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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 graduated.

Eligibility Requirements

(1) Exemplifies the Coast Guard core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty.

(2) Demonstrates exceptional leadership competence, including the ability to gain genuine commitment from all levels of the organization.

(3) Displays a keen sense of ethical conduct and exhibits a high degree of personal integrity.

(4) Demonstrates sincere interest and concern for junior personnel by helping others reach their full potential.

(5) Motivates others to excel in mission performance.

(6) Is a positive role model and mentor.

(7) Fosters the spirit and intent of diversity.

(8) Is held in the highest esteem by seniors, peers, and juniors.

Recommendations: Commandant (CG-12C) solicits nominations via ALCOAST message annually. Award period will be adjusted based on fiscal year rotation as opposed to calendar year (January-December), due to awardees potentially being recognized at the State of the Coast Guard Address (SOCGA).

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 by TBD.

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 to Veronique Freeman. 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 approval.


Presentation: The award will be presented at an appropriate ceremony at the district command closest to the winner.
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