As the new commanding officer of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau (WHEC-722), I knew endeavoring to understand the needs and gain the perspectives of the Morgenthau’s officers and crew would be paramount to commanding effectively. As I met with these 180 or so wonderful men and women, I quickly realized that my chief corpsman, Chief Petty Officer Cecil “Doc” Henson, was the key to my insight into the morale and well-being of our command. Doc Henson, as he was affectionately called, placed service above self and nurtured extraordinary working and personal relationships with all members—from myself through the most junior Coast Guardsman.
Leadership Forum - My Chief Was Always There
By Rear Admiral Fred L. Ames, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)