Commentary | June 16, 2021

Leader of the Week: Chief Petty Officer Josh Jurgens

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

Our Coast Guard Leader of the Week is Chief Petty Officer Josh Jurgens, a boatswain’s mate currently serving as the executive petty officer of Station Shinnecock on Long Island, New York.

Jurgens reported to the Shinnecock last summer and immediately proved himself as a strong presence in the Mess. He is extremely passionate about his job and the people he is responsible for. His peers voted for him to take the reins as the new president of the Long Island Chapter of the Chief Petty Officers Association, and was sworn in during a ceremony in early May. We are grateful to have Jurgens in our Mess and looking after our young men and women, and we look forward to what lies ahead for him in his career!

"A good Leader to me is someone who is humble, understands they will not have every answer but will ensure their crew they will find it. They are transparent with their crew, and remembers the struggles of being junior and will make every effort to bridge that gap. Someone that leads by example, but at the same time knows when it's time to make a decision. A good chief will go to battle for their crew, and at the same time support the unified front of their supervisor and hold their crew accountable even if it's not the popular choice. For we as the chief's we are the ones who hold the line and ensure we are the world's best Coast Guard."

If you would like to nominate someone for Leader of the Week, please email Kneen, or the MyCG team. The Coast Guard Leader of the Week can be an active duty, reserve member, or civilian member.