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Celebrating Lt. Tanesha Green-Baker, the 2020 Blacks In Government (BIG) Military Meritorious Service Award

By Shana Brouder, MyCG Writer

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Lt. Tanesha Green-Baker has been selected for the 2020 Blacks In Government Military Meritorious Service Award. The Blacks In Government Military Meritorious Service Award honors military members and Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees, men and women, who have supported the DoD mission, overseas contingency operations, or whose attributes best epitomized the qualities and core values of their respective military service or other DoD component.

While serving as an intelligence analyst at the Intelligence Coordination Center (ICC), Green-Baker independently worked to increase awareness of federal employment opportunities, including serving in the Coast Guard.

Green-Baker has been committed to expanding the reach of Coast Guard recruiting efforts, strengthening outreach to the network of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), of which she attended Spelman College. She is also an alumnus of the Coast Guard’s College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI), a scholarship program designed for students attending HBCUs, who demonstrate a high caliber of academic and leadership excellence. This is not the first time she has been recognized for her commitment to inclusion and support of black and minority service members within the Coast Guard. In 2019, she also earned her the National Naval Officers Association’s (NNOA) Distinguished Service Award.

In a previous assignment, Green-Baker served as her unit’s Leadership and Diversity Advisory Council (LDAC) Vice Chair, a position central to the Coast Guard’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts. Her work with the LDAC has carried over as she serves as the LDAC Chair at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. She also fills the position of Wardroom Treasurer and serves as the Chair of the Junior Officer Advisory Panel within the National Naval Officers Association. 

As the LDAC Chair, Green-Baker has led monthly leadership discussions with colleagues and led the distribution of her unit’s Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) command climate survey, which included guiding a diverse team of colleagues. 

Remaining committed to equal opportunity for advancement of women, Green-Baker remains an active member of her unit’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI), a program aimed to support professional development and mentorship opportunities for Coast Guard women in the service. 

Dedicated to continual learning and improvement, as well as a passion for improving conditions for minorities in the Coast Guard, Green-Baker recently applied for the Coast Guard Diversity and Inclusion Education Awareness Program. 

Challenging conversations around issues of diversity and inclusion are not the only challenges Green-Baker has tackled with ease and grace. When called upon to assist the Coast Guard during the COVID-19 pandemic, she took on the role of team lead of the ICC COVID-19 Analytical Support Team, whose analysis and briefings to the Commandant and Coast Guard senior leadership enabled informed decision-making and planning for the complex challenges presented by the historic international health crisis.

Thank you, Lt. Tanesha Green-Baker, for your dedication and service to the Coast Guard.

Lt. Tanesha Green-Baker, winner of the 2020 Blacks in Government Military Meritorious Service Award for her unwavering dedication to the Coast Guard’s mission and passion for equality among the Coast Guard’s ranks.
Lt. Tanesha Green-Baker, winner of the 2020 Blacks in Government Military Meritorious Service Award for her unwavering dedication to the Coast Guard’s mission and passion for equality among the Coast Guard’s ranks.

 

RESOURCES:

  • ALCOAST 327/20 2020 Blacks In Government (BIG) Meritorious Service Award Recipient 
  • Blacks In Government website 
  • Find a Leadership Development Advisory Committee in your region here
  • Everyone is a Recruiter Initiative article  
  • Women’s Leadership Initiative website