Captain David H. Jarvis Inspirational Leadership Award
David Henry Jarvis was appointed to the Revenue Cutter Service in 1881, and
served until his retirement as a captain in 1905. He spent the majority of
his career in Alaska and the Bering Sea. His most famous adventure came
during an expedition to save the men of a whaling fleet that had become
trapped in the ice off Point Barrow, Alaska, during the winter of 1897-1898.
Jarvis, then a first-lieutenant, led a three-man rescue team consisting of
Second-Lieutenant Ellsworth P. Bertholf and Dr. J. S. Call of the U. S.
Public Health Service, with a herd of about 400 reindeer, across 1,500 miles
of tundra and pack-ice to Point Barrow. They arrived after a journey of 99
days and thereby saved more than 300 men from starvation. They had completed
the longest rescue mission ever undertaken in Coast Guard history. On 28
June 1902, Congress, in response to a request from President William
McKinley to recognize officially what he called a "victory of peace,"
awarded Gold Medals of Honor to Jarvis and the other two members of what
became known as the Overland Relief Expedition.
The Navy League annually presents the Jarvis award recognizing an
outstanding Coast Guard officer.
The awards are separate and distinct from the military decorations and
awards program. The Captain David H. Jarvis Award for inspirational
leadership is awarded to the Coast Guard Officer who has made outstanding
contributions to the high standards of competence and leadership traditional
in the Coast Guard.
The guidelines are intentionally flexible and extends to all regular and
reserve officers serving on active duty during the calendar year.
(1) Consistently demonstrate outstanding leadership skills which motivate
and inspire personnel to strive for excellence and achieve measurable
results that contribute to the success of the Coast Guard.
(2) Possess the ability to create and maintain a positive culture where the
differences of all personnel are respected, so that all can achieve their
full potential and maximize their contributions to Coast Guard missions.
(3) Act with strategic intent to ensure optimization of resources, influence
the success of major operations or programs, and achieve operational
(4) Guided, coached, or mentored others to reach new levels of performance.
Commandant (CG-12C) solicits nominations via ALCOAST message annually.
Specific Nomination Guidelines
submitting a nomination shall ensure that member is in compliance with the
Coast Guard Weight and body Fat Standards Program Manual COMDTINST M1020.8
All nominations should include the individuals rank, rate, time in service,
time in grade, and time at unit or command.
Each nomination should
be in standard memo format using Times New Roman (12 point) font with one
inch margins, not to exceed three pages and
Nominations must be
accompanied by a proposed citation along with sufficient background
information to enable final selection of the recipients. Citations must be
one-page, doubled spaced, landscape format, typed using Times New Roman (12
point font) with one inch margins.
Recommendations are to
be forwarded through the chain of command and endorsed by the first Flag
Officer or SES from their respective units and forwarded to Commandant
(CG-12C), Office of Leadership, NLT
15 February 2015.
HQ offices not within DCMS or DCO
chain of command should forward nominations directly to Commandant (CG-12C).
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_ _year (for example: LCDRjones_munro_ 2015)
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 approval.
Certificates and inscribed watches are presented at the annual National Navy
League Convention. Commandant (CG-12C) pays for the winners’ and their
spouse’s transportation and the Navy League pays for accommodations and
meals at the convention location.