SAN DIEGO - Families wait to be reunited with their loved ones aboard Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell as the 378-foot cutter pulls into homeport in San Diego, Feb. 13, 2014. The Boutwell returned from a 59-day patrol in the Eastern Pacific where they performed critical Coast Guard missions such as interdicting a drug-laden go-fast vessel and conducting three search and rescue missions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell.

Dear Coast Guard Family: Military family appreciation

Military families are inspiring! Around the world, military families are waiting by the phone or computer for word from their service member. A child is taking their first step, while their parent serves abroad. Although their days aren’t always easy, they push forward. During the month of November, and throughout the year, we recognize and celebrate our incredible Coast Guard families.


U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Megan Lundgren, 52nd Air Mobility Squadron unit training manager, poses for a portrait while wearing moulage makeup at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 17, 2018. Lundgren volunteered to simulate a victim of domestic violence for one day in support of the Black Eye Campaign. The social experiment utilized volunteers of varied age, rank, gender, ethnicity, occupation, and marital status to keep track of how the base community responded to signs of abuse. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valerie Seelye)

Dear Coast Guard Family: Domestic Violence Prevention and Resources

October is National Domestic Violence Prevention Month, an observance that serves to raise awareness and share resources.  This year’s campaign encourages all of us to “know the signs” of healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors. 


Chief Petty Officer William Porter, lead dog handler at Marine Safety and Security Team 91101 Seattle, drives past a ferry tollbooth on his way to conduct canine vehicle sweeps at the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal in Seattle, April 8, 2015.

TRICARE and You: Coverage while traveling

This blog is the most recent in a series helping members of the Coast Guard family understand how to use their TRICARE benefits.


The Finley family awaits the arrival of Chief Petty Officer Nathan Finley, a crew member aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute, in St Petersburg, Florida, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. The Resolute crew returned to homeport after a 59-day patrol in the Caribbean. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson.)

Dear Coast Guard Family: The Special Needs Program

Through the Special Needs Program, efforts are made to ensure that members with special needs dependents are assigned to duty stations where medical and community services are accessible and available.


Tricare Disaster Resources

Hurricane threat is a reminder to be prepared for health care needs

Hurricane Florence is heading towards the United States East Coast, with projected landfall on Thursday, September 13, 2018, between northern South Carolina and North Carolina’s Outer Banks as a strong category 2 hurricane with 105 mph sustained winds, extreme rainfall and major inland flooding. Although […]


ARLINGTON, Va. - A Coast Guard yeoman assists a fellow Coast Guardsman at the Coast Guard Recruiting Command, February 28, 2013. YNs are key problem-solvers, counselors, and sources of information to personnel on questions ranging from career moves, entitlements, and incentive programs to retirement options and veterans' benefits. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Etta Smith

Dear Coast Guard Family: Advice from an Assignment Officer

Once a month, Coast Guard All Hands will feature “Dear Coast Guard Family,” a column for Coast Guard families by Coast Guard spouse Rachel Conley. This month, Conley interviews an assignment officer.


Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Houston conduct law enforcement training on the 29-foot Response Boats–Small on March 22, 2018 in the Houston Ship Channel near Kemah, Texas. Law enforcement training ensures members maintain operational readiness. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Johanna Strickland.

Dear Coast Guard Family: 10 things that I wish everyone knew about the Coast Guard

Once a month, Coast Guard All Hands will feature “Dear Coast Guard Family,” a column for Coast Guard families by Coast Guard spouse Rachel Conley. This month, Conley write about 10 things she wishes everyone knew about the Coast Guard.


Jennifer Conole, Transition and Relocation Manager, at a Hiring Our Heroes event.

Dear Coast Guard Family: Spouse Employment Programs and Resources

If you’re a Coast Guard spouse seeking employment, there are a variety of programs and resources to support you.


The new policy replaces maternity, paternity and adoption leave with maternity convalescent leave and caregiver leave. This change increases non-chargeable leave for non-birth parents and recognizes a wide variety of modern day family situations, including non-married parents.

New Policy: Parental Leave

The new policy replaces maternity, paternity and adoption leave with maternity convalescent leave and caregiver leave. This change increases non-chargeable leave for non-birth parents and recognizes a wide variety of modern day family situations, including non-married parents.


Dear Coast Guard Family: Tips and resources for times of deployment or separation

Time – it’s a funny thing, isn’t it? Sometimes passing too quickly. Sometimes too slowly. And, it never feels more evident than when you’re facing or experiencing time away from the one that you love.


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