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Beach Councilman son praised for testing skills

March 6, 2013
By BOB PETCHER ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

U.S. Coast Guard Weapons Petty Officer Mathew Kosinski performed the "almost impossible" on a recent inspection test at Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet in West Palm Beach. In doing so, he received a certificate of appreciation and a special ceremony that commended him.

WE2 Kosinski, youngest son of Beach residents Joe and Vernie Kosinski, scored nearly 100 percent on the Ordinance Safety Inspection conducted by Sector Miami for the unit's weapons program. The OSI involved the testing of 247 line items.

Throughout the testing, Sector Miami First Class Gunners Mate gave high praise for Kosinski's "meticulous organizational skills and flawless record keeping."

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Weapons Petty Officer Mathew Kosinski of U.S. Coast Guard Station Lake Worth stands at attention as Chief Warrant Officer John Gatti reads off his accomplishments recently. Captain Chris Scraba of Coast Guard Sector Miami listens in on the commendation.

Chief Warrant Officer John Gatti of C.G. Station Lake Worth Inlet called the feat "a very impressive and, nearly impossible, perfect 100 percent score" as he read off the accomplishments during the ceremony. The commendation letter also stated Kosinski's "dedication to achieving nothing short of excellence is a credit to both himself and Station Lake Worth Inlet" for the hard work and devotion to duty.

"My wife Vernie and I could not be prouder of Mathew," said Joe Kosinski, councilman and acting vice mayor of the Town of Fort Myers Beach. "Since the time he enlisted in the Coast Guard, he has excelled in his position. He is proud to serve his country and has attended specialty schools with the service such as Boarding Officer School. He serves as chief boarding officer for his unit and has participated in a few drug seizures.

The elder Kosinski noted that Matt comes from a line of family who served their country, including his grandfather who was in World War II, his father who served in the Army, his older brother who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Army and his older two sisters who attended the US Naval Academy, with the oldest serving as a Navy diver.

"We are very proud of him and I congratulated him with an "Atta Boy! and a job well done," said Councilman Joe. "Keep up the good work, Mathew."

The younger Kosinski will be leaving Station Lake Worth soon to join a Marine Safety Response Team of first responders in Chesapeake, Virginia, where all his skill will be utilized.

Kosinski is a graduated from Cypress Lake High School and attended Florida Gulf Coast University before seeking adventure in his decision to join the U.S. Coast Guard three years into college. He is now a seven-year veteran of the Guard.

U.S. Coast Guard Station Lake Worth, which takes on a number of duties from law enforcement to search and rescue to illegal immigrant interdiction to wildlife protection, is responsible for the area between St. Lucie Inlet in Port St. Lucie to just north of Boca Raton.

--information provided by Station Lake Worth Inlet Public Affairs Officer Edwin Greenfield



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