CAPT Scraba (center), Commander, Sector Miami (26 years of active), recognized these members with On the Spot awards, at Sector Miami All Hands, for their expertise in their dedicated fields of work. (Left to Right) Mr. Steve Krivdo (24 years active, 8 years civilian), Mr. Terry Steinford (36 active, 16 civilian), Mr. Rafael Arizmendi (28 active, 14 civilian), and Mr. Paul Bates (26 active, 9 civilian).
During the Sector Miami all hands, held on 2 February 2011, four of its civilians were recognized with cash awards for a job well done. The four individuals come from varied backgrounds to provide the Prevention department unparalleled expertise in the field of operations.
Ralph Arizmendi first joined government service as a young eighteen year old in the Army in 1967. It was the height of the Vietnam War and after a stint in Germany he was sent to the jungle of Southeast Asia. Once there, he worked as a tunnel rat with the 173 Airborne brigade. Surviving this perilous duty, he returned home to finish out his four years of obligated service. In 1971, Mr. Arizmendi left the Army and joined the Coast Guard. Serving for an astonishing 28 years, he retired from Station Miami Beach as the Aids to Navigation Officer. Knowing the commercial fishing fleet was nearly 90 percent Spanish speaking and as a native speaker, he applied for the Commercial Fishing Vessel Inspector position at Miami in 1997. Mr. Arizmendi was hired and has been working in this position ever since, providing unequaled knowledge of the fishing industry and 42 years of loyal government service.
Terry Steinford began his career in the year 1970 by attending the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Upon completion of the four year program, Mr. Steinford was directly commissioned into the United States Coast Guard. He then went on to complete 20 years of active duty service in the Marine Safety and Security field before retiring in 1994 as an O-4, Lieutenant Commander. In March of 1995, Mr. Steinford was brought into his current position as a GS13 supervisor of the Port State Control section of Sector Miami. Currently, he has accumulated 36 years of active service in the Coast Guard.
Prior to being assigned to Sector Miami as the Domestic Vessel Branch Chief in 2002, Paul Bates began his 36 year Coast Guard career in 1974 when he enlisted as a Quarter Master (QM) onboard USCGC MADRONA. Mr. Bates quickly advanced through the ranks and achieved the rank of QMC in six years. Upon advancing to Chief Warrant Officer (CWO), Mr. Bates became a Marine Safety Specialist Engineering (MSSE) where he began his career in the Marine Safety field. Mr. Bates gained vast experience while assigned to four Marine Safety Offices (MSO) throughout the United States, until he retired from the Coast Guard in 2001 as a CWO4 in MSO Port Canaveral. Shortly after his retirement, Mr. Bates was recruited to temporarily assist at MSO Miami, until by popular demand he became a permanent member of Sector Miami as the Domestic Vessel Branch Chief/GS-13. One of Mr. Bates’ personal highest accomplishments while working at Sector Miami was his contributions which lead to a change to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). After he was appointed as the lead investigator following the fire onboard the Star Princess in March 2006 he recommended reducing the fire load on balconies onboard cruise ships.
As a young seventeen year old, Steve Krivdo joined the United States Marine Corps in 1978. Stationed at Camp Pendleton, California and Okinawa, Japan he rose to the rank of Corporal. After departing the Marine Corps four years later he saw an opportunity and joined the Coast Guard. Assigned initially to D7, he never learned to deal with the cold and subsequently spent the next twenty years on active duty in D7. Achieving the rank of MSTC he retired from active service in 2003 at MSO Miami. Due to his vast knowledge, he applied for and was hired as a Port Security Specialist and has been working closely with MTSA (Marine Transportation Security Act), Port Security related enforcement, and other Law Enforcement agencies for the past 8 years. All total, Steve Krivdo has accumulated over 32 years of government service.