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NEWS | July 6, 2016

Navy League recognizes Coast Guard Sector Charleston officer

By Staff Sgt. Andrea Salazar JB Charleston Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Cathleen A. Giguere, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston Boarding Team Supervisor and Command Duty Officer, accepted the Capt. David H. Jarvis award for inspirational leadership during the Navy League National Convention June 17, 2016 in Charleston, S.C.

The Navy League annually presents the Jarvis award to recognize an outstanding Coast Guard officer who has made exemplary contributions to the high standards of competence and leadership traditions in the Coast Guard.
"Having the unique ability to inspire confidence in her enlisted and officer colleagues at such an early stage in her career," said Capt. G.L. Tomasulo, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston commander, "Lieutenant Junior Grade Giguere is certainly the most capable officer of this grade I have had the privilege to serve with and is most deserving of this prestigious award."

Aside from consistently demonstrating outstanding leadership skills which motivate and inspire personnel to strive for excellence and achieve measurable results contributing to the success of the Coast Guard, Giguere's accomplishments also contributed to Sector Charleston exceeding all District Seven performance metrics and demonstrated an achievable standard that impacted accident prevention efforts for recreational and commercial fisheries. She also regularly volunteered for additional assignments to ensure her peers and subordinates were not over taxed and expertly filled a critical gap as the Sector Enforcement Division Officer during the region's busiest operational period. 

"Lieutenant Junior Grade Giguere demonstrated rare traits of both a seasoned leader and a dedicated follower seeking to learn her role as a junior officer" said Tomasulo. "Never content to settle for achieving the acceptable standard, she immersed herself in every aspect of the Coast Guard and consistently led well above her pay grade."