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Coast Guard Promotes St. Croix’s Claricia Gautier in Ceremony At Nation’s Capitol

PROMOTED: Claricia Gautier

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Coast Guard senior chief Yeoman Claricia Gautier, a 1995 graduate of Central High School on St. Croix has been promoted to the chief warrant officer grade, personnel administration specialty. The promotion took place at the Coast Guard headquarters in the nation’s capital.

Gautier is currently the Coast Guard reserve assignment officer where she maintains 1,400+ junior and senior enlisted personnel assignments. Her previous military assignments include Pay & Personnel Center, Topeka, Kansas; Coast Guard Sector Miami, Florida; Coast Guard District Seven Miami, Florida; Coast Guard Integrated Support Command Miami Florida, and as a seaman recruit at Training Center Cape May, New Jersey.

Her advice for students is to shoot for the stars and never give up on your academic and professional goals. Gautier joined the Coast Guard in October of 2002 and her rise through the ranks has been on a steady course of excellence, advancements, and professionalism. She added, never let your past dictate your future.

She holds a bachelor of science in human resource and organizational leadership, an associates of arts in business administration, and is pursuing a master of business administration in human resources. Her son, Lionel, was present at her promotion and she is the daughter of Conrad Prevost and Ghislainne Lazarre of St. Croix and Guadeloupe respectively.

Her professional accomplishments include instructor development course, the chief petty officer academy, three CG achievement medals, the commandant’s letters of commendation, four CG good conduct medals, and sailor of the quarter.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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