DCC Jeffry Broko Boland is the son of a 30 year retired Coast Guard Warrant Officer and graduated high school while living in Little Mountain, SC. After being turned down by the Coast Guard, Army, Marines, and Air Force for having one leg a centimeter longer than the other, he enlisted in the United States Navy and graduated from Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, IL in 1993. He then went to Hull Technician A-School in at Naval Station Philadelphia, PA. Next he reported onboard the USS FAHRION(FFG-22), first homeported in Charleston, SC and then moved to Mayport, FL. Onboard the USS FAHRION, he spent over two years patrolling Caribbean and South America waters showing U.S. presence, repatriating immigrants, and transporting USCG LEDET's to perform drug interdiction boarding's. In 1996 he transferred to Ingleside, TX and assigned to the Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity (SIMA) and where he worked Base Security. At 0000 on 01 January, 2000 HT2 Boland's enlistment in the Navy ended and at 1100 on 01 January, 2000 DC2 Boland enlisted into the US Coast Guard at Recruiting Office Columbia, SC. He then reported to Maintenance Augmentation Team (MAT) Detachment St. Petersburg, FL where he completed repairs and fabrications beyond the capability of the cutters and ensured completion of all the cutters maintenance schedules. He maintained thirteen 210's, five 110's, and three 87's located from Florida to Texas. In 2004, he was transferred to Vicksburg, MS to the CGC KICKAPOO (WLR 75406) as an Independent Duty Damage Controlman. Along with all the duties of a Damage Controlman, he qualified as river-deck seaman, crane operator and buoy deck supervisor. The CGC KICKAPOO maintained navigational aids on the Mississippi River. In 2007, a big change came to his life as he transferred to the National Strike Force's Gulf Strike Team located in Mobile, Al. Here he was introduced into the world of environmental response, qualified as a Response Supervisor, and promoted to Chief Petty Officer. In 2011, he transferred to his current duty station at the Atlantic Strike Team on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ. Here his responsibilities include Command Chief, Damage Control and Electronics Shop Chief, National Strike Force Response Supervisor, and Unit Health Promotion Coordinator. He graduated with Class 183 from the Chief Petty Officer Academy. DCC Boland's personal awards include a Coast Guard Commendation Medal, 2 Coast Guard Achievement Medals, 2 Navy/Marine Corp Achievement Medals, 4 Coast Guard Commandant Letters of Commendation, Navy Good Conduct Medal, 3 Coast Guard Good Conduct Medals, Navy and Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbons, and numerous other awards and recognition.
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