Throughout the holiday season, it seems like time just flies by. Between traveling, buying gifts, scheduling and attending various holiday events and other normal responsibilities, it’s easy for everyone to rush through the season. The holidays can also be a hard time for many people, and with all those other obligations added on, stress can pile up. That’s why Chaplain of the Coast Guard Capt. Gregory Todd has a simple piece of advice for every member of the Coast Guard family this holiday season: Slow down.
All the Armed Forces have support organizations that provide the people, materiel and equipment necessary for operational success. As Gen. Pershing said, “Infantry wins battles, logistics wins wars. Where would the combat arms be without the bullets, boots and beans?” In the Coast Guard, successful missions also depend on effective support.
Count me in among the millions involved in a recent data breach of federal employees’ personal information — I just received my letter from the Office of Personnel Management alerting me that my identifying information was part the security breach.
Coast Guard personnel worked tirelessly to create or improve their motorcycle safety program in an effort to keep their motorcycle riders safe. And, it appears to have made a difference. We are proud to announce that we experienced zero motorcycle fatalities among active-duty members and reservists on orders in Fiscal Year 2015 – the first time since 2001.
“This has been the culmination of a 15 year effort to consolidate many individual applications from the Coast Guard and Public Health Service into a single software solution,” Fijalka said. “This was a big investment and a big step forward for the Coast Guard in having visibility and controls over our HR data.”
The Capt. Hopley Yeaton Cutter Excellence Award will be presented to one large cutter (210 ft and above), and one small cutter (175 ft and below). All cutters are eligible, including those in pre-commissioning or commission-special status. The Capt. Hopley Yeaton Superior Cutterman Award will recognize one officer and one enlisted member from across the fleet who best exemplify the cutterman spirit and Yeaton’s legacy.
While Cybersecurity Awareness Month has come to an end, the Coast Guard continues to enhance capabilities to identify and deter cyber risks.
November is recognized as National Adoption Month, an entire month devoted to raising awareness about the positive option of adoption. Here are some resources and benefits available to Coast Guard families.
At the start of Military Family Month, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft held a live Facebook Q&A. He was joined by his wife, Fran DeNinno-Zukunft, who serves as one of the Coast Guard’s Ombudsmen at Large, to discuss key issues on the minds of Coast Guard members and their families.
The month of November is celebrated as Military Family Month. If affords us the opportunity to celebrate the sacrifices and contributions service members’ families make year after year.