplishments in 2015, as well as a new award honoring a Coast Guard team.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Nyrel Allen

Service as a Coast Guard flag aide requires poise, attention to detail, expert knowledge of military customs and courtesies and time management skills that few possess. Lt. Nyrel Allen, flag aide to Rear Adm. Richard Gromlich, commander of the Coast Guard 13th District, has those skills and more, much more. Outside of the office, her determination and dedication to the sport of powerlifting resulted in her selection as the Coast Guard Elite Female Athlete of the Year.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. j.g. Nyrel Allen

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. j.g. Nyrel Allen

Whether lifting more than two times her body weight, sailing the high seas or overseeing operations for more than 40 Coast Guard units in the Pacific Northwest, Allen continues to be an inspiration for all.