Each and every day, the Coast Guard’s core values of ‘Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty’ are upheld by a myriad of civilian employees that work alongside uniformed members.
Miriam Lopez and John Sha are two of those employees. Lopez and Sha were recently recognized for their performance of duty and adherence to the Coast Guard’s core values by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft. Lopez was selected as the Coast Guard’s non-appropriated funds employee of the year, while Sha was selected as the Coast Guard’s civilian employee of the year.
Miriam Lopez, the dual appointment procurement clerk and accounting technician at Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico, has been working for the Coast Guard since 2003. She manages and coordinates all procurement activities within the core accounting system portal for a 62-member department, executing more than $200,000 annually.
Acting as procurement clerk, Lopez also oversaw and managed all procurement activities within Air Station Borinquen’s morale, welfare and recreation program. Most notably, her efforts behind the scenes enabled the air station to host the 2014 Armed Forces Classic basketball tournament.
“It is an absolute privilege and honor to work alongside a dedicated member who continually exhibits exceptional professionalism, unyielding support and the highest level of customer service on a daily basis,” said Capt. Patricia McFetridge, commanding officer of Air Station Borinquen in Lopez’s nomination package.
John Sha currently works as a maintenance worker at Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco, and is responsible for the maintenance, upkeep and repair of Air Station San Francisco, which consists of nine buildings spanning 21 acres. He personally performs maintenance on all base infrastructures, which ranges from electrical work to heating and plumbing.
Working alongside uniformed members, Sha was instrumental in a successful project execution totaling $1.4 million in critical infrastructure upgrades. He also single-handedly undertook the project to prep and paint the air station’s 20,000-square foot hangar, completing the three-month project in time for the air station to host the North Pacific Coast Guard Forum, an international event attended by several foreign dignitaries.
Sha has also dedicated himself to improving the quality of life for Coast Guard members, spending time to renovate the crew’s lounge, which included a full kitchen renovation.
“His generosity and team spirit are an inspiration to all,” said Cmdr. Michael Campbell, commanding officer of Air Station San Francisco in Sha’s nomination package. “Mr. Sha’s demonstrated technical skill, commitment to excellence and untiring dedication to serve epitomize our core values.”