Cmdr. Zeita Merchant stands aboard a Coast Guard smallboat.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Cmdr. Zeita Merchant

Cmdr. Zeita Merchant, commanding officer of Marine Safety Unit Chicago, was presented with the 2017 Capt. David H. Jarvis Inspirational Leadership Award by the Navy League in Portland, Oregon, on June 7. The award was presented to the Coast Guard officer who made outstanding contributions to the high standards of leadership traditions in the Coast Guard.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Cmdr. Zeita Merchant

Cmdr. Zeita Merchant assumed the duties of the commanding officer of Marine Safety Unit Chicago in July and became the first African-American female in the Coast Guard to command a marine safety unit (MSU). She is also the first female to command an MSU in the Great Lakes.


LCDR Zeita Merchant

LCDR Zeita Merchant: A Legend in Diversity

Trailblazer, ambassador, all-star, champion, leader, mentor, scholar, legend – all words used to embody U.S Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Zeita Merchant. Yesterday, Merchant was recognized for her outstanding achievements and for her support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) […]