N.Y. Naval Militia Announces Top Member for 2021

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LATHAM, NY (06/29/2021) (readMedia)-- Petty Officer 1st Class Wilson Fenty, a machinery technician in the New York Naval Militia who lives in New Rochelle, New York, has been awarded the Naval Militia's Josepthal Trophy for 2021.

The Josephthal Trophy, named for Rear Adm. Louis Josephthal, who commanded the Naval Militia from 1925 to 1929, and who bequeathed $10,000 in his will to set up a trophy fund, has been awarded to outstanding members of the Naval Militia since 1929.

As the officer in charge of Military Emergency Boat Service Detachment 1, Fenty oversaw Naval Militia boat operations in the lower Hudson Valley, specifically with New York National Guard security operations at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, New York.

He lead's a three person Naval Militia team along with one armed National Guardsman as the only routinely weaponized unit within MEBS. Fenty has also lead initiatives in such maintenance that has saved the New York Naval Militia money and has improved standards and procedures for boat readiness.

Fenty, who is originally from the Bronx, began his military career in 2000 when he joined the Coast Guard Reserve being based first in Queens, New York, then at the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. Getting into machinery tech in 2005, this led to him getting a job with the Staten Island Ferry which he has worked at since.

In 2012 he joined the New York Naval Militia and by 2018 became part of Joint Task Force Empire Shield, New York's state active duty force stood up after 9/11 that deters and prevents terrorist operations in the New York City metropolitan area.