Spirit of the Bear
First awarded in 2009, this is part of the Coast Guard Academy's informal recognition program and has been created to recognize efforts in the development of cadets and officer candidates. Nominees demonstrate the following characteristics: a high level of dedication to the cadets or officer candidates; taking the time to ensure they succeed and grow as leaders of character and are active in many facets of the cadets CG Academy experience. Nominees are committed to the Corps of Cadet’s development across multiple domains and engage with cadets in their personal as well as professional development. Prior recipients have included coaches, teachers, cadet support staff, and even the Academy’s contract chef.