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ST. CROIX COUPLE BOTH SERVING IN THE COAST GUARD

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March 22, 2003 — Crucian Daniel Gautier is currently attending the Coast Guard's first PITSTOP class. He is a 1996 graduate of Central High School (CHS) and a former U.S. Army sergeant.
In the fall of 2002, Gautier received an honorable discharge from the Army and became interested in the Coast Guard when his wife Claricia joined the oldest maritime service in October of 2002. Claricia, a 1995 graduate of CHS, is now a seaman at the Integrated Support Command in Miami Florida.
Daniel Gautier subsequently met his wife's supervisor, Master Chief Myron Dalmida (also a native Virgin Islander) and became even more interested in the Coast Guard. "I have always been interested in the Coast Guard," he was quoted by Dalmida. After talking to other Coast Guardsmen from the Virgin Islands, Gautier said, "I definitely don't want to let this opportunity slip away."
After several weeks of conducting interviews with recruiters, Gautier was ready to join the Coast Guard and become part of the U.S. Homeland Security Department.
On February 27, 2003, Gautier began the Coast Guard's newly implemented four-week Prior Service Training Program also known as (PITSTOP). The program is intended to provide standardized accession training, adequate indoctrination, and preparation before an enlistee reports to a first assignment. Also, it provides an advanced level of introductory training for former military members who have already completed a boot camp and will bring significant maturity and leadership by virtue of their experience in another armed service.
The PITSTOP program has other sessions that will follow this fiscal year at the Coast Guard's training center in Cape May, N.J. Anyone with prior military experience interested in this program is invited to call Lt. Lane Solak, chief, enlisted recruiting branch, at (202) 493-6682.
After the training, Gautier will graduate with a class of 39 prior service personnel. His next assignment will be attending store keeper training at Petaluma, Calif. Coast Guard store keepers requisition supplies and services, manage property and inventor, ship and receive material and equipment, do financial data entry and maintain financial records, among other duties.
Gautier's graduation means his family is possibly a first: married Virgin Islanders both serving in the Coast Guard. The Gautiers will be co-located at a Coast Guard unit that is compatible to both their job assignments.
They have a son, Lionel. Claricia Gautier's parents are Conrad Prevost and Ghislainne Lazarre of St. Croix. Daniel Gautier's parents are Anne Forbes-Samuel and Henry Samuel of St. Croix.

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