Anthony Lewandowski of Brookfield receives Coast Guard award

Brookfield, IL

Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony Lewandowski recently was presented with a Coast Guard Commendation Medal.

Lewandowski received the medal for being selected as the 2011 9th District Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year while assigned to the Coast Guard Investigative Service, Resident Agent Office Chicago. He helped develop and lead “Operation Vigilant Specter,” an innovative maritime investigation effort focused on detecting and deterring terrorism and criminal activity involving tour boats operating on the Chicago River and around Navy Pier.

The effort involved the Coast Guard, the FBI, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Transportation Security Administration and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. His efforts were so successful that the FBI incorporated the operation’s plan into an industry outreach initiative during the recent NATO summit in Chicago, according to a news release.

In addition, Lewandowski conceptualized “Operation Lock and Key,” an industry outreach initiative with Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources that employed advanced technologies to detect criminal and regulatory infractions on liquid barges transiting the Illinois River System.

“It is a privilege and honor to have such wonderful support from the Coast Guard family, as well as my loved ones," Lewandowski said in the release. "It’s only through their support that I’ve been able to have such success.”

The Brookfield resident has been a member of the Coast Guard Reserve since 2004. Prior to that, he served seven years in the Illinois National Guard. He’s a police officer for the city of Cicero, and is working on his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Stretching from northern New York state to northern Minnesota, the 9th Coast Guard District encompasses the five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway, and parts of the surrounding states, including 6,700 miles of shoreline and 1,500 miles of shared international border with Canada.