Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: MK3 Dion Moore, Station Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

In the heart of Door County, Wis., the city of Sturgeon Bay runs thick with tales of shipwrecks, harrowing rescues and the brave men and women who have manned the rescue stations throughout the area’s history.  Coast Guard Station Sturgeon Bay is one of those rescue stations with a large and potentially dangerous area of responsibility stretching from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan south through “Death’s Door Passage” to Green Bay. The men and women of Station Sturgeon Bay not only rescue boaters in peril from the rough and unpredictable waters of Lake Michigan – they trek frozen lakes to save winter sportsmen who have fallen through the ice and selflessly volunteer their time to serve the community.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Dion Moore, from Coast Guard Station Sturgeon Bay, Wis., checks the racor filter bowl on the station's airboat, Dec. 12, 2013. Moore is a qualified communications watchstander, boarding team member and is certified as an engineer on both the 45-foot and 25-foot response boats. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cody Mitchell

Petty Officer 3rd Class Dion Moore, from Coast Guard Station Sturgeon Bay, Wis., checks the racor filter bowl on the station’s airboat, Dec. 12, 2013. Moore is a qualified communications watchstander, boarding team member and is certified as an engineer on both the 45-foot and 25-foot response boats. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cody Mitchell

Petty Officer 3rd Class Dion Moore, a machinery technician, is one of those that serve at Station Sturgeon Bay. A native of York, S.C., Moore worked in his family’s custom and repair auto shop before dedicating himself to public service as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard. After completing recruit basic training in 2007, Moore received orders to Coast Guard Base Boston as a fireman, where he aspired to enter the aviation field. At Base Boston, he excelled in his work as a fireman, which he found interesting and satisfying. In light of this, Moore decided to affiliate with the machinery technician rating, departing for “A” School in 2011. “A” School offered Moore another opportunity to excel, which he embraced accepting assignments as a class leader and master-at-arms custodian. In November 2011, Moore reported aboard Coast Guard Stations Sturgeon Bay and Washington Island.

Once aboard Station Sturgeon Bay, he promptly immersed himself in qualifications. He quickly qualified as a communications watchstander, ice rescuer and airboat crewman proving himself as a productive and experienced shipmate. Moore is also qualified as an engineer on the station’s 45-foot and 25-foot response boats; boarding-team member; and following mounted automatic weapons training at Fort Knox, Ky., is completing his tactical boat-crew-member certification.

“Dion is an outstanding engineer,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jacob Timmons, Station Sturgeon Bay’s engineering petty officer. “He is one of my go-to guys. He completes his work ahead of schedule and performs jobs well above his pay grade.”

Moore routinely applies his extensive automotive experience to safely and efficiently conduct maintenance on the station’s boats, ensuring that they are operationally ready to perform any mission.

“He is a respected leader and is a beacon of light among his peers,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer W. J. Spritka, Sturgeon Bay’s officer-in-charge. 

Petty Officer 3rd Class Dion Moore, from Coast Guard Station Sturgeon Bay, Wis., participates in underway mounted automtic weapons training in Fort Knox, Ky., Nov. 12, 2013. Moore is a qualified communications watchstander, boarding team member and is certified as an engineer on both the 45-foot and 25-foot response boats. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Gregory Roach

Petty Officer 3rd Class Dion Moore, from Coast Guard Station Sturgeon Bay, Wis., participates in underway mounted automtic weapons training in Fort Knox, Ky., Nov. 12, 2013. Moore is a qualified communications watchstander, boarding team member and is certified as an engineer on both the 45-foot and 25-foot response boats. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Gregory Roach

Moore has dedicated more than 50 hours of liberty time assisting his shipmates with repairs to their personal vehicles. He has taught and assisted them with maintenance from basic oil changes and brake jobs to complete tune-ups and engine rebuilds. His dedication to his shipmates has saved them well over $7,000 in automotive-shop fees. 

Moore further personifies the Coast Guard’s core values through his community service involvement and outreach. He volunteered time and labor to Habitat for Humanity by assisting in the re-organization of their warehouse and preparing bird house kits for children to build at a fundraiser. Additionally, Moore volunteered to attend two high visibility events in Sturgeon Bay both of which promoted boating safety awareness and involved tours of the station’s boats and demonstrated the use of personal protective equipment. These two events were attended by more than 1,000 members of the community, many of them children, which offered valuable information on how to stay safe while enjoying recreational activities on the water.

 

 

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