Today is the 69th anniversary of the Coast Guard Reserves so it is an honor to recognize Lieutenant Jacob Katz for his outstanding contributions to the Coast Guard and the Reserve Program.
Last week, LT Katz was awarded the Coast Guard Reserve Outstanding Junior Officer (ROJO) award for 2009 by the Reserve Officers Association (ROA) and the Coast Guard Director of Reserve and Training, RDML Daniel R. May. Nominations for this prestigious award are only accepted with a flag officer endorsement and each flag officer may submit only one nomination.
Currently LT Katz is the Senior Reserve Officer (SRO) for Sector Guam, a position normally held by a Lieutenant Commander. His superior leadership and dedication has shaped Guam’s Coast Guard reserve program into a strong and distinguished entity.
As the SRO, LT Katz reports directly to the Sector Commander, manages the reserve program and ensures reserve member readiness and ability to mobilize in support of Coast Guard missions. In 2009, he planned and executed highly effective Sector Guam Reserve All Hands meetings, mentored members to achieve 100% completion of mission-focused Reserve Individual Development Plans, and worked with Sector Command Cadre and D14 senior leadership to realign Guam’s Reserve Personnel Allowance List to more appropriately reflect mission requirements.
Additionally, he worked with other armed forces through the ROA to share Coast Guard best practices at seminars and training events. He even published an article in the ROA’s magazine, The Officer, highlighting the Coast Guard’s role in the Department of Defense support of joint operations in the Northern Mariana Islands.
Beyond his responsibilities as the SRO, LT Katz has willingly accepted additional assignments to fill mission critical roles and maintain readiness. As a qualified marine casualty investigator and inspector, LT Katz volunteered as the Acting Supervisor for Marine Safety Detachment Saipan, filling a gap between the departing and reporting supervisors. He also served as the Sector’s Senior Investigating Officer so the member could attend critical training.
To read more about LT Katz’s accomplishments, click here.
To further illustrate the impacts of LT Katz’s efforts to advance the Coast Guard reserve program, Sector Guam was awarded the coveted 2008 RADM Bennett “Bud” Sparks award. This award was a career highpoint for LT Katz because, according to him, “The unit is selected for the award for being most supportive of an integrated Coast Guard reserve workforce, which reflects on the dedication of the command and all the members.”
Additionally, LT Katz’s commitment helped Coast Guard District Fourteen (D14) earn the Admiral Russell R. Waesche Award in 2009 for superior reserve readiness. According to LT Katz, these awards are a huge success for all the Guardians in Guam.
“Whether you serve underway or at a remote location you quickly realize that sometimes the only thing you have to rely on is the shipmate next to you,” said Katz. “Be it a reservist, active duty member, civilian or auxiliarist, every member of team Coast Guard in Guam has earned this award. I just happen to be a lucky member of the unit.”
Other nominees for the ROJO award were (in alphabetical order):
LT Jared Angelle, Sector Upper Mississippi River
LT Jonathan Bernhardt, Sector Hampton Roads
LTJG Micah DeYoung, Port Security Unit 305
LT Kevin Osborne, Sector St. Petersburg
LT James Rosenberg, Marine Safety Unit Valdez
LT Christopher Villar, Sector Boston
Congratulations LT Katz and all of the nominees on your outstanding contributions to the Coast Guard Reserve Program and the entire service.
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