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
- 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
- Mentors both junior and senior personnel toward their
- Leads and motivates by example to ensure mission
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 has passed
- 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 signature endorsement from the recommended members
chain of command must be included on memo.
- Nominations must 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
- 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. 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 email to
Veronique Freeman. Please save PDF under the naming
- 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, Washington DC 20593-7907. Note: Commands using this
method should allow sufficient time for security screening
to meet the 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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