Congressman Duncan Hunter, chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, shakes hands with Capt. Timothy Espinoza, commander of Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team 91109 in San Diego March 11, 2015, during a unit visit. The congressman visited the MSST to learn about the unit’s missions, capabilities and roles they perform as a deployable specialized force. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson/released)

Wellness Wednesday: When meeting new people, keep it clean

When we are introduced to someone new or have not seen a friend in a long time, we generally greet him or her with a firm handshake. This may seem innocent enough until you start to think about what their hands, or your own hands, have been touching and the numerous germs on those objects. The best way to ensure we are not receiving other peoples’ germs or giving germs to others is to wash our hands.


Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Lifestyle – Return on Investment for the organization

We do preventive maintenance on our ships to ensure they are ready when called to action, but sometimes we fail to provide maintenance on our most valuable asset – our people. No one knows when the next natural disaster or emergency will happen which will test the resiliency of our members. We do know that providing an atmosphere of a healthy lifestyle will improve morale, improve the health of our members, and help prepare them to meet all challenges.


Paratus Report: October 2017, Episode 1

The newest episode of the Coast Guard Paratus Report is now live! In this episode learn about upcoming changes to enlisted evaluation system, the Electronic Health Screening Tool for hurricane responders, and a new tuition assistance cap.


CG-SUPRT: Here to help you quit smoking

According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes and use other tobacco products. However, more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year. Smokers are encouraged to use the Great American Smokeout on November 17, 2016 to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards achieving a healthier life and reducing cancer risk for themselves, their families, and their fellow Coasties!


September is Coast Guard Personal Readiness Month. Semper Paratus.

Personal Readiness Month: Stress management

So you’re stressed out? You are not alone! Stress is part of everyday life, but how you cope with it that makes a big difference in being resilient vs. having a physical or emotional crisis.With a demanding job in the Coast Guard, it may be difficult to avoid stress, but it is not difficult to use the tools above to manage the stress in your life. Read the full blog to learn about stress coping mechanisms.


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Updated Zika Virus Guidance

It is necessary to take all precautions to prevent the transmission of Zika. ALCOAST 289/16 outlines Coast Guard requirements, as well as provides guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Widespread local transmission of Zika continues on the island of Puerto Rico and in the US Virgin Islands, and cases have also been found in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Read this important post to ensure you and your family are taking all precautions to prevent the transmission of the Zika virus.


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‘Dog Days of Summer’ Safety

Feeling hot, hot, hot? Yes, the dog days of summer are upon us. There are differing opinions as to the origins of the ‘dog days of summer,’ but we don’t care where it came from – all we know is that it is hot outside. View this post to learn about how to prevent heat strain disorders or injury.


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From the Homefront: Medical care on the move

Whether you are moving this summer or thinking ahead to Assignment Year 2017, this post provides insight into medical benefits and care while in the midst of a Permanent Change of Station.


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Health, Safety, and Work-Life Twitter Q&A review

Health, Safety, and Work-Life answered your questions regarding Coast Guard medical and dental benefits via a live Twitter Q&A session. View the video responses within this post.


Alcohol Awareness Month 2015

The Coast Guard is partnering with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence or NCADD in April to support Alcohol Awareness Month.


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