A strong leader leads by example and will do the right thing – even when no one is looking.
“Those are two leadership characteristics that I try to exemplify,” said Chief Warrant Officer Andrew Schock, a Coast Guard marine investigator. Schock recently received the Coast Guard Award for Excellence in Marine Inspections for his dedication to the Coast Guard and his team.
Military leadership is often perceived as those who hold a high rank, part of a command staff, who foster the development of their junior members to one day become leaders themselves. But as with Coast Guardsmen like Petty Officer 2nd Class Noel Cordero, a junior member aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley, a good leader can come from any rank.
The cold, howling wind and pouring rain set an appropriate tone for the journey into the local life-saving history surrounding Long Beach Island, perhaps one of the most treacherous of New Jersey’s barrier island inlets, where the station is located. This area of the central New Jersey coast suffered nearly 200 shipwrecks within a 10-year period during the 1840s.
There are many attributes that make the Coast Guard the organization it is today. From the officer and enlisted workforce, to civilian employees and volunteers, to veterans, they all work in tandem to create a well-oiled machine. However, every once in a while, someone stands apart from the rest due to their selflessness and dedication to not only the Coast Guard, but the community around them.
While bad guys don’t take a break for the holidays, the good guys don’t either. And remembering to thank the good guys is the best gift ever. Just before the holidays, two recognition events marked a law enforcement milestone for the Coast Guard and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Written by Lt. Andrew Williams. “Disabling fire authorized,” crackles over the Coast Guard precision marksman’s headset. Descending out of the night aboard a Navy H-60 Seahawk helicopter, he can see the large bales of cocaine, filling the boat as he […]
To meet the demands of having Coast Guard boats and planes ready requires highly skilled engineers who are able to maintain the fleet of resources, enabling them to launch at a moment’s notice to help save lives or property. One of the Coast Guard’s many skilled engineers is Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Coaker from Coast Guard Station Oak Island in Oak Island, N.C.
Located on the northeast tip of Prince William Sound, Alaska, is a city with an average annual snowfall of 30 feet – the most of any community at sea level in North America. This city is Valdez and is home to […]
Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Ameen, 7th Coast Guard District public affairs. With more than 12,000 miles of coastline in the United States, every mariner has a responsibility to look after one another. This principle of being a […]
What began as a family adventure to sail to Australia turned into one couple’s quest, not only as mariners, but as parents and as heroes. The courage to save the lives of three strangers was a choice that Maurice and Sophie Conti could only let their conscious decide. Maurice and Sophie had sold everything they owned in 2007 and purchased the 47-foot French flagged catamaran, Ocealys. The Contis started their sailing adventure aboard with their two young children Massimo, who was 5 at the time and Annabelle who was 3.