A U.S. Coast Guard reservist stationed in Juneau was recently recognized for his response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeremy Frank was named one of the Outstanding Junior Enlisted Service Personnel of the Year by the Armed Services YMCA at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, according to a release from the Coast Guard.
“He’s always positive, he’s always upbeat and wanting to help in any way,” said the Deputy Commander of Sector Juneau Matt Jones in a phone interview Saturday.
The award goes to two service members from each branch of the military — one active duty member and one reservist — plus two National Guardsmen.
Frank is a reservist marine science technician with Sector Juneau, according to the release. The active duty Coast Guardsman who received the award was Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Peters, a boatswain’s mate at Station Valdez.
“I’m proud that we are able to recognize Petty Officers Scott Peters and Jeremy Frank as the Coast Guard Alaska service members of the year,” Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, the District 17 commander, said in the release. “They are exceptional representatives for the active duty and reserve Coast Guard men and women serving throughout Alaska and their leadership, professionalism and devotion to duty serve as examples for others to follow.”
The awards were given out during the 35th annual Salute to the Military ceremony at the Egan Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage on Friday.
Jones said Frank is always stepping forward to volunteer, such as when he volunteered to stay longer to help with the BP oil spill, also called the Deepwater Horizon Spill in the Gulf.
He also played a vital role in helping the Coast Guard remove more than 130,000 gallons of bunker oil and 220,000 gallons of oily waste from Princess Kathleen, a 369-foot vessel that sunk near Juneau in 1952. Cleaning up the wreck off Lena Point was a five-month long venture conducted in 2010.
Jones said Frank works for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation in the response fund administration, and he lives in Juneau with his family.