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.
- Exemplifies the Coast Guard core values of honor (integrity), respect
(esteem of junior and seniors, and devotion to duty (ethical behavior).
- Fosters a culture of diversity through inclusion and commitment.
- Mentors both junior and senior personnel toward their highest potential.
- Leads and motivates by example to ensure mission execution excellence.
- Project professional uniform appearance and bearing.
Specific Nomination Guidelines
- 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).
- 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.