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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.

Eligibility Requirements


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.

Recommendations: 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.

     Nominations must 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.

     The nomination 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 Veronique Freeman. Please save PDF under the naming convention: memberranklastname_nameofaward_activedutyorreserve_year (for example: LCDRjones_witherspoon_activeduty_2015)

    Address 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 15 February deadline.

     A selection panel will review the nominations and make recommendations to the Assistant Commandant for Human Resources (CG-1) for approval.


Presentation: The award will be presented at an appropriate ceremony at the district command closest to the winner.
Last Modified 12/16/2014