The nation asks a lot of the Coast Guard, and in turn, your Coast Guard asks a lot of you. And, there are things that an organization owes its members if it’s going to ask so much from them: a safe and secure environment to work in; the resources to get the job done; the freedom to pursue individual goals; and a suite of entitlements to include competitive pay and access to adequate healthcare. Based on the vast variety of each individual’s or each family’s medical needs, arranging healthcare can be a complicated endeavor.
Coast Guard ombudsmen serve as a valuable link between commands and families, helping commanding officers/officers-in-charge better understand the welfare of the families of their members, while at the same time helping families prepare for emergencies and cope with the challenges of a military lifestyle – duty, deployments, transfers, etc.
A few months back, I announced a leadership video contest, in which I asked you to take the conversations we know many are having at the unit level and show us what leadership looks like to you.
Among all the changes we’ve seen since 1920, I’m proud to say one constant has been our Chiefs; Chiefs have delivered world-class leadership to our workforce, improving the lives and careers of our Coast Guardsmen and ensure they are fully capable to accomplish any and all of our missions.
We live in uncertain times, and one thing that remains constant is the love, devotion, and loyalty of our military spouses.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, designed to increase command awareness and understanding, reduce stigma, and encourage people to focus on alcohol-related issues.
Every one of us has the capacity to be a leader. Some attain positions of authority and are charged with leading others in the accomplishment of tasks towards a common goal. But, some demonstrate initiative, take charge, or implement change regardless of their rate, rank or position.
Getting us all on the same page – HSWL releases updated “Sea Legs” reference guide for our loved ones
It’s been said, through a couple variations of the same quote, that understanding comes to us in the following sequence: First, we don’t know what we don’t know; then, we know what we don’t know; and finally, we know what we know.
Starting out in the Coast Guard is no different.
Nothing gives me greater joy than recognizing the hard work and accomplishments of the men and women who make up our Coast Guard workforce. I recently had the honor of watching one such group in action – The Guardian Spouses at Training Center Cape May, New Jersey.
You’ve heard it over and over again, but it’s absolutely true – the greatest resource the Coast Guard has is our people.