Photo courtesy of Lt. Waymando Brown.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Waymando Brown

Lt. Waymando Brown is the 2018 Coast Guard Reserve recipient of the Capt. John G. Witherspoon Inspirational Leadership Award. Brown, the shore side division security officer for Coast Guard Port Security Unit 308 in Kiln, Mississippi, led his team through the difficult operations in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Cmdr. William J. Jacobs

Every year an active duty and reserve officer are recognized for their role in mentoring personnel toward their highest potential and leadership that exemplifies the Coast Guard’s core values. Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Jacobs’ selfless devotion to others resulted in his selection of this year’s active duty Capt. John G. Witherspoon Inspirational Leadership Award. Jacobs is recognized for not only his leadership in a professional capacity, but in his personal life too.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Cmdr. Josephine Heron

Every year an officer, active duty and reserve, is recognized for leadership that exemplifies the Coast Guard’s core values and for their role in mentoring personnel toward their highest potential. Lt. Cmdr. Josephine Heron’s selfless devotion to others resulted in her selection of this year’s reserve Capt. John G. Witherspoon Inspirational Leadership Award.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Cmdr. Megan Drewniak

Before her recent transition to the World Maritime University in Sweden where she is a lecturer, Lt. Cmdr. Megan Drewniak worked at Coast Guard Sector Miami where she made such an impact, her command nominated her for both the 2016 Capt. John G. Witherspoon Inspirational Leadership Award and the 2016 Military Times Coast Guardsman of the Year.


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Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Cmdr. Heidi Koski, Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley Cruz

The Capt. Dorothy Stratton Leadership Award and the MCPO Pearl Faurie Leadership Award were established in 2001 to recognize women who demonstrate exceptional leadership. Lt. Cmdr. Heidi Koski and Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley Cruz were the 2016 recipients of the awards, respectively. The awards were presented at the Sea Service Leadership Association’s 29th Annual Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium.


CWO Briggs

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: CWO Jason Briggs

The mission of Training Center Petaluma is to provide basic and advanced career training courses to seven of the Coast Guard’s ratings. Easily forgotten on a base dedicated to training are the support divisions, including facilities engineering. However, when a student is disenrolled from a school whether for medical or disciplinary reasons, they usually transfer to the Engineering Division. While their classmates move on with their Coast Guard careers, the disenrolled student remains behind and awaits administrative action. This uncertain time can be quite lengthy and could easily be a negative, unproductive experience for both the student and the Coast Guard. But it’s not, thanks to Material Maintenance Chief Warrant Officer Jason Briggs.