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ILWACO, Wash. — A Coast Guard member whose job is to find housing for personnel and families moving to Sector Columbia River has been honored for her work.
Petty Officer Jami Gardner was honored Oct. 25 as Enlisted Person of the Year at the 30th annual Derald D. Robertson Safety Awards organized by American Legion Post No. 48 of Ilwaco, Washington. Gardner works in the sector’s Logistics Department-Housing Division. Command Master Chief Karl G. Keyes, who nominated her for recognition, said Gardner is outstanding in her job, while additionally working on morale, and organizing picnics and family events.
“Permanent changes of station orders are stressful on Coast Guard members and their families, and finding housing is always primary concern for these families,” Keyes said. “Petty Officer Gardner’s professionalism and genuine concern for her shipmates’ well being greatly reduces this stress.”
Boatswain First Class Todd M. Ghormley was named Cape Disappointment Enlisted Person of the Year. The award was accepted by his wife, Kara. Todd Ghormley was commended by his commanding officer, Lt. Cmdr. Thomas M. Condit, for his “outstanding motivation, drive and positive attitude” at Cape Disappointment, the largest Surf and Level 1 Ports, Waterways, Coastal Security unit in the Coast Guard.
“As the unit’s training petty officer, he was directly responsible for the training of over 80 qualifications, including motor lifeboat coxswains, crew members, engineers and watch standers to successfully operate on one of the world’s most hazardous river bars,” Condit said. He noted that as well as coordinating a multi-agency mass casualty exercise that strengthened partnerships in the rescue community, Ghormley helped save the three-person crew of the Ironclad, a fishing vessel that was taking on water in 10-foot seas, and towed it to Ilwaco.
Coast Guard pair honored for service