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My Coast Guard
Commentary | Oct. 7, 2020

Deck Plate Leader of the Week: Senior Chief Petty Officer Thomas Frisbie

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

Our Deck Plate Leader of the week is Thomas Frisbie, officer in charge, Station Gulfport!

Senior Chief Frisbie continually does what is right and holds his people to their best – even through severe weather events, a [lapse in appropriations], and pandemic emergencies. He respects everyone by treating each person and mission with the utmost care. He has built partnerships with the local DEA and conducted joint operations with their unit to ensure they are a force multiplier for the area. His devotion to duty is exemplary by supporting military outload operations – as one boat unit – while using state partnerships for the success of the mission. 

Frisbie participates in all Mess functions and offers a plethora of ideas, which draws participation from others while supporting the overall mission of the Chief’s Mess. He organizes an annual flag football event to raise camaraderie across U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile and U.S. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans units, and often volunteers to assist initiatives and events to make each one more impactful for everyone involved. 

He continuously pushes his people to grow and become greater versions of themselves through all means. He prides himself when his people success – such as when members obtain OIC certifications, start TA school programs, apply for mariner credentials, or advance to a higher rank. 

You are a great example to all. Thank you for all you do.

 What makes a good Chief? A good Chief knows their people. Whether it be encouraging junior members to pursue personal goals, knowing what is going on in their personal and family lives, or assisting them through difficult times, a good chief keeps a watchful eye, and cares about the safety and wellbeing of their crew.   Advice to junior members: I tell my crew all the time that there is no such thing as FULLY qualified. Yes, you may only be required to be a boat crewmember, but nothing says you cannot be a coxswain. Further, I encourage you to pursue other qualifications, get that degree, get that captain’ s license, anything that betters yourself in the Coast Guard and in your personal life.