2009 Coast Guard
Inspirational Leadership Award Winner Summaries
LT Gregory Sabra was the winner of the 2009 Witherspoon Inspirational Leadership Award. From his award nomination:
- He is the units lead advocate for leadership development programs
and personal improvement initiatives.
- His leadership and motivation skills were the key ingredients to the
successful completion of the cutters Mission Effectiveness Program (MEP).
- In addition to reforming and preparing SENECA for its return to
service, and managing the details of a 7 million dollar project, he
enthusiastically instituted personal, professional and volunteer
opportunities for his crew by encouraging them to enroll in college
courses, granting crew members TAD periods at their desired dream
units, and promoting volunteer opportunities in Boston which resulted
in the crew contributing over 900 hours of community service.
- He labored tirelessly to put SENECA back together while maximizing
the personal and professional opportunities of his shipmates.
- His performance as the engineer officer has been exemplary and his
leadership abilities have seen the crew through one of the most
challenging years in the cutters 20 year history.
- He inspired members of his entire crew to make extraordinary
sacrifices for the benefit of SENECA and the welfare of their fellow
- He has a fleet wide reputation as an officer who can make things
happen and has the natural conviction to excel in every situation,
despite any condition.
BMC Daniel Burke was the winner of the 2009 McShan Inspirational Leadership Award. From his award nomination:
- Demonstrated outstanding leadership through his cultivation of a
positive work environment and his constant attention to the
development and growth of his subordinates.
- His leadership directly resulted in numerous professional accolades
for both him and his crew, including successful evaluations from
numerous training team visits and the nomination of one of his first
class petty officers for Sector Saint Petersburg Enlisted Person of
- Most noteworthy, was the recognition of JOSHUA APPLEBY at the Coast
Guard Foundations 15th Annual Tribute to the Seventh Coast Guard
District for operational excellence during Operation Blue
Hammer. During this operation, BMC Burke successfully led his
crew in facilitating communication between Customs and Border Patrol
aircraft and Coast Guard Station Key West assets to successfully
interdict 2 smugglers and 33 migrants aboard an overloaded go-fast.
- His leadership ensured his crews completion of more than 54
shipboard qualifications, five enlisted advancements, and two off-duty
- The CGC JOSHUA APPLEBY'S many operational successes and high degree
of professionalism and pride amongst a diverse and multi-talented crew
is a direct result of the synergy fostered by BMC Burke.
Mr. Mark McCabe was the winner of the 2009 Putnam Inspirational Leadership Award. From her award nomination:
- Over he past year, he has consistently delivered superlative results
that have enabled district staffs and field units to excel in mission
- His leadership guidance enabled the budget office to be recognized
as among one of the most efficient in the Coast Guard, which resulted
in the receipt of over 2 million dollars in fall out funding. As
a result of this endeavor, CGD-ONE Facilities Branch secured an
additional 4 million dollars in funding for critical maintenance
projects to address the pier deficiencies and housing safety issues.
- His emphasis on mentoring and professional development inspired
members of his staff to reach their professional career goals above
what had been expected.
- He encouraged one member to complete the Naval Postgraduate Schools
highly selective Masters in Homeland Security Program and was
instrumental in the advancement of 2 other staff members.
- In guidance and counsel persuaded one individual to remain in the
Coast Guard Reserve retaining the individuals valued corporate
- His genuine care, concern, commitment, and sacrifice for all of his
subordinates are abundantly clear, enabling all to excel both
personally and professionally.
Mr. Kim Castrobran the winner
of the 2009 Greanoff Inspirational Leadership Award. From his award nomination:
- He demonstrated outstanding leadership through superb mentoring and
motivation of every member of the flotilla.
- He created the first Flotilla 35 web site and a new flotilla
newsletter. He also created two web sites for Point Vicente and
Point Hueneme Lighthouses in order to improve the bonds between the
local Coast Guard and Auxiliary units.
- His reconstruction strategy centered about institutionalizing a (can
do attitude) that tapped into the strengths of flotilla members while
recruiting and developing new members.
- He planned and coordinated recruitment drives through a diverse
range of community venues and the flotilla web site.
- His determination and tenacity yielded a 200 percent increase in
flotilla membership with several more prospective members currently
processed for enrollment.
- As a direct result of his energetic leadership Flotilla 35 has
experienced and unparalleled rejuvenation characterized by remarkable
achievement. It's auxiliarists have subsequently qualified as
Boat Crew Coxwains, vessel examiners, and members of the Auxiliary
Interpreter Corps. Moreover flotilla annual activity levels
exceeded 7,000 hours, more than double that of any other Flotilla in
the Division. This contributed to Flotilla 35 earning
several regional awards for operational support, member training, and
public affairs, as well as the prestigious (Small Unit Award) from the
Foundation for Coast Guard History in October 2008, the first time an
auxiliary unit has received this award.