News: Palmdale native selected as Station New York's Sailor of the Quarter
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Petty Officer 3rd Class Zachary R. Wilson, a native of Palmdale, California, was selected as Coast Guard Station New York’s Sailor of the Quarter (SOQ) for the period of April 1, 2014, through June 30, 2014.
Wilson was selected as SOQ for his ability to balance and complete multiple types of missions as a machinery technician, boarding officer and tactical boat crew member. He is recognized as a positive teammate who performs his duties as an engineer. Wilson is also one of the unit’s premier boarding officers who plays a key role in multiple operations including Fleet Week and Operation Dry Water.
His in-depth knowledge and proficiency in engineering and law enforcement, along with his willingness to mentor shipmates directly contributed to the certification of three new response boat engineers as well as 10 boarding officers and boarding team members.
Wilson has been in the Coast Guard for more than seven years and has been assigned to Station New York since October of 2011. During his time at the Station, Wilson became qualified as a boat engineer and crew member on the Station’s 45-foot Response Boat-Mediums and 25-foot Response Boat-Smalls.
In addition to being named the Station’s SOQ, Wilson was also awarded with a unit coin, a special liberty pass, a special parking spot and received a Letter of Commendation from the Station’s commanding officer.
Station New York’s SOQ program is designed to recognize exemplary performance. A number of outstanding personnel at the unit qualify and are nominated for this recognition, but the honor of SOQ is bestowed to only one nominee.
Final selection of the SOQ is based on the member’s ability to demonstrate exceptional performance in the areas of adherence to the Coast Guard’s core values and embodiment of the Coast Guard Ethos: Leadership, specialty and technical knowledge, initiative, responsibility, teamwork, community and shipmate support.