Adm. Charles Ray, Coast Guard Vice Commandant, speaks at the National Naval Officer's Association annual conference.

Duty Bound: Carry Our Message

Improving inclusion and diversity are top priorities for our service. No one, regardless of rank, can tackle these challenges by themselves. We must all work to improve service culture together and carry our message to every corner of the Coast Guard.


Eclipse 2017: Who you are when no one is looking

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy hosted their 42nd annual Eclipse Week, April 3- 8, 2017. The event unites alumni and cadets each year for personal and professional development. Besides promoting camaraderie, Eclipse also supports the strategic goals of retaining top talent, recruiting future cadets and inspiring a climate of inclusion.


Diversity and Inclusion – Leaders of Progress

Women do not only serve afloat in the Coast Guard, but they can also hold the highest positions onboard the cutters. While it is normal for women to serve afloat now, this wasn’t always the case and it is something to continue to celebrate! That’s why Coast Guard Cutter Healy stood an all-female watch (to include 10 women) while underway for its second mission of the summer with a crew of 88 aboard, of which 24% is female. This blog will tell you all about why these women serve and what inspires them while they serve afloat.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft meets with members of Electronics Support Detachment Duty Philadelphia Aug. 3, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

From the Commandant: Building Diversity into the 21st Century Coast Guard

From Wall Street to Silicon Valley, today’s top organizations require people who are proficient, self-motivated, and adaptable to changes in an increasingly globalized world. Recruiting and retaining top talent is a foremost challenge for both the public and private sectors and, in order to remain competitive, our all-volunteer military force must adapt as well.


ADM Paul Zukunft, Commandant, USCG, stands for a picture with fellow Coast Guard officers and civilians of all ranks at the NNOA Annual Leadership, Professional Development & Training Conference at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Virginia, July 19, 2016. Photo by CDR Warren Judge.

Five takeaways from the NNOA Annual Leadership, Professional Development & Training Conference

Coast Guard members recently participated in the National Naval Officers Association’s annual conference in Virginia Beach, Va. The agenda was loaded with discussions and opportunities for mentoring. Attendees learned about the work that is happening in human resources and recruiting to develop a more diverse and inclusive workforce, and how they can grow professionally as leaders, mentors, and mentees. Here are just five of the countless takeaways from the conference.


The New I.Q.

Diversity and inclusion: What Coast Guard leaders should know

Coast Guard men and women enter our service with diverse backgrounds, experiences and outlooks. All of these things combine to form unique views that each and every Coast Guard man or woman have towards particular issues or problems, or these things could affect how they perform their job each and every day.


Lt. Cmdr. Katiuska Pabon. Photo courtesy of Lt. Cmdr. Katiuska Pabon.

Bravo zulu, LCDR Katiuska Pabon!

Coast Guard All Hands sends out a bravo zulu Lt. Cmdr. Katiuska Pabon, a civilian Port Security Specialist for Sector Miami and Base Miami Beach and a Reserve officer. Pabon was named the 2013 National Image Meritorious Service Award winner for demonstrating exceptional leadership skills, resourcefulness and intiative in the recognition of Hispanic American contributions to the service and the promotion of diversity and equal opportunity within the Coast Guard.


Richard Etheridge, far left, and the Pea Island Life-Saving crew in front of their station, circa 1890. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Creating opportunity through leadership, mentorship and diversity

Shipmates, as we travel through life it is important to have trusted means of navigation to help guide us. Whether it’s family, faith, the Constitution, a mentor or a trusted organization, we all need navigational aids to keep us on track, both at home and with our careers.


Lt. Cmdr. Deon J. Scott leads a meeting of the Sector San Francisco Leadership and Diversity Advisory Council.

Bravo zulu, LCDR Deon J. Scott!

Coast Guard All Hands’ first Bravo Zulu goes out to Lt. Cmdr. Deon J. Scott. Scott was recently recognized for his outstanding contributions and leadership in support of the Coast Guard’s diversity efforts with the 2013 Blacks in Government Meritorious Service Award.