I had the honor of serving as navigator of a tall ship—and not just any tall ship. It was the Coast Guard Barque Eagle, the only fully operational sailing vessel commissioned in U.S. government service.
I was assigned to the Eagle for two years, sailing thousands of miles while training the future leaders of the Coast Guard in an unparalleled at-sea leadership classroom. With a great crew and under the watchful eye of a great captain, we accomplished our mission with professionalism, determination, and enthusiasm. Things did not always go as planned, of course. One incident in particular taught me about operational leadership in a way few other experiences have.
Avoiding the Storm