Mission Excellence in Long Island Sound

Coast Guard Station Jones Beach, N.Y.

FREEPORT, N.Y. – Coast Guard Station Station Jones Beach, N.Y., was awarded the 2011 Chief Petty Officer Andy James Award, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. The station was recognized for excellence in operational initiatives and community outreach in the Coast Guard’s First District. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson.

Written by Petty Officer Erik Swanson

Station Jones Beach, N.Y., was awarded the 2011 Chief Petty Officer Andy James Award for mission excellence during a ceremony Dec. 19, 2011.

Station Jones Beach crewmembers completed numerous challenging operational assignments and boating safety initiatives in the southern Long Island, N.Y., waterways. Additionally, the station crew was proactive in conducting public affairs and community service outreach.

Station crewmembers responded to 86 search and rescue calls that resulted in 25 lives saved and approximately $800,000 dollars in property protected. They also conducted 318 law enforcement boardings that resulted in 167 notices of violations, 30 written warnings and 27 terminated vessel voyages due to unsafe and hazardous conditions.

“Jones Beach is a challenging environment to work in, attracting thousands of boaters from the New York City area to its beaches and shores each year,” said Capt. Joseph Vojvodich, Commander, Sector Long Island Sound, Conn. “The station’s command and crew has overcome these challenges and upheld the highest standards of the First Coast Guard District.”

The station was also recognized for serving as patrol commander for the New York Memorial Day air show and for excellence in field reporting on the status of commercial fishing fleet in the Jones Beach area of responsibility. Station crewmembers assisted Marine Safety Detachment Coram during Labor Day weekend operations, monitoring potential illegal charter fishing activity.

The station’s public affairs program reached millions of people, telling the Coast Guard’s story at local and national levels. Of particular note was their contribution to this year’s Operation Dry Water campaign, which included hosting the CBS Early Show for a feature on the dangers of boating under influence.

“Boater safety and education is a top priority of our station,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Terry Lathrop, Officer in Charge, Station Jones Beach. “As members of the Long Island community, we are responsible to be proactive on and off the water.”

Station Jones Beach received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Coast Guard Partnership in Education program. Volunteers spent numerous hours mentoring and tutoring local school students, Boy Scouts and Navy Junior ROTC Cadets.

Lathrop leads his crew by the acronym, T.E.A.M. – Together Everyone Achieves More. Following this simple guiding principle, this crew set the standard for future station members to emulate.

“We all worked hard as a team to achieve this award,” said Lathrop. “In order for us to save lives, enforce laws and protect our shores, we need to work as one.”

Coast Station Jones Beach receives CPO Andy James Award

FREEPORT, N.Y. – The command, crew and Auxiliary members of Coast Guard Station Station Jones Beach, N.Y., pose for a group photo after being awarded the 2011 Chief Petty Officer Andy James Award, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. The station was recognized for excellence in operational initiatives and community outreach in the Coast Guard’s First District. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson.