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.

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.

AETC Erin SImone

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: AETC Erin Simone

The name Douglas Munro is steeped in honor and history. Munro, the first and only Coast Guard member to receive the Medal of Honor, displayed all the characteristics of a great leader: leadership skills which inspire and motive others, selfless devotion to service, commitment to the development of others, and countless more. Munro’s efforts transcend time and place. It is only fitting, then, that the Coast Guard honors his namesake with an award given to those who embody Munro’s leadership skills and professional competence – the Douglas A. Munro Inspirational Leadership Award. The award recognizes a Coast Guard enlisted member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and professional competence to the extent of their rank and rate. The most recent recipient of the award, Chief Petty Officer Erin Simone, has done all this and more.