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.


Hiring our Heroes: Assisting veterans, spouses with finding the right job

Will you be transitioning from active Coast Guard service to private life in the next year? If so, then Hiring Our Heroes is a program which may help assist you during the next phase of your life.

Surviving breast cancer, living life to the fullest

In 2006, I was a 30 year-old first time mother to an infant and was preparing to transfer to a new job within the Coast Guard. About a week later, my husband and I received the news that changed our lives forever.

FVAP staff visited the U.S. Coast Guard in Miami, to train Voting Assistance Officers on how to use the Voting Assistance Guide, and how to help voters successfully vote absentee.

Coast Guard workforce voting season reminders, guidance

Mid-term elections are just around the corner in early November. Here are some quick “dos and don’ts” for active-duty and civilian members of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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.”

Graphic for Dialouge with the MCPOCG series.

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 […]

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