Petty Officer 1st Class Derek Johnson, a culinary specialist aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, conducts an inventory of the cutter's dry food storage while underway in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 16, 2012. Culinary specialists (CS) serve both at sea on Coast Guard cutters and at land units, and receive comprehensive training in all facets of food preparation including culinary fundamentals, advanced culinary methods and techniques, and pastry and baking. Training also includes instruction in accounting and purchasing, inventory management, military leadership, and time management. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. B. Elis.

Becoming a leader, not just a delegator

Senior Chief Petty Officer Derek Johnson describes who influenced him and how he became the leader he always wanted to be. Johnson talks about learning from a leader, becoming a leader and training future leaders.


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.


The Coast GUard Academy's regimental commander 1st Class Cadet Kurt Camiske gives Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft a Coast Guard Academy hat as a gift for speaking at the Academy's annual Leadership Address, March 7, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole Foguth.

Adm. Paul Zukunft’s Leadership Address 2018 at Coast Guard Academy

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft spoke at the Coast Guard Academy’s annual Commandant Leadership Address discussing dealing with people in positions of authority and influences and perfecting the art of listening.


Seaman Brandon Gannon manages the cutter boat lowering detail as the only qualified boat deck captain aboard Coast Guard Cutter Active, Oct. 7, 2017. Gannon is the lead seaman aboard and manages about 10 people. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Seaman Brandon Gannon

He’s been in the U.S. Coast Guard for just under two years and already, Seaman Brandon Gannon is leading others on the Washington-based Coast Guard Cutter Active. Gannon is patiently waiting to go to Aviation Maintenance Technician “A” school and while he’s waiting, he’s setting the standard by challenging himself as a leader.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft dines with Coast Guard members during a Thanksgiving meal. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Kelley.

Thankful for our United States Coast Guard

Written by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft As families, friends and loved ones join together to give thanks, my wife Fran and I are honored to share this Thanksgiving tradition with deployed service members. Nearly 400 years after the […]


Adm. Zukunft Testifies Before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft appeared before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today to discuss Coast Guard Search and Rescue and its response to the 2017 Hurricanes. The Commandant began his testimony stating that the Coast […]


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. Kimberly Young-McLear, Petty Officer 1st Class Sheldon Williams

Roy Wilkins was a prominent civil rights activist who dedicated years of service to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Each year, the U.S. Coast Guard and the other military services participate in the NAACP National Award Ceremony that recognizes military and civilian members who have made significant contributions to civil rights and equal opportunity. This year’s Coast Guard recipients of the Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award were Lt. Kimberly Young-McLear and Petty Officer 1st Class Sheldon Williams.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Chief Petty Officer Timothy Soboleski

Chief Petty Officer Timothy Soboleski, a reserve electrician’s mate stationed at Coast Guard Station Belle Isle, Michigan, carries on the chief’s strong tradition of enlisted leadership. Soboleski was recognized for his leadership when he was awarded the 2015 Master Chief Angela M. McShan Inspirational Leadership Award – Reserves.


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