Major change coming to Direct Access, action needed

According to Flag Voice 432, published in October by Rear Adm. David Callahan, assistant commandant for Human Resources or CG-1, “Direct Access will be taken off-line to conduct a major software upgrade representing the most significant change to our pay system in nearly two decades.”


Shape the future: CWO Craig Kerby

It’s very rewarding when I get that follow-on phone call or discussion after class, and I can provide service to the students by answering a question or helping them out. It’s great to know that the students trust me to be there for them all the time, not just during class.

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From the Commandant: Our Core Values are conditions of service

Sexual assault is a crime. Sexual assault is inconsistent with our Core Values and degrades mission readiness. Sexual assault is abhorrent to our Service culture.

From the Homefront: Advice for new spouses

From the Homefront: Advice for new spouses

Through trial and error, we have found ways to make this life a little smoother, less lonely, definitely memorable, and a lot more fun. And as November is the Month of the Military Family, I thought it would be a great time to celebrate that moment when you officially become a Coast Guard family.

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Shape the future: ME1 Paul LeBoeuf

Have a back-up plan. And have a back-up plan for that back-up plan! I try to get there early every day we have a class, especially on the first day.

Chief Warrant Officer Don McQueen from Sector New York and his wife Karin McQueen, president of the Coast Guard Spouses’ Club of Sector New York, cross the finish line at the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon, Nov. 2, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Frank Iannazzo-Simmons.

Month of the Military Family: Running the NYC Marathon

If finishing a marathon is on your bucket list thinking about the ‘why’ could be what’s standing in the way of crossing it off. Why would anyone want to run 26.2 miles? Try refocusing your energy on the ‘how’ – ask yourself, “How can I accomplish the incredible feat of running a marathon?” On a cold Sunday morning, with winds reaching 40 mph on Staten Island, that answer was clear – family.


Shape the future: LT Matthew Hunt

As an instructor pilot, I am afforded the privilege and opportunity to interact and learn from the finest aircrew members across Coast Guard aviation, and then to share that wealth of knowledge with both new and experienced pilots. When a new pilot learns from your instruction, it is extremely rewarding. However, it also brings with it a heavy burden because you are responsible for perpetuating proper techniques.


Sexual Assault Prevention Council receives innovation award

In January 2013, the Coast Guard established the Sexual Assault Prevention Council to coordinate efforts toward eliminating sexual assault and harassment within our service. Recently, the council was recognized by the Department of Defense and awarded the Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award, which recognizes groups or individuals who contribute an innovative approach or idea to positively impact sexual assault prevention and response programs within the armed forces.

Janet Cantrell addresses childcare issues

From the Homefront: Making childcare a priority

I know how isolating it can be when you can’t find childcare. It affects so many things in our daily lives as parents. And right now, things are pretty frustrating in the Coast Guard childcare arena. The uproar right now is focused on the childcare subsidy. The issue gained momentum when Janet Cantrell, spouse of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, returned from visits to Coast Guard stations and reported back that families were struggling with childcare.

Secretary Jeh Johnson and Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas award the Secretary’s Exceptional Service Award to members of the U.S. Coast Guard and other members of the department. Department of Homeland Security photo.

Bravo Zulu: 2014 DHS Secretary’s Award recipients

Each year, the Secretary of Homeland Security recognizes the hard work, sacrifices and professional excellence of members across the department, including members of the U.S. Coast Guard. On Oct. 23, Secretary Jeh Johnson honored 312 employees from across the department for performing above and beyond their normal call of duty and for their extraordinary efforts to protect our homeland. Of those recognized, 25 of the recipients were men and women from the U.S. Coast Guard.

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