Guardian of the Week – YN1 Stephenie Winslow

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YN1 Stephenie Winslow was the 2010 winner of the MCPO Laurie Women's Leadership Award.  (Photo courtesy of Stephenie Winslow)
YN1 Stephenie Winslow was the 2010 winner of the MCPO Laurie Women's Leadership Award. (Photo courtesy of Stephenie Winslow)

YN1 Stephenie Winslow, like every other Guardian of the Week, is superior performer in all of her duties.  But the list of other duties she has volunteered for is almost incomprehensible.

As the administrative assistant to the executive officer and independent duty yeoman aboard the USCGC Tahoma, Winslow already has plenty of work to stay busy.

“Winslow’s work has been second to none,”  said Cmdr. James Spotts, commander of Tahoma.  “Her administration of personnel matters is proactive and precise.”  This, however, pales in comparison to the list of positions aboard the Tahoma she has volunteered for: assistant to the maritime law enforcement officer, primary maritime law enforcement boarding officer, special response team gunner, boat crew member, in-port officer of the deck, morale committee president, human relations council secretary, unit health promotion coordinator, health and wellness committee member and medical team member.

Amazing, right?  And that’s only the stuff that has a title.  In the summer of 2009 she was a leader in executing and coordinating combined law enforcement boardings with the Haitian coast guard over a two-week period.  According to Spotts, these challenging boardings were the first of their kind in over ten years.

When the Atlantic Area Law Enforcement Training Team came aboard for annual inspections they found a top-notch program.

“The instructors commented that Winslow’s work took a program that received failing marks the previous year to a superior level,” said Spotts.

Winslow aims a tactical shotgun while underway aboard Tahoma's small boat.
Winslow aims a tactical shotgun while underway aboard Tahoma's small boat.

Immediately following the massive earthquake that struck Haiti earlier this year Winslow led efforts to secure the Coast Guard base in Killick and establish order.

“Winslow spent eight very long days at the site addressing security issues with local partners, helping coordinate transportation for the most critically injured, and comforting the wounded as they were waiting to be treated,” said Spotts.  He added that Winslow is largely responsible for the fact that of the hundreds of victims brought through the base there wasn’t a single incident.

So what makes this overachiever tick? It seems as if she’s just an old-fashioned team player.

“As a ship-rider, I just had the time outside of my working hours,” said Winslow.  “If I go out on a boarding then it’s not someone who just came off of a 4-hour watch and they can sleep.”

Now that’s a shipmate.

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