BM3 Miranda N. (Burgess) Clark, was recently commended for her performance of duty while assigned to the Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) Anchorage, Alaska. She was selected as the MSST Anchorage Enlisted Person of the Year for 2009.
By J.B. Rush, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer, MSST Anchorage, Alaska
During 2009, you served as an outstanding role model and displayed superior qualities in performance and knowledge. Shortly after reporting aboard you volunteered to assist the unit’s Rescue and Survival System’s (R&S) Petty Officer and because of your dedication and keen sense of responsibility you quickly became the “go-to” person for all R and S questions.
Your genuine concern for the safety of your shipmates was evident by the self-imposed, long work hours that you dedicated to become extremely proficient in complex R and S maintenance requirements. You worked 60 hour weeks for over a month in preparation for the 2009 Ready For Operations inspection and Standardization Team evaluation.
This effort produced excellent results in comparison to the previous year’s evaluation and made significant improvements in the survival gear for over 50 personnel and the R and S equipment on the unit’s six Response Boats. Your commitment to duty was demonstrated by your volunteering to assist the small arms range staff no less than five times during the course of the year and your selection as one of only four unit certified Explosive Ordinance Drivers.
These duties are not normally assigned to a Petty Officer 3rd Class and demonstrate maturity beyond your pay grade. You have always been known for being extremely gracious with your personal time, often volunteering for extra assignments at work and participating in community charity events.
Recently, you volunteered for the Armed Services YMCA’S Christmas Toy Drive, which provides toys to less fortunate children whose parents’ serve in the armed forces. Due to your assistance and effort over 100 toys were donated at an estimated value of $3,500.
Furthermore, you volunteered on numerous occasions to serve as the designated driver while on deployment, thus sacrificing limited liberty time for the safety of your shipmates. Your exemplary performance of duty has brought credit to yourself, this unit, and the United States Coast Guard.
You are commended for your outstanding performance of duty. By your meritorious service you have upheld the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.
You are hereby authorized to wear the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation ribbon bar.