May is recognized as motorcycle safety awareness month. Throughout the month, Coast Guard All Hands will share important information for Coast Guard men and women who ride, and for supservisors of those who ride.
The call to serve never went away for Valerie Johnson, and after 9/11, she listened. Johnson, whose husband is Coast Guard Reserve Force Master Chief Eric Johnson, is one three Coast Guard ombudsmen at large. She also currently serves in the New Hampshire Air National Guard.
Our nation’s waterways are a critical component of the Marine Transportation System or MTS. The MTS is a highly integrated system that includes over 1,000 harbor channels and 25,000 miles of commercially navigable channels. It connects over 152,000 miles of railroad, 45,000 miles of interstate highway, and 460,000 miles of pipeline through nearly 2,000 terminals operated at over 360 deep and shallow draft ports.
The Coast Guard has been responsible for conducting marine casualty investigations since the Steamboat Inspection Service was formed in 1874. Currently, the investigation program resides within the Coast Guard’s Prevention Directorate and employs approximately 200 uniformed and civilian staff stationed domestically and internationally and includes two National Centers of Expertise.
The OAP11 – Vessel Inspections specialty code designates the recipient as a certified Coast Guard Marine Inspector and Port State Control Examiner. This program utilizes the Apprentice-Journeyman-Advanced Journeyman concept for progression through competency achievement.
Coast Guard men and women enter our service with diverse backgrounds, experiences and outlooks. All of these things combine to form unique views that each and every Coast Guard man or woman have towards particular issues or problems, or these things could affect how they perform their job each and every day.
Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham Riley and Chris Hollandsworth are getting ready for significant life changes — Riley is preparing herself to move away for college and Chris is preparing to become the man of the house.
Prevention Officers with this specialty have the training, skills, and experience to manage and execute the Coast Guard’s prevention operations. Prevention mission management requires detailed knowledge of the inspection of vessels, facilities, maritime investigations, enforcement of waterway safety and security standards, and waterway analyses.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, designed to increase command awareness and understanding, reduce stigma, and encourage people to focus on alcohol-related issues.
“Social media provides us an amazing opportunity to reach audiences that we have never been able to reach and your personal use of social media can be a big part of this,” said Capt. Tony Hahn, Chief, Office of Public Affairs.