Amy possessed a very outgoing personality and wore a perpetual smile that could light up a room. Having grown up in Sault Ste. Marie, LSSU was a natural college choice for her. While attending, she became a member of Alpha Theta Omega sorority before her enlistment in the United States Coast Guard. In the USCG, her assignments included WAGB-11 Polar Sea, aboard which she crossed the Arctic Circle, earning her “Blue Nose” certificate. She served briefly at USCG Air Station Humboldt Bay before attending A-School at Elizabeth City, NC for Aircraft Maintenance Technician training. The warm climate and Amy’s desire to fly in the HH-65 Helicopter influenced her choice of Corpus Christi, Texas. She was working on earning her wings at the time of her death in May 2008. Air Station Corpus Christi Command saw fit to award Amy her wings posthumously, giving her the title of Petty Officer Amy Lynn Ignatowski, AMT3. Successful candidates must be an active U.S. Coast Guard member, Coast Guard Reservist or their dependent from USCG Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.