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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 (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

Recommendations: Commandant (CG-12C) solicits nominations via ALCOAST message annually. Award period will be adjusted based on calendar year (January-December).

Specific Nomination Guidelines - Nomination Deadline January 15, 2016


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

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