Percy O. Norwood, Jr. retired from the United States Coast Guard in 2000 with the rank of captain after almost 30 years of outstanding and dedicated service to our nation. At the time of his retirement, he held three positions: Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Headquarters Support Command, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Headquarters Staff, and Executive Officer of Coast Guard Headquarters.
Norwood also served as the first Director of the Coast Guard Recruiting Center from July 1995 to May 1998, where he was responsible for recruiting the best men and women to meet the Coast Guard’s military personnel needs. During this assignment, Norwood led recruiters in creating the most diverse Coast Guard in our nation’s history. In 1993, Norwood served as a team leader for the Vice President of the United States’ National Performance Review Task Force where his team explored ways to improve Coast Guard fisheries law enforcement outcomes.
Norwood’s education and training includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Alcorn State University in 1968; a Master of Science Degree in Analytical Chemistry from Tuskegee University in 1970, and a Master of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1980. Norwood is a 1977 graduate of the Defense Race Relations Institute. He is a 1992/93 Department of Transportation and Council for Excellence in Government Fellow.
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