2018 Innovation Award winners pose for a group photo at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Loumania Stewart.

Coast Guard recognizes innovation with annual awards

The Coast Guard honored a group of exceptional innovators whose ideas have helped make the Coast Guard more ready, relevant and responsive with Capt. Niels P. Thomsen Innovation Awards. The ceremony took place during the Senior Leadership Conference held April 25, 2019, at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.


Surprise call results in award, advancement

Petty Officer First Class Roderick Ansley had no clue what he was in for when the commanding officer of U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City Capt. Scott Craig requested his participation in a phone conference regarding a project he worked on with the command and Coast Guard Headquarters. He realized something was different about this meeting when they dialed in and he noticed the large smiles on the skipper, executive officer, engineering officer and command master chief. On the other end of the line, Vice Commandant Adm. Charles Michel congratulated him on his selection as the 2017 Douglas A. Munro Inspirational Leadership Award winner.


Coast Guard inspection

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: CWO Andrew Schock

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.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Noel Cordero poses for a photo while transiting through the Grenville Channel in British Columbia, Canada. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Arnould.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: SK2 Noel Cordero

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.


Boat underway

Preserving a life-saving legacy

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.


Public Service Award

50 years and still going strong

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.


Drug offload

Crew recognized for ‘treasure’ hunt

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.


MSSTtrains on Coast Guard Island featured image

LEDETs leading the way in counter-drug operations

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 […]


Petty Officer Coaker

Shipmate of the Week – MK2 Joshua Coaker

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.


Shipmate of the Week – LCDR Erin Williams

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 […]


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