Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: Fireman Kole Rosa, STANT Two Rivers, Wis.

Nearly every unit in the Coast Guard is considered “multi-mission” but few units exercise that philosophy to the same extent as the Station/Aids to Navigation Teams.

These units are responsible for the search-and-rescue, law enforcement, and ports waterways and coastal security of a traditional station with the added responsibility of servicing and maintaining aids-to-navigation. STANT Two Rivers is one of these units. With a crew of 23, STANT Two Rivers maintains a year round, 24 hour response on Lake Michigan in addition to maintaining more than 110 federal aids to navigation that span 250 miles from Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Escanaba, Michigan.

Fireman Kole Rosa (left) and Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny Allen service aids to navigation equipment. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny Allen

Fireman Kole Rosa (left) and Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny Allen service aids to navigation equipment.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny Allen

While each member of the crew contributes to each of the missions, Fireman Kole Rosa stands out among his peers as a true multi-mission Coast Guardsmen.Rosa reported to Two Rivers from basic training in October 2011 and was assigned to the ATON department. He quickly qualified as crewmember aboard the 26-foot small boat, as well as rigger, boom operator, buoy deck supervisor, ATON technician, ATON tower climber and communications watch stander.

During the winter months, as ice covers the Lake Michigan, the focus is shifted from the ATON mission to ice rescue. Rosa did not miss a beat, quickly becoming proficient and qualified as an ice rescuer.

This spring, Rosa played a critical role in the completion of de-winterizing the STANT’s small boat, replacing throttle cables to ensure readiness for the unit’s seasonal buoy commissioning.

Due to the long ice season, the unit worked vigorously to commission buoys in a short period of time to ensure boater safety as people took to the water. Rosa led the way, working long hours to ensure that buoys were properly set.

While some would take advantage of some down time following the completion of buoy placement, Rosa jumped right in to completing multiple ATON scheduled services and work orders, most notably, updating legacy lantern equipment to more efficient and reliable LED lanterns.

Fireman Kole Rosa exhibits excellent flexibility in his duties. He recently shifted his focus from the STANT's ATON to their boater safety and law enforcement mission.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny Allen

Fireman Kole Rosa exhibits excellent flexibility in his duties. He recently shifted his focus from the STANT’s ATON mission to their boater safety and law enforcement mission.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny Allen

Rosa’s most significant impact was made when he transferred from ATON duties to traditional station duties this past summer. He worked long hours to obtain 25-foot response boat crewman and boarding team member qualifications. This allowed the unit to man an extra boat crew for patrols and develop a much needed stronger Coast Guard presence on Lake Winnebago.In a short period of time, he has helped complete over 120 boardings that have resulted in multiple boating under the influence citations, terminations and public education regarding safe boating practices.

Rosa routinely volunteers for funeral details and has completed over 15 evolutions, earning high praise for his unit for the professionalism, compassion and respect he shows to each family. He is also actively involved in educating the local youth on ice and water safety during school demonstrations.

Rosa is an outstanding Coast Guard member and continues to seek additional responsibility while awaiting avionics maintenance technician “A” school orders. He is currently working toward a coxswain certification, which will further bolster duty sections and allow more duty schedule flexibility for his shipmates.

 

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