Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: ME3 Joshua Frazier, Station Milwaukee

ME3 Frazier is conducting boat crew training as a break in crewmember at Station Milwaukee onboard the Coast Guard Response Boat Medium. His responsibilities with this qualification will include line handling, towing, and man overboard evolutions. His qualifications will assist the operational needs of Station Milwaukee.

ME3 Frazier is conducting boat crew training as a break in crewmember at Station Milwaukee onboard the Coast Guard Response Boat Medium. His responsibilities with this qualification will include line handling, towing, and man overboard evolutions. His qualifications will assist the operational needs of Station Milwaukee.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Frazier is a maritime enforcement specialist temporarily assigned to Coast Guard Station Milwaukee where he has proven himself to be a force multiplier. While normally assigned at Sector Lake Michigan, also located in Milwaukee, he has volunteered to assist numerous units throughout Sector Lake Michigan with highly visible operations where he puts his expertise of law enforcement to good use. Frazier volunteered several days during his liberty time to assist Station Milwaukee with law enforcement training and recreational boating safety inspections. His in-depth knowledge of law enforcement was instrumental in qualifying three additional boarding team members and boarding officers. During Operation Dry Water, he logged numerous hours underway assisting boarding teams patrolling in the Milwaukee waterways of Lake Michigan.In addition to Frazier’s everyday duties he regularly volunteers to participate in honor guard functions including the celebration of the Coast Guard’s birthday in Grand Haven, Michigan. Frazier used his prior honor guard experience and training to ensure the team was properly prepared for the extremely high profile event.

Since reporting to Station Milwaukee during the peak of summer, Frazier hit the ground running. He quickly qualified as communications watch stander, boarding team and boat crew member. He also continued to assist the unit’s weapons petty officer by conducting strict preventative maintenance on all weapons and ammunition.

While diligently standing duty one late evening, a frantic 911 call came into the station. The call concerned a vessel that struck a seawall traveling at a high rate of speed causing life threatening injuries. Frazier was part of the search-and-rescue crew and the Coast Guard was the first to arrive at the chaotic accident scene. One of the victims was an elderly man with head lacerations and a severe spinal injury. Instinctively Frazier and the crew quickly and calmly administered first aid, resulting in the preservation of four lives, which were in grave danger. Immediately after administering first aid and transporting all members to awaiting ambulances, Frazier assisted in dewatering the vessel and towing it back to port.

ME3 Frazier throws a heaving line as part of boar cremember training.

ME3 Frazier throws a heaving line as part of boar cremember training.

“Frazier’s pride and commitment does not stop when he is off work,” said Chief Petty Officer Eric Hopperdietzel, officer in charge at Station Milwaukee.                                                                                                                                                                      He routinely volunteers more than 8 hours per week through a program called Life Striders. During his time serving he assists disabled children by incorporating elements of physical therapy and addressing the individual needs. These interactive sessions promote inspiration and help them face their individual challenges.“Through his service Frazier strengthens our partnerships in the community and sheds a positive light on the Coast Guard,” said Hopperdietzel. He also sets a positive example for his shipmates and is commended for his hard work, dedication to duty both on and off duty.”

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