Shamokin native in charge at NY Coast Guard station
Chief William Butkey assumed the duties as officer in charge of Coast Guard Station Oswego, N.Y., May 29.
Butkey is a native of Shamokin and a son of William and Franciene Butkey, of Shamokin.
Butkey's Coast Guard enlistment began in October 1998. Following basic training he reported ashore to Station Wrightville Beach, N.C. He departed in 2002 and transferred to Station Ocean City, Md.
In 2007 he was assigned as the operations petty officer aboard the Coast Guard cutter Key Biscayne in Key West, Fla.
In 2009, he was assigned as the operations petty officer and first lieutenant aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Gannet in Dania, Fla.
In July 2011, he accepted orders as the executive petty officer ashore Station Milwaukee, Wis.
Chief's Butkey's awards include the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, DOT 9-11 Medal, Four Coast Guard Achievement medals, Coast Guard Commandant Letter of Commendation, four Good Conduct Medals, National Defence Service Medal, three Coast Guard special ops service awards and several unit and team awards. He has also received the Advanced Boat Force Operations insignia and coxswain insignia.
Butkey is married to the former Jan Vinson, of Adamsville, Tenn. The couple have two children, Grace Ann, 5, and Will, 2.