MILFORD, Mass. - A Massachusetts National Guard Soldier was awarded the United States Coast Guard Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Bar at Joint Force Headquarters-Massachusetts in Milford, Mass., Feb. 12, 2009.
Army Officer Candidate Danielle M. Sullivan, 101st Regional Training Institute, Massachusetts Army National Guard, received the award from Mark Galluzo, chief of intelligence for District One, United States Coast Guard.
Sullivan was recognized for her work as a National Guard analyst providing support to the USCG from March 2008 to Dec. 2008. Sullivan was credited with enhancing the Coast Guard’s understanding of port security trends along New England’s maritime border by officially documenting worldwide incidents within the merchant marine industry.
Working with the USCG was “an adjustment at first, getting used to the nuances of a different branch, but getting to see how they operate was a great experience. For me, learning how the Coast Guard conducts business while sharing the Army way of doing things was an educational experience that benefited both services,” said Sullivan.
National Guard analysts work with agencies such as the USCG and U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement to help protect the Nation’s borders. They are trained to be a force multiplier, enhancing the investigative abilities of the agents on the street. Guardsmen assigned to work as analysts receive specialized training tailored to the agencies’ needs. Sullivan has completed a criminal analyst course and received training on how to use law enforcement databases.
Sullivan has also been able to apply the experience she gained while serving abroad in support of the Global War on Terror to her duties as an analyst.
“Deploying to Iraq taught me to evaluate situations in their entirety before coming to conclusions. I have always enjoyed learning and gathering new information which is what being an analyst is all about. I know that I am helping to support our national security mission,” said Sullivan.
Sullivan, who has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Endicott College, is attending Army Officer Candidate School and is expecting to receive a commission later this year.Sullivan said, “OCS has made me a better Soldier and has taught me to strive for excellence. I want to do the best job I possibly can and that shows in my work.”