Coast Guard Cmdr. Warren Judge, executive officer of Base Elizabeth City, N.C., poses for a photograph outside the command building on base, Aug. 10, 2017. Judge was selected as the 2017 Blacks in Government Meritorious Service Award recipient for his volunteer work with local youth organizations and his role in solidifying a memorandum of agreement between the base and Elizabeth City State University. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Cmdr. Warren Judge

Cmdr. Warren Judge was recently awarded the 2017 Blacks in Government Meritorious Service award, an honor bestowed annually on one Coast Guardsman whose leadership and service are deemed inspirational. Judge attributes the success of his educational endeavors to the network of role models and mentors who have supported him throughout his career and works to pay that back by being a strong mentor and role model to those he guides as a leader.


Photo illustration of GM1 Charlie Petrotto by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin and Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole Foguth.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: GM1 Charlie Petrotto

As the armory supervisor at the Coast Guard Academy and a competitive shooter, Petty Officer 1st Class Charlie Petrotto has been able to follow his passion for competitive shooting by working with the cadets on the shooting teams and hone his own skills as a marksman. Petrotto’s personal commitment, marksmanship and experience has brought in a fresh perspective to competitive shooting at the Academy.


Coast Guard Vice Adm. Charles Michel (left) and Robert Pillsbury (right), present a Coast Guard Art Program award to Petty Officer 2nd Class Jasen Newman (center), at the Salmagundi Club in New York City, July 20, 2017. Photo courtesy of Paul Backalenick.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MK2 Jasen Newman

It’s not often a Coast Guard service member is also a member of the Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP). In fact, this is very rare, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Jasen Newman, a machinery technician, is among a select few who can lay claim to this twin appellation.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: YN3 Dominique Rogers

Football, America’s pastime conjures up thoughts of rivalries, college, good food, better friends, and of course Super Bowl. We cry when our team is defeated and rejoice as if each win is our own. Some people dream of being the star player and some dream of being the star player’s coach. Petty Officer 3rd Class Dominique Rogers, a yeoman at the Coast Guard Academy, is living that dream right now coaching the Philadelphia Eagles after being awarded the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Ken Smith, George Gray Award winner

Two women in operational dress uniforms and life vests stand on the bow of a Coast Guard response vessel, holding lengths of yellow rope attached to a bright orange ball. Their faces are steely-eyed in determination – they know the line they handle is a lifeline for someone in distress; a connection, a hope for survival.

It is this image Coast Guard painter Ken Smith captured that earned him the 2017 George Gray Award for Artistic Excellence. His “Lifeline” painting was inspired by his time spent with crew members from Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle in Beaufort, North Carolina, last summer.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Karen Loew, Coast Guard artist

Karen Loew’s “Migrants at Sea” was one of 33 artworks accepted into the 2017 Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP) collection. The collection went on display July 16 at New York’s Salmagundi Club and will remain on display through July 28. COGAP uses fine art to showcase the Coast Guard’s missions to a vast audience.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. j.g. Joann Elizalde

Lt.j.g. Joann Elizalde, a reservist at Marine Safety Unit Chicago and a forester in her civilian career, heard a distress call of a man who had overturned his canoe in the cold waters of a Wisconsin lake while on a patrol of a forest. Elizalde took action to call for help and stayed with the man, giving him a glimmer of hope for survival.


Deputy Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Leilani Cale-Jones, Lt. Cmdr. Carrie McKinney and Vice Commandant Adm. Charles Michel stand for a photo during a Diversity Recognition Awards lunch at the Sea Service Leadership Association Joint Women's Symposium in Norfolk, Va., June 16, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: 2017 Diversity Recognition Award recipients

Each year the Sea Service Leadership Association Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium brings together service women and men, decision makers, policy influencers and thought leaders to address global, military challenges and encourage and strengthen the leadership development of veterans. On June 15, 2017, the SSLA hosted an awards luncheon honoring a couple of our own Coast Guard service members for their exemplary leadership and accomplishments in advancing diversity and inclusion within the Coast Guard.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Air Station Clearwater

The Coast Guard sent two teams to compete in the military category of the 2017 Aerospace Maintenance Competition, a two-day event from April 25-27, 2017, presented by Snap-on Tools at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Team Clearwater took first place in the military division and were presented plaques celebrating their win.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: 2017 Armed Forces Insurance Coast Guard Spouse of the Year

More than a million military spouses support and maintain the homefront while our service members defend this great nation.

Because of this support, a Coast Guard spouse of the year is selected. For 2017, this spouse selection was due to contributions and unwavering commitment to the military community and our country. On May 12, 2017, Mary Nelson was named the 2017 Armed Forces Insurance Coast Guard Spouse of the Year at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.


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