From the Homefront: It’s okay to ask for help

We have a lot of fun and laughter over here at From the Homefront, but this week is going to be different. I want to talk about something serious: suicide among military family members.

Master Chief Petty Officer Kendrick Marcotte and Petty Officer 3rd Class David Autore hold the Year of the Coast Guard flag in front of U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan headquarters. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Year of the Coast Guard flag visiting units across the nation

As part of its continuing celebration of the Year of the Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy Memorial is once again offering the fleet an opportunity to show our Coast Guard pride. A special Year of the Coast Guard flag is making the rounds across the country to be flown, photographed and passed to every unit we can reach. So far, with the support of a number of district command master chief’s, the Year of the Coast Guard flag has traveled to San Juan, San Francisco, Petaluma, on the cutters Aspen and Sockeye, and is currently making its way around the Heartland.

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100 days: Q&A

On his 100th day as Commandant, Coast Guard Commandant ADM Zukunft invited members of the Coast Guard to submit questions for senior leadership to answer based off what Coast Guard men and women are currently seeing at their unit or the challenges they see for our Service as we confront new and emerging threats. Last week, ADM Zukunft sat with the leadership team to discuss the questions that came in. Click through to read the selected questions and answers!

SAN PEDRO, Calif. -- Rear Adm. Joseph Castillo, Commander of the 11th Coast Guard District, takes the helm of a 41-foot utility boat from Station Los Angeles-Long Beach in the Port of Los Angeles Monday, Aug. 17, 2009. Rear Adm. Castillo is in the Los Angeles area conducting unit visits with Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach. U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.

Lumping people together; it’s only human

I suppose I was lumped into a few categories in my Coast Guard career – mostly for the good – although there were a few who just couldn’t seem to see any value in me. I never did understand why. Fortunately, several people took me under their wing, at several stages in my career, because they saw potential and a strong work ethic underneath the rough edges I displayed.

Paul Clark All Hands

100 days: We want to hear from you

Today marks my 100th day as Commandant. Upon becoming Commandant, I shared my guiding principles – Service to Nation, Duty to People and Commitment to Excellence – and asked each of you to infuse these principles into your unique role in the Service. As I’ve traveled with, and worked alongside, the Vice Commandant and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard over the past 100 days, I have seen firsthand the embodiment of these guiding principles.


Preparedness takes time

“Drinking from the fire hose” is a colloquialism often used to describe being overwhelmed to the point of drowning. There are many times in our lives that we feel utterly overwhelmed. For example, perhaps we’ve taken a new job and feel as if we might drown in all the new information being thrown at us at a rapid rate. For many, preparing for possible emergencies: being informed, making a plan, building a kit, things we all know we should do, can seem an overwhelming task.

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.

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