November 6, 2018

Chief Nicholas Sawyer presents on Being LGBT+ in Military Leadership

As part of UW-Superior’s Veterans Week events, Chief Nicholas Sawyer was guest speaker for the presentation Being LGBT+ in Military Leadership.

As part of UW-Superior’s Veterans Week events, Chief Nicholas Sawyer was guest speaker for the presentation Being LGBT+ in Military Leadership.

With 21 years of service, Chief Nicholas Sawyer is the officer in charge of Coast Guard Station Bayfield, Wis.

As part of the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Veterans Week events, Chief Nicholas Sawyer was guest speaker for the presentation Being LGBT+ in Military Leadership on Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the Yellowjacket Union.

“This is for everybody,” said Sawyer. “If you’re the LGBT community, if you’re in leadership, if you are a veteran, in the military or planning on joining the military, this is for you – or if you know any of those people, this is for you.”

Sawyer provided a brief history and discussion of the Defense of Marriage Act, the relevance of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, as well as the current status of policies relating this all to his own story as he moved up the ranks in the military while being a member of the gay community.

“If you had asked me 20 years ago if I would be standing in front of anybody talking about being gay in the military, I would have said you were from another planet,” he said. “We really have come a long way in a short period of time.”

With 21 years of service, Sawyer is the officer in charge of Coast Guard Station Bayfield, Wis. Prior to this assignment, he enlisted in the Navy in 1997. He subsequently enlisted in the Coast Guard in August 2001, and after basic training, was assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Storis in Kodiak, Alaska, followed by Quartermaster school.

He has held assignments with the Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island in Homer, Alaska; Coast Guard Cutter Coho in Panama City, Fla. and Coast Guard Cutter Blacktip in Oxnard, Calif., and stationed in Florida, Louisiana, New York, Afghanistan and Iraq. Sawyer has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, Navy Achievement Medal, two Commandant Letters of Commendation, and five Good Conduct Medals, to accompany 29 other Service Awards.

As part of UW-Superior’s Veterans Week events, Chief Nicholas Sawyer was guest speaker for the presentation Being LGBT+ in Military Leadership.

As part of UW-Superior’s Veterans Week events, Chief Nicholas Sawyer was guest speaker for the presentation Being LGBT+ in Military Leadership.

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