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    Wilmington native repairs Coast Guard cutter for Hurricane Dorian response, earns award from command

    Wilmington native repairs Coast Guard cutter for Hurricane Dorian response, wins award from command

    Photo By Petty Officer 3rd Class Isaac Cross | U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Third Class Joshua Johnson, a machinery technician...... read more read more



    Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Isaac Cross 

    U.S. Coast Guard District 5   

    BALTIMORE – A native of Wilmington, North Carolina, was recently selected as the Coast Guard Cutter Sledge’s Sailor of the Quarter for his efforts in repairing an engine problem on the cutter prior to the 2019 hurricane season, Nov. 26, 2019.

    Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Johnson, a machinery technician (MK3) aboard the Cutter Sledge, homeported in Baltimore was cited for working countless hours to repair a major engine problem on the cutter before Hurricane Dorian made landfall in his home state. Johnson's efforts allowed for the crew of the Sledge to reestablish over 40 aids to navigation in the state of North Carolina, allowing for safer vessel transit after the storm.

    Johnson was one of only four individuals selected each year for this honor. In addition to receiving recognition from Rear Adm. Keith M. Smith, the commander of the Coast Guard’s Fifth District, he was also awarded a challenge coin, special liberty pass, and assigned a designated parking spot.

    Johnson is a 2017 graduate of Eugene Ashley High School in Wilmington and has been in the Coast Guard for two years. He has been assigned to the aids to navigation construction tender since February 2019. Despite his short time aboard, he has already made a significant impact on the crew.

    “His work ethic is top-notch and far above the quality of a lot of other MK3’s I’ve seen,” said Chief Petty Officer Austin West, Johnson’s supervisor aboard the Sledge. “He is my go-to and he’s usually held up to the standard of a 1st class or above. I can’t thank him enough for what he does onboard.”

    Johnson’s shipmates said that he stays motivated, has a great attitude and maintains a high quality of work.

    “I just come in and try and get as much work done as I can so we’re not trying to catch up when we’re ready to get underway,” said Johnson. “I think just having a sense of purpose and knowing that you have something important to do every day just drives you to have a good day.”

    Johnson doesn’t plan on ending his Coast Guard career anytime soon as he feels he has much more to bring to the table.

    “I left for boot camp two months after I graduated and I’ve definitely made the right decision,” said Johnson. “It really makes my family really proud and I just know I want to make it a career.”

    Congratulations to Petty Officer Johnson for being chosen as Sailor of the Quarter by his shipmates, and for his service to the Coast Guard and to the people of the United States.



    Date Taken: 12.03.2019
    Date Posted: 12.04.2019 09:20
    Story ID: 354213
    Location: BALTIMORE, MD, US 
    Hometown: WILMINGTON, NC, US

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