Coast Guardsman’s achievements recognized by the Greater New Orleans Navy League

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexandria Linden, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Benjamin Finn and Marine Cpl. Shereka Slater are recognized by the Greater New Orleans Navy League president, Tommy Lind, at the A Taste ‘n Toast to Our Armed Services event in New Orleans, June 30, 2016. Linden was recognized by the Greater New Orleans Navy League for earning the Coast Guard Enlisted Person of the Quarter award.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexandria Linden, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Benjamin Finn and Marine Cpl. Shereka Slater are recognized by the Greater New Orleans Navy League president, Tommy Lind, at the A Taste ‘n Toast to Our Armed Services event in New Orleans, June 30, 2016. Linden was recognized by the Greater New Orleans Navy League for earning the Coast Guard Enlisted Person of the Quarter award.

“Honestly, I just look at it as doing my job,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexandria Linden.

Linden was selected as the Coast Guard representative for the Taste n’ Toast to Our Armed Services event by the Greater New Orleans Navy League and also as the Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Enlisted Person of the Quarter award for the exceptional work she has done as a marine science technician over the last several months.

“It was a complete surprise and I’m so thankful,” said Linden. “It’s nice to be recognized.”

Linden has proven herself to be a determined and valued member of the Sector New Orleans team. She exhibits an impeccable understanding of the Port State Control mission, verifying that foreign-flag vessels operating in U.S. waters comply with applicable international conventions, U.S. laws, and U.S. regulations. Her expertise resulted in her earning the Foreign Freight Vessel Examiner Qualification, a qualification expected only of E-6 and above.

“[I liked] seeing that I actually made an impact and a difference to the Port of New Orleans and what the Coast Guard does,” said Linden. “That just drove me to do a really good job.”

Linden has also become an integral component to the training division at Sector New Orleans. She helped improve the process used for targeting High Interest Vessels (HIVs) by ensuring a proper and thorough vetting process was being completed.

“I came across some differences between policy and what we were doing here for our HIV program,” said Linden. “Basically, how we target and

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexandria Linden stands with Rear Adm. Dave Callahan and Master Chief Ryan Fahlenkamp at the Taste 'n Toast to Our Armed Services event presented by the Greater New Orleans Navy League in New Orleans, June 30, 2016. Linden was recognized by the Greater New Orleans Navy League for earning the Coast Guard Enlisted Person of the Quarter award.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexandria Linden stands with Rear Adm. Dave Callahan and Master Chief Ryan Fahlenkamp at the Taste ‘n Toast to Our Armed Services event presented by the Greater New Orleans Navy League in New Orleans, June 30, 2016. Linden was recognized by the Greater New Orleans Navy League for earning the Coast Guard Enlisted Person of the Quarter award.

identify these vessels that compose a security risk to the Port of New Orleans.”

Linden is not only setting an example as a petty officer but also as a member of her community. She volunteers with the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, opening her home and

fostering dogs in need. She is also pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from Oregon State University on her own time.

Her actions at and after work are what made her a prime candidate to be recognized as an outstanding example of what the Coast Guard offers the New Orleans community.

“Some people say I rock the boat,” she says. “But I say if you aren’t rocking the boat you aren’t trying.”