Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: MK2 Trevor Shiel, Coast Guard Station Oswego, N.Y.

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Shiel stands ready for a personnel inspection at Station Oswego’s change of command ceremony.

The City of Oswego, located on the southern end of Lake Ontario is known as the Port City of Central New York. Its beautiful waterfront is complemented by the maritime theme found throughout the city. Sailing, power boating, and world class sports fishing are activities that are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Additionally, nearby sandy beaches make Oswego a highly desirable recreational destination for people everywhere. Along with its allure and beauty come dangers inherent to large bodies of water. Coast Guard Station Oswego stands ready to assist those in distress, enforce laws and treaties of the United States and educate the public in boating safety.

The crew of Station Oswego is made up of 33 active duty and reserve members. They all embody the Coast Guard core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty, perhaps none more so than Petty Officer 2nd Class Trevor Shiel. Shiel has proven himself to be a dedicated, hard charging, shipmate, whose upbeat personality has led him to become a motivational leader of the crew. His outstanding attitude and drive have earned him the highest level of respect from his peers as well as the station’s command.

Shiel, a native of Binghamton N.Y., joined the Coast Guard in 2005 at the age of 19. After completing basic training he received orders to Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, R.I. where he found his calling to become a Machinery Technician. After six years including Machinery Technician class “A” school and tours at Station Castle Hill and Coast Guard Cutter Ida Lewis, Shiel found himself in receipt of orders returning him back to Central N.Y., more specifically, Station Oswego.

Upon his arrival, Shiel hit the ground running and very quickly became the “go to guy” according to the stations engineering petty officer, Petty Officer 1st Class Kraig Krause. Krause said, “There is always that member of a unit whom stands out as the example of a great shipmate, and exemplifies dedication to the service. Shiel is that shipmate.”

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Shiel enjoys a cup of coffee prior to the start of the workday.

In addition to his everyday duties, Shiel also acts as the assistant engineering petty officer, morale petty officer and has recently adopted the role of the station’s unit health promotion coordinator. As a fully certified member of the crew, Shiel has qualified as an officer of the day, boarding officer, 47’ motor life boat engineer, 25’ response boat small crewmember, watch stander, and ice rescuer.

“With his vast amount of knowledge and experience, Shiel is a crucial asset who tirelessly assists in the education and qualification of those around him,” said Petty Officer 1st Class David Machinski, the unit’s training petty officer.

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Shiel (2nd from left) participating in the N.Y. State Warrior run with friends and shipmates from Oswego, showing his national pride.

As a shipmate, Shiel is often joining his coworkers in off duty activities helping to promote teamwork and raise money for those in need. Recently, to support a shipmate who had a family member diagnosed with cancer, he quickly volunteered and organized a team to participate in a local cancer run to help raise money for cancer research. Using his mechanical knowledge and abilities, Shiel has spent numerous hours assisting his shipmates in fixing personal vehicles, heating units, and small mechanical malfunctions at their homes, saving his shipmates thousands of dollars that would have otherwise been spent for shop repairs. Shiel is a true model of the Coast Guard’s core values ofhonor, respect and devotion to duty.

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