Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: MK2 Justin Wilcox, Coast Guard Station Duluth, Minn.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Wilcox, a machinery technician currently assigned to Coast Guard Station Duluth, is a corner stone of the foundation of professionalism at his unit.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Wilcox checks the oil level in an outboard engine aboard one of Station Duluth's small boats. Wilcox, a machinery technician is in charge of a variety of mechanical tasks, ranging from routine maintenance to engine overhauls.  U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Wilcox checks the oil level in an outboard engine aboard one of Station Duluth’s small boats. Wilcox, a machinery technician is in charge of a variety of mechanical tasks, ranging from routine maintenance to engine overhauls.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Wilcox, along with his wife Jessica, reported aboard Coast Guard Station Duluth in the summer of 2012. He quickly established himself as a go-to sailor and a well-respected leader. Wilcox brings a unique insight and experience he gained during a tour as a duty engineer at Coast Guard Surf Station Umpqua River in Winchester Bay, Oregon. He has also served at Coast Guard Group Port Angeles, Washington, and aboard Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau, homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii.As a boat engineer for the station’s 45-foot response boat and crewmember aboard every other asset assigned, Wilcox’s technical and seamanship abilities are exceptional. He selflessly volunteers time after time to serve as a mentor to new crew member and engineer candidates seeking certification. He possesses a calm demeanor and takes ownership of his shipmates’ training, developing a strong group of professional Coast Guard boat crewmembers.Through his dedicated efforts in training and performing maintenance, Station Duluth received the coveted Sumner I. Kimball Readiness award in 2013. As a leader, Wilcox is well respected and trusted by his shipmates. For this reason, he is assigned as a team leader for a crew that routinely deploys for operations at the unit’s search and rescue detachment in Grand Marias, Minn. The SARDET is responsible to conduct Coast Guard operations along the extreme northern part of Lake Superior. This area includes part of the U.S./Canadian Border and Isle Royale, the largest island in Lake Superior. As the team leader, he is directly responsible for the conduct of operations and the crew. In this role, he performs well above expectations with maturity and sound judgment.

As a technical expert in his rating, Wilcox demonstrates abilities well beyond his current pay grade. During a recent engine casualty resulting in failed top end components and broken cam shaft, he was instrumental in diagnosing and assisting a commercial engine repair company to ensure the engine was fixed quickly and properly.

“Wilcox is a quiet workhorse at the unit,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Robert Pump, Station Duluth’s officer-in-charge. “He doesn’t need specific tasking, he just finds things that need attention and handles them. His dedication and competence are a big reason why this unit is so successful.”

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