Guam – Petty Officer 2nd Class Juan Taijeron, a boatswains mate assigned to Station Apra Harbor, Guam, has been were chosen as the reserve enlisted person of the year by the U.S. Coast Guard.
A release from the USCG states that Taijeron distinguished himself by amassing 385 hours underway and assisting in 141 missions. He is qualified as a crewmember aboard a Response Boat-Medium, one of the Coast Guard’s newest vessels.
He helped streamline his unit’s armory program to ensure compliance with Naval standards. During his free time he assisted a fellow Coast Guardsman in marksmanship skills and helped make repairs to a jet dock, saving the Coast Guard approximately $10,000 in repairs and possible replacement parts.
His contributions to the local community included volunteering for the Angel Tree Project, in which Coast Guard volunteers donate toys to underprivileged children during the holidays. Taijeron also helped set up 12 static displays at public events to provide education about the Coast Guard and its operations.
Although all Coast Guard men and women perform a variety of missions including search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, marine safety inspections, protection of fisheries, aids-to-navigation, port security and anti-terrorism patrols, illegal drug and migrant interdiction, and environmental protection, the EPOY program recognizes exceptional men and women in the Coast Guard’s enlisted workforce who are top performers.
Considered as the “best and brightest” from the field, these individuals are selected by a panel of senior enlisted members who evaluate each nominee against a set of established criteria that includes performance, work ethics, military bearing, standards of conduct and a strong community service commitment.
Taijeron will compete for national honors with his peers from other Coast Guard Districts across the nation.