Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: SNSK Cali Seneca, Station St. Joseph, Mich.

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Seaman Cali Seneca, the supply officer at Coast Guard Station St. Joseph, Mich., reviews procurement files in her office Dec. 20, 2013.
Seneca chose to strike her storekeeper rating rather than attend ‘A’ school.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Aaron Quade

Seaman Cali Seneca is one of those who chose to strike her rate as opposed to attending ‘A’ school.  Reporting to her first duty station, Coast Guard Station St. Joseph, Mich., on August 11, 2012, Seneca quickly established herself as a go-to person, displaying the highest qualities of initiative and professionalism and proving to be an outstanding shipmate.

Seneca joined the Coast Guard to honor her grandfather who previously served in the United States Navy and to continue her pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in accounting.  After carefully considering which rating would best fit her interests, she made the decision to work toward becoming a storekeeper. Upon finding that the wait to attend storekeeper “A” school was projected to exceed 36 months, Seneca elected to strike in a proactive effort to gain proficiency in her desired rating.

A testament to her work ethic, Seneca successfully completed all of the requirements of the storekeeper striker curriculum only four months after beginning it. Never one to settle for achieving the bare minimum, Seneca painstakingly read through pertinent finance and supply manuals in addition to her required course materials. Armed with the knowledge that she would soon be relied upon to efficiently perform the duties of a storekeeper and not wanting to let her shipmates down, Seneca voluntarily traveled to neighboring units to receive first-hand training from more experienced storekeepers.  

Seaman Cali Seneca, the supply officer at Coast Guard Station St. Joseph, Mich., reviews procurement files in her office Dec. 20, 2013.

Seaman Cali Seneca, the supply officer at Coast Guard Station St. Joseph, Mich., reviews procurement files in her office Dec. 20, 2013.

Even though fully engaged in the striker program, Seneca played a vital role in preparing Station St. Joseph for its June 2013 FORCECOM unit inspection. She voluntarily worked late on several occasions to correct minor discrepancies concerning the unit’s general purpose property and ensured that required items were tagged properly. Additionally, she created a new filing system that improved organization and access to the station’s financial documents.

 In August 2013, Seneca’s hard work was recognized when she was presented with an opportunity to become the station’s supply officer, a position normally reserved for a petty officer second class with years of experience.

 “Since assuming her position as supply officer, Seneca has exceeded all of my expectations and has proven that her work ethic is truly unparalleled,” said Chief Petty Officer Steven Ruh, the executive petty officer at Station St. Joseph. “I am extremely grateful for everything she does.”

Seneca is overwhelmingly committed to her job and the success of Station St Joseph. She continues to excel in her duties as supply officer and has proven that true success comes through initiative and dedication.

“Seneca is a hard worker and is a great example of what a shipmate truly is,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Sheltry, a co-worker. “She is going to have a long and successful career.”

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