Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Student earns Coast Guard achievement medal

Petty Officer Jodie Bray-Commings, of Spooner, Wis., did not hesitate to offer her assistance last summer when the I-35 bridge collapsed in Minneapolis. She patrolled the disaster site by boat, providing security for rescue operations and transporting key, high-profile personnel to necessary locations. Bray-Commings was on stand-by duty when President Bush toured the disaster site.

Her performance during the aftermath of the disaster was just one example of why she was named the 2007 Ninth Coast Guard District Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year.

Admiral Thad W. Allen, the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard and its highest ranking member, presented Bray-Commings with a medal and citation for “superior performance of duty” March 21. The citation, which also documented her other heroic efforts, covered her service to the Coast Guard Station in Duluth from August 2006 to March 2008.

Bray-Commings is a student majoring in technology education.

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