Written by Chief Petty Officer John Masson
Pacific Area Public Affairs
For Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Gould, the Coast Guard’s 2018 Enlisted Person of the Year for the Reserve Component, there doesn’t seem to be any such thing as a part-time job.
Gould, a boatswain’s mate with Port Security Unit 311 out of San Pedro, California, returned home this month from a nine-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. While working long hours as a coxswain there – and beyond his role as the unit’s primary professional development coach for third class petty officers – he also served as water survival training program master and training petty officer for members working to attain their coxswain qualifications.
In his civilian life, Gould is a regional sales force manager who supervises more than 30 people, so he’s able to use similar skills to help lead enlisted members in his Coast Guard career. He also is an inveterate volunteer, dedicating countless hours to local organizations as varied as a career counseling service for veterans, the Boy Scouts, the Orange County Rescue Mission, a local church, and several youth sports leagues near his home, where he volunteers as both a coach and fundraiser. In addition, he regularly drilled in an unpaid status with PSU 311 to ensure the unit remained ready to deploy.
Gould found opportunities to volunteer at Guantanamo, as well. Despite long work hours that included a voluntary 10 extra hours each week, during his deployment he completed more than 200 hours of volunteer service for Morale, Welfare, and Readiness as a referee, umpire, spin coach, and as a coach of youth football and track teams.
Gould, who began his military career in the Navy in 1988 and joined the Coast Guard Reserve in 2012 after a break in service, was recognized April 25, 2019, at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.