From the Homefront

From the Homefront: Valerie Johnson’s call to serve

The call to serve never went away for Valerie Johnson, and after 9/11, she listened. Johnson, whose husband is Coast Guard Reserve Force Master Chief Eric Johnson, is one three Coast Guard ombudsmen at large. She also currently serves in the New Hampshire Air National Guard.


Master Chief Eric L. Johnson relieved Master Chief Mark H. Allen as the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Force in a change of watch ceremony in Washington, D.C., May 9, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Change of Watch: Coast Guard Reserve Force Master Chief

“We Coast Guardsmen find before us unique opportunities to take care of our families, achieve our missions, and leave things better for those who follow. To do so, we must overcome obstacles. We must engage, collaborate, and focus,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Mark H. Allen. “As Colleen and I stand relieved by Master Chief Eric Johnson and his wife Valerie, we reflect on how grateful we are: grateful for our shipmates’ support and perseverance, and grateful for the opportunity to serve alongside countless dedicated Coasties and their families for the past 37 years. While our status has changed, rest assured our interest in and support of their efforts will not wane.”


Coast Guard Reserve seal. U.S. Coast Guard image.

Selection of Coast Guard Reserve Force Master Chief

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp announced Master Chief Petty Officer Eric L. Johnson, a maritime enforcement specialist, as the next Coast Guard Reserve Force Master Chief. Johnson will relieve Master Chief Petty Officer Mark H. Allen during a change […]