Coast Guard All Hands sends out a bravo zulu to Lt. Cmdr. Katiuska Pabon, a civilian Port Security Specialist for Sector Miami and a Reserve officer assigned to Base Miami Beach. Pabon was named the 2013 National Image Meritorious Service Award winner for demonstrating exceptional leadership skills, resourcefulness and intiative in the recognition of Hispanic American contributions to the service and the promotion of diversity and equal opportunity within the Coast Guard. Specifically, she was recognized for ensuring vital support programs for Hispanics and minorities in the Coast Guard and the surrounding community were properly promoted as well as motivating others to step up and do the same.
“Ms. Pabon has excelled as a role model both in the community and in the workplace through her sincere commitment to the public and her coworkers,” said Capt. James Pruett, sector commander in Miami.
In addition to being a high performer in her Coast Guard roles, Pabon is actively involved in supporting Habitat for Humanity, spending off-duty hours building houses for low-income members of the Miami community and arranging for and coordinating volunteers to do the same. She also serves as a mentor to at-risk students for Communities in Schools Miami, serving as a role model to empower young people in one of the nation’s most challenged school districts.
To read more about Pabon and her accomplishments, check out 2011 Latina Style Magazine’s feature on female Coast Guard marine safety inspectors. And, please use the comment section below to leave your own BZ for Lt. Cmdr. Pabon.