Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Hopkins, Coast Guard Sector Buffalo

 

Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Hopkins, an electrician’s mate at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, poses for a photo in his working environment at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, Nov. 1, 2012. Hopkins has been named the Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Sector Buffalo.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Hopkins, originally of Spokane, Wash., has been assigned to the Logistics Department Electrician Shop at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo since July 2011. His previous assignments include tours onboard Coast Guard Cutter Alder and Coast Guard Cutter Monsoon to which he reported upon completion of basic training.

“He is an exceptional shipmate who reliably gives direction and vision to the electrician shop and Sector Buffalo,” said Chief Petty Officer Troy Szatkowski, the electrician shop supervisor.

Recently advancing to electrician’s mate 1st class in June 2012, Hopkins has taken on additional responsibility with enthusiasm and a high level of attention to detail.

As one of only a few electrician’s mates in the area, he works routinely on preventative maintenance items and equipment casualties throughout Sector Buffalo’s area of responsibility encompassing much of the St. Lawrence Seaway, all of Lake Ontario as well as a large portion of Lake Erie.

“It’s a large area to cover,” says Szatkowski.  “Travel time is six hours to Massena, N.Y., in the eastern part of the AOR and four hours to Coast Guard Station Lorain in the western part, but he’s always ready to go on short notice to help our field units.”

Hopkins’ demeanor in day-to-day conversations and tasks reveals a Coast Guardsman that lives the Coast Guard Ethos 

 

Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Hopkins, an electrician’s mate at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, poses for a photo in his working environment at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, Nov. 1, 2012. Hopkins has been named the Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Sector Buffalo.

“He is very knowledgeable and motivated, very quick to adapt to all work situations,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Graupmann, a co-worker of Hopkins.

Hopkins consistently holds the electric shop to a high performance standard by actively enforcing the National Electric Standard Code during installation of a variety of facility projects.  One of these projects included the renovation of a previously unoccupied space at Sector Buffalo into a gym.

During this renovation, he strategically reassigned the electrical devices for the room due to the removal of walls, which changed the dynamic of the space.  Utilizing the electric code, he ensured the proper installation of the new fixtures and outlets as well as inspected existing electrical devices. This attention to detail guaranteed safe electrical integrity was maintained for personnel using the gym.

As a true leader, Hopkins strives to see his shipmates succeed. He advocates the importance of education and encourages his fellow electrician’s mates to enroll in the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program where they can log their hours spent repairing or installing electrical equipment and apply it toward their journeyman electrician licensure. 

Showing his dedication to the Coast Guard and the United States, Hopkins has applied for and has received orders to a 110-foot patrol boat assigned to Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in Manama, Bahrain. There, he will have yet another opportunity to use his leadership and expertise to advance American interests in Operation New Dawn.

Ultimately his career goals are to have the honor of being advanced to chief petty officer and then applying for a commission to chief warrant officer.

Hopkins is a dedicated husband to his wife, Amanda, who loves being a part of the Coast Guard family.   He feels very lucky to have a strong supportive partner during times of separation while executing the Coast Guard’s missions.  

 

Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Hopkins, and electrician’s mate at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, looks at a motor onboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small, Nov. 1, 2012. Hopkins has been named the Great Lakes shipmate of the week. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Sector Buffalo.

 

 

 

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