Peninsula College Forks will feature Coast Guard Station Quillayute River Operations Petty Officer, Shawn Marshall and Engineering Petty Officer Jeremie Kozakiewicz at Studium West on Friday, May 17 at 6:30 pm. The officers will give a presentation about the variety of missions the Coast Guard undertakes, the training required and some of the courageous acts that are part of Station Quillayute River’s history.
Station Quillayute River, located in La Push, WA , on the Quileute Indian Reservation, was established in 1929. Its primary missions are Search and Rescue and Law Enforcement, responsible for an area stretching north 18 miles to Umatilla Reef, south 45 miles to the Queets River, and west 50 nautical miles offshore. It includes the treacherous inlet at the mouth of the Quillayute River, where the jagged rock frame and unpredictable surf zone make the inlet a challenge to navigate. The station’s lifeboat crews are trained to conduct rescues in rough weather using two 47-foot motor lifeboats, which are capable of operating in 50-knot sustained winds, 30 foot seas, and 20 foot surf.
MK1 Jeremie Kozakiewicz has almost 14 years of service in the Coast Guard, starting at Small Boat Station Neah Bay in WA, a heavy weather station. He has also served out of Port Angeles, New Haven, CT and Bodega, CA.
BM1 Shawn Marshall joined the USCG in 2006. Before coming to Quillayute Station, he served on the 378’ Cutter Hamilton out of San Diego California, Station Portage in Dollar Bay, Michigan and Station Siuslaw River in Florence, Oregon.
The two officers will begin the program by sharing some of their own backgrounds, and will allow time at the end for a question and answer session.
Studium West is a free lecture series hosted by Peninsula College Forks, located at 481 S. Forks Ave.
For more information contact Deborah Scannell at firstname.lastname@example.org.