Petty Officer 3rd Class Noel Cordero poses for a photo while transiting through the Grenville Channel in British Columbia, Canada. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Arnould.

Leadership has no rank

It’s often thought that a military leader must come from a high rank or command staff which fosters the development of junior members to one day become leaders themselves. However Coast Guardsmen like Petty Officer 2nd Class Noel Cordero, a junior member aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley, prove the qualities of a good leader have no rank requirement.