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Commentary | Nov. 24, 2021

BZ: United States Merchant Marine Academy wins Secretaries Cup, and more

By Nicole Bertrand, MyCG Writer

The U.S. Coast Guard Commandant congratulated United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) for their Secretaries’ Cup win. Every year, the USMMA football team and the Coast Guard Bears go head-to-head in the annual Secretaries’ Cup. It is an intense rivalry game between the schools and always looked forward to with much excitement. It has been compared to the Army-Navy matchup, just as a smaller college version. The two campuses are at opposite ends of Long Island Sound. The game alternates between the Coast Guard's Cadet Memorial Field in New London, Connecticut, and the Merchant Marine's Captain Tomb Field in Kings Point, New York. This year the USMMA hosted. The final score was 49-14.

Solicitation: Nominations for 2021 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Awards for Excellence. Nominate highly motivated and accomplished financial management staff who have delivered exceptional service and made significant contributions to DHS financial success during fiscal year 2021. The DHS Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) administers this program in collaboration with component senior financial officers. Components are encouraged to reward the innovation, dedication, and excellence of their employees and teams whose performance contributes to the accomplishment of the DHS mission and goals. The four categories for the DHS CFO Awards are: Excellence in Superior Mission Achievement; Excellence in CFO Principles; Excellence in Performance; and Excellence (exemplary performance in all things CFO). Achievements must have occurred between Oct. 1, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2021. Award nomination information and forms can be found here. Nomination forms are due by Dec. 7. You can email Dr. Dianne S. Trawick or call (202) 372-3722. For more information, please read Solicitation for Nominations for FY21 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Awards for Excellence ALCOAST 423/21.

Congratulations to the Midgrade Officer and Civilian Transition Course (MOCTC) Team on their article published in the Journal of Military Learning. The MOCTC article on metacognitive reflection—"The Framework for Facilitating Reflective Practice During the Coast Guard Midgrade Officer and Civilian Transition Course”—appeared in the Journal of Military Learning’s October edition. The journal is published by the Army University War College. The article provided an opportunity to share with the professional military community how metacognitive reflection is taught at the Leadership Development Center. Metacognitive reflection is “thinking about your thinking” or examining your operating characteristics. Metacognitive reflection has two components: intentionally thinking about “what we know” and “how we know,” and self-regulation. Self-regulation is defined as managing how we go about leading ourselves and others, the ability to recognize and supervise our thinking processes, and the potential to perceive leadership in new ways. “We’re excited to contribute to the learning of other branches of the military,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan Tice, Officer and Civilian Leadership Continuum (OCLC) School chief.

Welcome to the crew of the Coast Guard Station St. Louis! U.S. Coast Guard Station St. Louis is the first of five new Coast Guard stations to be commissioned in the Coast Guard Eighth District Western Rivers Sectors. Coast Guard Station St. Louis supports the branch's five main mission areas, including maritime security, maritime safety, protection of natural resources, maritime mobility and national defense.