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Commentary | April 28, 2021

Deckplate Leader of the Week: Chief Petty Officer Craig Morris

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

Our Deckplate Leader of the Week is Chief Petty Officer Craig Morris, an aviation maintenance technician at Air Station Sacramento where he fills the roll of maintenance control chief from January 2020 to December 2020!

Morris’s hard work and dedication to each of his shipmates, primary responsibilities, and collateral duties, has inspired others to deliver a successful unit maintenance program for six $40 million HC-27J aircraft achieving 59,583 hours of safely conducted maintenance. Morris led by example as the most experienced HC-27J engine run instructor in the Coast Guard as he qualified engine run instructors and engine run operators during COVID-19 restrictions ensuring the unit’s success. 

Dedicated to supporting and developing the next generation of enlisted leaders, Morris provided challenging opportunities for the enlisted workforce that facilitated their ability to perform at their very best. In doing so, he highlighted these efforts and ensured proper recognition of individuals through various award submissions and recognition programs, most notably the 2020 Unit Enlisted Person of the Year awardee. Morris also served as a valuable member of the Air Station Chiefs’ Mess, in which he provided career counseling in the development of future and current chief petty officers. His ability to collaborate with and lead his peers in the Mess built unit cohesiveness and directly contributed to the morale of the unit resulting in exceeding maintenance and operational expectations. Leading from the front, Morris’ high level of dedication to members of the community were demonstrated as a funeral detail flag-bearer as he presented the flag to the next of kin family member. Setting the example and leading from the front, he was also committed to supporting the community, coordinating and volunteering for the “Meals on Wheels” program, bringing food and companionship to senior citizens in need.

Thank you Chief Morris for leading the future of the Coast Guard and setting a great example!