From the Homefront: Making mandatory housing work for you

This time of year is fraught with worry for any military family on the move. But this summer has an added level of uncertainty as it is the first INCONUS moving season requiring Coast Guard families to apply for mandatory housing. There are pros and cons to living in military housing, so we thought we’d help sort it all out.


Shelley Kimball and her family. Photo by Bill Keefrey.

From the Homefront: Year in review

It is hard to believe that a year has passed here at From the Homefront. In our first column, we set our goals – specifically to make sure Coast Guard families’ voices are heard and to start conversations together about what matters in our lives. You honored me resoundingly by sharing your stories and experiences, and by doing so, we have shown thousands of readers what it means to be a Coastie.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp presents a Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award to Mrs. Lois Bouton, “The Coast Guard Lady,” at her home in Rogers, Ark. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Adm. Papp presents award to “The Coast Guard Lady”

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp recently presented a Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award to Mrs. Lois Bouton, “The Coast Guard Lady,” at her home in Arkansas.


The Coast Guard Foundation honored seven exceptional Coast Guard spouses from District 8 at a dinner attended my Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp and Mrs. Papp. Photo courtesy of the Coast Guard Foundation.

From the Homefront: Honoring Coast Guard spouses

Spring is a time of renewal so it is only fitting we take this opportunity in the opening days of the season to renew our appreciation for our military spouses. Over the past several weeks, Coast Guard spouses across the country have been honored by a variety of sponsors for their selfless work supporting Coastie families and, in turn, allowing their loved ones to focus on supporting Coast Guard missions.


Mrs. Linda Kapral Papp speaks at a Coast Guard Yellow Ribbon Program breakfast in Seattle May 26, 2011. The Yellow Ribbon Program supports military familiies before, during and after oversees deployments. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

From the Homefront: Mrs. Papp answers your questions

After reading a previous From the Homefront column about concerns Coast Guard families expressed about family life, Linda Kapral Papp agreed to have a conversation about the issues brought forward. She used her years of experience as well as the knowledge gained as the ombudsman-at-large to respond to everything on the list.


Screenshot from a holiday video message from Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael P. Leavitt, Mrs. Debbie Leavitt, Mrs. Linda Kapral Papp and Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp. Screenshot is from U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Tamargo.

Holiday greetings from the Commandant and Mrs. Papp

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp and Mrs. Linda Kapral Papp send holiday greetings to Coast Guard personnel and their families.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp conducts an all hands meeting with members of Patrol Forces Southwest in Bahrain. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. B. Elis.

Thanksgiving message from the Commandant and Mrs. Papp

Although Linda and I are away from home and our family during our favorite holiday, we will have a proper Thanksgiving dinner with members of our Coast Guard Family who are here with us. Linda and I thank you all for your friendship, hard work and commitment to our Coast Guard. Wherever you might be celebrating, have a Happy Thanksgiving.