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My Coast Guard
Commentary | Feb. 10, 2021

Deckplate Leader of the Week: Chief Petty Officer Ryan Romesberg

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

Our deckplate leader of the week is Chief Petty Officer Ryan Romesberg, a damage controlman from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stone!

Romesberg’s leadership is remarkable as he tackles being the damage controlman chief aboard the cutter and the command fire marshal.

He has worked vigorous hours to complete repair party inventories prior to the Coast Guard accepting the new cutter.

He goes above and beyond to be an active leader in the chief’s mess. He coordinated a barbecue for phase one cutter personnel in Pascagoula, Mississippi to keep moral high.

Romesberg ensures he is always available to mentor, develop, and assist junior personnel. 

He recently created a damage control plan to assist in qualifying multiple members for initial duty sections.

When asked what makes a good chief?

“A good chief is a chief that doesn't ask their members to perform tasks they wouldn't be comfortable doing themselves. Lead from the front. Not a ‘do as I say’ type of leader.”

What advice do you have for junior members?

“Don't rush to get out of your first unit as a non-rate. If you really want to go a specific rating with a long school list, it is worth the wait. Set goals early and often.”

Thank you for your dedication, leadership and forward thinking!