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Commentary | Oct. 13, 2020

Promotions: Selections for IDPL Commander

By MyCG Staff

The Coast Guard’s Commander Selection Board convened July 20, 2020, and recommended 57 members to promote to the rank of commander during promotion year  2021. Officers selected are listed below in inactive duty promotion list (IDPL) precedence order. Congratulations to all who have been selected for promotion.

1.    Lt. Cmdr. Jereme Altendorf
2.    Lt. Cmdr. Loraleigh A. Hild
3.    Lt. Cmdr. Neil A. White
4.    Lt. Cmdr. William J. Cotter
5.    Lt. Cmdr. Cynthia N. Channell
6.    Lt. Cmdr. Walter Vega
7.    Lt. Cmdr. Andria E. Davis
8.    Lt. Cmdr. John W. Garr
9.    Lt. Cmdr. Janisse Quinones
10.    Lt. Cmdr. John S. Massingill
11.    Lt. Cmdr. Arthur V. Hudman
12.    Lt. Cmdr. Brian W. Dudley
13.    Lt. Cmdr. Ryan D. Dilkey
14.    Lt. Cmdr. Steven K. Neal
15.    Lt. Cmdr. Patrick S. Hanley
16.    Lt. Cmdr. Daniel R. Orchard
17.    Lt. Cmdr. Danny L. Welch
18.    Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan R. Smith
19.    Lt. Cmdr. John L. Parsons
20.    Lt. Cmdr. Steven C. Mannion
21.    Lt. Cmdr. James R. Collins
22.    Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan B. Bernhardt
23.    Lt. Cmdr. Nicholas E. Frieden
24.    Lt. Cmdr. Kathryn M. Campagnini
25.    Lt. Cmdr. Dwight W. Thompson
26.    Lt. Cmdr. Karl E. Garman
27.    Lt. Cmdr. Ellinor R. Coder
28.    Lt. Cmdr. Elisabeth B. Dorrian
29.    Lt. Cmdr. Clay R. Cromer
30.    Lt. Cmdr. Greg T. Loveless
31.    Lt. Cmdr. Daniel J. Donovan
32.    Lt. Cmdr. Nicholas E. Gilmore
33.    Lt. Cmdr. Kathryn W. Egan
34.    Lt. Cmdr. Brian J. Bruns
35.    Lt. Cmdr. Michael K. Gulla
36.    Lt. Cmdr. Douglas G. Dresnek
37.    Lt. Cmdr. David P. Twomey
38.    Lt. Cmdr. John C. Elkins
39.    Lt. Cmdr. Carter W. Fenstemacher
40.    Lt. Cmdr. Ronald C. Epperson
41.    Lt. Cmdr. Herbert C. Pell IV
42.    Lt. Cmdr. Michael T. Starnes
43.    Lt. Cmdr. Leon H. Turner
44.    Lt. Cmdr. Eric Driggs
45.    Lt. Cmdr. Raquel D. Salter
46.    Lt. Cmdr. Frederick R. Merritt
47.    Lt. Cmdr. Daniel J. McMahon
48.    Lt. Cmdr. Tudorel Caliga
49.    Lt. Cmdr. Jose G. Maldonado
50.    Lt. Cmdr. Faith L. Schultz
51.    Lt. Cmdr. Julie E. Padgett
52.    Lt. Cmdr. Ryan S. Townsend
53.    Lt. Cmdr. Aaron B. Heniger
54.    Lt. Cmdr. Christie A. Auer
55.    Lt. Cmdr. Corey B. Linen
56.    Lt. Cmdr. Brian T. Simonson
57.    Lt. Cmdr. William C. Millward

Officer selection boards review only officers' records and any communications from candidates directly to the board. The board is also given a roster of the eligible candidates listed in alphabetical order. Above and in-zone officer rosters are combined, so the status of the officer is not discernible. Only the officer portion of a record is viewable by the board.

The Officer Accessions, Evaluations, and Promotions, COMDTINST M1000.3, (series) outlines the in-zone reordering tool available to all active duty promotion list (ADPL) and RPA best-qualified promotion boards for ranks O-3 through O-6. The board chose to reorder 17 of those chosen for promotion. These officers are listed at the top of the list by order of precedence.

Officer Accessions, Evaluations, and Promotions, COMDTINST M1000.3 (series) outlines the policy for conducting specialty considered selections (SCS). This board was directed to use SCS in the selection process, with the ability to recommend up to 17 officers based on specialty. 

Promotion statistics for this board are provided below. There are many variables (e.g., changes in performance, group size, etc.) that will cause selection rates to fluctuate from year to year among groups. Documented, sustained high performance is the best way to remain competitive for promotion.

Selection rates by gender:

  • Female: (12/23 – 52%)
  • Male: (45/91 – 49%)

In-zone selection rates by race category:

  • American Indian/Alaskan Native: (1/2 - 50%)
  • Asian: (0/3 – 0%)
  • Black or African American: (0/3 - 0%)
  • Multi Race: (1/1 - 100%)
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: (0/0 - 0%)
  • White: (41/72 – 57%)
  • Declined to respond: (14/33 - 42%)

In-zone selection rates by ethnic category:

  • Hispanic: (7/12 – 58%)
  • Non-Hispanic: (35/67 – 52%)
  • Declined Comment: (15/35– 43%)

Directly following the Commander Selection Board, a Lieutenant Commander Continuation Board was convened for eligible officers July 22, 2020. The Commandant has approved that report in accordance with Reserve Policy Manual, COMDTINST M1001.28 (series) to recommend those eligible lieutenant commanders on the inactive duty promotion list (IDPL) for continuation. 

As a result of this board, two officers have been recommended for continuation on inactive duty via separate correspondence.