Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: SK1 Kyle Botts

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Brahm

Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Botts, a company commander at Training Center Cape May, has his new rank pinned on him by his daughter and Chief Warrant Officer Jeremiah Savali after being meritoriously promoted to petty officer 1st class as part of the Meritorious Advancement Program, March 2, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard W. Brahm.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Botts, a company commander at Training Center Cape May, has his new rank pinned on him by his daughter and Chief Warrant Officer Jeremiah Savali after being meritoriously promoted to petty officer 1st class as part of the Meritorious Advancement Program, March 2, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard W. Brahm.

Ask anyone at Training Center Cape May who sticks out in their mind as someone who is squared away, always ready, volunteers in the community, seeks extra responsibilities and represents the Coast Guard’s core values of “Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty,” they will all give you the same name.

Petty Officer 1st Class Kyle Botts. A storekeeper by trade, but a company commander by choice.

Botts was selected to receive a meritorious promotion from second to first class through the Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP). MAP is designed to allow senior leaders the opportunity to recognize and advance active duty and reserve enlisted members who show exceptional adherence to the core values.

Only those who demonstrate sustained exceptional proficiency and conduct and possess the potential to advance into a position of greater responsibility, should be considered for meritorious advancement.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Botts, a company commander at Training Center Cape May, reads his promotion certificate to petty officer 1st class as part of the Meritorious Advancement Program, March 2, 2018. Vice Adm. Sandra Stosz, Deputy Commandant of Mission Support, presented the advancement to Bott to honor his exceptional adherence to the core values of “Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty." U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard W. Brahm.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Botts, a company commander at Training Center Cape May, reads his promotion certificate to petty officer 1st class as part of the Meritorious Advancement Program, March 2, 2018. Vice Adm. Sandra Stosz, Deputy Commandant of Mission Support, presented the advancement to Botts to honor his exceptional adherence to the core values of “Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.” U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard W. Brahm.

Vice Adm. Sandra Stosz, the Deputy Commandant of Mission Support, is responsible for all facets of support for the Coast Guard’s diverse mission set through oversight of human capital, lifecycle engineering and logistics, acquisitions, information technology and security.

As soon as Stosz heard about the MAP, she reached out to Training Center Cape May and asked if they had a candidate from the company commander corps. That was when Botts’ name ended up on her desk.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to meritoriously advance a Coast Guard company commander in recognition of his exceptional leadership,” said Stosz. “SK1 Botts’ enduring impact on recruits and peers, and his extraordinary outreach to the community, epitomizes the Coast Guard’s core values of ‘Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty.’ His influence on the workforce will resonate well into the future.”

During Botts’ advancement ceremony, Stosz reminisced about when she was the commanding officer of Training Center Cape May more than a decade ago, when then, Seaman Recruit Botts, was graduating from bootcamp. She presided over his first advancement in the Coast Guard and was honored to be able to do it a second time.

For an outside observer, Botts makes it look easy. Some might even say it just comes with the territory of being a company commander, but it is more than that.

Botts’ list of accomplishments, just this last year alone, is quite impressive. He instructed, mentored, set the example for, and graduated 414 Coast Guard men and women, was selected as the only E-5 from a pool of 53 peers to instruct Recruit Company Commander School; arguably one of the most demanding “C” Schools in the Coast Guard, his work ethic was routinely praised by staff and yielded the qualified cadre required to attain the highest Recruit throughput in over 10 years, he volunteered to assume the collateral duty of Regimental Storekeeper, voluntarily earned the qualification of Instructor Evaluator, took on the collateral role providing timely feedback to instructors in all TRACEN Cape May divisions improving their ability to deliver meaningful training and finally, he eased the burden of the small Instructional Systems Branch by taking on 25 instructor qualification and annual recertification evaluations.

One of Botts’ direct supervisors is Cmdr. Richard Scott, the training officer for Training Center Cape May. Scott, a 24-year veteran of the Coast Guard, remarked on the qualities that make Botts stand out.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Botts, a company commander at Training Center Cape May, poses for a photo with his family after being meritoriously promoted to petty officer 1st class as part of the Meritorious Advancement Program, March 2, 2018. MAP is designed to allow senior leaders the opportunity to recognize and advance active duty and reserve enlisted members who show exceptional adherence to the core values of “Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty." U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard W. Brahm.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Botts, a company commander at Training Center Cape May, poses for a photo with his family after being meritoriously promoted to petty officer 1st class as part of the Meritorious Advancement Program, March 2, 2018. MAP is designed to allow senior leaders the opportunity to recognize and advance active duty and reserve enlisted members who show exceptional adherence to the core values of “Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.” U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard W. Brahm.

“One of the things I appreciate the most about SK1 Botts is that when you’re around him, you just don’t feel like you’re working,” said Scott. “He’s extremely positive, hysterically funny, and just makes “doing your job” that much more enjoyable. And it’s real: He’s just a highly motivating guy who figures out how to excel in everything that he does, in a way that makes it look easy.”

Scott also said, “He’s also mastered the art of being a company commander: He is as loud, intense, and intimidating as any of his CC peers, but in the end, it’s all about the passion he’s got for developing the next generation of Coasties. It’s hard to find someone who is more caring. The same recruits who fear him early in training will predictably revere him by the time they graduate.”

After receiving the very first meritorious advancement as part of the MAP, Botts talked about what it took for him to get where he is now.

“It’s flattering and humbling to have been selected for this advancement. It’s the support of my family, the people I’ve worked with, the encouragement, great leadership and a lot of hard work,” Botts stated. “Just like Adm. Stosz said, anyone can do it if you work hard and that is what I bring for the recruits. Good leadership on the regiment and in my career has made me feel like I could do more than just what my pay grade was.”

 


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