Commentary | July 22, 2021

BZ: DHS Chief Readiness Support Office names Supervisor of the Year, and more

By Nicole Bertrand, MyCG Staff

DHS Chief Readiness Support Office names Supervisor of the Year. Congratulations to Lt. Cmdr. Stephanie Woods who won the DHS Chief Readiness Support Office (CRSO) Supervisor of the Year award for 2020. Woods was awarded this honor due to her exceptional technical, management, and leadership capabilities, as well as her untiring efforts in support of DHS CRSO's Munro Building Optimization (MBO) project. She served as the lead project officer, developing creative solutions to help increase the utilization of the Coast Guard Headquarters (CGHQ) Douglas A. Munro Building on the St. Elizabeth’s Campus. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, she coordinated with the General Service Administration (GSA) and DHS to redesign the MBO project within the 1.2 million square foot Munro Building. This massive $30.5 million effort was projected to seat nearly 50% of Coast Guard and the Office of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction personnel in open workspaces without physical barriers or six-foot physical distance recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Demonstrating exceptional initiative, she spearheaded a new project plan that prioritized the safety of more than 4,700 DHS employees by incorporating current CDC guidance while still meeting Congressional optimization requirements. “Her capacity to transform high-level strategy into tangible results is sustained and has made a remarkable impact on CGHQ's capabilities in both the near and long-term,” said retired Capt. Keith Ingalsbe. “As a superb leader and critical thinker, Lt. Cmdr. Woods excels at bringing innovative approaches to solve challenging problems. An effective negotiator with a knack for delivering previously unachievable outcomes, she embodies the characteristics prized in great leaders—humility, unwavering ethics, and disciplined initiative.” 

2020 Fireman First Class Paul Clark Boat Forces Engineer Award winner announced. Bravo Zulu to Petty Officer 1st Class Kyla Shier, a machinery technician assigned to Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet for winning this prestigious award. It is presented annually to a Coast Guard boat engineer who demonstrates sustained superior performance, proficiency in their craft, and leadership. Shier has exemplified technical acumen, expertise, and commitment, which have distinguished her as an innovative leader. Among her qualifications, she has served as a 47- foot Motor Lifeboat (MLB) Engineer, Response Boat-Small II crewmember, Victim Advocate, Professional Development Coach, and Hazmat Control Officer. Shier assumed the role of a chief petty officer for a period of four months and managed a 12-person department; two 47-foot MLBs; two 29-foot Response Boat Smalls; 34,194 square feet of real property; and an annual engineering budget of $115,000. She also diagnosed the cause for the station's multi-million dollar complex HVAC failure and saved the Coast Guard an estimated $25,000. You can read about Shier’s accomplishments in full detail by clicking here. There were several nominees for the 2020 Fireman First Class Paul Clark Boat Forces Engineer Award. For a full list you can read the 2020 Fireman First Class Paul Clark Boat Forces Engineer Award Announcement ALCOAST 252/21. If you are interested in learning more about this annual award, you can contact Don Hartmayer, Office of Boat Forces (CG-731). 

Nominations for the 2021 Naval Engineering Awards sought. The Office of Naval Engineering (CG-45) sponsors several awards for outstanding contributions and achievements within the Coast Guard Naval Engineering program. These are the CAPT Richard and the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) sponsored awards, which include the Perry Award (Afloat and Ashore), Stabile Award, and Lucas Plaque (Afloat and Ashore). Criteria for the awards vary. Collectively, the awards recognize such qualities as leadership, professional development of others, external agency/society involvement, community service, technical proficiency, initiative, teamwork, support of operational readiness, and Coast Guard impact. The deadline for those interested is Sept. 3, 2021. Nominations must be made electronically and individuals must be nominated by an area commander, district commander, commanding officer, Commandant (CG-45), or Surface Forces Logistics Center division chief. For specific details you can email Lt. Cmdr. Nathaniel Dufresne , or call 202-475-5719. There is additional information in the Nominations for 2021 Naval Engineering Awards ALCOAST 258/21, Nominations for 2021 Naval Engineering Awards. 

Solicitation for the Swarigen Award for Outstanding Mentorship in Human Performance Technology. Nominations are being accepted for the Charles E. Swaringen, Jr. Award for outstanding mentorship in Human Performance Technology. This prestigious award recognizes exemplary individual achievement in the selfless development of others applying human performance technology. Charles Swaringen, Jr., was the advisor to Aviation Technical Training Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina commanding officer, before cancer took his life in 1987. He is remembered as one of the first true human performance technologists and an extraordinary mentor. Nominees must have made a significant impact on the professional growth of more than one individual during the three calendar years preceding the award. Additionally, nominees must be full-time Coast Guard employees and may be active duty military, reserve, or civilian. Nomination packages must include a command cover memo, nominee’s name, email address, nominating individual's name, nominating individual's email address, supporting documents, and whether the nominee is active duty military, reserve, or civilian. For more information, please email Douglas Craft. See Solicitation for the Swarigen Award for Outstanding Mentorship in Human Performance Technology ALCOAST 259/21 for more information.