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Commentary | March 31, 2021

Deckplate Leader of the Week: Senior Chief Petty Officer William ‘Benny’ Harris

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

Our deckplate leader of the week is Senior Chief Petty Officer William ‘Benny’ Harris, a boatswain’s mate and the officer in charge at U.S. Coast Guard Station Montauk, New York.

In a remote area that practically shuts down for half of the year, with an extremely high cost of living, some pretty nasty weather, no dining facility at the unit, and a slew of other ‘normal’ small unit challenges, Harris and his crew still find a way to get the job done, and they do it very well!

He sets high standards for his crew, ensures they have the tools to meet their goals, and makes sure they still get time to play volleyball and basketball (especially during visits from the sector command cadre). Thanks for your leadership through adversity!

In your opinion, what makes a “good” Chief?

“I know that everyone says it, but I think a good chief is someone who takes care of their people in all aspects. They give their people their best effort and expect the same in return. They are consummate professionals who are always setting the example both in and out uniform.”

What advice do you have for junior members?

“My advice to junior members is to work hard and continue to better yourself both professionally and personally. The Coast Guard is a great opportunity and you are responsible for you own success. Your future achievements will be a result of your hard work and dedication. Finally, remember to always take care of your family as they will be a part of your life long after your career is over.”

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