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My Coast Guard
Commentary | March 10, 2021

Deckplate Leader of the Week: Chief Petty Officer Mike Rushane

Our deckplate leader of the week is Chief Petty Officer Mike Rushane, a marine science technician and the “bullpen” chief at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound!

Rushane also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Leadership Diversity Advisory Council (LDAC). 

He hit the ground running this past summer, and he was recently chosen as the “Spirit of the Chief” recipient for the Fall 2020 Connecticut Chief’s Call to Indoctrination group.

Rushane's contributions to the Mess include (but are not limited to) compassion, heritage, integrity, expertise, flexibility, showing-up, modesty, engaging, steadfastness, sarcasm. He knows how to perfectly intermingle all these qualities into the right message, at the right time, in the right place!

We are extremely thankful to have him on our team and in our Mess!

When asked two questions, he gave the following responses:

In your opinion, what makes a good chief?

“A good chief knows when to step forward and when to step back. A good chief is the person who has the right answer, but doesn't always say it first. A good chief applauds the crew when they succeed, and chastises himself when they fail.”

What advice do you have for junior members?

“Everyone is an way or another. Learn from the good ones. Also, invest in TSP early.”

THANK YOU for all that you do! I am proud to serve along side every single one of you! 

Thank you for your leadership!

Do you have a chief who you would like to recognize? Please contact Chief Petty Officer Crystalynn Kneen.