Bonnie Wysocki, Petty Officer
USCG, Buffalo, NY
On a ten-month deployment to Iraq and Kuwait last year, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Bonnie Wysocki served as an inspector with the Coast Guard’s Redeployment Assistance and Inspection Detachment (RAID), helping to ensure the safety of military containers being shipped back to the United States.
The only woman on her team, Petty Officer Wysocki was mobilized as an inspector for hazardous materials. She traveled around the region to inspect and seal containers and check cargo for compliance with international shipping standards—ensuring that hazardous materials such as acetylene, oxygen, fire extinguishers, batteries, radioactive instruments and fuel were properly loaded and labeled. In this capacity, Petty Officer Wysocki and her team played a critical role in making sure that troops and their equipment could return home from Iraq, or redeploy to Afghanistan, safely.
For more than 220 years, the Coast Guard has safeguarded America’s maritime interests and natural resources on our rivers and ports, in the littoral regions, on the high seas, and around the world. The Coast Guard saves those in peril and protects the nation’s maritime border, marine transportation system, natural resources, and the environment.
Petty Officer Wysocki currently serves as a Coast Guard reservist for Coast Guard Sector Buffalo.