Alta Jones

Chief Petty Officer Nathaniel O'Connell and Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Crocker pin Petty Officer 2nd Class Alta Jones, a boatswains mate advancing to Petty Officer 1st Class, at Coast Guard Station Ketchikan on Wednesday. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Jessica Fontenette

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — U.S. Coast Guard Station Ketchikan Boatswains Mate Alta Jones received a meritorius advancement this past Wednesday, according to Coast Guard information.

Jones was advanced from petty officer 2nd class to petty officer 1st class by Rear Adm. Matthew T. Bell, Jr., the 17th Coast Guard District commander.

“Petty Officer Jones is a tremendous leader who embodies the Coast Guard's core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty,” Bell said in a prepared statement. “Her example is an inspiration to others, and I’m extremely pleased to recognize the outstanding role she plays in both the Coast Guard and the community of Ketchikan.”

The Coast Guard’s Meritorious Advancement Program that started in 2018 is a talent-management program that recognizes “superior performance and exceptional adherence to Coast Guard core values that, in an advancement authority’s judgment, clearly warrant advancement,” according to the announcement.

Jones’ advancement was in recognition of outstanding contributions and accomplishments on and off-duty, stated the announcement  

“Jones was recognized for exceptional proficiency while conducting Coast Guard operations and responding to a 250-ton vessel dragging an anchor,” according to the announcement. “After arriving on scene and overcoming 115-mph winds, she was able to safely maneuver the much larger vessel into an area of safety, ultimately preventing a major pollution incident and saving the two lives aboard.

Petty Officer 1st Class Jones also was recognized for performing duties beyond her normal paygrade and filling leadership vacancies at Station Ketchikan.

“Serving as both the operations and training petty officer, she dedicated off-duty time to assist station members with enlisted performance qualifications, and aided in service-wide exam preparations,” stated the announcement. “Jones’ efforts resulted in the qualification of 10 communication watch standers, 12 boat crewmembers, six engineers and three coxswains, subsequently enabling Station Ketchikan to meet all operational readiness requirements.”

In addition, Jones has served as a volunteer firefighter at South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, where she routinely has assisted with emergency medical calls

"I am incredibly proud of Petty Officer Jones," Chief Petty Officer Nathaniel O'Connell, officer in charge at Station Ketchikan, said in the announcement. "She is an outstanding performer and has implemented many positive changes here at the unit and in the community. She is the epitome of the Coast Guard's core values and I could not be happier for her."