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Here's who won the 2020 DHS Secretary's Annual Awards

By MyCG Staff

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) just announced the prestigious 2020 DHS Secretary's Annual Awards. Congratulations to all the Coast Guard recipients! 

Award for Meritorious Service (Silver Medal)
CAPT James D. Warner, Air Station Clearwater, Clearwater, FL

Award for Exemplary Service
ME1 Craig M. Oravitz, TACLET South, Opa Locka, FL

Award for Valor (Team)
6531 and 6544 Golden Ray Response Team:
          LCDR Michael M. Vickers, Air Station Savannah, Savannah, GA
          LT Robert L. Mineo, Air Station Savannah, Savannah, GA
          LT Jeb S. Slick, Air Station New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
          LTJG Maximillian S. Sherno, Air Station Savannah, Savannah, GA
          AST1 Eric F. Young, Air Station Savannah, Savannah, GA
          AST1 Nathan E. Newberg, Air Station Savannah, Savannah, GA
          AET2 Joseph H. Kelly, Aviation Training Center Mobile, Mobile, AL
          AMT2 Jared T. Blitz, Air Station Savannah, Savannah, GA

Award for COVID-19 Pandemic Heroism (Team):
Cruise Ship Grand Princess COVID-19 Response Team:
      CAPT Marie B. Byrd, Sector San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
      CDR David D. Dixon, Sector San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
      LCDR Rebecca W. Sheehan, Sector San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
      LCDR Megan K. Mervar, Sector San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
      LCDR Megan A. Dennelly, Sector San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
      LCDR Tyler J. White, Base Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
      LCDR Edward P. Kunigonis, Sector San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
      LCDR Jason L. Berger, MSST San Francisco, Alameda, CA
      LT Nolan K. Salyer, USCGC TERN, San Francisco, CA
      LT Brandon R. Belveal, Sector San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
      LTJG Alexander J. LaBelle, USCGC PIKE, San Francisco, CA
      BOSN3 Craig C. Ross, Station Golden Gate, Sausalito, CA
      BMCS Jose M. Segura, Air Station San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
      Mr. Robert A. Blomerth, Sector San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
      LCDR Frank A. Strom, Sector San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Award for Leadership Excellence
LTJG Bartholomew J. Sullivan, Sector Miami, Miami Beach, FL

Award for Volunteer Service
CDR James K. Cullen, II, COMDT (CG-821), Washington, DC

The awards will be presented in a virtual ceremony at 2 p.m. Dec. 9. DHS will send an email with a link for viewing on the day of the event.

Thank you to all the supervisors who took the time to nominate their personnel for these prestigious awards!

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