Inspire: Cmdr. Andrew Brown

Cmdr. Andrew Brown was selected as the 2017 Jarvis Inspirational Leadership Award winner for his outstanding leadership during his tour as executive officer of Coast Guard Base Boston over calendar year 2016. Brown worked tirelessly to foster an environment of collaboration amongst a diverse team through team building events, strengthening the unit’s Leadership and Diversity Advisory Council, and by addressing military and civilian concerns.


Inspire: Lt. Cmdr. Robyn Swan

Lt. Cmdr. Robyn Swan, the executive officer of Port Security Unit 309, is the second of eight members that will be highlighted in the Inspire blog series. Swan is the recipient of the 2017 Witherspoon Reserve Inspirational Leadership for navigating her unit through a member’s suicide, a sexual assault case, and the high operational tempo demands during the Republican National Convention.


Inspire: Coast Guard Auxiliarist Gene Little

Flotilla Commander, Coast Guard Auxiliarist Gene Little from the Ninth District, Eastern Region, is the first of eight members that will be highlighted in the Inspire blog series. Little is the recipient of the 2017 Greanoff Inspirational Leadership Award. The Greanoff Award recognizes flotilla commanders who have demonstrated exemplary performance while sustaining exceptional standards of proficiency, conduct, and impeccable bearing. Little initiated succession programs, mentored members, promoted recreational safety, educated children, and recruited highly qualified members into the Auxiliary. For these and many more of his accomplishments, Little was this year’s Greanoff Inspirational Leadership Award Winner.


Inspire: Keep learning leadership

To maintain the enthusiasm leading up to the release of the Inspirational Leadership Award Winners and to continue the leadership dialogue, Mr. Charlie Coiro, an instructor and assistant department head at the Coast Guard Leadership Development Center, shares what inspires him to be a great leader. Mr. Coiro has been instructing Coast Guard members and civilians for decades on leadership and brings fresh recommendations that you can add to your learning library.


Office of Leadership “Inspire” series kick-off video

What Inspires You to be a Great Leader? Is it a co-worker, a family member, your favorite book, or a moving TED TALK? Join Rear Adm. William Kelly, assistant commandant for Coast Guard Human Resources, and Mr. Curtis Odom, director of Civilian Human Resources, Diversity and Leadership, as they continue the leadership dialogue. Please check back in with this blog series titled “Inspire” throughout the rest of the year as the 2017 Inspirational Leadership Award Winners share what has inspired them in their leadership journeys.