Coast Guard recognizes top performers

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U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael P. Leavitt meritoriously advanced the 2012 Coast Guard Enlisted Person of the Year and 2012 Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year to chief petty officers at a ceremony held Friday at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Petty Officer 1st Class Benjamin Snider, the 2012 Enlisted Person of the Year, also received the Coast Guard Commendation Award and Enlisted Person of the Year ribbon during the ceremony. Snider serves as an active duty boatswain's mate stationed at Coast Guard Station Umpqua River in Winchester Bay, Ore.

He is a recognized leader and mentor in the small-boat community and is the lead surfman at his unit. Snider consistently provided neighboring units with logistical and maintenance support, which significantly enhanced unit cooperation and operational readiness.

“I believe it’s good to help people out,” said Snider. “I try to teach my kids that, too.”

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