Coast Guard recruits who have recently spent time at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, New Jersey, may know Chief Petty Officer Milton Casey as a stern company commander. Beyond his duties training incoming service members with his authoritative voice, Smokey Bear hat and unnaturally shiny boots, he is a dedicated family man and consummate community volunteer.
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The newest Paratus Report is out! In this episode: The Coast Guard is looking to the field to find highly motivated leaders to become the next company commanders, you can earn an additional point on your Service Wide Exam final multiple and there’s a new weight exemption for members using certain reproductive services to grow their family.
Lt. Cmdr. Russell Merrick ran for nearly 105 hours straight, battled hallucinations, locked knees, blistered and severely swollen feet and pushed through pure exhaustion to complete the Bigfoot 200 Endurance Run that spans from Mount St. Helens in the Cascade Mountain Range in Washington to Randle, Washington. His drive and determination make him an inspiration to his fellow shipmates.
I love to teach; I always have. Being a company commander provided me an opportunity to teach and develop our organization’s future leaders.
“If we are being honest, there were two reasons that motivated me to become a Company Commander. First, I wanted to give back to the service that had been so good to me for 12 years. I had a personal desire to make the biggest positive impact on the future of the Coast Guard and what better place to do that than TRACEN Cape May. This place is literally step one, ground zero, the event horizon of more than 80 percent of the Coast Guard’s entire workforce. Second, I needed a break from calibrating radar’s and replacing chart plotters.”
“Ever since I completed basic training, I have dreamt of becoming a Company Commander. I still remember my Company Commanders vividly, just like every Coast Guardsmen I have ever spoken to does.”
A great Company Commander is someone who is willing and actually able to give what they would demand of the recruits, someone who enjoys coaching and mentoring. Someone that is driven and can work with large group of people with a certain degree of autonomy. Clock-punchers need not apply!
Editor’s note: This instructor profile is part of a series profiling some of the best instructors and company commanders at Training Center Cape May, N.J. Force Readiness Command will be featuring outstanding instructors regularly who go above and beyond to help shape the future of the Coast Guard at our eight training centers . Petty Officer 1st Class Rick Bauz is an experienced company commander from Training Center Cape May, who recently was selected as the Coast Guard’s Top Cadence Author for 2013.
Fourteen. That’s the number of search and rescue cases that Petty Officer 1st Class Rick Bauz has worked where he and his crew couldn’t rescue everyone. If he’s asked how many cases he’s worked where he’s saved a life, he just shrugs and says “I don’t really count them because I was just doing my job.”
Coast Guard recruits at Training Center Cape May spend a lot of time marching to and from various training evolutions and classes. In the later weeks of their training, company commanders begin to call cadences with them. This is a turning point for the recruits, and it’s an opportunity for the company commanders to teach