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Diversity Champions of 2014

AUXILIARIST JAMES DELEON
Aux Deleon

Congratulations to Auxiliarist James Deleon, our Diversity Champions!  The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

Auxiliarist James M. Deleon has been the driving force behind a successful Diversity program at Flotilla 2-76, District 5 Northern Region.  Mr. Deleon's guidance and dedication has been paramount in training a diverse membership to adapt the important principals of inclusion of all members and for developing an outreach initiative which has fostered measurable growth in several demographics.  He led his team to a standard of excellence which resulted in earning the prestigious NACO Three Star Award for Excellence in Diversity Management.

Auxiliarist Deleon says, "I'm very proud to be a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and I believe that Diversity is one of the cornerstones of our country in particular, and the Military in general.  We, in the Coast Guard Auxiliary of Flotilla 2-76, 5NR, strive to represent, through the makeup of our membership, our community at large".  He deserves recognition for his noble endeavors to build a team where the best people of all backgrounds are doing their best work, supported by a culture of inclusion and fairness to drive innovation, quality and mission focused results.

Auxiliarist Deleon's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact one can have on a unit.  As a direct result of your efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

FAPAC TEAM
FAPAC

Congratulations to the FAPAC Team, our Diversity Champions!  The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

The Diversity Outreach Team for the 2014 Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) Conference performed their duties in an exemplary manner on 5-8 May 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Outreach is defined as building greater Coast Guard awareness and support, especially in geographic areas and within organizations whose demographics will meet the needs of the service.  The FAPAC Outreach Team successfully helped the USCG sustain our relationships with Asian Pacific American organizations in support of the Commandant’s diversity initiatives.  We had a noticeable presence and successfully accomplished goal three of the Diversity Strategic Plan by expanding outreach to under-represented communities.

The civilian (Ms. Libby) and military (PO2 Reynolds) recruiters were phenomenal; they promoted Coast Guard career opportunities to over 800 attendees.  USCG Seminars received outstanding reviews and the panelists were stellar.  Moreover, the USCG had maximum participation at the FAPAC-DOD Military Awards Ceremony.  RDML Vojvodich was the Executive Champion and rendered an outstanding keynote, LCDR Samonte conducted the tribute to the fallen and read the award citations, and Ms. Donna Walker-Ross served as the Mistress of Ceremonies.

Kudos for excellence in teamwork goes to members pictured above: PO2 Brett Reynolds, LCDR Dominique Samonte, RDML Joseph Vojvodich, Ms. Melanee Libby, and LCDR Frances Fazio. This type of teamwork supports our quest to make the Coast Guard the premiere service of choice.

The FAPAC Team's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact one can have on a unit.  As a direct result of your efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

LCDR Marcus Canady

Canady

Congratulations to LCDR Marcus Canady, our Diversity Champion!  The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

LCDR Marcus Canady reported to the Office of Financial Analysis at Coast Guard Headquarters in 2012. LCDR Canady is an active member of the National Naval Officer Association (NNOA) at both the national and local levels. While stationed at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, LCDR Canady played a lead role in re-establishing the NNOA "Brown Bag Leadership and Development Series."

These leadership events have provided active duty officers and members of the civilian workforce impactful personal and professional development. He coordinated the finest speakers and panel guests that the Coast Guard had to offer including, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, former Director of the Executive Residence and White House Chief Usher, Director of the Civil Rights Directorate, Chief of Officer Personnel Management Division, and four high ranking Commanding Officers. He facilitated presentation of topics involving the most challenging leadership and diversity issues, including career pitfalls, dealing with difficult situations, crafting a quality OER, and civilian mentorship.

However, LCDR Canady’s outreach extended far beyond his contributions with the NNOA. Since 2006, he worked diligently with the Coast Guard Academy to develop and implement innovative minority outreach programs designed to reach, recruit, and retain underrepresented minorities from across the country. LCDR Canady became the active duty champion for the Academy Minority Outreach Team (AMOT), a group of more than 25 active duty Coast Guard Academy graduates across the country who work in coordination with Academy Admissions Staff as a force multiplier to provide Academy presentations at numerous local high schools.

LCDR Canady's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact one can have on a unit.  As a direct result of your efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

2014                                                    SNSK FAY SNSK FAY

Congratulations to SNSK Krystal Fay, our Diversity Champion!  The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

SNSK Krystal Fay reported to Sector Jacksonville in 2012 and despite her junior rank in the Coast Guard, she quickly established herself as a leader, paving the way for new initiatives. SNSK Fay aggressively sought out additional opportunities outside her normal duties as an active member of the unit’s Leadership and Diversity Advisory Council (LDAC).  Once part of the LDAC team, she quickly volunteered to be the Secretary, and planned several local speed mentoring events, and designed the theme and executed Sector Jacksonville’s first Women’s Leadership Symposium.

SNSK Fay initiated the theme for the first-ever Sector Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Symposium which took place on 13 November 2013.  From the start of a six month planning period, SNSK Fay was involved in every step of the development of the Symposium.  She assisted in finding a venue at minimal cost, planning the agenda, and finding guest speakers and panelist for a senior and junior panel.  This exceptional planning resulted in a Symposium that hosted over 200 women and men, including Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Army and civilians from local businesses and organizations in the community.  The Symposium provided a venue for mentoring, networking, engagement of local communities, and raised awareness of issues that affect both civilian and military women.

In addition to her involvement in the Women’s Leadership Symposium, SNSK Fay coordinated several speed mentoring events at Sector Jacksonville, which included participation from the District Seven Commander, RADM Korn, the Sector Commander, Deputy, and Command Gold Badge.  Each subsequent speed mentoring session drew larger crowds as Sector personnel spread the word of the excellent caliber of such events.  These events afforded the opportunity for junior members to interact with senior members and establish relationships that foster both professional and personal growth.  While pushing through these outstanding initiatives, SNSK Fay balanced her family, work and school in an exceptional manner.

SNSK Fay's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact one can have on a unit.  As a direct result of your efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!


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