Nov. 4, 2020 —
Our Deckplate Leader of the week Chief Petty Officer Richard DePascale, the Admin Chief of U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May!
Chief DePascale sets the standard very high as all chiefs should. His dedication to not only his job, but also to his people, which is evident in his actions every day. DePascale’ number one goal is to make sure everyone is taken care of, and his interactions with both junior and senior members is always compassionate, and his willingness to help is always apparent. He interacts with recruits on a daily basis and sets the example for them of what a senior leader should be through his work ethic and professional demeanor.
DePascale is a consistent and strong advocate for the Chief's Mess. He’s a steady conduit to the TRACEN Cape May’s Command Master Chief, passing on important and pertinent issues impacting the TRACEN workforce. DePascale also took part in some highly notable efforts to include serving as the Chief Petty Officer Association’s (CPOA) Education and Elections Board Director issuing over $10,000 in scholarships and managing two election cycles; he established a perpetual fundraiser for the Cape May Maritime Museum repair of CG-36538; served as CPOA representative for 12 recruit graduations; and coordinated with the USO and chiefs to provide Thanksgiving dinners to 70 junior members. DePascale is highly active in the CCTI process, having sponsored an E7 in Fall 2019. Finally, he is also a Spirit of the Chief award recipient for Fall 2018 CCTI, he truly does embody the "Spirit of the Chief".
DePascale is a mentor to all junior and senior personnel who cross his path. Most importantly, he leaves a positive impression of senior leaders on these junior members.
DePascale directly supervises a petty officer third class who is aspiring to become a second class petty officer. Without hesitation, Chief devoted his time both after hours and on the weekend to ensure all practical factors were signed off and requirements met for the Servicewide exam (SWE) eligibility. Chief DePascale is without a doubt a true mentor and epitomizes what all chiefs should aspire to be.
“In my opinion, a "good" chief continuously improves everything around them - subordinates, peers, superiors, processes, environment, etc. - applying all of the experience, knowledge, and leadership developed over the course of tested years. A chief must listen and share generously, communicating in the most inclusive manner possible. A chief must be decisive when a reasonable course of action is recognized, especially when that chief is the one who realizes what should be done. A "good" chief is always available, regardless of the issue, circumstance, and despite any personal feelings. A chief is greater than the individual wearing the fouled anchor. A chief is a resounding presence, and a "good" chief makes an intentional effort to establish a trustworthy and confident perception. The definition of a "good" chief is evident in their legacy and that of the people, community, and units which were impacted.”
"My advice to junior members is: Advance! Never stop pursuing personal and professional growth. In many cases, the best way to become ready for the next step is to simply take the step. Don't wait until you're comfortable - be adventurous and lead yourself into success. Don't put your career in another person's hands, but ask for guidance from respected leaders - they want to help you. And learn from others who made mistakes - avoid those mistakes. Make a full career plan and have the discipline to stick with it! If you ever thought about becoming a master Chief, a chief warrant officer, a rating force master chief, a command master chief, or the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (MCPOCG), [the] commandant, etc., figure out a good career path and overcome every obstacle in your way - there will be obstacles. Remember to have fun along the way. Enjoy the adventures everywhere you get stationed - see the sights, eat the food, do the activities. Take care of yourself, your family, and your shipmates. Stand up for yourself and stand for something greater than yourself.”
Thank you for your tireless leadership and dedication!