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, respect, and devotion
(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
(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.
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
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
. 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.
The award will be presented at an appropriate ceremony at the
district command closest to the winner.