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) Regularly demonstrate unwavering leadership prowess, including the
ability to gain genuine commitment from all level of the organization.
(2) Exemplify the Coast Guard’s Core Values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion
(3) Demonstrate sincere interest and concern for others and their success in
the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
(4) Display a keen sense of ethical conduct and exhibit a high degree of
(5) Earn the high esteem and admiration of others.
(6) Foster the spirit and intent of diversity.
(7) Motivate others to excel in mission performance.
(8) Be a positive role model and mentor.
(9) Project professional uniform appearance and bearing.
Commadore solicits nominations via ALAUX message annually. 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 same
page or 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. If a commanding officer is nominated, the next level
command shall endorse the nomination. All recommendations must be received
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. 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 may be sent by email
. Address nominations mailed via USPS first class mail
to Commandant (CG-12C), Office of Leadership, U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 Martin
Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, Stop 7907, Washington DC 20593-7907. Commands using
this method should allow sufficient time for security screening to meet the
TBD deadline. A selection panel will review the nominations and make
recommendations to the Assistant Commandant for Human Resources (CG-1) for
will be presented at an appropriate ceremony in conjunction with other
Inspirational Leadership Awards sponsored by Commandant (CG-12C). Commandant
(CG-12C) will fund the travel expenses of the award recipient.