International Engagement on the Eastern Shore

Coast Guard Sector Field Office (SFO) Eastern Shore recently hosted a member of the Haitian Coast Guard for an on-the-job training experience following the completion of Machinery Technician “A” School at Training Center Yorktown, Virginia.

Semeccent re-installs an air filter cover for SFO Eastern Shore's travel ist with MK3 John Christiansen.

Semeccent re-installs an air filter cover for SFO Eastern Shore’s travel ist with MK3 John Christiansen.

While working for the SFO, Agent I Jean Wesner Semeccent worked in every aspect of life as a shore side machinery technician in the U.S. Coast Guard to help reinforce the education he received at school.

According to the Coast Guard recruiting web site, machinery technicians, or “MKs,” are afforded opportunities for assignment at every Coast Guard cutter, boat and shore station. MKs are trained not only as technicians, but as managers and leaders – acquiring a breadth of knowledge in all areas of machinery operation and maintenance from internal combustion engines to environmental support systems, hydraulics, basic electricity and areas of hazardous material recovery and control.

Semeccent assists MK3 Brian Groves install a new hot water heater for the Coast Guard owned properties on Wallops Island, Va.

Semeccent assists MK3 Brian Groves install a new hot water heater for the Coast Guard owned properties on Wallops Island, Va.

Semeccent worked hand in hand with members of SFO Eastern Shore, Station Chincoteague and Aids to Navigation Team Chincoteague, performing both preventative and corrective maintenance of facility equipment as well as small boats. Semeccent also went underway for a training patrol aboard Station Chincoteague’s 47-foot motor lifeboat to learn the role of a small boat engineer with machinery operation and monitoring. While performing maintenance with ANT Chincoteague, Semeccent helped locate a steering cylinder leak on their 26-foot boat. He worked alongside his peers to remove and replace the faulty hydraulic cylinder and bring the boat back to fully mission capable.

“[Semeccent] was a great addition to our team at the ANT,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Sherman, the engineering petty officer at ANT Chincoteague. “We would welcome him back to our unit anytime.”

LT Justin Strock, supervisor of SFO Eastern Shore, presents Semeccent with his completion certificate.

LT Justin Strock, supervisor of SFO Eastern Shore, presents Semeccent with his completion certificate.