Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: Fireman Ashley Johnson, Station Two Rivers

 

Fireman Ashley Johnson, a member of Coast Guard Station Two Rivers, Mich., explains ice rescue equipment to children at a local school.  U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Two Rivers

Fireman Ashley Johnson, a member of Coast Guard Station Two Rivers, Mich., explains ice rescue equipment to children at a local school.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Two Rivers

With most of the Coast Guard “A” School waiting lists exceeding three years, many of the newest Coast Guardsmen will spend a great deal of time aboard their first units as non-rates. Fireman Ashley Johnson of Station Two Rivers, Wis., has demonstrated that just because a person is on the waiting list, doesn’t mean they have to sit idly by and wait for time to pass. Having been on the Public Affairs Specialist “A” school waiting list for more than two years, Johnson is already contributing greatly to the Coast Guard’s public outreach and education programs.  

Fireman Ashley Johnson, a member of Coast Guard Station Two Rivers, Mich., takes a photo at the station. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Two Rivers

Fireman Ashley Johnson, a member of Coast Guard Station Two Rivers, Mich., takes a photo at the station.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Two Rivers

Over the winter, Johnson organized visits to six local middle schools where ice rescue crews demonstrated ice rescue equipment and educated students about safety on the ice. Johnson and the crews made such an impression, that school personnel invited them to come back in the summer to promote boating safety. 

When ice rescue crews from the station conducted training with local fire departments, Johnson not only participated in the training but also answered questions by the local reporters who attended. Presenting a professional image of the Coast Guard, she followed public affairs guidance and reinforced the message of I.C.E.: Intelligence, Clothing and Equipment. The message helps to ensure that area ice fisherman are better prepared to stay safe on the ice.

Johnson has begun to hone her photography skills by documenting the stations morale events and training exercises. Many of her photos are on display in the unit’s main passageway and are a source of pride for the whole crew. 

With National Safe Boating Week approaching Johnson has been actively promoting the unit’s upcoming open house. She designed a flyer for the event and  is working with the Coast Guard Auxiliary to get the word out.

Fireman Ashley Johnson, a member of Coast Guard Station Two Rivers, gets out of the stations truck after conducting training. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Two Rivers

Fireman Ashley Johnson, a member of Coast Guard Station Two Rivers, gets out of the stations truck after conducting training.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Two Rivers

 

“Johnson’s positive attitude and great work ethic make her a pleasure to work with and she has great impact on this unit,” said Petty Officer 1st Class William Blair, executive petty officer at the station.

Johnson displays pictures and stories of the unit’s participation in community events on a bulletin board at the station.  She has also taken the initiative on researching upcoming community events and posted them on the board to raise awareness for her shipmates of things to do in the area.

“She already does so much for the Coast Guard without formal training,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Dates, “The Coast Guard is going benefit greatly when she has graduated from “A” school” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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