Shape the future: ET2 Joshua Zanze

“One of my biggest motivations is the desire to produce the best technicians possible to the fleet; people who can show up to their first unit as Electronics Technicians with the basic knowledge they need to be productive members of the team. It’s very rewarding to teach lessons and then see students perform well during the practical portion of the class.”


Domestic Violence Awareness Month

From the Homefront: Don’t let fear be an obstacle

The reminders have been impossible to ignore. In the wake of high-profile stories about domestic violence, a grass-roots Twitter campaign emerged. Thousands of people told their own stories of responding to abuse by using the hashtags #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft. More recently, the commissioner of the NFL met with military leaders to learn ways to better support victims in abusive situations. And October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


Special Duty Assignment Pay 2015

New: Special Duty Assignment Pay released for 2015

The 2015 Special Duty Assignment Pay levels have been released! Here is what you need to know…


Petty Officer 1st Class Christy Herms, a lead instructor at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May from Houston, instructs recruits. (Coast Guard photo)

Participation needed, Revisions coming to EPME requirements

“As the principal ones impacted by any change to the EPME system, polling our current enlisted workforce is an absolutely critical step in improving the process,” said Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell. “I look forward to seeing the results of the survey and the direction those results take us.”


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Military childcare: Ensuring equality and decreasing subsidy delays

This blog post is the third in a series titled “Dialogue with the MCPOCG,” written by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell. As the Coast Guard’s senior enlisted leader, Cantrell is responsible for advising the Commandant […]


Domestic Violence Awareness, Prevention Month: Coast Guard ensuring no one is Suffering in Silence

“Stopping domestic violence is something that’s bigger than football – and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it,” from the White House.


Just one of many picturesque beach views on Guam. Photo courtesy of Tricia Pruett.

From the Homefront: Life on Guam

When I hear about far-flung Coast Guard duty stations, I can’t help but think about what they are like and whether I would like to live there. Guam is one of those places. I know it can’t be easy to live there, but the pictures of beaches and palm trees, and the proximity to exotic travel destinations sound appealing. Every duty station carries with it frustrations and benefits, and everyone has some sort of advice for those who come after them.


A group of Marines assigned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash., render a three-volley salute in honor of Coast Guard Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro during a memorial ceremony at Munro’s gravesite in Cle Elum, Wash., Sept. 26, 2014. Munro is the only Coast Guardsman to receive the Medal of Honor. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katleyn Shearer.

A challenge from the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard

Douglas Munro is more than a service-wide exam study topic. You see, my dad was a Coast Guard chief back in the 70′s. Back then, with people serving only a few decades after the end of World War II, they were much more connected to that part of our history. But, it seems that that’s something we have largely let go of. Granted, there are some history buffs out there and many leaders who pass along that desire to preserve our heritage. So, that’s my call to action to leaders at all levels: if you aren’t doing so already, talk to your crew, your office or your unit about our service’s heroes. Whether you graduated from boot camp or from the Academy, you learned Munro’s story. I challenge you to build upon that foundation of knowledge.


Coast Guard Team Kodiak ombudsmen and command staff from Coast Guard Base Kodiak, Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley and Coast Guard Cutter Munro pause for a photo after an appreciation luncheon in Kodiak, Alaska, April 4, 2014. The Ombudsman Program is a Coast Guard-wide program established to serve as a link between commands and families to help ensure families have the information necessary to meet the challenges of a military lifestyle. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings)

Building stronger communities is key to surviving any hazard

As America’s maritime first responders, the 2014 Coast Guard Directive states, “responding to natural, man-made, and other disasters is a fundamental Coast Guard capability.” This is a reflection on the skill and competence of personnel protecting the communities they serve, as well as those of their families. Ms. Sedonia Cheatham, a native New Orleanian, is a prime example of a Coast Guard spouse and ombudsman who has acted on this know-how to the betterment of her community.


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Force Readiness Command simplifies ASVAB waiver process

Force Readiness Command has revised the process for obtaining waivers of Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB, test scores to attend A-school. Change-1 to the Performance Training and Education Manual, released earlier this week, also clarifies the criteria and procedures for granting and approving waivers.


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