Holiday Safety Message from Health, Safety, and Work-Life

While many of you will be participating in traditional holiday activities, others will continue to carry out Coast Guard missions. Whether you are on leave, traveling, or standing the watch, I urge you to be safe during the holidays. The holiday season is an excellent time to consider conducting unit safety stand-downs. Let’s take a pause and remind ourselves of the hazards associated with an often hectic and rushed period in our lives. Read the full post to learn more about preventing mishaps, managing risk, and properly preparing for your travels.


Coast Guard Family Month: Joining the Coast Guard benefits your family

Do you know someone who is thinking of joining the Coast Guard? Are YOU thinking about joining the Coast Guard? Do you know about all of the benefits you would receive, or are you concerned about your family? Members of the Coast Guard receive a comprehensive benefits package, and many of these benefits will directly or indirectly positively impact your family. In addition to a steady salary, members receive free health, dental, and vision insurance; tuition assistance; housing; 30 days of paid vacation; and much more. Your dependents can also receive great benefits as well! Read the full post to find out more!


CG-SUPRT: Here to help you quit smoking

According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes and use other tobacco products. However, more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year. Smokers are encouraged to use the Great American Smokeout on November 17, 2016 to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards achieving a healthier life and reducing cancer risk for themselves, their families, and their fellow Coasties!


Coast Guard Family Month: Our family is our strength

November will focus on Coast Guard families as there are three national observances recognized this month; National Military Family Month, National Adoption Month, and Native American Heritage Month. Additionally, it is the start of the holiday season with Thanksgiving recognized towards the end of the month. In recognition of these observances and the upcoming holiday, we are dedicating November to our families. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Steve Cantrell, and his wife Janet, ombudsman-at-large, kick off the first post of the series. Stay tuned for more blogs this month about who is a part of the larger Coast Guard family and how the service takes care of Coast Guard families.


Cyber Month: Social engineering attacks; phishing and vishing

Large organizations like the U.S. Coast Guard require a large workforce to successfully carry out day to day missions. The large number of people employed puts the Coast Guard at high risk for Social Engineering attacks. Social Engineering is an attack technique that relies heavily on manipulating and/or tricking people into breaking normal security procedures by divulging sensitive information to unauthorized persons. Cyber criminals frequently use these social engineering techniques in their attempts to acquire information that would allow the cyber criminal to gain access to Coast Guard networks and sensitive information. Two Social Engineering attacks have been especially successful and on the increase—Phishing and Vishing. Learn how to reduce the risks posed by phishing and vishing in this post!


Cyber Month: Emails containing personally identifiable information

Do you know the policy regarding proper protections to take when sending personally identifiable information (PII) and sensitive personally identifiable information (SPII) outside the USCG.MIL domain? Over the past year, there has been an increase in privacy incidents caused by Coast Guard personnel transmitting PII and SPII to personal business email accounts without using the proper protections. Read the full post to ensure that you know the policy!


To Coast Guard members and families in Hurricane Matthew path

As Coast Guard members we are always thinking about the public when a hurricane is pushing down on us. But we also need to make sure we are ready as well. Evacuate your family as necessary in accordance with evacuation orders from authorities, and make sure to inform your chain of command. Evacuations orders do not apply to uniformed personnel in the same way as they do for your families. You may be told to stay in the event you are deemed necessary for hurricane response efforts. Make sure you have a plan in place for where your family will go (with or without you) and follow through with the plan.


CG Day cake

From the Homefront: How Coast Guard Day is celebrated across the service

August 4th is a special day for the Coast Guard and its members, as well as the families that support them. It is a day to honor the organization’s past and present, along with the men and women who have served and who serve today. It’s a day to spend time with shipmates and the entire Coast Guard family! Here are just some of the ways Coast Guard units and their families celebrate the Coast Guard’s birthday.


Paratus Report

The Paratus Report, Episode 8

The newest episode of the Coast Guard Paratus Report is now live!


U.S. Coast Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program logo. U.S. Coast Guard illustration by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker.

Gender stereotypes: Not in my Coast Guard

The most important thing you can do? Take the first step in recognizing these social stereotypes in your own behaviors and in the behaviors of those around you. This first step will help to build a culture of respect at your unit and in your Coast Guard.


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