Michigan native honored as Coast Guard’s 2015 Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year

A Michigan native Coast Guardsmen was formally recognized as the U.S. Coast Guard’s top enlisted reservist during the 2015 Coast Guard Enlisted Persons of the Year Banquet April 28 on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, in Washington, D.C.

The banquet and awards ceremony was held to recognize the outstanding achievements of Petty Officer 1st Class Wilton S. Terry, the 2015 Coast Guard Enlisted Person of the Year–Reserve Component.

Terry is from Stevensville, Michigan and is a 1988 graduate of Lakeshore High School. He is a machinery technician assigned to Coast Guard Port Security Unit (PSU) 309 in Port Clinton, Ohio.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1988, the Army National Guard in 1998 and the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve in 2000. Since then, he has spent most of his career attached to Coast Guard PSU 309 in Port Clinton.

Terry also serves as a lieutenant at Saint Joseph City Department of Public Safety, Fire Division in Saint Joseph, Michigan.

Terry is the boat support engineer and manager of PSU 309’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Program (CBRN-E). In 2015, Terry’s superb planning and logistical expertise facilitated the movement of 43,000 cubic feet of cargo across 19,000 miles of land, rail, air and sea in support of Exercises Patriot Sands 2015 and Combined Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore 2015, the latter of which represented the historic first-ever sea-basing of a Coast Guard PSU. Terry’s meticulous administration of the unit’s CBRN-E Program was evidenced by his ability to obtain no-cost training from Department of Defense CBRN-E courses. He is recognized as one of the subject-matter experts for Coast Guard expeditionary CBRN-E issues.

“To be chosen out of over 7,000 members of the Reserve Component is truly a great honor,” Terry said. “Having spent the majority of my 20 years of service in the Coast Guard Reserve, I know the true dedication, commitment and hard work the members of the reserve community put forth.”

As a result of being selected as the Coast Guard’s Enlisted Persons of the Year, Terry was authorized to be meritoriously advanced to the next higher paygrade. During the ceremony, he was advanced from Petty Officer 1st Class to Chief Petty Officer.

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