Rear Adm. Robert E. Day, Coast Guard chief information officer, presented the Cmdr. John P. Dailey award to Cmdr. Lucinda Cunningham and Mr. Gary Earling at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington D.C., Feb. 6. The award is presented to members who have displayed exceptional leadership, honored our core values, and displayed noteworthy examples of mentorship in leading Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology (C4IT) support constructs to meet Coast Guard mission execution objectives. The awardees were nominated by their peers, from a field of nearly 3,000 information technology professionals working in the Coast Guard, not only because their technical knowledge, but because they continue to display the qualities of true mentorship, improving the lives of everyone around them.
Cunningham currently serves as chief of the Enterprise Management Branch at the C4IT Service Center in Alexandria, Va. She is responsible for all aspects of Incident, Problem, Patch and Delivery Management of Coast Guard enterprise IT services. Cunningham consistently displays exceptional leadership, honors the Coast Guard core values, and promotes minority recruitment. She embraces diversity, remains committed to her shipmates, and capitalizes on numerous opportunities to mentor and lead members of the Coast Guard workforce to meet its missions.
Earling currently serves as chief of the Information Division within the Coast Guard Pay & Personnel Center in Topeka, Kansas, overseeing the Coast Guard’s transformation to an all-electronic personnel tracking system. Earling’s exceptional technical acumen, charismatic personality, and genuine commitment to better the lives of everyone he encounters by providing sound guidance and advice has helped shape many technology professionals.
The award was created to honor Cmdr. John P. Dailey, who passed away in 2009. Cmdr. Dailey was a staunch advocate for members of the C4IT community. He was a model officer, an outstanding leader, superb engineer, and enthusiastic mentor who, while fighting cancer, displayed courage in the face of adversity and never stopped mentoring and advocating for the C4IT community.