The USCG Chief Warrant Officer Professional Development (CWO-PD) Class 05-23 has recently come to a close, and it has been an incredibly successful and memorable experience for all involved. The class was led by CWO-4 Jeff Timberlake, who has been a fixture in the USCG for 30 years. This was his last class as the lead instructor, and it was an honor to be a part of such a tremendous career, he brought it to a “hole ‘nutha level” (HNL).
Throughout the course, CWO-4 Timberlake used his unique style of communication to connect with the students. He peppered his lectures with words like "dynamite," "out of sight," and "daggone," which brought a sense of humor and lightheartedness to the class. His counterpart, CWO-4 J-me Baldueza, brought a different energy to the table. He was full of optimism and had an endless supply of "crazy" ideas. CWO-4 Baldueza's passion for leadership and change management was infectious, and he inspired the students to think outside the box and embrace new approaches.
The CWO-PD class 05-23 consisted of 20 students, all of whom had a wealth of experience in the USCG. Together, they had a combined 375 years of service and 79 years of sea time. The class started on April 3rd, and over the course of two weeks, the students participated in a variety of workshops, seminars, and hands-on training exercises.
One of the highlights of the class was the emphasis on the roles of the Chief Warrant Officer and their roles as the mythical creature in the zoo. The students learned about the importance of continuing relationship, setting goals, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. They also had the opportunity to network with their peers and discuss best practices for leadership and management.
As the class wrapped up, there was a palpable sense of camaraderie and mutual respect among the students and instructors. The graduation ceremony was a proud moment for everyone involved, and it was an opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned and the bonds formed during the class.
However, it was also a bittersweet moment as CWO-4 Timberlake bid farewell to his role as lead instructor. His dedication to the USCG and his passion for teaching will be missed, but his impact on the CWO-PD program and the students he has mentored will be felt for years to come.
Overall, the CWO-PD class 05-23 was a resounding success, and it serves as a testament to the commitment and dedication of the USCG's Warrant Officers. Congratulations to all the graduates and thank you to CWO-4 Timberlake and CWO-4 Baldueza for their outstanding leadership and guidance.
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