COMO Charles S. Greanoff Inspirational Leadership Award
Charles Greanoff first became affiliated with the Coast Guard in 1943. He
was released from the Army and immediately signed up with the U.S. Coast
Guard Temporary Reserve and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (both entities
were one in the same at that time) on August 23, 1943. He became part of
District 9 Flotilla 7-03, a port security unit responsible for protecting
the Port of Cleveland, the Cuyahoga River and the city's bridges.
After the war Greanoff continued his active participation in the new Coast
Guard Auxiliary and soon became Flotilla Commander in 1950. He quickly rose
through the ranks of the Auxiliary, first holding the position of Division
Captain in 1953, Ninth District Commodore in 1956-57, and achieving the
Auxiliary's highest position of National Commodore in 1958-59. As National
Commodore, Greanoff traveled the country to support the new missions of the
Coast Guard Auxiliary and even testified before Congress on the importance
of boating safety regulation. He was instrumental in shaping the Auxiliary
into the effective organization it is today. Greanoff's spirit of leadership
epitomizes the criteria established for the Auxiliary Inspirational
Leadership Award, through his 63 years of sustained service and dedication
to the members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Coast Guard, and the
nation. In his memory, the Commandant established the COMO Charles S.
Greanoff Inspirational Leadership Award.
The Charles S. Greanoff Inspirational Leadership Award recognizes the most
exemplary performance by a Flotilla Commander during the previous calendar
year. Only those Flotilla Commanders who demonstrated sustained, exceptional
standards of proficiency and conduct, and whose appearance and bearing were
consistently impeccable, shall be considered for nomination.
(1) Exemplifies the Coast Guard core values of honor (integrity), respect
(esteem of junior and seniors), and devotion to duty (ethical behavior).
(2) Fosters a culture of diversity through inclusion and commitment
(3) Mentors both junior and senior personnel toward their highest potential
(4) Leads and motivates by example to ensure mission execution excellence
(5) Project professional uniform appearance and bearing.
Commodore solicits nominations via ALAUX message annually in accordance with
section 11.A.16 of the Auxiliary Manual. Award period is based
on the calendar year (January-December).
Specific Nomination Guidelines
Nominations may be
submitted by any Coast Guard member or civilian employee in the form of a
memorandum, not to exceed two pages. Each nomination must be typed using
Times New Roman (12 point) font with one inch margins.
A new page
endorsement from the recommended members chain of command must be included.
be forwarded to Commandant (CG-12C) via the chain of command. Note: If a
commanding officer is nominated, the next level command shall endorse the
nomination. All recommendations must be received by
15 February 2015.
should identify specific examples and supporting information on how the
nominee exemplifies each of the criteria established in section (a) by using
action impact statements explaining how the member inspired others and
influenced favorable outcomes. Note: Feedback from previous selection panels
continues to stress that nominations should directly address leadership
methodologies and climate rather than simply reporting accomplishments.
Scanned copies of
signed nominations and endorsements may be sent by e-mail to
Please save PDF under the naming convention:
memberranklastname_nameofaward_activedutyorreserve_year (for example:
nominations mailed via USPS first class mail to Commandant (CG-12C), Office
of Leadership & Professional Development, U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 Martin
Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, Washington DC 20593-7907. Note: Commands using this
method should allow sufficient time for security screening to meet the
A selection panel
will review the nominations and make recommendations to the
Assistant Commandant for Human Resources (CG-1) for
The award will be presented at an appropriate ceremony at the
district command closest to the winner.