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Commentary | Sept. 16, 2020

Deck Plate Leader of the Week: Chief Ryan Torbett

By From Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard’s Facebook page

Our Deck Plate Leader of the Week is Chief Petty Officer Ryan Torbett, supervisor of Electronics Systems Support Detachment (ESD) New Haven, CT!

Torbett, an electronics technician, is detached from Base Boston, and his supervisors hear nothing but great things from the units he and his team provide support to in New Haven. 

He supervises 13 junior enlisted members at the ESD. He is a very strong voice, active leader, and mentor to them. He provides fresh ideas and strong leadership within Sector New Haven’s Chief’s Mess - as well as their CPOA Chapter. 

A good Chief listens to what his people and the organization truly need - not what they want. The Chief isn’t afraid to be the bad guy if the results mean his people benefit in the end. The Chief teaches members to take care of themselves, and be accountable for everything they do, and to be self-sufficient when the Chief is unable to be there. The Chief is the balance between the command and the crew. 

His advice to junior members: 

“Accomplish everything you do so well that you could sign your initials on it. If you see someone struggling help them even if it’s not “your job”. Do what’s right even when no one is looking, like picking up that piece of trash or walking without your hands in your pockets. Do that little bit above and beyond. With that base line attitude, all else will fall in place. “
Thank you for your leadership! 

 

Chief of the Week: Chief Ryan Torbett: "A good Chief listens to what his people and the organization truly need - not what they want. The Chief isn’t afraid to be the bad guy if the results mean his people benefit in the end. The Chief teaches members to take care of themselves, and be accountable for everything they do, and to be self-sufficient when the Chief is unable to be there. The Chief is the balance between the command and the crew."