Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: MK2 Taylor Staniewicz, ANT Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Taylor Staniewicz, a machinery technician currently assigned to Aids to Navigation Team Sault Ste. Marie is a major contributing factor to keeping and maintaining a high morale at his unit.

Staniewicz, a native of Montrose, NY, enlisted in the Coast Guard in 2001. Upon graduating from machinery technician “A” school, he was assigned to Coast Guard Station Brant Point in Nantucket, MA. His initial assignment was followed by tours aboard Coast Guard Cutters Escanaba and Steadfast. In May 2012 he reported to ANT Sault Ste. Marie where he has been diligently serving as the engineer petty officer for two years.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Taylor Staniewicz (left) provides guidance for Petty Officer 3rd Class Jacob Machala while troubleshooting a trim/tilt hydraulic system malfunction.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Taylor Staniewicz (left) provides guidance for Petty Officer 3rd Class Jacob Machala while troubleshooting a trim/tilt hydraulic system malfunction. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A newcomer to the Aids to Navigation mission, he quickly mastered the trade and qualified in all assigned positions. He has transitioned well into his crucial leadership role at a small unit.

As the EPO, he is responsible for the maintenance, safety, and associated administrative duties for two 26-foot ATON boats, a 20-foot ATON boat, two government vehicles, two utility vehicles, a skid steer with several attachments, and the shore facility. He is also certified as a buoy deck supervisor, boom/crane operator, ATON boat crew, tower climber, and ATON technician. He has attended several ATON courses, but most notably he volunteered to attend the Aid Positioning Course at Yorktown, VA where he was the only MK in attendance.

Staniewicz (left) dons a harness and prepares to climb an 80’ range light on Neebish Island. Range lights are steering lights that mark the center of the navigable channel.  U.S. Cost Guard photo.

Staniewicz (left) dons a harness and prepares to climb an 80’ range light on Neebish Island. Range lights are steering lights that mark the center of the navigable channel.
U.S. Cost Guard photo.

“His willingness to step outside of his comfort zone and learn new skills makes him a pleasure to work with,” said Chief Petty Officer Marvin LaLone, ANT Sault Ste. Marie’s officer in charge. “He is the epitome of a team player.”After an extraordinary ice season, Staniewicz played a major role in setting the ANT’s 114 floating aids to navigation in just two weeks during Operation Spring Restore. The late melting ice meant there wouldn’t be any easing into the 2014 boating season.

The unit completed a Ready for Operations Inspection, Operation Spring Restore, the acceptance of ATON responsibilities and the areas of responsibility from Stations St. Ignace, and Portage, and a STAN 2.0 inspection all before June was over. Petty Officer Staniewicz’ leadership, stamina, and commitment to safety allowed each of these tasks to be accomplished with great efficiency.

In his spare time he serves as the manager of the unit’s hockey team in the Sault Men’s League where he attends league meetings, recruits players from the community, organizes the roster, and provides motivation for the team on game-day. He also organizes pick-up hockey every Friday, coordinating with various local Coast Guard units and members of the community.

“It’s been pretty neat to work for him and learn from him,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Jake Machala, a machinery technician at ANT Sault Ste. Marie. “He makes work fun, and he does a lot of neat things for the crew.”

From organizing hockey tournaments, to morale boosting sporting-clay shoots, Staniewicz has gone above and beyond in contributing to and fostering the high morale at the unit. He is an exceptional shipmate!

 

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