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9th District Great Lakes Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

May 25, 2012


Ninth Coast Guard District

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PHOTOs: Chicago-native Coast Guardsman presented CG Commendation Medal for being named 2011 9th District Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year

Rear Adm Michael Parks, Commander, 9th Coast Guard District, presents Petty Officer Second Class Anthony Lewandowski with a Coast Guard Commendation Medal for being selected 9th District's Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year.

BURR RIDGE, Ill. – Rear Adm. Michael N. Parks, commander of the 9th Coast Guard District, presents the Coast Guard Commendation Medal to Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony Lewandowski for being selected as the 2011 9th District's Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year, May 25, 2012.

Lewandowski, a special agent with the Coast Guard Investigative Service, was presented the award at Marine Safety Unit Chicago and was selected as the 9th District REPOY for his work as an investigator, particularly for his efforts that involved the Coast Guard and other agencies focused on detecting and deterring terrorism and criminal activity on the Chicago waterways.

Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf

Petty Officer Second Class Anthony Lewandowski stands with Rear Adm Michael Parks, Commnader, 9th Coast Guard District, after receiving the Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year Award for teh 9th District.

BURR RIDGE, Ill. – Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony Lewandowski stands with Rear Adm. Michael N. Parks, commander of the 9th Coast Guard District, after receiving the 9th District Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year Award, May 25, 2012.

Lewandowski, a special agent with the Coast Guard Investigative Service, was selected for his work in 2011 as an investigator, particularly for his efforts that involved the Coast Guard and other agencies focused on detecting and deterring terrorism and criminal activity on the Chicago waterways.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf

 

BURR RIDGE, Ill. – Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony Lewandowski was presented with a Coast Guard Commendation Medal by Rear Adm. Michael Parks, commander of the 9th Coast Guard District, during a formal ceremony Friday at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago.

Lewandowski received the medal for being selected as the 2011 9th District Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year, announced earlier this year, while assigned to the Coast Guard Investigative Service, Resident Agent Office Chicago.

Special Agent Lewandowski helped develop and lead “Operation Vigilant Specter,” an innovative maritime investigation effort focused on detecting and deterring terrorism and criminal activity involving tour boats operating on the Chicago River and around Navy Pier. The effort involved the Coast Guard, the FBI, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Transportation Security Administration, and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.  His efforts were so successful that the FBI incorporated the operation’s plan into an industry outreach initiative during the recent North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit in Chicago.

In addition, Lewandowski conceptualized “Operation Lock and Key,” an industry outreach initiative with Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources that employed advanced technologies to detect criminal and regulatory infractions on liquid barges transiting the Illinois River System.

“It is a privilege and honor to have such wonderful support from the Coast Guard family, as well as my loved ones," said Lewandowski. “It’s only through their support that I’ve been able to have such success.”

Lewandowski, a resident of Brookfield, Ill., has been a member of the Coast Guard Reserve since 2004. Prior to that, he served seven years in the Illinois National Guard. He’s a police officer for the city of Cicero, and is working on his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Stretching from northern New York state to northern Minnesota, the 9th Coast Guard District encompasses the five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway, and parts of the surrounding states, including 6,700 miles of shoreline and 1,500 miles of shared international border with Canada.

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