Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: Seaman Joseph Dinatale, Coast Guard Station Sault Ste. Marie

At Coast Guard Station Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Seaman Joseph Dinatale has proven to be a solid shipmate and is considered by his supervisors and peers to be a great addition to the unit.  He always demonstrates a “will do” attitude accompanied by the excellent work ethic that defines the term Shipmate.  His overall commitment and knowledge has been outstanding, strengthening both the unit’s deck and engineering departments.  

Prior to enlisting in the Coast Guard, Dinatale completed his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in his hometown of Buffalo, NY and is able to apply that knowledge toward assisting the station’s boarding officers while underway conducting law enforcement missions. Always looking to help others, he eagerly volunteered to accompany Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste Marie’s vessel boarding team as they conducted high interest vessel security boardings.

In just the past year Dinatale has completed certification as an ice rescuer, small boat crewmember on the 25 foot Response Boat-Small, 22 foot Special Purpose Craft-Air and the 45 foot Response Boat-Medium as well as becoming a qualified boarding team member. 


Seaman Danitale takes a moment to pose for a photo in front of a chart at Station Sault Ste. Marie.

Recently, Dinatale has been assisting the station’s operations petty officer and will assume that position following successful completion of the annual Command Intelligence Officer training this spring.  This is a monumental responsibility for someone with less than 2 years of service and of his pay grade, but his hard work and dedication has made him stand out among his peers as a prime candidate.

“Dinatale can be described as being a quiet but loud worker; one who has a quiet personality that is accompanied with an excellent loud work ethic” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny Mcdorman, a mentor and supervisor of Dinatale. “His peers want to strive to better themselves based on the examples and dedication to the job that Dinatale clearly demonstrates”

His positive attitude no matter how long the work day or the mission, is what makes Dinatale’s example one to be emulated by the crew.

Besides his operational contributions, Dinatale also plays a big part in Station Sault Ste. Marie’s physical fitness program. His healthy lifestyle, eating and workout habits have motivated others at the unit to pursue healthier lifestyles for themselves by getting into better shape.  He volunteered the use of his personal P90X and Insanity DVDs so the whole crew can perform group work outs together. 

Dinatale’s enthusiasm, selflessness and dedication to his shipmates, his unit, and the Coast Guard are a testament to his character, and make him most deserving of the honor of being named this week’s Shipmate of the Week.

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