Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: BM2 Christopher Dominguez, Station Rochester, N.Y.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Dominguez, a boatswain mate and El Paso, Texas, native joined the Coast Guard in September 2006. After completing recruit basic training, he received orders to Coast Guard Cutter Chase, homeported in San Diego, where he earned his rate and rating. After completing a three year tour aboard the Chase, Dominguez continued on to Station Port Aransas, Texas, where he continued to hone his skills earning qualifications as an officer of the day, tactical coxswain and boarding officer.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Dominguez checks boat crew survival vests to ensure that required pyrotechnics are present and in good condition.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Fowler.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Dominguez checks boat crew survival vests to ensure that required pyrotechnics are present and in good condition.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Fowler.

Dominguez reported to his current duty assignment, Coast Guard Station Rochester, New York, in July 2013. At Station Rochester, Petty Officer Dominguez serves in numerous capacities including unit weapons petty officer, officer of the day, coxswain and boarding officer.As the station’s weapons petty officer, Dominguez has completely restructured the weapons training program. He has spent countless hours on weapons and pyrotechnics training to maintain currencies and to get newly reported members qualified as boarding team members and boarding officers. Additionally, Dominguez has created and implemented the 3M maintenance system required to report and maintain proper maintenance on all ordnance items. He has made it a priority to know all publications associated with his collateral duties. This was evident when he scored a satisfactory 86 in the recent ordnance safety inspection.

“I expect great things from Dominguez,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jessica Jones, First Lieutenant at Station Rochester. “He is eager to learn and do the right thing. The fact that he did well on the recent OSI doesn’t surprise me a bit.”

As the station’s officer of the day and section leader, Dominguez ensures the smooth operation of the station and oversees any cases that occur. While serving as officer of the day his leadership and case management was put to the test when a vessel hit the Summerville Pier in Rochester. He gathered all pertinent information and ensured it was quickly and accurately relayed to Coast Guard Sector Buffalo and the station’s officer in charge, then coordinated responding emergency services to stage at Station Rochester to more effectively transport casualties to local hospitals.

“He is a knowledgeable boarding officer and coxswain, and because of his extensive prior experience at Station Port Aransas, Dominguez is able to provide authentic and motivating training to the crew,” said Jones. “With his contributions to the station’s training regimen, Station Rochester has doubled its amount of qualified boarding team members, boarding officers and coxswains.”

“Without Dominguez’s invaluable assistance I would have never advanced to 2nd class petty officer,” said Petty Officer 2nd class Benjamin Wilson. ­­ “Dominguez’s direct and effective leadership, tough work ethic, optimistic and cheerful personality makes him an excellent role model for developing members.”

“I joined the Coast Guard to do something productive with my life for my family and for my country,” said Dominguez.

He is happily married to his wife, Erika, with whom he shares two beautiful children, Matthew and Camila.

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