National Cuttermen Awards

Each year the National Cuttermen Chapter honors active duty cuttermen and units by recognizing outstanding achievement. Awards include the The Captain Hopley Yeaton Superior Cutterman Award and The Captain Hopley Yeaton Cutter Excellence Award.  See below for award descriptions along with present and past recipients.

The 2017 Captain Hopley Yeaton Superior Cutterman Award

LTJG Anna Ruth, CGC HAMILTON

MK2 Jason Tribeck, CGC DILIGENCE

Nomination Summary

The Captain Hopley Yeaton Superior Cutterman Award annually recognizes one Coast Guard officer and one Coast Guard enlisted member who have most embodied the Coast Guard Core Values and contributed to furthering the Coast Guard’s sea going profession.  The Gold and Silver Ancient Mariners present award plaques to the award recipients at a Cuttermen’s Call event at the annual Surface Navy Association National Symposium in Washington, D.C.

Enlisted

MK2 Jason Tribeck epitomized dogged perseverance and showcased his ingenuity on numerous troubleshooting and repair efforts. MK2 Tribeck meticulously prepared DILIGENCE for AVSTAN, which earned high praise by Aviation Training Center Ship-Helo Branch throughout the inspection. His attention to detail played a critical role in his success as a government quality assurance inspector for $545K in dockside availability work. Additionally, MK2 Tribeck’s dedication and drive were on full display when he earned his Underway Engineer of the Watch (EOW) qualification, helping his shipmates through a heavy transfer season by improving the watch rotation.

Officer

While serving as Combat Systems Officer aboard CGC HAMILTON, LTJG Anna Ruth led her cutter’s pursuit and boarding teams on all 19 of HAMILTON’s drug interdictions, netting over $500 million worth of cocaine in 2017. Shortly after reporting aboard, LTJG Ruth set about correcting 38 mission critical electronics casualties, ensuring the cutter’s full suite of sensors was available for its first patrol. Additionally, LTJG Ruth helped re-establish Naval Weapons Station Charleston, SC for use in ammunition onloads. LTJG Ruth served as a sought-after mentor and role-model for junior shipmates, streamlined the onboard qualification process, and promoted the afloat career path to others.

The Captain Hopley Yeaton Superior Cutterman Award Criteria

Past Recipients

2017

LTJG Anna Ruth, CGC HAMILTON | MK2 Jason Tribeck, CGC DILIGENCE

2016

CWO Kenny Yarbrough, CGC DAUNTLESS | BM3 Matthew Fawcett, CGC ASPEN

2015

LT Steven Baldovsky, CGC MIDGETT | EMC Anthony Luciani, CGC CONFIDENCE

The 2017 Captain Hopley Yeaton Cutter Excellence Award

USCGC JAMES (WMSL 754)

USCGC JOHN MCCORMICK (WPC 1121)

Nomination Summary

The Captain Hopley Yeaton Cutter Excellence Award annually recognizes one major cutter (210 feet for greater) and one small cutter (175-feet and smaller), that have demonstrated mission excellence while maintaining a strong commitment to work-life and crew morale.

Major

CGC JAMES (WMSL 754) led 22 successful drug interdictions, spearheaded hurricane relief and recovery efforts as Command Task Unit (CTU) Maria, aggressively pursued opportunities for community involvement, and exemplified dedication to their crewmembers’ personal well-being. On their first patrol, the JAMES made an unprecedented AUF interdiction of three go-fast vessels, over 40 NM apart within a two hour window. When JIATF-S was forced to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma, JAMES assumed Alpha Victor (AV), taking TACON of all assets in the Eastern Pacific for a week. As AV, JAMES facilitated 61 cases through 11 partner nations, five interagency entities, 12 surface assets, and over 24 flight missions. This resulted in the interdiction of 10,881 kgs of cocaine and 747 kgs of marijuana, and set a new benchmark for WMSL capabilities.

Small

As the first Fast Response Cutter (FRC) assigned to District 17, CGC JOHN MCCORMICK (WPC 1121) set lofty standards in crew readiness and training. This ensured JOHN MCCORMICK’s safe and timely transit of more than 6,000 NM from Key West to homeport of Ketchikan, and the crew’s rapid response to engineering and damage control casualties along the way. Upon arrival at homeport, JOHN MCCORMICK was an immediate asset to D17 where the crew conducted 77 fisheries boardings, saved 10 lives, and developed close bonds with the community.

The Captain Hopley Yeaton Cutter Excellence Award Criteria

Past Recipients

2017

USCGC JAMES (WMSL 754) | USCGC JOHN MCCORMICK (WPC 1121)

2016

USCGC MORGENTHAU (WHEC 722) | USCGC LIBERTY (WPB 1334)

2015

USCGC BERTHOLF (WMSL 750) | USCGC RAYMOND EVANS (WPC 1110)