Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: Fireman Joshua E. Seiltz, STANT Kenosha, Wis.

Fireman Seiltz demonstrates the proper way to throw a heaving line to local students during their tour of STANT Kenosha.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Chelsea Sanchez.

Fireman Seiltz demonstrates the proper way to throw a heaving line to local students during their tour of STANT Kenosha.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Chelsea Sanchez.

Fireman Joshua E. Seiltz, a Wisconsin native, reported to Station – Aids-to-Navigation Team Kenosha, Wisconsin from recruit basic training in January 2012.From his first day at the STANT, Seiltz showed a dedication and initiative that far exceeded that expected of a non-rated Coast Guard member.Seiltz quickly worked to become fully qualified and proficient in all of his assigned duties and is one of only two non-rates at the station to currently hold the status of being fully qualified. These qualifications include: communications watchstander, boat crewmember and boat engineer aboard the 45-foot response boat, boat crewmember aboard the 25-foot response boat, and an ice rescue crewmember.

Sieltz recently added boarding team member to his list of qualifications. This is not a certification that is required for a non-rate to obtain. Besides serving as the only boarding team member in his duty section, Sieltz is also the only non-rate certified as a boarding team member at the STANT.

As a boarding team member, Sieltz immediately employed his training for a weekend long, multi-agency undertaking called Operation Dry Water. STANT Kenosha, utilizing Seiltz’s expertise, performed admirably. The operation yielded 22 vessel boardings as a result of six Coast Guard patrols and over 25 hours spent underway. Seiltz’s actions in supporting Operation Dry Water showcased his passion for the Coast Guard’s marine safety mission and further proved he was prepared to embrace any challenge presented.

Seiltz is always prepared to answer the call to duty. When the unit shifted a third class machinery technician from his duty section, Seiltz quickly and proficiently stepped up into the position as not only the lead engineer, but also as the only engineer in his duty section. This willingness to go above and beyond has greatly increased the unit’s ability to perform its missions and alleviates stress on other members of the unit.

Fireman Seiltz aboard a Coast Guard 45' response boat. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer First Class Matthew Carey.

Fireman Seiltz aboard a Coast Guard 45′ response boat.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer First Class Matthew Carey.

Seiltz has over 360 hours underway on both of the STANT’s response boats in fiscal year 2014. He has also assisted in the completion over 158 boardings and aided in over 14 search and rescue cases.“Seiltz is one of the hardest working non-rates at the unit.” said Petty Officer 1st Class Chase Stockton, STANT Kenosha’s Operations Petty Officer, “He always has a can do attitude and consistently works until the mission is complete.”Not only is Seiltz a huge asset to his duty section, but he is also an invaluable member of the engineering department. In preparation for the STANT’s ready for operations and standardization inspections, he worked long hours completing checklist items and fixing any discrepancies found before the inspection teams arrived. Additionally, his initiative to conduct and complete weekly and monthly required boat maintenance helps ensure all STANT’s assets fully mission capable.

“Seiltz is by far one of the unit’s top performers at STANT Kenosha.” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Entz, Seiltz’s supervisor. “He goes above and beyond what is asked of him. Not only does he set the standard for all non-rated personnel at the unit, but he also sets the example for all break-in personnel as well. His hard work is much appreciated.”

In his off-duty time Seiltz likes to take taekwondo and judo classes. He also volunteers to help coach the Racine youth sports for taekwondo and judo.

Seiltz is currently on the list to attend maritime enforcement specialist class “A” school.

Seiltz performance, quality of work, and dedication to duty inspires those around him to work harder and strive towards excellence.

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