Honor. Respect. Devotion to duty. For Coast Guard members, these are more than just simple words, they are core values. As Chief Petty Officer Travis Cutler advanced through the ranks, these words shaped his daily actions and became a way of life.
As an avionics electrical technician, Cutler is responsible for the oversight and maintenance of all avionics equipment aboard Coast Guard aircraft. Assigned to the engineering department at Air Station Houston, he serves as the primary quality assurance supervisor, acting as the final inspector on all maintenance performed onboard aircraft. On a daily basis, he arrives early to ensure all the aircraft records are maintained with 100 percent accuracy. Cutler’s dedication to aircraft maintenance has earned him the “Golden Wrench” award, a peer-voted recognition of his efforts.
In addition to his primary duties, he was hand-selected to serve as the chairman of the flight examining board, a position normally reserved for an instructor pilot.
Over the past year, Cutler developed and implemented 34 different exams to train and challenge aircrews. He led an effort to create a flight mechanic proficiency course, which was later adopted by Aviation Training Center Mobile and became the standard for helicopter flight mechanics fleet wide. His management of the aircrew training program earned Air Station Houston the Standardization Excellence Award in 2012.
As a testament to his leadership abilities, he was selected as a representative for the unit’s leadership and diversity council, established to promote a respectful workplace for all Coast Guard members.
“Travis is a true leader and champion for proficiency, maintenance and innovative training,” said Cmdr. Scott Langum, commanding officer of Air Station Houston.
Cutler is also a two–time winner of the Lt. Robert A. Perchard Memorial Trophy, an award which recognizes an aircrew member’s superior technical, professional and leadership abilities.
Cutler’s commitment to excellence does not stop with his Coast Guard duties. He dedicates personal time to coach a youth soccer team and is an active mentor at a local elementary school. While serving as a duty-standing flight mechanic, he devoted countless hours to his own personal development, earning a 4.0 GPA and a spot on the dean’s list at Grantham University.
Cutler’s embodiment of the Coast Guard’s core values, strength of character and leadership abilities have earned him the title of Coast Guard Enlisted Person of the Year. As a result of this selection, Cutler was meritoriously advanced to chief petty officer in a ceremony held today in Washington, D.C.
Bravo Zulu, Chief Cutler, and congratulations!