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Commentary | Jan. 21, 2021

Deckplate Leader of the Week: Chief Petty Officer Joseph Monfred

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

Our Deckplate leader of the week is BMC Chief Petty Officer Joseph Monfred, a boatswains mate from from Maritime Force Protection Unit (MFPU) Kings Bay, Georgia!

Chief Monfred is the Division Chief for INTEL/COMMS and Counter Unmanned Aerial Surveillance (C-UAS) personnel. He also serves as a patrol commander (PATCOM) for the Transit Protection System (TPS) consisting of the Navy's Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBN). 

Monfred epitomizes the Coast Guard Core Values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty. He is an expert boatswain's mate, who has demonstrated incredible versatility and commitment by achieving success in new disciples outside the scope of traditional rated responsibilities. 

Demonstrating phenomenal adaptability and dynamic leadership skill, Monfred supervised a team of nine petty officers with five unique specialty ratings between them. His breadth of knowledge was clearly displayed as he led this diverse team of petty officers to accomplish intelligence and operational support for the TPS. In addition to excelling in divisional responsibilities, he served as a TPS PATCOM, orchestrating security escorts with multiple assets and over 50 personnel to ensure force protection of strategic nuclear ballistic missile submarines.

In addition, Monfred is a trusted leader amongst the entire MFPU and its tenant units. It is routine for members, junior and senior alike, to reach out to him for assistance, guidance, and mentoring on a variety of fronts. He’s a phenomenal leader in the Chief’s Mess where he consistently leads several initiatives for the mess and crew. Most recently, he led the revitalization of the Chief’s Mess where he devoted countless hours over several weekends to the overall improvement of the Chief’s Mess appearance. The improvements consisted of installation of new appliances, painting and paneling to name a few. 

Monfred continuously carries out the Chief Petty Officer mission by delivering world-class deck-plate leadership, creating mission-ready Coast Guardsmen while improving the careers and lives of those he leads to include their families. Lastly, his overall performance directly contributed to him being the recipient of the Thomas H. Latham Jr. Submariner Leadership Award. This Savannah Navy League sponsored award recognizes one MFPU member that excels in the following categories: Principled Mariner, Leadership, Team Player, Collaborative Spirit, Bridge Builder, and Motivator. 

Bravo Zulu Chief Monfred! Thank you for your guidance and leadership!

A good chief remembers where they came from. They are patience, knowledgeable and ALWAYS leads through their actions. A good chief sets high standards, makes no excuses, and FOLLOWS through with his or her members.