2006-06-22 / Front Page

William Johnson Earns Medal, Leaves USCG Station to New Commander

Jeffrey Mallory To Take Over Post

Incoming Senior Chief Jeffrey Mallory (right) shakes the hand of Outgoing Senior Chief Will Johnson prior to the Change of Command ceremony outside the St. Ignace Station Friday, June 16. Incoming Senior Chief Jeffrey Mallory (right) shakes the hand of Outgoing Senior Chief Will Johnson prior to the Change of Command ceremony outside the St. Ignace Station Friday, June 16. In a change of command ceremony Friday, June 16, in St. Ignace, the United States Coast Guard team welcomed new commander Senior Chief Boatswains Mate Jeffrey Mallory, while recognizing the contributions of outgoing commander Senior Chief Petty Officer William J. Johnson, who has served at the station from July 2003 to June 2006.

SCPO Johnson was given a Coast Guard Commendation Medal for his outstanding performance of duty here by Captain E.Q. Kahler, the Coast Guard sector commander at Sault Ste. Marie. He was cited for displaying superior leadership and expertise and successfully leading the prosecution of more than 240 maritime law enforcement boardings. More than 350 search and rescue cases under his command resulted in 38 lives saved and 432 lives assisted, while he was responsible for aids to navigation covering an area of 890 square miles, one of the largest in the Great Lakes region. He was recognized for his work in partnering with local, federal, and state law enforcement agencies to enforce a security zone around the Mackinac Bridge during Operation Bridge Walk.

Senior Chief Jeffrey Mallory with his wife, Diane, (from left) their daughters, Morgan and Brooke, and his parents, Sandy and Pete Mallory. Absent from the photograph is son Cody Mallory. Senior Chief Jeffrey Mallory with his wife, Diane, (from left) their daughters, Morgan and Brooke, and his parents, Sandy and Pete Mallory. Absent from the photograph is son Cody Mallory. "Will Johnson exemplified team work locally and nationally throughout his command," Cpt. Kahler said.

Bob Belonga, operations officer for Flotilla 1608 USCG Auxiliary, gave the invocation and benediction during the change of command ceremony.

SCPO Johnson enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1977, completing tours of duty in Oregon, Alaska, and California, and is expected to be promoted to the rank of Master Chief this year. He intends to complete his 30-year career at his next assignment at Motor Lifeboat Station Quillayute River in Lapush, Washington.

He and his wife, Catherine, have two children, Travis, 23, of Concord, California, and Zane, 21, who will remain in Michigan.

BMCS Jeffrey Mallory comes to command of Station St. Ignace from Station Manistee, where he served as officer in charge. H has also been OIC at Frankfort and has been stationed at Grand Marais, Marblehead, Ohio, and Kodiak, Alaska.

Senior Chief Will Johnson with his parents (from left), Rod and Laura Johnson, his wife, Cathy, Morgan McMahon, and his son, Zane Johnson. Senior Chief Will Johnson with his parents (from left), Rod and Laura Johnson, his wife, Cathy, Morgan McMahon, and his son, Zane Johnson. Since his enlistment in 1980, he has been awarded the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, 911 Medal, four Achievement Medals, eight Good Conduct Medals, two Unit Commendations, and numerous other commendations. He is qualified as a Surfman, Coxswain, Deck Watch Officer, Boarding Officer, and Command Enlisted Advisor.

He and his wife, Diane, have three children, Cody, Morgan, and Brooke, who have all finished school.

At Coast Guard Station St. Ignace, he will take command of a unit comprised of 28 active duty members and three reserve members, with four boats.

Station St. Ignace is among five of the Coast Guard's stations that have a three-fold mission: Homeland Security, search and rescue, and aids to navigation, which encompasses 23 historical lighthouses.

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