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Member of Base San Juan receives Meritorious Advancement

By Lt. Lili Simon, DOL

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Rear Adm. Melvin Bouboulis, Director of Operational Logistics (DOL), meritoriously advanced electronics technician Adrian Vasquez to first class petty officer, March 15, 2021. The Meritorious Advancement Program provides senior leaders the opportunity to advance active duty and reserve members who show exceptional adherence to the core values, demonstrate sustained exceptional proficiency and conduct, and possess the potential to advance into a position of greater responsibility, without participation in the service-wide exam. 

Vasquez is stationed at the Electronics Systems Support Detachment at Base San Juan, Puerto Rico, in which he leads 22 technicians in operational and depot-level maintenance, to include casualty repairs onboard eight cutters and 20 small boats across a challenging area of responsibility. In the last two years, Vasquez increased maintenance completion percentages from less than 75 percent to greater than 95 percent on a regular basis—metrics which had not been consistently achieved for several years. 

In addition to his technical acumen, Vasquez stands out as an exceptional leader. He serves as the Leadership Diversity Advisory Council (LDAC) Co-Chair for the joint Base/Sector San Juan LDAC. In this role, he promotes inclusivity and leadership opportunities for more than 700 Coast Guard members stationed across multiple units in the Caribbean. Vazquez is also active in the community, serving as a volunteer for the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Help Center, providing peer support and crisis counseling. 

“I am excited that DOL was able to recognize the hard work and dedication that ET1 Vasquez has displayed in the last two years. He has been a great part of the team, taking on leadership roles both in the Coast Guard and community. We all look forward to his continued success and hopefully shaping the future Coast Guard recruits,” said Cmdr. Javier Delgado, Base San Juan commanding officer. 

Bravo Zulu, ET1 Vasquez!