ADM Paul Zukunft, Commandant, USCG, stands for a picture with fellow Coast Guard officers and civilians of all ranks at the NNOA Annual Leadership, Professional Development & Training Conference at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Virginia, July 19, 2016. Photo by CDR Warren Judge.

Five takeaways from the NNOA Annual Leadership, Professional Development & Training Conference

Coast Guard members recently participated in the National Naval Officers Association’s annual conference in Virginia Beach, Va. The agenda was loaded with discussions and opportunities for mentoring. Attendees learned about the work that is happening in human resources and recruiting to develop a more diverse and inclusive workforce, and how they can grow professionally as leaders, mentors, and mentees. Here are just five of the countless takeaways from the conference.


Richard Etheridge, far left, and the Pea Island Life-Saving crew in front of their station, circa 1890. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Creating opportunity through leadership, mentorship and diversity

Shipmates, as we travel through life it is important to have trusted means of navigation to help guide us. Whether it’s family, faith, the Constitution, a mentor or a trusted organization, we all need navigational aids to keep us on track, both at home and with our careers.