2009 coastguard Times
Honorable Mentions

AMT2 Jacob Marks

Coast Guard AIRSTA

Aviation Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Jake Marks performed a tricky helicopter hoist, rescuing a hiker with a broken ankle near the Punta Gorda Lighthouse in a remote area of the California coast.

Marks has been a flight mechanic instructor, quality assurance inspector, duty shift supervisor and airman coordinator — all positions normally held by more senior petty officers, said his supervisor, Capt. Christopher Martino. Marks' expertise fixing helicopters has saved the Coast Guard thousands of dollars by allowing the helicopters to be fixed on station.

Marks helped with the air station's new airmen program, managing new airmen from the time they reported to Humboldt Bay to the time they departed for formal training in Elizabeth City, N.C.

Marks raised $21,500 for the unit's morale fund by coordinating the annual Halloween haunted house. He also organized and spoke at a Veterans Day luncheon and arranged an event for residents of a local homeless shelter.

Marks transferred in June to Air Station Port Angeles.

MST1 Hubert Wells

MSST-San Francisco, CG Island-Alameda

Marine Science Technician 1st Class Hubert L. Wells IV, a level 2 tactical coxswain, is a qualified boarding officer and scuba diver. His boat crew played an integral role in the safe recovery of two plane crash victims in San Francisco Bay.

He helped inspect hulls of five cutters, saving the Coast Guard $11,000 in inspection fees and eliminating the need to put them in dry dock.

He has assisted underwater security sweeps for visits by dignitaries and also aided local law enforcement in recovering underwater evidence in a high-profile homicide case.

Wells placed third overall in the Coast Guard Triathlon. He raised $1,475 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through its Team in Training program and recruited several shipmates to participate.

He also spent 50 hours refurbishing gardens and exhibits at the San Francisco Zoo, raising money for Jerry's Kids, and sorting and serving donated food.

He transferred June 4 to Coast Guard Sector Miami.