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.


Enlisted Leadership Blog Series

Words of Wisdom: A CMC’s mentor

What does it take to become a Gold Badge Command Master Chief? Command Master Chief Jason Vanderhaden, Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, talks about his mentor, Boatswain’s Mate Master Chief Mark Schweiger and how he pushed everyone who worked with him to be their best.


Enlisted Leadership Blog Series

Words of Wisdom: MCPOCG’S mentor

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell kicks off this new enlisted leadership blog series by talking about his mentor, retired Master Chief Jerry Alverson. The blog series will be published the first Wednesday of every month, right here on Coast Guard All Hands.


Hiring our Heroes: Assisting veterans, spouses with finding the right job

Will you be transitioning from active Coast Guard service to private life in the next year? If so, then Hiring Our Heroes is a program which may help assist you during the next phase of your life.


SAN PEDRO, Calif. -- Rear Adm. Joseph Castillo, Commander of the 11th Coast Guard District, takes the helm of a 41-foot utility boat from Station Los Angeles-Long Beach in the Port of Los Angeles Monday, Aug. 17, 2009. Rear Adm. Castillo is in the Los Angeles area conducting unit visits with Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach. U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.

Lumping people together; it’s only human

I suppose I was lumped into a few categories in my Coast Guard career – mostly for the good – although there were a few who just couldn’t seem to see any value in me. I never did understand why. Fortunately, several people took me under their wing, at several stages in my career, because they saw potential and a strong work ethic underneath the rough edges I displayed.


Current Company Chiefs lined up on the steps of Hamilton Hall. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corey Mendenhall

Company Chiefs: Shaping the way for future officers

When company chiefs at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy inform others of their title, they are usually met with a question or two. What is a company chief? What do you do at the academy…