Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: FN Jaiden Gray, Coast Guard Station Oswego, New York

IMG_0164At Coast Guard Station Oswego, New York, there are many crew members that embody the core values of our service, but none more than Fireman Jaiden Gray.
Gray has proven herself to be a dedicated and hard charging shipmate, whose personality has led her to become an invaluable member of the crew. Her outstanding attitude and drive has earned her the highest level of respect from her peers and the Stations command.
Gray is a native of Okeechobee, Fla. She joined the Coast Guard in 2013 at the age of 20. After completing basic training she received orders to Station Oswego, N.Y. and is currently awaiting orders to go to aviation mechanics technician A-School.
“Upon reporting to the Station, Gray quickly became the example for others and the kind of shipmate you can always count on,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Kraig Krause, the station engineering petty officer.
As a fully certified member of the crew, Gray is a boarding team member, 45 and 25-foot response boat crew member, watchstander, and a member of the ice rescue team.
“Gray’s devotion to duty and the Coast Guard has been exemplary,” said Krause.
Just recently while on liberty, Gray and her husband were out having dinner on the Lake Ontario waterfront and noticed a small inflatable raft off shore with four teens in it that appeared to be in distress.
Gray took action by talking to people on shore that were in contact with the raft via cell phone. After assessing the situation she determined that the boaters were in distress due to the lack of life jackets and emergency equipment. They also did not have paddles onboard to navigate back to shore.
Gray contacted Station Oswego and 911dispatch to report the situation. As a result of her actions, crew members from Station Oswego were able to quickly recover the 4 teens onboard the raft, which drifted 1 mile offshore.

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