MK3 Alexander Diaz and MCPOCG Steve Cantrell

A very real look at suicides in the Coast Guard

According to the latest statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among Americans aged 10 and over. In 2010 alone, there were 38,364 suicides in the U.S., an average of […]


Creating a climate of compassion and trust

Unfortunately, each year we lose valuable members of the Coast Guard family to suicide. Although it is difficult to understand why a particular individual may choose to end his or her life, we do know that creating an environment where there is trust and compassion can potentially make a difference for someone who is contemplating this difficult choice.


LauryAnn Lalicker has her supplies ready for kindergarten. Photo courtesy of Christi Lalicker.

From the Homefront: Back to school

We just moved again, and the first thing I did when I got to Northern Virginia was to register my kids for school. I was dreading it. It can be complicated, and I just wasn’t up to having to argue about placements and documentation from the last school. I know I am not alone in dreading all the coordination and planning involved in starting a new school. Getting ready for every school year, even if you’ve been there for a while, can be stressful. So I asked some Coastie spouses to join me in offering tips for getting prepared.


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Miltary members, families need to register to vote early

With federal, state and local elections scheduled to be held on November 4, the Federal Voting Assistance Program is encouraging military members and their families to check their voting status to make sure they are properly registered if they had a permanent change of station or will be deployed during election season.


Go for Green nutrition tips

Food and Mood: What’s the connection?

Can a lousy lunch affect your afternoon performance on the job? Could that great steak dinner make or break your sleep patterns? Could that lack of sleep and heavy dinner from the night before affect your mission readiness? The answer is, yes.


Fresia Duque, mother of Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven Duque, takes a moment to visit the memorial to her son's death. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Honoring our fallen, changing in the wake of tragedy

The service has established an enlisted diver rating, and soon will have the first rated enlisted divers and warrant officers with a dive specialty. Allowing these dedicated individuals to focus on diving as their primary duty, rather than as a collateral one, represents an unprecedented change in the wake of the tragedy that took the lives of two Coast Guard divers, and is perhaps the greatest way to honor the service and legacy of Lt. Hill and Petty Officer 2nd Class Duque.


Amanda Gornik is the ombudsman for the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, homeported in Boston. Photo courtesy of Amanda Gornik.

From the Homefront: Ombudsmen share their secrets to success

Every Coast Guard ombudsman has a list of favored resources and services that are as distinct as the families they serve. Families’ needs, whether on cutters, at stations or “geobaching,” are diverse and ombudsmen are prepared to respond. This week, I asked them to open their toolboxes and share the resources they find most useful for Coastie families.


U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Donnie Brzuska.

Shape the future: ET1 R.F. Williams

“If we are being honest, there were two reasons that motivated me to become a Company Commander. First, I wanted to give back to the service that had been so good to me for 12 years. I had a personal desire to make the biggest positive impact on the future of the Coast Guard and what better place to do that than TRACEN Cape May. This place is literally step one, ground zero, the event horizon of more than 80 percent of the Coast Guard’s entire workforce. Second, I needed a break from calibrating radar’s and replacing chart plotters.”


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2014 RAND Military Workplace Study

Many of you will be invited to participate in the 2014 RAND Military Workplace Study. This RAND survey is a critical step toward all of our efforts to uphold our Duty to People. I ask that you provide us with candid, honest and direct feedback.


The crews of Air Station Clearwater and local Air National Guard

Air Station Clearwater, Air National Guard team up!

The Air National Guard reported aboard Air Station Clearwater as part of a unique partnership between the Coast Guard and the Air National Guard to refurbish various areas around the 72-acre base.


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