Master Chief Angela M. McShan Inspirational Leadership Award
MCPO McShan joined the Coast Guard in 1979. She was a pioneer for women and
African Americans. She was the first African American woman to be promoted
to Master Chief Petty Officer, and she had been slated to become the chief
of Yeoman “A” school prior to her death.
She served over two decades with great devotion, and is remembered as an
exemplary leader and professional. She served as a Storekeeper before
transitioning over to Yeoman, a Civil Rights Counselor, and an (A) School
Instructor, and ended her career as the Senior Instructor on the Chief Petty
Officers Academy staff in New London, CT. In her full but shortened life,
she not only touched and inspired the many she trained, but she left a
positive and lasting impression on everyone who knew her.
A native of Alabama, she has been described as a positive kind, and a
motivational person. MCPO McShan was a stellar performer, mentor teacher,
and inspirational leader. In her last position as an instructor at the Chief
Petty Officer Academy in New London, CT, she inspired many students to
change their lives for the better through the courses she taught. MCPO
McShan passed away in December 2000. In her memory, the Commandant
established a new leadership award specifically for chief petty officers,
the Master Chief Angela M. McShan Inspirational Leadership Award.
This award annually recognizes one Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer (E-7
only), active duty and reserve, who best exemplifies the Coast Guard’s core
values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty. The individual must be a
graduate of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy or other military
senior enlisted academy. Nomination packages must identify academy and date
(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
Commandant (CG-12C) solicits nominations via ALCOAST message annually. Award period will be adjusted based on 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.