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Take Action: Alcohol Awareness Month – Think before you drink

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, designed to increase command awareness and understanding, reduce stigma, and encourage people to focus on alcohol-related issues. The effects of alcohol misuse and abuse continue to be significant for the Coast Guard and have an impact on our ability to execute our missions. It’s your duty to protect your shipmates if they’re at risk of hurting themselves or someone else. Intervening early and at low levels, such as by asking an intoxicated member if he/she has a plan for transportation home or ensuring he/she is not left alone, makes it less likely that the situation will escalate. In other words, taking action early should curtail or put an end to the dangerous situation, thus preventing an alcohol incident.


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Take Action: Month of the Military Child – Support military kids through sports

Think back to your youth. Do you have a favorite sports team that dates back to when you were just a kid? If you grew up in just one location, maybe your team is a no-brainer. But for many military children, who might live in multiple cities during their young life, that question could be more difficult. However, there is one team that they should always be able to count on, and that is Team Coast Guard! And in the case of this story, the United Heroes League and the Washington Capitals also have our military children’s backs. April is Month of the Military Child; take time to support our military children!


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Take Action: Sexual Assault Awareness Month – Attend Bystander Interactive Training

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and during this month, the Coast Guard will roll out Bystander Intervention Training (CG BIT). CG BIT is an interactive training that contains a blend of practical exercises and discussion based scenarios designed to motivate and mobilize people who may see, hear, or recognize signs of inappropriate or unsafe situation to act. As leaders (and we are all leaders), we need to not only assess our command climate, we need to assess how well we are helping our shipmates understand what is and is not acceptable behavior and the connections between sexual harassment and sexual assault. Both sexual assault and sexual harassment are incompatible with our Core Values and service in the Coast Guard.


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Becoming a Master Cutterman: Senior Chief Sean Twiggs

To become a Cutterman in the U.S. Coast Guard, a member must complete five years of sea time. To become a Master Cutterman in the U.S. Coast Guard, a member must complete twenty years of sea time. Senior Chief Petty Officer Sean Twiggs of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf completed 20 years of sea time late in 2016, becoming the newest Master Cutterman in the fleet.


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General Messages Weekly Round-up

This week’s message round-up highlights quotas for the Introduction to Hazardous Waste Generators and Handling course, the special commission status of CGC MORGENTHAU, the availability of briefing materials for the military transgender service policy, a solicitation for volunteers for the National Scout Jamboree Task Force, and the Federal Asian Pacific American Council Annual National Leadership Training Program.


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Take Action: Financial Literacy Month – Help your family get on the right track

April is Month of the Military Child as well as Financial Literacy Month. What a great opportunity to combine both efforts! Join CG SUPRT Personal Financial Wellness on Wednesday, April 19, to learn exercises, activities and responsibilities that can help children learn and establish money habits that will serve them well as members of your household and for the rest of their lives. See the full blog for links to the webinar!


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Paratus Report: April 2017, Episode 1

Here is the newest edition of the Paratus Report! This episode covers the Coast Guard’s reduction of general mandated training courses, a new bystander intervention training, and highlights from the Annual State of the Coast Guard!


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Spring into Action: Five national campaigns to know this month

April is “Spring into Action Month” that will highlight five national campaigns: Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Alcohol Awareness Month, Month of the Military Child, Volunteer Month, and Financial Literacy Month all require us to take action of some kind. Throughout the month of April, we will highlight how even the smallest action can make a big impact to those around you.


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Safe and effective weight loss

With the month of April fast approaching, many of us are likely becoming preoccupied with the semi-annual weigh-in requirement. Feedback from the field suggests that many members go to extremes to “make weight”. Excessive practices include fad diets, extreme workouts, and the use of quick weight loss products. These can be dangerous endeavors, and will likely not result in permanent weight loss. Read the full blog to learn about Coast Guard (CG) approved web-sites that will assist members in safe and effective weight management year-round.


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From the Homefront: Coast Guard families share their journeys on the autism spectrum

In recognition of World Autism Awareness Day (April 2), five families share their stories of Coast Guard life with a loved one on the autism spectrum. Read the full blog to learn more about accepting, understanding, and loving those with autism.


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