WHITE PLAINS – Rear Admiral William G. Kelly Assistant Commandant for Human Resources, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), a distinguished alumnus of Stepinac High School (Class of ’83) took time from his duties recently to visit his alma mater to address juniors and seniors about a subject he knows best—leadership, values and the importance for young people to express gratitude to all who help them.
“No one gets where they are by themselves. Whether it is your parents, teachers, coaches—all of them help you become better—w so be sure to thank them,” Rear Admiral Kelly passionately told the students who were assembled in the school’s Major Bowes Auditorium for his presentation which also included an overview of the Coast Guard’s mission and operations. He was joined by Lieutenant Mary Leon and Jim Losi, Coast Guard Academy Trustee.
Rear Admiral Kelly is one of 5 Kelly Brothers who graduated from Stepinac. He distinguished himself academically as well as on the championship Crusaders varsity football team as quarterback.
Graduating from the Coast Guard Academy in 1987, he earned his Master’s Degree in Instructional Systems Design from Florida State University and a Certificate in Human Resource Management.
Rear Admiral’s extensive experience in personnel development includes serving as Director of the Coast Guard’s Leadership Development Center in New London, Connecticut as well as the School Chief for Officer Candidate School. For his work in providing distributed leadership training across the Coast Guard, he was awarded the Federal Government Distance Learning Association Diamond Award for Leadership in Distance Learning.
Rear Admiral Kelly is a Cutterman with more than ten years of service at sea, including two command tours on the cutters, USCGC Seneca and USCGC Monomoy. As Executive Officer of the USCGC Spencer, he prepared and successfully led the crew for deployment with the U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Spencer also stood watch protecting the ports of New York and Boston in the days following the 9/11 attacks.
His major awards include the Legion of Merit (3), Meritorious Service Medal (4), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (6), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal and the permanent Cutterman’s Pin.