Petty Officer Second Class Amir Lawal contributed to this post
Master Chief Maritime Enforcement Specialist (MECM) Gordon J. Muise has had a long and successful Coast Guard career as a Boatswains Mate (BM). Not too long ago though, he was designated as one of the first four Maritime Enforcement Specialists (ME) in the Coast Guard. Another career high to add to his ever-growing list of accomplishments.
So, for today’s Guardian of the Week post, I sat down and talked with Master Chief Muise. Among other things, I asked him about his career and why he chose to lateral over to the new ME rating after nearly 30 years as a BM.
Q: What is your current assignment?
A: The ME Rating Force Manager.
Q: When were selected for the ME rate?
A: I was selected in November 2008, but I pinned it on on December 1, 2008.
Q: Is it correct that you were one of only four selected?
A: Yes, but currently there are only three. They solicited to fill four positions to help set up the rating including the Rating Force Manager, Senior Service-wide Exam/Non-Resident Course Writer, ME ‘A’ School Chief, and the Port Security Specialist Rating Force Manager.
Q: What is your background in the Coast Guard?
A: I joined the Coast Guard in 1979 and was stationed on the CGC Duane, a 327-foot boat in New England. Shortly after, I went to BM ‘A’ School and became a BM3 in June 1980.
At this point, I ask Master Chief Muise when he advanced up the ranks. But, because of his extensive career, he could hardly recall off the top of his head all the units he’d been assigned to and all the dates of his advancements. So, he went to find his bio. He printed out pages of his jam-packed biography and handed them to me. Here it is in a nut shell… take a deep breath… and… go
Bootcamp in 1979; assigned to CGC Duane in New England; BM ‘A’ School; advancement to BM3 in June 1980; assigned to Base South Portland, ME; advanced to BM2 in March 1983; transferred to CGC Point Roberts in Mayport, FL; advanced to BM1 in December 1986; transferred back to Base South Portland, ME; transferred to CGC Jefferson Island in South Portland, ME; advanced to BMC in April 1993; transferred to CGC Reliance in Portsmouth, NH; transferred as Officer in Charge to Station Chincoteague, VA; advanced to BMCS in July 1997; transferred as Officer in Charge to Station Mobile, AL; transferred as Officer in Charge to Station Dauphin Island, AL; transferred as Officer in Charge to Station Little Creek, VA; advanced to BMCM in December 2004.
Q: Why did you choose to lateral over to the new ME rating after nearly 30 years as a Boatswains Mate?
A: It appealed to me because it gave me the opportunity to use my experience and training to help bring a new rating online and mentor junior people.
Q: What are the top five things you think are most important to being an ME?
- To have the desire to perform the job of law enforcement and security
- To be physically fit
- To be comfortable around weapons
- To have an exemplary personal and professional background
- To interact well with others
Q: Where are you at now in the process of selecting more Guardians for the ME rating?
A: Right now, we are getting the word out and soliciting the application packages.
Q: What’s next?
A: The selection panel will convene this October and results of the panel are expected sometime in November.
Q: Anything you want to tell those interested in being an ME?
A: Nowadays, everything you need to know and more can be found online. A complete list of resources and references is in the Coast Guard Intranet Portal under “Maritime Enforcement Specialist.” All the information is also available on the Reserve’s link on the Coast Guard’s homepage. My Force Notes are available online on the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard’s Web site.
Congratulations Master Chief on your designation as one of the first Maritime Enforcement Specialists. I look forward to seeing the selection panel’s list of Guardians who will shape the ME rating and take the Coast Guard into the future.
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