Commentary | July 7, 2021

Leader of the Week: Chief Petty Officer Robert L. Davis

Our Deckplate Leader of the Week is Chief Petty Officer Robert L. Davis, a marine science technician, from Sector Guam Waterways Management Division!

Davis epitomizes the image of commitment to Coast Guard and concern for his shipmates through his adherence to our organization's core values. Displaying an aptitude for his outstanding work for his division, Davis effectively communicates what has been accomplished and consistently keeps the command informed of progress. Davis consistently leans forward by always looking for innovative ideas to apply not only in his core duties, but for various projects ranging from development and implementation of the DEOCS survey, multiple morale events, the Partnership in Education (PIE) program, and events sponsored by the Leadership and Diversity Action Council (LDAC).  His active participation in all of these successful activities demonstrate his unquestionable belief in our organization’s core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty.  

Davis is heavily involved in both the local Sector Guam Chief Mess and the Consolidated Chief Mess of the Marianas. He is also actively involved in the Chief Petty Officer’s Association, holding the position of treasurer and works with others to plan and coordinate various fundraising activities for the very successful Marianas Chapter. The Chief Mess and CPOA have been crucial in assisting our personnel and their families stationed on the remote island of Guam, especially considering the restrictive environment and challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic have presented.

Davis is currently working on the development and launch of a mentorship program later this year at Sector and has been instrumental in the planning and coordination of various events sponsored by the LDAC that have both educated and increased morale at this unit. These include events for Women’s History Month, Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, African American History Month and others. 

A good chief is a leader who has the understanding they may be the one in charge but may not be the smartest. They must be able to create an environment to allow their personnel the confidence and opportunity to succeed by contributing ideas. They must have the trust of the crew and be able to communicate command intentions to the unit to complete the mission. Lastly, a good Chief takes care of their people, so that even after they transfer they know that you will be available on messenger and email and always be their chief.

While the Coast Guard changes often and moves in new directions many problems and situations have happened before. Take the time to speak to that “old crusty chief or warrant,” listen to their stories and learn from their vast storehouse of knowledge because someday you just might find yourself in that situation. Take advantage of all opportunities given to you, even the crappy ones, to learn. The older you get the more set in your ways you become, but if you have those experiences to draw knowledge from it will assist you and your unit in the long-run.

Do you have someone you would like to nominate for the Leader of the Week? Email Chief Petty Officer Crystalynn Kneen. We are accepting nominations for active duty, reserve, officer, enlisted, and civilian employees for Leader of the Week.