Master Chief Petty Officer Brenda Doris poses with her helmet on.

Enlisted Empowerment – The Female Perspective: MSTCM Brenda Doris

This is the 17th in a series of Q+A blog posts highlighting enlisted female leaders serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. Be sure to check back monthly for more career insight, mentorship and inspiration.


Paratus Report: March 2018, Episode 2

The newest episode of the Paratus Report is now live! Miss the commandant’s State of the Coast Guard Address? We’ve got you covered. We’ll also celebrate 77 years of the Coast Guard Reserve!


Two ships passing in the night

A thunderous cheer from the class of 1995 announced the completion of four years meant to educate and prepare students for the challenges of life, but nothing could have prepared Mark Hiigel and Joanna Beste for the challenges that come with being married to another service member.


Serving in a Port Security Unit

Port Security Units (PSU) are part of the Coast Guard’s Deployable Specialized Forces (DSF) and have become the pinnacle of the national defense mission, which spawned the formation of the Coast Guard Reserve itself. PSUs need highly-motivated members in the boatswain’s mate (BM) and maritime enforcement specialist (ME) ratings to fill critical billets in Waterside and Shoreside Security Divisions, which are necessary to meet the Coast Guard’s readiness conditions for overseas deployments supporting maritime security operations.


There is always a better way: Policymakers, researchers consider approaches to reducing Reserve suicides

In the past five years, 10 Coast Guard reservists have died by suicide, an average of two a year. That percentage is lower than that of other military branches and on par with the civilian suicide rate. It’s also small enough that statisticians and health professionals have difficulty pinpointing patterns that would provide the ones left behind reliable answers or contexts.


New C School training process focused on improving readiness

The Coast Guard Reserve exists to provide operationally capable and ready personnel to support Coast Guard surge and mobilization requirements in the homeland and abroad. To be able to accomplish this, the Reserve force needs to be trained and competent. Over the last few years, the Office of Reserve Affairs, Commandant CG-131, has worked hard to improve the training availability to members, streamline allocation of C School quotas, maximize the return on investment of the Reserve Training appropriation and better communicate training usage to the field.


Inspire: Lt. Cmdr. Robyn Swan

Lt. Cmdr. Robyn Swan, the executive officer of Port Security Unit 309, is the second of eight members that will be highlighted in the Inspire blog series. Swan is the recipient of the 2017 Witherspoon Reserve Inspirational Leadership for navigating her unit through a member’s suicide, a sexual assault case, and the high operational tempo demands during the Republican National Convention.


General Messages Weekly Round-up

We’ve rounded up some good messages for you this week! Award solicitations, major changes to the Reserve Training Management System, reduction in mandatory training, Good Order and Discipline data is now available and more.


General Messages Weekly Round-up

All Hands selects several messages to publish in a weekly post to help raise awareness about specific messages and useful information. * NOTE: The series does not contain all of the new messages, just select ones. Click here to view internet releasable messages, or go to […]


Distinguished graduate represents Coast Guard

Greg Fondran recently graduated the New Leader Program, run by Graduate School USA, for federal civilian employees from GS-7 to GS-11 pay grades. The NLP is a program offered by COMDT (CG-12C) which is tailored for public service employees who demonstrate a high potential for leadership. Fondran shares his experience over his six months in the program.


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