Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: AMT1 Tony Fredo, Air Station Traverse City, Mich.

Located on the southern shore of Grand Traverse Bay is the city of Traverse City, Mich., also known as the nation’s Cherry Capital. Traverse City is home to the 136 dedicated Coast Guard men and women of Air Station Traverse City.

One member has distinguished himself as a true leader: Petty Officer 1st Class Tony Fredo, an aviation maintenance technician. He has been assigned to the air station since July 2011 and has consistently demonstrated leadership skills that have led to the success of the Aviation Engineering Department. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Fredo previously served aboard Coast Guard Cutter Buckthorn, homeported in Sault Ste Marie, Mich., and following class A-School, at Coast Guard Air Stations Brooklyn, N.Y., Detroit, Atlantic City, N.J., Los Angeles, Kodiak, Alaska, and Jacksonville, Fla.

Petty Officer 1st Class Tony Fredo (Right) discusses maintenance procedures with Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Dillard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Master Chief Petty Officer Jeff Waite

Petty Officer 1st Class Tony Fredo (Right) discusses maintenance procedures with Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Dillard.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Master Chief Petty Officer Jeff Waite

“I’ve known Tony since he was a fireman apprentice aboard the Buckthorn.” said Master Chief Jeff Waite, the air station’s command master chief. “He displays the same passion, work ethic and pride in being a member of the Coast Guard today as he did back then.”

Fredo also volunteers to take on additional responsibility with enthusiasm and a high level of attention to detail. He reports early each workday to ensure that his workforce is ready for the plan of the day, gathering maintenance procedure cards, ensuring tools and supplies are on hand, and even positioning work stands for the day’s tasking. His foresight and prioritization plays an instrumental role in support of successful aircraft maintenance operations, both at home and away from station. His dedication and expertise greatly reduces the workload on his shipmates and was highlighted when he led the pre-recovery maintenance planning for aircraft forced to make precautionary landings away from station.

He plays a key role in the development of junior technicians by mentoring and training so they can successfully grow as technicians and future leaders. Drawing on his past experiences and knowledge, he helps others avoid mistakes and expand their maintenance expertise. “Fredo is an outstanding member of our team,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark Alarcon, Traverse City’s aviation maintenance officer. “He is very quick to adapt to all changing work situations and his upbeat demeanor is contagious to those around him. He turns challenges into opportunities.”

Petty Officer 1st Class Fredo (kneeling) and Petty Officer 3rd Class Dillard inspect a turbine engine from one of Air Station Traverse City’s Dolphin helicopters. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Master Chief Petty Officer Jeff Waite

Petty Officer 1st Class Fredo (kneeling) and Petty Officer 3rd Class Dillard inspect a turbine engine from one of Air Station Traverse City’s Dolphin helicopters.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Master Chief Petty Officer Jeff Waite

Besides being a model Coast Guardsman, Fredo is a dedicated husband and father to his wife, Cindy, and children, Mark Anthony and Jonathan, who love being a part of the Coast Guard family. He feels very blessed to have a strong supportive family during times of separation while executing the Coast Guard’s missions.

Committed to the air station’s unique partnership with the Traverse City community, Fredo delivers meals to those less fortunate in the Grand Traverse region as a Meals on Wheels volunteer.  Additionally, he volunteers his personal time mentoring local youth as a soccer team coach with the Traverse Bay Area Youth Soccer Program.

Fredo’s pride, dedication and professionalism are not only contagious to everyone he encounters, but add to the overall operational readiness of Air Station Traverse City.

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