Coast Guardsman exhibits leadership

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Petty Officer 3rd Class Thomas Marcoux receives the Air Force Airman Leadership School academic achievement award at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Oct. 28, 2011.

The noted author John Maxwell said leadership is influence; and one Coast Guard petty officer is trying to positively influence his co-workers at Marine Safety Detachment Kenai.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Tom Marcoux, a marine science technician, was awarded the Air Force Airman Leadership School academic achievement award and the distinguished graduate award Oct. 28, 2011. He attended the Air Force ALS for five weeks at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Marcoux had the highest overall average on academic evaluations and was in the top 10 percent overall in all graded areas and leadership skills at the academy.

While attending the school, Marcoux learned about professional writing, official correspondence, public speaking and leadership approaches. The leadership portion covered conflict management, military contemporary leadership, problem solving, leader and follower dynamics and how to achieve the desired response from subordinates.

“Most of the skills and techniques I learned are not going to drastically change who I am overnight,” said Marcoux. “This school definitely expanded my tool bag and the resources available to properly influence anyone under me. I’ll be able to provide professional development and use team development along with problem solving and conflict management skills when I work with my co-workers.”

Marcoux has shown his command the ability to put forth effort and desire toward the tasks required at his unit and to further develop him as a leader.

“He earned a place at the ALS by exhibiting great job performance and a desire to learn,” said Lt. Sarah Geoffrion, MSD Kenai supervisor. “Most Coast Guard petty officers aren’t afforded the opportunity to receive formal, extended and dedicated leadership training.”

Over the past two years, Marcoux has exhibited an exemplary attitude and willingness to learn. Therefore, he has been afforded the trust and respect from his supervisors.

“His job performance, dedication and pursuit of additional responsibilities have made his lead petty officer and me comfortable giving him opportunities to train others,” said Geoffrion. “He has trained newly reported petty officers, provided unit safety training and taught Coast Guard regulations.”

Marcoux’s experience at the Air Force ALS provided him with tools he can carry throughout his Coast Guard career. As he develops others around him he will also influence them to become leaders.

Marine Safety Detachment Kenai is responsible for pollution response, waterway safety and commercial fishing vessel exams, covering an area from Soldotna to Homer on the Kenai Peninsula in southcentral Alaska.

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