Coast Guard All Hands‘ first “Bravo Zulu” goes out to Lt. Cmdr. Deon J. Scott. Scott was recently recognized for his outstanding contributions and leadership in support of the Coast Guard’s diversity efforts with the 2013 Blacks in Government Meritorious Service Award. This highly competitive awards is given annually and honors service members whose attributes best exemplify the Service’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty and has demonstrated them through consistent superior performance and exemplary leadership.
“His willingness to promote diversity efforts clearly demonstrates an unrelenting passion for the future of our Service,” said Capt. Gregory Stump, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector San Francisco. “[Scott’s] consistent pattern of selfless service allowed the Coast Guard to make tremendous strides in achieving our diversity vision while serving as a role model to other Coast Guard members.”
Scott is currently assigned to Sector San Francisco as the Ports, Waterways and Coastal Security coordinator. In addition to his primary duties, he serves as the chair of the Sector San Francisco Leadership and Diversity Advisory Council where he advises the sector commander on leadership and diversity management issues impacting the workforce. Within this role he has solicited and evaluated leadership issues affecting command climate and developed solutions and best practices to address them across the unit.
A 2001 graduate of Hampton University, Scott serves as a Coast Guard ambassador to Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the nation. He mentors five Hampton University students and established multiple information sessions to recruit a highly skilled Coast Guard workforce in STEM majors. He also serves on the executive board for the Bay Area National Naval Officer Association where he has established strong ties with the local community through relationships with the Oakland Military Institute College Preparatory Academy and Youth Uprising: Community Transformation center in East Oakland offering young people increased opportunities for educational and career achievement.
Lt. Cmdr. Scott’s noteworthy achievements underscore the Service’s commitment to diversity in recruitment, retention and mentoring and serve as an example for us all. Congratulations, shipmate!