The 2009 Active Duty and Reserve Enlisted Persons of the Year, MST1 Carrie l. Grady and ME1 Christopher M. Pupo, were honored today at an award ceremony at Ft. Lesley McNair.
Both were meritoriously advanced to Chief Petty Officer as recognition for their contributions to the Coast Guard and it’s personnel.
“Even with everything going on (including the Gulf oil spill), this is one of the most important activities I have performed this week,” said Adm. Robert Papp, commandant , U.S. Coast Guard, adding, “They represent all that is good about our Shipmates in the enlisted workforce.”
Petty Officer Grady, the 2009 Active Duty Enlisted Person of the Year, is from the National Strike Force Pacific Strike Team. She assumed a leadership role often and in as many areas as she saw the opportunity, while also performing at levels far above her pay grade. She capitalized on those leadership positions to improve programs and processes, develop partnerships, and affect positive change as broadly as possible.
Petty Officer Pupo, the 2009 Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year, is from Port Security Unit 301. He volunteered for assignment to PSU 301 prior to the unit’s first ever Middle East deployment and quickly assumed a key leadership role in the critical oversight of weapons, medical and tactical training. He also supervised the security division to ensure that they would be ready to operate effectively in support of overseas contingency operations.