Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: Fireman Jessica Lane, Station Duluth, Minn.

 

Lane after Ice Rescue Training on Lake Superior.

Lane after Ice Rescue Training on Lake Superior.

Fireman Jessica Lane is no stranger to a military lifestyle. Her father, retired Chief Warrant Officer (4) Shane C. Lane dedicated 20 years of service to the U.S Army as a Medevac helicopter pilot, forcing her family to relocate more than a dozen times. Upon completing her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Lane felt compelled follow in her father’s footsteps by pursuing a career in public service. This ultimately led to her decision to enlist in the US Coast Guard.

Following her successful completion of recruit basic training in May 2012, Lane received orders to her first permanent duty station, Coast Guard Station Duluth, Minn. Little did she know that, within 30 days of reporting to the station, her devotion, stamina and endurance would be put to the test as her unit was called upon to aid the residents of the Duluth community in what was to become the worst flood on record for the area.

With Duluth declared to be in a state of emergency with 250 residents being evacuated, Lane and the crew aboard Station Duluth’s 22 foot airboat were standing by on scene to provide support.

Remarkably, when asked by a local news crew to conduct an interview and serve as “the face of calm” amidst the chaos, Lane demonstrated tremendous maturity and professionalism, far beyond that expected of such a junior member.   

A great attitude goes a long way! Lane performs her mess cooking duties with a smile.

A great attitude goes a long way! Lane performs her mess cooking duties with a smile.

 

As a testament to her dedication and stamina she was able to quickly and effectively complete her long list mandated qualifications, including certification as a Communications Watch Stander and Boat Crewmember on the 45’ Response Boat-Medium, 25’ Response Boat-Small and the Special Purpose Craft-AIR ice rescue boat.  She has also certified as a Surface Ice Rescuer. 

In addition to currently working toward certification as a Boat Engineer and Boarding Team Member, Lane is aspiring to become a Storekeeper. She quickly decided she wanted to strike, or complete on the job training, instead of attending class “A” school. This arduous task requires a lot of self motivation and dedication. While others are enjoying their liberty, Lane is busy completing required tasks and obtaining signatures on her Enlisted Performance Qualifications and her Enlisted Professional Military Education off duty. 

“Her dedication and motivation towards advancing her career is an inspiration to her Shipmates, including me,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Robert Pump, the station’s Officer in Charge, “Lane is a positive role model with an infectious personality. She is so eager to learn, I really look forward to seeing how far she will go in her career”. 

 

Lane cutting rebar and preparing it for recycling.

Lane cutting rebar and preparing it for recycling.

Lane has completed all of the tasks and EPME requirements and is currently preparing for her last hurdle to gain her rating as a Storekeeper: the end of course test, which comprehensively covers all that she learned during her time as a striker and its practical application. Her shipmates are confident that she will easily pass this and earn her rating.

 

Lane’s contributions to her unit go far beyond her qualifications. She has routinely volunteered for additional duties and details including staffing a booth at the Duluth Air Show and assisting in the training of several local fire and rescue squads in ice rescue.  Moving forward anxious and excited for her Coast Guard career, Lane serves as a role model for others.

 

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