united states coast guard

R 021032 JUL 20
ALCOAST 260/20
1. Purpose: This message solicits nominations for the FY20 Special Command
Aide (SCA) of the Year.
2. Background: This annual award recognizes the outstanding performance of
Coast Guard SCAs working within Coast Guard Representational Facilities (REPFAC)
and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff residence. This award recognizes
and encourages outstanding achievement, creativity, and contributions to the
Coast Guard.
3. Award eligibility: Presented annually, this award recognizes individual
performance and contributions between the dates of 01 OCT 2019 and 30 SEP 2020.
Because the award is tailored to SCAs that serve in REPFACs, nominees must have
served as an SCA in a REPFAC for at least six months during the qualifying
period. SCAs who transfered during the competition year will compete from
the REPFAC to which the SCA was assigned as of 01 APR 2020.
4. The member selected as the Coast Guard SCA of the Year will represent the
Coast Guard at the Inter-Service Enlisted Aide of the Year Competition
held in conjunction with the United Service Organization (USO) Salute to
Military Chefs event in Washington, D.C. The focus of the competition is
Enlisted Aide duties with the purpose of relieving General and Flag Officers
of those minor tasks and details which, if performed by the officers, would be
at the expense of the officers' primary military and official duties. Cooking will
not be part of this competition.
5. Nomination package requirements: Eligible members may submit an application
package, which should be scanned and emailed, to
NLT 15 SEP 2020. The package must include the following items:
    a. General information sheet.
    b. Command endorsement cover letter.
    c. Justification remarks.
    d. Personal statement.
    e. Military biographical data.
    f. Official photo (head and shoulders in service dress uniform without
combination cover).
6. Please contact CSCS Derek Johnson to obtain the templates for the
general information sheet, justification remarks, personal statement, and the
military biographical data sheet.
7. Command Endorsement: Command endorsements are critical to the selection
process and shall provide specific comments on the member to include:
    a. Leadership and Job Performance: Describe significant leadership
accomplishments and how well the member performed assigned primary and
additional duties. Define the scope and level of responsibilities and the
impact on the mission and unit. Include any new initiatives or techniques
developed by the member, and comments on the establishment of quality
household management. Also describe any significant contributions that positively
impacted the unit and/or increased mission effectiveness during the
recognition period. Include awards received: e.g., enlisted person of the
quarter, and other local and civilian organization recognition.
    b. Significant Self-Improvement: Show how the member developed or improved
skills related to primary duties: e.g., formal training, career development
course enrollment or completion, on-the-job training, certifications, and
off-duty education related to primary duties, etc. Include completion of any
professional military education as well as any off-duty education not directly
related to primary duties: e.g., class, course, degree enrollment or completion,
and grade point average. Cite any other relevant training, activity or
achievements in professional or cultural societies or associations, and the
development of creative abilities that significantly enhanced the member's
value as a military citizen during the recognition period.
    c. Base and Community Involvement: Define the scope and impact of the
member's positive leadership and involvement in the military and civilian
community. Include leadership, membership or participation in unit advisory
councils, professional military organizations, associations and events: e.g.,
president of the local Coast Guard Enlisted Association branch, member of the
nutrition and wellness board, officer in culinary chapter, youth coach, etc.
Include contributions (tangible or intangible) to the professional community and
service industry's welfare, morale or status. Highlight demonstrated ability as
an articulate and positive member of the Coast Guard during the recognition period.
8. POC: For additional information regarding the submission of packages, contact
the SCA program manager, CSCS Derek Johnson, at (202) 372-4412.
9. ADM Charles Ray, Vice Commandant, sends.
10. Internet release is authorized.